Splashin' Safari at Holiday World Water Park Phone:(Toll-Free) (877) 463-2645
Operating Schedule:The park is open mid-May through mid-September. Check with Splashin' Safari at Holiday World for exact operating days and hours.
Splashin' Safari at Holiday World Location and Directions:The physical address is 452 E. Christmas Blvd. in Santa Claus, Indiana.
From I-64: Take Exit 63. Go south on Highway 162 for 7 miles, until 162 comes to a "T." Turn right and head up the hill to the park.
From Bloomington: Highway 37 S to Bedford. West on U.S. 50 to Loogootee. South on U.S. 231 to Jasper, continuing south on Highway 162 through Ferdinand and into Santa Claus. When 162 comes to a "T," turn right and head up the hill to the park.
From Bowling Green: William Natcher Parkway to Owensboro. Take U.S. 231 N, which will take you into Indiana. South of Chrisney, turn right (east) onto Highway 70. After approximately 7 miles, turn left (north) onto Highway 245, which will take you into Santa Claus to the park.
From Chicago: Route 90 southeast to I-65 S in Indiana. Take I-465 south and west around Indianapolis. Continue on I-65 south. Take I-265 west to I-64 west to Exit 63. Turn left (south) onto Highway 162 and drive 7 miles until the road comes to a "T. Turn right and head up the hill to the park.
Splashin' Safari at Holiday World Admission Policy:Splashin' Safari is included with general admission to Holiday World. Reduced price for children (under 54") and seniors (60+). Ages 2 and under are free. Two-day passes and next-day passes available. Season passes and group rates are available. Special promotions may be available online at the park's Web site. Parking is free.
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RV sites, campsites, cabin rentals and RV rentals are available at the adjacent Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort. The campground is run by the same family that owns and operates Holiday World.
Splashin' Safari at Holiday World Waterpark Features:A gaggle of nearly every type of water slide imaginable, including a shoot-the-chutes boat ride, a funnel ride, a bowl ride, a family raft ride, and a mat racing slide, plus two lazy rivers, two wave pools, two interactive water play areas, and lots of activities for small children.
Read reviews of a similar rides at other parks:
- Dragon's Den bowl ride at Splish Splash Ride Review
- High Anxiety funnel ride at Mountain Creek Ride Review
New at Splashin' Safari:New for the 2012 Season:
Another year, and another record-breaking water coaster at Holiday World's Splashin' Safari water park. Read about Mammoth, the world's longest water coaster (surpassing Holiday World's own Wildebeest).
New for the 2010 season:
The world's longest water coaster will debut at Holiday World's Splashin' Safari water park.
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Official Site:Splashin' Safari at Holiday World
Splashin' Safari at Holiday World Overview:Opened in 1993, Splashin' Safari was one of the earlier waterparks built next to an existing theme park. (Customers wouldn't go for roller coasters and water slides in one location, industry naysayers used to believe. What the heck was Coney Island and all of the other seaside amusement parks, then?) Today, water parks are de rigueur, and Splashin' Safari is among the best. In fact, it's among the best and biggest parks even when compared to standalone water parks.
The towering 102-foot tall ZOOMbabwe, among the world's tallest enclosed water slides, is one of the featured rides and is a real winner. Other attractions included Bakuli, a bowl ride and the Zinga funnel ride. With two wave pools, two lazy rivers, and two interactive water play structures, the attractions can accommodate a lot of guests and the park doesn't feel out-of-control crowded, even on busy, hot days.
Accessible from both the "dry" Holiday World and Splashin' Safari, the Pilgrims Plunge shoot-the-chutes boat ride is a real hoot. Guests are allowed to board the ride in bare feet and bathing suits.
The theme is African (that's the "Safari" part), hence the silly ride names. The schizophrenic park also has a California theme (that's the "Splashin" part) and plays Beach Boys and other surf tunes over the loudspeakers.
The family-owned park has an almost religious devotion to customer satisfaction. The grounds are spotless, the prices are reasonable, and the ride ops and other staff are unfailingly polite and cheerful. While other parks seem intent on wringing every last cent out of their guests, get a load of what Splashin' Safari includes at no extra charge: free parking, admission to the water park with Holiday World admission, complimentary inner tubes, unlimited soft drinks, and free sunscreen. Now, that's what I call putting customers first.