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). For that reason, we joined the YMCA and we have unlimited access to their swimming pools! Even so, I still frequent the Indy Parks Pools: Perry Park, Broad Ripple Park and Sahm Pool and some of our favorite water parks: Monon Community Center, Splash Island in Plainfield and coming soon, the Greenwood Waterpark!
The outdoor water park at Monon Community Center (MCC) is open from 11am-7pm Sunday through Wednesday and from 11am to 8pm Thursday through Saturday until the beginning of August. You can still visit Monday through Thursday, 10am-1pm and 4pm-7pm and Friday until 8pm. Saturday from 11am to 8pm and Sunday 11am-7pm through the beginning of September. Admission is $10 for adults 16 and up, $7 for seniors and children. Ages 2 and under are free!
My favorite part of any water park is the lazy river. MCC has one of those! There are two large water slides and a quick slide that plunges into a deep pool. Beginning swimmers can take advantage of the zero depth entry pool that has a water playground as well as the zero depth entry kiddie pool. The kiddie area has a sand box that the kids can play in. If your kids like to swim laps or you just want to make them swim laps before nap time, there are swimming lanes adjoining the zero depth pool. Older children and teens should not miss a chance to try out the Flowrider!
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.
A few little secrets or hints. If you wait until two hours before close, the entry fee is only $4 per person. 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 Community Center. Locker rooms are available right inside the door! AND nicer showers!
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