Summers can get hot and humid in Hendricks County, Indiana. Luckily, we have plenty of waterparks and splash pads to beat the summer heat. All of the following locations provide perfect opportunities to cool off while making memories with your kids, family and friends.
So, let’s start with the big guns: our water parks! Here are three public options with plenty to do for older kids that have graduated from the splash pad.
This tropical-themed outdoor water park includes 4.3 acres of fun for every member of your family.
Splash Island boasts 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, balancing contraptions and two pulsating vortex.
Make sure to embark on a relaxing journey along the 900-foot-long leisure river. Hop on a tube and let the gentle current carry you along while enjoying the company of your loved ones.
For those seeking a more serious aquatic adventure, Splash Island presents a six-lane competition pool equipped with an attached diving well, complete with two one-meter springboards.
Looking to unwind and bask in the warm sunshine? With ample deck space and inviting grassy areas, you can find the perfect spot for picnics and lounging. Best of all, you're welcome to bring your own cooler ensuring a delightful and budget-friendly outing.
Murphy Aquatic Park
This facility opened in the summer of 2022 and boasts Central Indiana’s only wave pool! And while the wave pool is a smaller version of what you might find at larger waterparks, the Murphy Aquatic Park wave pool is still big enough to provide hours of fun.
During the planning stages, the Washington Township Parks team prioritized accessibility so every person could enjoy their visit. From the captivating water playground to the thrilling wave pool, every feature is equipped with ramps or zero-depth entry, allowing everyone to join in on the excitement.
The water playground features wider runways for wheelchairs and water features that spray onto the playground so everyone can enjoy the fun. They also have water wheelchairs on site for anyone who might need them.
In addition to the water playground and wave pool, the park also has a large water play area with basketball goals and a slide tower with two waterslides. A toddler area with spray features and water tables is also shaded keeping the little ones out of the sun.
Memberships, party space and cabana rentals are available all summer. For more information on prices and dates, visit their website.
If you are looking for a waterpark with the smallest crowds, Gill Family Aquatic Center may be your best option. It features a zero-depth children's area, two water slides, areas for swimming and water play and a splash pad.
Located inside Ellis Park in Danville, Gill Family Aquatic Center offers more than just water-filled excitement. Begin your day by working up a sweat on the playground or exploring the scenic trails before taking a swim. Afterward, indulge in a leisurely stroll through shaded paths.
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 in Hendricks County, too.
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 offering an array of interactive water features that will delight the whole family. From gentle sprays to refreshing mists, the possibilities for watery fun are endless. For the braver kiddos, the Superwave sits high above the ground and fills with water before unleashing a 32-gallon downpour onto the kiddos below.
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 a while may not realize there’s a vibrant splash pad nestled away in the lower portion of Washington Township Park.
Conveniently situated next to a shelter, bathrooms and a playground, this splash pad offers all the essentials for a perfect summer afternoon with your loved ones.
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.
Hummel Park in Plainfield offers an array of exciting attractions for families with children, including a splash pad. Beautiful green fields create an ideal setting for picnics, games and memorable family moments.
While this local splash pad may be small, it radiates with big fun and joy. Due to its immense popularity, it tends to fill up quickly. Right next to the splash pad, you can also find a traditional playground.
This park is also filled with miles of paved trails, plenty of spots for a picnic and so much more.
For more information on park hours, visit their website.