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Indy Area Waterparks

By: Brian Mayo | June 19, 2018, 8:00am
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Indianapolis has seen a surge in the development of waterparks and splash pads in recent years. Regardless of where you live, there is certainly a water attraction nearby. Consider one of these waterpark or spray parks when the dog days of summer arrive this year.

1. Northwestway Park

Located at 5253 West 62nd Street, Northwestway Park is a large, 117-acre park complete with hiking trails, fields and a disc golf course. It also has an outdoor aquatic center with a waterslide open between May 27th and Labor Day in 2017. The aquatic center will be open at 11:00 am every day except Sunday, when it opens at noon. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, it will close at 8:00 pm. Every other day, it will close at 6:00 pm. Admission is affordable, generally running between $4.00 and $6.00, depending on the day and age of the attendee.
Northwestway Park
5253 W. 62nd St., Indianapolis, IN 46268

 

2. Seashore Waterpark

Twisting waterslides, water features and innertubes are all highlights at Seashore Waterpark, Lebanon’s large public pool at Memorial Park. This waterpark is brand new to the scene, and it adds a little extra excitement to the already-popular Memorial Park. This waterpark is located right in the heart of Lebanon, near the intersection of East Ulen Drive and West Camp Street.
Seashore Waterpark
130 E Ulen Dr, Lebanon, IN 46052

 

3. Krannert Park

The waterpark tucked within Krannert Park’s 50 acres has a large water slide and a zero-depth-entry pool. Visitors should also consider checking out the concession stand. Chairs are also available for rental. Krannert Park is one of the West Side’s best parks, and it is easy to find, located right off South High School Road.
Krannert Park
605 S High School Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46241

 

4. Freedom Springs Aquatic Center

Southsiders are probably familiar with Freedom Springs, a huge outdoor waterpark in Greenwood. This water park is open every single day of the summer between Memorial Day and Labor Day. During weekdays and Saturdays, the gates open at 11:00 am for a fun-filled day. On Sundays, the park opens at noon. At this waterpark, guests can relax in the lazy river, seek thrills on one of several waterslides or lay out under the park’s cabanas. Guests should consider hitting up the park on Thursdays. Called “Thrilling Thursdays,” the waterpark is open until 10:00 pm. Adults can enjoy this park for $10.00, and admission for kids is just $8.00. Greenwood residents, seniors and members of the military receive a small admission discount.
Freedom Springs Aquatic Center
850 W. Stop 18 Rd., Greenwood, IN 46143

 

5. Christian Park

62-acre Christian Park on English Avenue in Indianapolis has a low-key splash park, perfect for small kids that are not quite ready for the pool. There is no admission charge to this park. After enjoying some time in the splash park, visitors should consider hiking the park’s secluded trails or picnicking in one of the park’s shelters.
Christian Park
4200 English Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46201

 

6. Grassy Creek Regional Park

Indy Parks has another small park off East 30th Street that has a fun splash park. This park has been recently updated with contributions from Lilly Endowment and the City of Indianapolis. Local business United Water made a $175,000 donation to build the park’s spray park, a nice addition to the park’s 24.8 acres of nature. Families that visit this park should also consider stopping by the park’s new state-of-the-art playground.
Grassy Creek Regional Park
10510 E 30th St., Indianapolis, IN 46229

 

7. Indy Island

A local favorite, Indy Island is a year-round indoor waterpark located near Raymond Park off East Raymond Street on the southeast side of the city. Indy Island is the perfect destination for birthday parties, boasting two different party packages for groups up to 11 in size. This waterpark is open on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Typically, hours are limited during the week, so it is probably best to visit this waterpark on the weekend. Visitors love the park’s waterslide, zero-entry pool and three-lane swimming pool.
Indy Island
8575 E Raymond St., Indianapolis, IN 46239

 

8. Sahm Park Aquatic Center

Older folks might know this Indy Parks destination as Northeastway, the original name of the park when it was founded in 1963. Today, Sahm Park covers 85 acres of land, and it has a large aquatic center which received a facelift in 2010, adding a waterslide and some spray features. The waterpark also features 25-meter lap lanes, a zero-entry play area for small children and a concession stand. Located on East 91st Street, this waterpark is a popular summer destination for folks living on the northeast side of the city. Consider visiting this great waterpark between 11:00 am and 7:00 pm on weekdays and Saturdays this summer. The waterpark will also open at noon and close at 6:00 pm on Sundays.
Sahm Park Aquatic Center
6801 E 91st St., Indianapolis, IN 46250

 

9. Blue River Memorial Park

Shelbyville residents love Blue River Memorial Park for its large fields, well-kept shelters and first-class baseball and softball diamonds. The park also has a small splash park, the perfect place to cool off on a hot day this summer. The park is located on the outskirts of town, but it is near I-74, making it an interesting daytrip for Indianapolis-area residents.
Blue River Memorial Park
725 Lee Boulevard, Shelbyville, IN 46176

 

10. Eagle Creek Park Swimming Beach

The west side’s Eagle Creek Reservoir is surrounded by a massive park, perfect for year-round hikes and watersports. Near the center of the lake, there is also a public beach with two swimming areas. One swimming area is three feet deep, making it perfect for small kids. At five feet deep, the other swimming area is better suited for swimmers. After taking a plunge in the water, visitors can also check out the area’s small playground or enjoy a quick snack at the nearby shelter house. While not a waterpark in the traditional sense, there are few beaches in Central Indiana like this one.
Eagle Creek Park Swimming Beach
7840 W. 56th St., Indianapolis, IN 46254

 

