Summers can get hot and humid in Hendricks County, Indiana. But luckily, we have plenty of waterparks and splash pads to soak up the Indiana summer. All of the following locations provide perfect opportunities to cool off while making memories.
So, let’s start with the big guns: our water parks!
When we moved into our neighborhood 12 years ago, the neighborhood pool wasn’t hardly on my radar. But now that we have kids, ages 8 and 5, we live at that pool each summer! Long, lazy pool days are their jam. They’re mine too. So here are a couple of public options with plenty to do for the kids.
Splash Island Family Waterpark
This tropical-themed outdoor water park reopened at 50 percent capacity July 4 weekend and could begin to allow more guests this summer after we move to Stage 5 of the state's reopening plan.
Splash Island includes 4.3 acres of fun for pretty much every member of your family! There’s a zero-entry area that has a small playground and slide for the little ones. Teenagers (and heck, even us adults!) can enjoy the water slides, ropes and water guns, water jets, lily pad crossing and balancing contraptions.
And of course, there’s the 900-foot long leisure river, which every member of the family can enjoy while floating on a tube.
Are you a more serious swimmer? Get your workout in at the six-lane competition pool with an attached diving well featuring two one-meter springboards.
If you just want to relax and soak up some sun, there’s plenty of deck space and grassy areas for picnics and lounging. And yes, you can bring your own cooler with food and drinks!
Gill Family Aquatic Center
This option is basically the same as Splash Island, only smaller with less crowds, which for some is definitely a perk! It features a zero-depth children's area, two water slides, a splash pad, a lazy river and a diving board.
Gill Family Aquatic Center is located inside Ellis Park in Danville, so you can work up a sweat on the playground and trails before you hit the pool, or go enjoy a shady walk after you swim!
Memberships, rental information, and swimming lessons are available! For more information on prices and dates, visit their website.
If pools aren’t your style, or you need an option where swimming isn’t required, there are several amazing splash pads.
Watermill Splash Pad
Located in the back of Williams Park in Brownsburg, the Watermill Splash Pad features 2,500 square feet of splash fun. This splash pad, which is part of Brownsburg Parks and Recreation, features amenities for all ages.
It’s a zero-depth splash pad with all kinds of water play from squirting to misting to shooting. For the braver kiddos, the Superwave (a huge bucket situated high above the ground) slowly fills with water and then douses kiddos with a 32-gallon downpour.
The entirety of Williams Park includes a themed wood playground structure, paved and natural wooded trails and tons of green grass to play in or relax with a picnic.
Washington Township Park Splash Pad
Even those who have lived in Avon awhile may not realize that Washington Township Park has a splash pad in the lower portion of their park.
Just follow the road to the back of the park, head down the hill, and you’ll see it on the right-hand side. It’s located next to a shelter, bathrooms and a playground.
This is a perfect setup for those with kids of different ages. You will also find grassy areas and park trails to visit before or after you hit the splash pad.
For more information about splash pad hours, visit their website.
Living in Avon, my kiddos and I don’t get to Guilford Township's Hummel Park in Plainfield often. But the first time we did, we were so surprised to see the splash pad.
We had no idea it was there. It’s the perfect addition to this beautiful park that boasts shaded trails, two playgrounds and huge green fields to run through.
Though this splash pad is the smallest of our local ones and often fills up quickly, the fact that it is inside Hummel Park makes it a wonderful way to spend your time.
For more information on park hours, visit their website.