Where can you go on vacation and visit Christmas, Thanksgiving, Halloween, and the 4th of July all in one swoop? At Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari in Santa Claus, Indiana we found the answer! Come with us as we visit this one of a kind amusement park and water park combo. True to holiday fashion, this park comes with a lot of free gifts that you’re simply not going to want to miss.
Disclosure: This article is part of a hosted stay with Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari. All opinions are my own.
Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari | Santa Claus, Indiana
I feel like my kids are at the perfect age for amusement parks. We all like riding the same rides, eating the same foods, and can usually all make it through a long day of activity without needing a nap. To be honest, the kids usually do better with that last one than the parents do.
Because visiting amusement parks has become so enjoyable for us lately, we’ve been researching and adding new ones to our list quite regularly.
The most recent park we added to our list was Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari, located in Santa Claus, Indiana. To be quite honest, after visiting this park it took no time in becoming one of our all time favorites. What made us love our visit to Holiday World and Splashin’ Safari so much? These ten things are just the beginning.
10 Reasons to Visit Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari
We made our list and checked it twice!
1 . It’s a Holiday Themed Amusement Park.
I find this aspect of the park very fun and unique! A trip to Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari is a great opportunity to experience bits and pieces of Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the 4th of July all in one swoop.
A walk through the park allows you to enter 4 different holiday sections, each having rides and general food themes to match. For instance, if you want to ride the Halloswings you’d go to the Halloween section. Head to the 4th of July and you can take a spin on the Firecracker. Fun, right? Wait until you see what they’ve got in Thanksgiving! Gobble, gobble!
2. The Food is Serious.
I wouldn’t typically rave about park food but at Holiday World we couldn’t get enough. From fried Reeses’ to frozen hot chocolate with Santa Claus, Holiday World and Splashin’ Safari knew how to get it done!
Read more about our top 6 Best Foods to Eat at Holiday World on TravelingMom.
3. It’s Retro.
Usually, we travel to destinations because they have retro pull but this one came at a complete surprise to us. Little did I know that Holiday World had recently restored a 1970’s amusement park ride back to its former glory – and I was going to get to ride on it! Do you also want to take a little nostalgic spin? Be sure to look for the Firecracker ride in the 4th of July section and then read more its restoration journey on the Holiday World blog.
There were also other little tidbits of nostalgia around the park, like the vintage performers and the nursery rhyme train ride.
4. It’s Inclusive.
- Wheelchair Accessible Play Areas: As we headed into the Holidogs Treehouse, a play area for younger kids, we noticed something we don’t see very often. The play structure was wheelchair accessible with ramps going up into the structure and throughout the treehouse. What’s better is that these entrances are not “special” but they are ones used by everyone.
- Gluten Free and Allergen Free Meals: We also noticed that many of the food choices included gluten free and allergy friendly options. Simply use the free park wifi and the Holiday World website to find exactly what you’re looking for to eat.
- Special Needs Calming Room: Located inside the First Aid Building in Splashin’ Safari’s Plaza there is a room available for those who need a break from the park. This room, available on a first come basis, includes bean bags, a rocking chair, couch, and adjustable lighting and music.
5. It’s Super Clean – Thank Goodness!
It was the first thing I noticed about the park, how incredibly clean it was. No litter laying around on the ground, no overfilled trash barrels. This park looked as pristine when the doors closed for the night as it did when the park doors opened at the beginning of our day.
I can’t begin to tell you how important this is to me as a mom. I don’t want to go on vacation to look at other people’s messes, I do that enough at home. Good job Holiday World, the park looked great!
6. The Water Park’s Included.
Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari is, in fact, two parks combined into one. On the Holiday World side, you’ll find amusement park rides, entertainment, and food. Cross over into Splashin’ Safari and the scenery changes to water rides, wave pools, and water filled play structures.
You can see both parks in our Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari VLOG on YouTube.
7. There’s Free Stuff.
Who doesn’t love free stuff? At Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari there is actually a lot of FREE to love!
- Free Wifi: Open WiFi service throughout the park makes it easy to upload that pic of you with Santa quickly. #HolidayWorld
- Free Fountain Drinks: Park guests can get unlimited free drinks at any one of the Pepsi Oasis booths throughout the park. Simply walk up, grab a cup, and fill it with whichever drink you want. There’s no limit and nothing to buy first.
- Free Parking: Simply park and start having fun!
- Free Sunscreen: Forgot your sunscreen or simply ran out? Don’t worry. Simply walk up to any of the free sunscreen dispensing stations and lather up for a safe day of play.
8. There’s Something for Everyone.
While some amusement parks may cater to one level of thrill riders over another, Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari seemed to have a little bit of something for everyone. We found rides ranging in thrill levels from child, mild, to wild.
Which thrill level are you? Tell me in the comments below. Then pop over to the Holiday World website and let me know which ride you’d go on first.
9. You Can Meet Santa & Other Fun Characters.
At Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari guests can meet with Santa Claus or other fun characters! We found Santa lounging in Mrs. Klaus’ Kitchen, where he waits for guests during scheduled times. Pop in during these times to take a photo or just say hi (Hey, anything helps if you’re trying for the good list).
As we were leaving for the day we ran into these two characters by the front entrance. They were more than happy to pose for a photo and to give the kids a nice Hi-5 to close out our day of fun.
10. Lodging is Close By.
After spending a day playing in the park, it’s nice to know that lodging is close by. In this instance, a place to stay can be a free Holiday World shuttle ride or a light walk away too.
Adjacent to the park is the Lake Rudolph Campground and RV Resort. Here you can find campsites, RV parking, and cabins to rent during your visit.