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“Great Park for More Than Just Kids”

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, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Columbus, Ohio
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166 reviews
58 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Great Park for More Than Just Kids”
Reviewed May 7, 2013

This park has something for everyone is by far one of my favorite parks in the nation. While it's easy to see why this is a fantastic "family park" I need to highlight that on every trip I've made here, I've never had kids. The huge free with admission water park offers some of the BIGGEST thrills found in the industry. The two full circuit water coasters are the best out there. The coasters here also are consistently voted among the best wooden in the world. The thrilling rides through the woods can be found only at a park like this.

Besides the high quality of rides, Holiday World also offers world class customer service. From the reasonable front gate ticket prices to the free soft drinks, sun screen and rafts all day long it's so easy to see that this family run business genuinely cares. Every morning at open and night at close you'll find one of the family there thanking guests for visiting. Because crowds can get heavy, every year the park adds new attractions and food offerings based on guest feedback. If you visit once, you'll be sure to come back because you won't find this level of quality at any other park.

Visited June 2012
1 Thank JWhyJ
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Evansville, Indiana
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Best park anywhere”
Reviewed May 7, 2013

We have been to all kinds of amusement parks and Holiday World is by far the best. Free drinks and sunscreen, free parking, 2 parks in 1. It is always super clean and the employees are always very friendly and helpful. The food is very reasonable and good.

Visited September 2012
1 Thank basketkathy
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114 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
“High Value”
Reviewed May 4, 2013 via mobile

Very good park and great ratio of value to cost. Good rides. Fantastic water park included with admission.

One of the only known establishments that is not out to price gouge you.

Free drinks (soda, lemonade, Gatorade) all day. There are many drink stations so short lines. Food prices, locker, rentals also extremely reasonable. Less than they charge at a bowling ally.

Staff friendly and park is extremely clean and well maintained. We plan to return.

Visited August 2012
1 Thank Jnotoras
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Bedford, Indiana, United States
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15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“the food and rides”
Reviewed April 27, 2013

I like the funnel cake at the funnel cake factory and I like the Pilgrim plunge water ride wench is called gifacic and the Splashin safari wave pools and lazy pools

Visited May 2012
Thank Tommy C
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Lansing, Illinois
2 reviews
“The "Cedar Point" for wooden roller coaster enthusiasts!!!”
Reviewed April 25, 2013

Cedar Point = Best Steel Coasters.....Holiday World = Best Wooden Coasters. Any questions?
Wooden Coasters:
1) The Raven
2) The Legend
3) The Voyage

Visited July 2012
Thank whiterobes
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