I, my grandson and my daughter visited Indiana Beach from August 9th to August 14, 2013. To be quite honest, after having read all of the negative comments about the resort, we came prepared for the worse. Upon our arrival, check-in went smoothly....no delay. We were staying in one of the suites, previously called the penthouse. The rooms, bedding, bathroom, everything was spotlessly clean. Sure the furniture was a bit common and there were no frills with the exception of an LCD TV in each room. I used my cell phone to make calls out and we were able to make use of the Wi-Fi across the street at the hotel when needed. The building we stayed ub was part of the history that makes Indiana Beach so inviting. The park was also spotless, no trash lying around and the public restrooms were clean and well stocked. Three rides were undergoing restoration and many were in need of a coat of paint. But Indiana Beach is not the high budget entertainment of a King's island or Cedar Point either. The rides were safe and fun. The Zip Line and the new three story rope course were super. Private food vendors such as Proto Pups, The Taco Shop, Roman's Pizza, and the Sky Room Restaurant featured great eats. Indiana Beach is a board walk (concrete) walkway lined with rides, games, and events such as Dr. Frankenstein's Haunted Castle. You can enter and walk around without paying a fee and pay by the ride or obtain an all day pass that includes the water park....the best deal. There are five roller coasters along with dozens of park rides dating back to the 1960s and 1970s. One reviewer called the park a glorified carnival, but I look at the park as being a pleasant trip back in time. We purchased a season pass, a heck of a deal for the five days that we stayed. There is a large selection of games and ways to win a prize or two or three. Best of all the prize to play ration is very high....in other words...it is difficult at many of the games not to win something. Cost per game averages $3 and the arcade (pinball, etc) type games average 50 cents per play not a buck or more like many park arcades. Just like a New Jersey board walk, there is a taffy and fudge shop, a couple of park stores, ice cream shops, and more. The water park area features three tube slides, one flat high speed slide. There is a long lazy river for drifters to float along. A real sand beach with cabanas available (rather pricey but a great value when you add up the benefits). I found the park employees to be friendly and willing to answer any questions. We loved the park and this is why I am giving it an excellent rating. You will too so long as you remember, it is a unique part of history, enjoy rides such as the scrambler, paratrooper, as well as a number of more modern rides such as double shot that hurdles you skyward at a fast speed, or the steel hawg coaster that drops straight down before turning upside down into a cork screw. If you are expecting a Seven Flags or Dolly World Experience and the high cost that go with them....don't come to Indiana Beach. The park has to be Indiana's best kept secrete. Located about 18 miles from Purdue University and IS-65.
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