As the weather heats up, you may notice yourself coming down with something...pool fever! Instead of tearing up your backyard or spending thousands of dollars you don’t have, grab the sunscreen and head to an Indianapolis area aquatic center or water park. With so many in Indy, there’s sure to be one within a 5-10 minute drive of your home. Here are four of our favorites.
The Waterpark at the Monon Community Center
If you haven’t been here yet, you need to stop what you’re doing and go now! The Waterpark and the Monon Community Center includes a lazy river, a zero-depth activity pool, water slides for big and little kids alike, an aqua-climbing wall, a lap pool, a sand area, and even a simulated surfing ride! If you really want to live it up, consider a cabana rental which accommodates 8 guests and includes upscale furniture, privacy blinds, a ceiling fan, charging station, locker, and cooler.
Perry Aquatic Center
On the southside, there’s no better place to swim than the Perry Aquatic Center. Located at 451 E. Stop 11 Road, here you’ll find an enormous pool, 2 large water slides, and a seriously fun water play area. At only $5/adults and $4/children (and even less on the weekdays!) this pool is a bargain!
If you are in or near the Plainfield area, Splash Island is the place to go! Located on 4.5 acres, this water park includes three water slides, an interactive play area for all ages, a lazy river, a lily pad crossing, two pulsating vortexes, a six-lane competition pool with diving boards, a water basketball court, and a heated zero-entry kiddie pool. You’ll also find plenty of space on the deck or in the grass for lounging in the sun. Rainy day? Not to worry! Splash Island also includes an indoor water park with a 5,742 square foot pool with many of the same amenities as you’ll find outdoors.
Eagle Creek Park
Is the beach more your style? Then head to Eagle Creek Park. Eagle Creek is one of the largest city parks in the nation and it includes a sand beach for swimming, an enclosed swimming area, a separate children’s swimming area, a large sand area with playground equipment, sand volleyball, and concession stands. Children 2 and under can use the swimming beach for free and kids 3 and up get in for only $3!
The Indianapolis Parks Department operates 20 aquatic centers and 15 free public spray grounds. For a complete list, visit http://www.indy.gov/eGov/City/DPR/Amenities/Pages/Aquatics.aspx
Where is your favorite place in Indy to go swimming?