In the middle of winter, Santa Claus, Indiana's Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari are heating up two of the Internet’s top travel websites.
CBS News Travel Editor Peter Greenberg today named Holiday World and the town of Santa Claus as a top pick for “wacky” family-friendly road-trip destinations. Wackiness aside, Greenberg’s “The Travel Detective” website calls the town “one of the friendliest places to visit in the entire country,” citing Holiday World’s free soft drinks, parking and sunscreen. ( http://www.petergreenberg.com/2013/02/19/window-seat-or-aisle-seat-13-wacky-weird-us-road-trip-spots/4/).
Meanwhile, the park’s newest water coaster – Mammoth – is in the running to be named “Best New Water Park Ride” on About.com, one of the nation’s top 35 most-visited websites. The world’s longest water coaster, Mammoth received a number of industry awards last fall; this is Mammoth’s first nomination for a national awards program open to public voting. About.com’s Readers Choice Awards, which cover numerous categories, are open for daily voting through March 19. (Vote here: http://themeparks.about.com/b/2013/02/19/readers-choice-awards-best-new-water-park-ride-2012.htm)
Holiday World’s 67th season begins May 4; the premiere of Hyena Falls – four new in-the-dark water slides – is May 10, Splashin’ Safari’s opening day. For more information, visit the park’s website at HolidayWorld.com or call 1-877-463-2645.