The Big Splash Adventure Indoor Water Park and Resort in French Lick, IN is family oriented for kids of all ages, with accommodations to suite everyone. Everything a family needs for a weekend trip is located at the facility, making the most of quality time for a getaway. Here is a review of our stay at the resort.
I made reservations via phone, since I had a few questions, but online reservations looked to be just as simple. There are a variety of rooms to sleep two to eight people. The most fun quality about some of the rooms is the bunk beds, which got our kids super excited. There are also packages available, which include local attractions if staying for more than an overnight trip. These include tickets to Holiday World and trail/arena horseback rides at a local ranch.
We chose the Family Fun Package for one night, which included a room for four, a full breakfast, a pizza with four drinks, $10 in tokens for the arcade, and dinner with drinks at the resort restaurant. For $248.00, this seemed like a good price because it also included four passes to the indoor water park, plus the hotel.
Our family of four arrived at noon to begin swimming, with room check-in usually at 4:00 pm. Our room was available so we were able to check-in early, so it was nice to get our belongings settled without having to make an extra trip to the car later in the day. The front desk personnel were very polite and knowledgeable. The room was very clean with pleasing details, such as simple, but nice bedding on the king bed. After a quick change, a minute stroll down the hall to the elevator, one more minute to walk the hall to park entrance we were moments away from water park fun!
The park is divided into several sections, with age appropriate pools for many different age groups. There are flotation devices at several stations for little ones. The “Lazy River” winds through the whole park so that is a nice way to get an introduction to the layout, and see reminders for rules.
The two sets of water slides are always busy with activity. One double set of slides is perfect for preschool aged children up to adults. There are lots of wheels to turn, cannons and sprinklers to spray, and spouts to investigate.
The second set of slides requires children to be a certain height, and requires the climbing of several sets of steps. These four slides are fast and fun, and two of them can be ridden using a single or double raft. One blue slide requiring a raft will deliver riders to a whirlpool slide, before dropping them down a chute for the final length of the ride – an amazing waterslide! ***Portions of these slides are completely dark, so words of caution for children just at the age to be on the ride or claustrophobia!
The outside pool has two sections with one for toddlers and babies with their parents, and the other for older children and adults. The shallow section has a handful of sprinklers with an open play area. The deeper section has basketball hoops as well as an open play area. The deep end is not over four feet deep. This pool area is great for getting into the sunshine, and getting a break for the busy atmosphere of the indoor park.
There is also a hot tub only for adults – I will maybe get to try that out next time, but it looks nice.
The Big Red Bucket. This attraction is set up high for all to see. The large bucket gradually fills up and a bell begins ringing when it is close to being full. A crowd of kids (big and small) gather underneath and the bucket empties on top of them! What fun!
There are many lifeguards at the water park, rotating their positions approximately every fifteen minutes. This is a good measure to maintain, to keep the lifeguards alert, moving, not bored, and aware. They also are polite when reminding children not to run, which is a frequent occurrence.
One thing that sets this water park apart from others is the retractable roof. Letting the sunshine and fresh air in is a delight. The security the roof provides when visitors are there on a rainy or cold day ensures the water park will still be enjoyed.
Our family played, and played, stopped for a pizza break and drinks in mid-afternoon (a great way to refuel and the pizza was good!). We swam and played more till the early evening, went to the room and changed, and headed to the restaurant for dinner.
Dinner. This was the only negative I found on our trip. The food was not the quality I was hoping for with a buffet that seemed appetizing. There was a nice salad bar, and the chicken tenders in the hot food section were good. The rest of the food seemed to have been sitting for a while without being checked on by staff. That being said, it was the only negative aspect of the stay.
The next morning we all got up and had a good, good breakfast. The food was tasty, fresh, hot and there was a variety to choose from. Once our stomachs were full, we changed into our swim gear and headed to the water park. We still had swimming privileges till 9:30 p.m. that day, even though we were not staying another night, which is wonderful.
Overall, the trip to Big Splash Adventure Indoor Water Park and Resort was a super value, everything was easy to access, and fun for the whole family. It is definitely a place worthy to spend a weekend at any time of the year.