My friends have been talking about it for years, but until Fall Break, we have never visited the Abe Martin Lodge and Aquatic Center at Brown County State Park. I’m really into the thrill of Indiana waterparks, and thanks to our lessons at Goldfish Swim School, our kids have really embraced the whole waterpark thing. We love Great Wolf Lodge, the waterpark at Kings Island, the waterpark at Hershey Park and Sesame Place…if there’s a swimming pool, we’re in. If there’s a waterslide, even better!
We rented this adorable Brown County Family Cabin that sleeps up to eight. With our accommodations we received eight wristbands for the Abe Martin Aquatic Center. The cabin had two bedrooms (one queen bed, one king bed) upstairs and two sofa sleepers downstairs. There was one bathroom with a shower and towels were provided.
The kitchen had dishes for eight and your basic cooking pots and pans. There was a tiny bit of dish soap and two dish clothes and one dish towel. A table for eight sits in the kitchen area. A television with DVD player is available in one bedroom and in the living room. Air conditioning and heating are a part of this cabin and a wood stove in the center of the living room area provides even more heat. Outdoor seating is a must in the spring and summer months and the deck looking in to the woods is the perfect place for that.
While linens are provided, I would recommending bringing your own. Our bed linens were not very clean and when I took them to the lodge and asked for new ones, I was told that they didn’t have any more that evening. I also recommend bringing a scrub brush or sponge for cleaning dishes in the kitchen and your own towels.
There are many things to do in Brown County and specifically at the State Park. Hiking trails abound, there are free programs ranging from activities about fungus, talks about turtles and leaf scavenger hunts. The Abe Martin Lodge has game rooms, a great room with a fireplace and a restaurant. There’s an outdoor pool in the park that is open during the summer.
It rained during our stay, so we spent most of our hours in the waterpark for three days. The Aquatic Center has a swimming pool with a volleyball net and basketball hoop, a whirl pool that my kids circled at least 700 times per day, a zero depth entry kiddie play area and a giant water slide. There’s also a hot tub that is restricted to age 18 and up.
The little town of Nashville is just right outside of the State Park and it’s a fun place to shop and eat. There’s a grocery store nearby in case you need to stock up the kitchen in your cabin. Nashville has a little vehicle tram that looks like a train and takes you on a tour through the streets.
What are your favorite things to do in Brown County?
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