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Holiday World and Splashin’ Safari: Water Park Fun

By Jessicanunemaker @JessNunemaker

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Holiday World in Santa Claus, Indiana: Splashin' Safari

Holiday World in Santa Claus, Indiana: Splashin' Safari

What better way to beat the heat than a trip to Holiday World and Splashin’ Safari in Santa Claus, Indiana? We’ve already covered part of Holiday World–now get ready for plenty of water fun!

Holiday World and Splashin’ Safari

We hadn’t planned on visiting the water park section of Holiday World at all. But, during the great tour we received from Nathan, we quickly changed our minds! Splashin’ Safari? Looked phenomenal!

After changing, renting a reasonable locker, and stowing all of our stuff in it (including my camera, which I admit made me nervous), we headed over to Kima Bay.

Kima Bay

Generally less crowded than Monsoon Lagoon, you can beat the crowd and enjoy more than 100 different types of water play elements. There were 125 water jets alone! It looked like the perfect place to begin.

Kid #1 jumped right in, or on, in this case. If he wasn’t zipping around on slides, he was figuring out all the different ways to get drenched!

Kid #2 wasn’t sure about the whole thing. He wanted to be held and fussed when I set him down (he was missing nap time at this point). If I had been paying closer attention, I probably should not have stood underneath the large 1200 gallon tipping bucket with him in my arms! Oops.

Safari Sam’s Splashland

Holiday World and Splashin' Safari in Santa Claus, Indiana

Holiday World and Splashin' Safari in Santa Claus, Indiana

We spent plenty of time exploring Holiday World’s Kima Bay. It was really neat!

Eventually Kid #1 let us move along to super family friendly Safari Sam’s Splashland. This was my favorite part of our day.

Only kids and their families are allowed here. You won’t find a bunch of older kids hogging the slides and scaring away the little ones. Instead, you would just find me!

Kid #1 and I splashed down almost all of the slides here–several times. It was so much fun! Hubs and I traded off watching the baby.

Kid #2? He got over the whole 1200 gallons of water splashing over his head incident and loved the shallow pool. He splashed and played with the various water jets scattered around the facility.

What a wonderful way for our young boys to both be occupied and entertained.

Holiday World and The To-Do List

The Jungle Racer is a five story slide that Kid #1 was determined to master! Even though hubs joined him, they had separate mats. He loved it! That officially makes him more brave than me–and he was only 5.

Holiday World and Splashin' Safari in Santa Claus, Indiana

Holiday World and Splashin' Safari in Santa Claus, Indiana

There were still so many more things to see and do in Santa Claus, Indiana–let alone Holiday World and Splashin’ Safari that we just couldn’t get fit in.

There’s Congo River, Holiday World’s peaceful lazy river and Crocodile Isle with the animal slides (word is they are due to get more of those adorable things in).

It goes without saying that there are many more water slides and things for much bigger kids–and very brave adults!

This is one Indiana town that will keep you busy! Don’t forget to include this incredible Indiana theme park and water park in your vacation plans.

See more Holiday World and Splashin’ Safari images and other pictures in Santa Claus, Indiana on my Flickr photostream.

Holiday World
452 E. Christmas Blvd.
Santa Claus IN 47579
812.937.4401 or 877.463.2645

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Special thanks to Paula Werne at Holiday World and Spencer County Tourism Bureau for this fabulous PR trip! Opinions are always mine and mine alone.

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