If you get on Highway 64 and head east for about three hours, you will run smack into Santa Claus, Indiana. There you'll find Holiday World & Splashin' Safari, a holiday-themed park that dates back to the 1940s.
Holiday World is still family owned and operated, and you can feel that Midwestern family spirit throughout the park. Parking, sodas and sunscreen are free, all the time. The park is so immaculately clean it sparkles. Food is reasonably priced, compared to other amuseument parks. The staff are friendly and polite. It's like your Aunt Mabel took the place over.
But the excitement is big-city scale. Several of the park's roller coasters, including three wooden ones, have been voted among the best in the world. The water park has a water coaster that will knock the breath out of you, and some truly evil monster slides.
Little kids are catered to mightily, as you'd expect in a family-owned park, and even toddlers will never run out of fun here.
There are several hotels, campgrounds and cabin facilities for those who want to spend more time at the park. Visit the Holiday World website to find all the info you need to plan your visit.