11. Splash Island

Splash Island might be Plainfield’s crowning achievement. Sitting on 4.3 acres, this waterpark is one of the largest of its type in Central Indiana, and it has three thrilling waterslides, a lazy river and a couple of water features. Splash Island will be open every day until September 4th. Like Greenwood’s Freedom Springs, Plainfield residents enjoy a small discount when attending this waterpark. Otherwise, admission is $11.00 for adults and $10.00 for kids between the ages of five and 17. Admission for children between the ages of two and four is just $8.00.
Splash Island
651 Vestal Rd., Plainfield, IN 46168

 

12. Ellenberger Park

The Irvington Neighborhood has one of the oldest parks in the entire Central Indiana area. Ellenberger Park was founded way back in 1909, and it has been a local favorite ever since. The park’s pool has been a great place to cool off during hot Indiana summers since 1930. Ellenberger Park has a spray park, which will be a popular destination this summer. The park also has picnic space, a large open field, tennis courts and a few baseball and softball diamonds.
Ellenberger Park
5301 East St. Clair St., Indianapolis, IN 46219

 

13. Mulberry Fields

Zionsville does not have a waterpark in the traditional sense, but it does a free splash park that opens annually on the Friday following Memorial Day. It will remain open every day this summer until the Tuesday after Labor Day. Relatively new to the area, this spray park opened after the Town of Zionsville purchased the 38-acre parcel of land that is now Mulberry Fields in 2003. Mulberry Fields can be found on the north end of Zionsville near the intersection of Ford Road and Whitestown Road.
Mulberry Fields
9645 Whitestown Road, Zionsville, IN 46077

 

14. Bethel Park

Bethel Park Family Center is a new community center that opened in 2005, and it is undoubtedly a first-class facility. Located within bustling Bethel Park on the near-southeast side of the city, the community center has a small outdoor pool that has some water features and a kid-friendly slide. While this outdoor pool may not be the largest of its type in the city, it is well-kept, and it is a favorite among locals. Families should consider a birthday party package. For just $80.00, visitors receive swim passes for up to 20 kids, and they have one hour of access to a private party room.
Bethel Park
2850 Bethel Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46203

 

15. The Monon Community Center Waterpark

Carmel-Clay Parks and Recreation has a humungous waterpark located at the Monon Community Center in Carmel. The waterpark has a few water slides, a climbing wall that extends from the pool, a long lazy river and a kiddie pool reserved for patrons under 48 inches in height. Visitors yearning for a break from the excitement can check out the waterpark’s concession stands or relax poolside. Carmel residents who plan to be frequent visitors to the Monon Community Center may want to consider a membership. The Monon Community Center is tucked along the Monon Trail and is located at 1235 Central Park Drive East.
The Monon Community Center Waterpark
1235 Central Park Drive East, Carmel, IN 46032

 

16. Wes Montgomery Park

Tucked in a neighborhood a few blocks from the 38th Street and North Emerson Avenue intersection, West Montgomery Park is a medium-sized Indy Parks greenspace with a small spray park. Elsewhere in this 37-acre park, there are baseball diamonds, several basketball courts, a public pool, swing sets and a shelter house. This Indy Parks destination is named after jazz sensation Wes Montgomery, a self-taught guitarist who unexpectedly passed away at the age of 45.
Wes Montgomery Park
3501 N Hawthorne Ln., Indianapolis, IN 46218

 

17. Meridian Park Aquatic Center

While Blue River Memorial Park certainly has a nice splash park, Shelbyville’s Meridian Park Aquatic Center is the town’s best waterpark. Featuring a winding waterslide and an onsite and professional lifeguard staff, this waterpark is even open occasionally to dogs. This waterpark is easy to spot right off Meridian Street on the south side of town.
Meridian Park Aquatic Center
101 McKinley Street, Shelbyville, IN 46176

 

18. Brookside Family Aquatic Center at Brookside Park

The adult pool at Brookside Park features a small slide, and the shallow kiddie pool has a few fun water features. The waterpark makes up just small portion of the large, 108-acre Brookside Park, which just a hop and a skip from Downtown Indianapolis. Admission to this great waterpark is just a few dollars per person, and toddlers two years and younger are admitted free of charge. The waterpark grounds will be open between noon and 5:00 pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, the Brookside Family Aquatic Center opens at noon until 6:00 pm. On Sundays, it will be open between 1:00 pm and 6:00 pm.
Brookside Family Aquatic Center at Brookside Park
3500 Brookside Pkwy S Dr., Indianapolis, Indiana 46201

 

19. Billericay Park

A favorite among Fishers locals, Billericay Park is popular for its trails, playgrounds, baseball and softball diamonds and large athletic fields. The park also has a small splash park with a few water features. Billericay Park is tucked along I-69, and it is easily accessible off East 126th Street. Billericay Park’s splash park is great place to take younger kids on a hot summer day.
Billericay Park
12690 Promise Rd., Fishers, IN 46038

 

20. Carson Park

Carson Park is yet another Indy Parks location with a small spray park. Located on South High School Road in Indianapolis, Carson Park is probably known best for its nine different softball and baseball diamonds, but that does not mean the kids will not have a great time at this splash park. After cooling off at the splash park, consider taking the kids for a quick hike on one of the park’s walking trails. There is also a great playground, a perfect place for kids to run and burn off a little extra energy.
Carson Park
5400 S High School Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46221

 

21. Eskenazi Water Park

While the Arthur M. Glick JCC does have an indoor pool, the Eskenazi Water Park, the JCC’s outdoor waterpark, stands out as one of the best waterparks in the entire region. It features a 300-foot lazy river, two waterslides and an outdoor competition pool. Families with younger children should consider the Mordo Zero-Depth Pool. Admission to the waterpark is included with JCC daily passes or memberships. The Eskenazi Water Park at the JCC is located at 6701 Hoover Road in Indianapolis.
Eskenazi Water Park
6701 Hoover Road, Indianapolis, IN 46260

 
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