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“Better than Disney and cheaper”

Holiday World & Splashin' Safari
Ranked #1 of 17 things to do in Santa Claus
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari are a family-owned theme park and water park combo located in Santa Claus, Indiana. Home of Thunderbird - America’s only launched wing roller coaster, Holiday World celebrates Christmas, Halloween, Thanksgiving and the 4th of July with roller coasters, family rides, a huge water park, live entertainment, games, attractions - and Santa Claus, himself! Splashin’ Safari, ranked one of the nation’s Top Water Parks by TripAdvisor and USA Today, includes the two longest water coasters in the world, numerous family water slides, two wave pools, plus water activities for children. Both parks have been voted the World's Cleanest for more than a dozen years by the readers of Amusement Today magazine. In 2016, Guinness World Records certified Mammoth as the World's Longest Water Coaster and in 2013, TIME magazine named The Voyage the nation’s #1 wooden roller coaster. Live entertainment includes musical shows, a country band, high dive show, and Santa’s Storytime. Both parks offer guests free soft drinks, free parking, free inner tube usage, free sunscreen and free Wi-Fi. New for 2017! Firecracker is a classic Calypso ride, one of only a handful still in operation in North America.
Useful Information: Lockers / storage, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children
New York City, New York
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79 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Better than Disney and cheaper”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 10, 2012

This place has grown from a roadside attraction to a major amusement park. Check it out online. Family run; wooden roller coasters; MAJOR water park.

Visited May 2012
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“Good times!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2012

My family and I go at least twice a year. We can almost always find discount tickets somewhere. The water park is a top notch facility and I've been to a few. The park is always clean and as you know the drinks are free.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Always a good value & a great time.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2012 via mobile

I went with my wife and 4 year old granddaughter. This was our 5th visit overall & our first during the fall.

There were a lot of additional Halloween themed activities for the kids. The corn maze was a little worn but, it was still fun.

The water park, was of course closed.

The rest of the park was wide open. The day was a little overcast. As such, the park wasn't crowded at all.

We rode about a dozen rides, some as many as 3 or 4 times, with little to no time spent standing in line.

As always the staff was friendly & courteous. The beverages are free & the food is good & decently priced.


The restaurant in the Thanksgiving section of the park, is our favorite place to eat.

If you go for multiple days in a row; if you buy your tickets for the next day, as you're leaving the park, they only cost half price.

If you go in the evening, tickets are also half price.

We live one hour from Six Flags in St. Louis & 3 hours from Holiday World. We would rather visit Holiday World, than go to Six Flags.

Holiday World, is cleaner. The staff is more professional. It's just an overall better experience.

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Shepherdsville, Kentucky
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66 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Always have a good time there and love the free soda!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2012

The rides are great and although you usually have to stand in line, the lines go quick. The park isn't huge (which I like) so I don't get lost from family. I like all of the themed areas. Also, the gift shop is not overly expensive. The food I have had there is great. The best area is the Thanksgiving area where the Pilgrim's Plunge ride is and also the Voyage!!

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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“Halloween is a great time to go!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2012

Really loved all of the extra Halloween attractions this time of year. It made our fall break and the weekend before Halloween very special! "Graveyard Smash" was a great performance of singers and dancers dressed in fabulous costumes and there was a 3D Haunted house (not too scary) that we just loved for our 3 year old and 7 year old.

Visited October 2012
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