Splash Down Dunes closed at the end of the 2009 season. Seven Peaks, which operates a chain of water parks in Utah and Missouri, bought the park and plans to reopen it in 2013 as Seven Peaks Waterpark Porter. The following info is about the original Splash Down Dunes park. The refurbished park may have different features. This page will be updated when more info is available from the new owners.
Splash Down Dunes offers a number of admission options and prices, including discounts after certain hours and for guests under a certain height. Season passes also available.
From Chicago take I-94 East to Exit 22B (Porter), then take US Highway 20 East for 3 miles to stop light at Waverly Road. Turn left at light and look for "FREE PARKING" sign on Waverly Road.
From I-65, take I-65 to Exit 259B (I-94 East), then follow directions above.
For Indiana Toll Road travelers, follow Indiana Toll Road to Chesterton Exit (SR 49). Continue on SR 49 North approx. 8 miles to US Highway 20, then follow directions above.
The park features a generous collection of attractions -- aquatic and otherwise -- for folks of all ages and sizes, including some wicked water and tube slides, the largest wave pool in the midwest, sand volleyball courts, an indoor playland, and much more.
Splash Down Dunes bills itself as the "largest water theme park" in Indiana, and it certainly seems to have the hardware to support its claim. The 47-foot-tall American Revolution is a drenching dose of double trouble. The Red and White Super Bowl swirls riders around in a giant bowl before plopping them into a pool, while the Blue and White Boomerango sends riders down a tunnel before lifting them up a hill and then back down through a curtain of water. The Black Cobra Tube Slides offer exciting rides in a choice of complete darkness or an open-air river ride, while the Giant Twister gives sliders a choice of four different swerving, curving body slides. Literally topping things off is The Tower. Rising 68 feet above the park, this formidable foe is the tallest set of water slides in Indiana, with each of the four slides offering its own compelling (and propelling!) variation of humps and bumps, including one that consists simply of a single thrilling plunge straight down to the ground.
Of course no true water park is complete without the requisite lazy river and wave pool, and Splash Down Dunes doesn't disappoint on either count. The big of heart but small of stature will find plenty to do in the shallow waters of Sandcastle Bay and Dolphin Cove--fun interactive "spraygrounds" designed specifically with kids in mind. There are also various dry activities in which park goers may partake, including beach volley ball on courts of soft white sand, an indoor playland, and an arcade.