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“So sad.” 1 of 5 stars
Review of Indiana Beach Amusement Resort

Indiana Beach Amusement Resort
5224 East Indiana Beach Road, On Lake Shafer, Monticello, IN 47960
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Ranked #5 of 10 things to do in Monticello
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Owner description: Today, Indiana Beach is home to six roller coasters. Of them, three are wooden roller coasters, including the world-famous Cornball Express, voted the #1 Wooden Coaster in the world by Theme Park Critic in 2002! In addition, Indiana Beach is home to Indiana's 1st custom steel coaster, Steel Hawg. Through all its new attractions, new slogans, and new guests, Indiana Beach never forgot its place as a classic facility filled with classic attractions. Whether it’s getting’ their fannies riding on a coaster, relaxing in the summer sun, or dancing & dining with family & friends, generations have enjoyed all that Indiana Beach has to offer including 0ver 100 accommodations. With plans for tomorrow blossoming every day, exciting changes every season, and a continued commitment to quality, there are no limits in sight for Indiana Beach’s future. From a cornfield that a horse and cart turned into a beach swimming area to the largest amusement & vacation playground in the state of Indiana, from its humble beginnings as Ideal Beach to its undying popularity in the hearts of guests of all ages and generations, Indiana Beach has come to represent that there truly is “more than corn in Indiana...”
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Culver, Indiana
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“So sad.”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2011

The Beach has been a "must visit" for our family for years. It used to be a charming little amusement park, reasonably priced, staffed by the friendliest people and had so much to offer, from games, to miniature golf, to food, to clothing and souvenir stores and rides for everyone, from the calm, innocuous ferriswheel to some pretty intense roller coasters.

Our last visit was a terrible disappointment. It had been obvious that things had been going downhill for a few years, but this summer sealed the deal for us as far as not visiting again. First, several of the rides were down. Even though we had paid Kings Island prices, we felt we couldn't take advantage of them because so many of the rides we were looking forward to were either closed for maintenance or were operating on a weird schedule (rides that were open one day were closed the next, etc.). The miniature golf course was gone, replaced by something called Adventure Point. It looked interesting, but not our cup of tea. Zip lining and rock wall climbing are not our ideas of fun. In addition, those features were not included in the price of admission, so had we wanted to take advantage of them, it would have cost an extra $10.

It looked like the new features were all crammed together with some rides uncomfortably close to others.

Thankfully, the water park was still there as well as the Skyroom and Taco Shoppe.

I guess all things change, but it seems to me that Indiana Beach is trying to compete with the "Big Boys" of amusement parks when it has neither the space nor the features to do so. In the process, it has lost the charm and uniqueness that made it such a wonderful place to visit. If you're planning on visiting with your family, expand your budget accordingly because it's no longer an inexpensive place to visit. I understand from speaking with other visitors, camping is no longer a bargain either.

In this economy, with people trying to make every dollar count, it's apparent that IB's visitor stats have dropped. We were there on a summer weekend the first week in August and in years past, the parking lots were jammed. Not so this year. We had no issues parking close to the park and the park itself was practically deserted.

I hope that whoever is managing the park rethinks their strategy and lowers prices in addition to making sure the rides are running, or at least offer discounts on days when this isn't possible. Otherwise, I'm sure that word will soon get around and attendance will continue to drop.

Visited August 2011
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Burlington, Indiana
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“Not what it used to be”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2011

My daughter got free tickets to go from school. After our visit, I was so glad we didn't actually pay to get it!
I had been here before as a kid15+years ago. They have many of the same rides that were there when I was younger, and a lot of the new ones they have cost more money. The roller coasters they have are not ones that I would want to ride. They just seem poorly constructed to me... like fair rides. While we were there, the place was torn apart. One side of the park was like a ghost town. And the skylift that you used to be able to go on all day for free if you wanted now costs extra! It's just not what it used to be. It's too bad too because Indiana could use a nice amusement park like Six Flags or Cedar Point!

