I am most proud of all of the wonderful park aquatic centers that Indianapolis and the surrounding cities/areas offer. If you know anything about our family, you know that when summer hits, we do everything we can to be at the pool every day (only when it’s not raining). We love all of the local pools including Indy Parks Pools: Perry Park, Broad Ripple Park and Sahm Pool and some of our favorite water parks: The Waterpark in Carmel, Splash Island in Plainfield and the Greenwood Aquatic Center Water Park!
2020 Update: The Waterpark at the Monon Community Center in Carmel will open on June 14th at limited capacity. After July 4th, the Waterpark will open as normal. Carmel will not host their popular Monon Mixer 21+ nights during 2020.
The Waterpark in Carmel
The very first thing that drew me in to the Waterpark in Carmel, was the park-like atmosphere. There are trees and native plants growing, butterflies flittering from bloom to bloom. Then there was the lazy river. I’m one of those moms that dreams about just sitting atop my inner-tube and floating all day.
Things to do at Monon The Waterpark
Design rules at The Waterpark, even beyond the pretty plants — there are about seven unique activity areas throughout the facility:
- The waterslide zone with two large waterslides, one body slide and one tube slide.
- The deep pool with the super fast, short slide that plunges riders deep underwater, a diving board and a climbing wall.
- A kiddie pool area that’s fenced in. This area has a small activity playground and splashing sprinklers.
- Activity pool are with a giant water playground with slides, games and water spraying everywhere.
- The lap pool is great for practicing those swimming skills or just swimming around with your friends.
- FlowRider: This hot spot is where guests can learn to surf on a simulated experience. Sign your FlowRider waiver in advance.
- Lazy river: grab a tube and float through a river of native grasses, falling water and relaxation.
Carmel Waterpark Hours
The outdoor water park at Monon Community Center (MCC) is open from 11 am – 7 pm daily until August 10. August 11 – September 7, visit Saturday and Sunday, 11 am – 6pm.
Carmel Waterpark Admission
Admission is $12 for adults 16 and up, $9 for seniors and children. Ages 2 and under are free and admission is complimentary for MCC members.
What to Bring to The Waterpark
Is there food at the Monon Community Center Waterpark? You bet! We pack our own little picnic lunch most days and stake out a picnic table (there are plenty) but if you aren’t interested in doing that, the food at the concession stand is delicious! You’ll smell the burgers being grilled as you walk up to the park and the prices are reasonable.
Bring your own towel, sunscreen and wear sunglasses. Life jackets are available for use, but you are welcome to bring your own.
The cabanas at the Waterpark are a comfortable space to set your things down, relax in the shade, store food and drinks and just enjoy time with your friends and family. Each cabana is equipped with a ceiling fan, radio volume control, a cushioned chaise lounge, three cushioned chairs, electrical outlets, end tables, a cooler and a lockable cabinet. When we have a cabana rental, we place a catering order with Chik-fila and bring fruit trays and veggie trays and fill the cooler with Capri-Suns and soft drinks. It’s so much fun! Daily rates are $69 on weekdays and $99 on weekends. Admission is not included.
Birthday Parties at the Carmel Waterpark
Birthday parties at the Waterpark are a lot of fun and a great deal! Rent the Party Shelter for $200 for a three hour period, decorate it how you like, bring in your own food AND the rental fee includes 10 Youth Passes and 4 Adult Passes. You’ll be able to purchase additional passes for your guests at the regular rate. The shelter seats 25 on picnic tables.
Know Before You Go
A few little secrets or hints. If you wait until 4pm, the entry fee is only $6 per person. This still leaves you with three hours of waterpark fun. Also, we use the family dressing rooms to get ready before and after swimming. As you can imagine, this is a popular idea so we end up waiting in line a lot. Yesterday we discovered that there are two family dressing rooms/restrooms right outside of the park gates! No line when we were there! Another place to get dressed is inside the actual Monon Community Center. Locker rooms are available right inside the door! AND nicer showers!
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