Visited May 2011
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Outer Banks, NC
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“Never Again!!!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2011

I grew up going to Indiana Beach several times each summer, lived about an hour away. This was my 1st trip since the local family that owned it for years sold it. Nothing at all was positive or fun about this vist. The employees clearly are not taught any customer service skills, the guys working on keeping the rides operational (Not the ticket takers) have no clue how to work on them, and guessing very little training, all we seen were teenagers doing this. A bit scary a teenager trouble shooting a rollercoaster. The food was aweful, and overall the park was dirty, including the restrooms.
Former workers were staging some kind of a protest as we came in, that should have been warning sign #1.
We will not go back. Would love to see this place end up locally owned and taken care of again soon!

Visited August 2011
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Aberdeen, NJ
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2011

Most people are familiar with the "Big" amusement parks: SIx Flags, DISNEY, Busch Gardens, etc. But outside of Indianapolis, there is a "local" family-style amusement park. About 30 minutes outside of West Lafayetter/Lafayette (PURDUE UNIV) is a small, family-run park called INDIANA BEACH. The place looks like something right out of the 40s/50s, complete with a "boardwalk" zone, arcades, thrill rides, entertainment, food, and gift shops. This is a smaller park, located on a lake, where you can spend quality family time; you can even vacation here (in the myriad of cottages, campground facilties, hotels, motels, etc.) INDIANA BEACH has it's own waterpark; separate admission required. And they just recently added an ADVENTURE AREA, with rock-climbing, ZIP-LINE, trampolines, etc.; certainly will keep the kids entertained for hours. There are boats on the lake, for rent, and a steam-driven paddle-wheeler has nightly excursions on the lake. We did not stay over at the park; we drove up for the day. If you enter at night, there is reduced admission. Also, on several days, there are vendor-sponsored discounts, so be sure to check the website for coupons, etc. There are the assorted food locations for carnival-type fast-food (such as waffles, elephant ears, pizza, burgers, popcorn, ice cream, fried pickles whatever you can think of, etc. There is even a DOGS N SUDs within the park (under one of the roller coasters). But if you want a real meal (or you are staying for several days and have time for a full dinner), there is a full-service restaurant on the second floor near the skyride. This place is straight out of the 50s (with selections such as mac n cheese w/chicken croquettes, meatloaf, pot roast, etc.), and even has LIVE ENTERTAINMENT. There is a dance floor with a band, playing older tunes: waltzes, polkas, fox-trot and whatever you request basically. It makes you feel like you are in th CATSKILLS (NY)! The special thing about this amusement park is that they have some of the BEST roller coasters in the US. The two wooden coasters intertwine, and take you out over the lake; pretty scary - especially at night without lights. And there is a mine coaster ride (which is insane, you sometimes sit BACKWARDS, and ALWAYS has along line) which is next to the kiddie drive cars. But the new steel coaster THE STEEL HAWG, is actually rated in the top 3 in the country, because of it's strange twists and turns, and more-then-ninety-degree drop. The only thing to be careful about INDIANA BEACH is that they charge "admission" even if you are not going to do anything in the park. So if you are just coming with your grandkids, and won't actually be going on any rides yourself, you still pay a minimal charge; I think it was $2.50 when we were there. And some of the parking lots are NOT free (as with most amusment parks these days). But it's a nice change of place, from the bigger parks, and the fireworks here over the lake are some of the best I've ever seen. It's a good way to spend a summer day or weekend. I guess my only criticism of this attraction is that when they say they are closing at 10PM THEY REALLY MEAN IT. Lights out, and ALL businesses were shuttered within 5 minutes; we couldn't even buy popcorn to take home for our car drive. Oh well, I guess that's what is was like in the 50s...

Visited August 2011
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“Indiana Beach..Fun Day”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2011

If you havn't ben to Indiana Beach lately, you should. We went there alot as kids. I had just as much fun taking my grandkids as I did as a child. The waterpark was fun. Alot of the old ride and games were still there. I think the new Adventure Park was a little expensive for what you got. The Sky Coaster was fun. We went on a Saturday and the firework cruise on The Schaefer Queen was fun. We stayed at one of the cabin close to the park. They are expensive and kind of run down, but it was nice to have the convience of being with-in walking distance of the park. If you get a chance to go it is worth it.

Visited August 2011
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