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Splashing around at Brown County State Park’s aquatic center

The Aquatic Center's water slide

Do you find yourself looking for the perfect antidote to the winter blues beginning to creep in now that the holidays are over? Nothing screams summer fun like a trip down a waterslide and a splash in the pool. But you donít need to wait until the weather warms up. Just head inside to the indoor aquatic center at the Abe Martin Lodge in Brown County State Park.

I got to join in the fun recently with my toddler and husband. My son had a blast running around the†shallow splash area, where he could duck in and out of fountains. He relaxed in our arms as we floated down the small lazy river area on noodle floats. And he loved watching his mom and dad take turns flying down the water slide.

Passes to the aquatic center are complementary if you book a night at the Lodge. If an overnight stay isnít in your 2011 budget (since weíre all still sticking to those New Yearís resolutions, right?), you can typically buy a day pass to visit the aquatic center for $15 per person. If you plan to visit for the day only, call 812-988-4418 in advance because day passes arenít available when the Inn is fully booked.

The Lodge is part of the network of inns at seven of Indianaís state parks. Iíve stayed in several over the years, and they have all made for a comfortable and relaxing family getaway. From now through February 24, 2011, you can get two nights at any of the inns for the price of one if you book Sunday through Thursday (some blackout dates may apply). Call 1-877-LODGES1 to make a reservation.

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Written by : Nicole is a stay-at-home mom and blogger living in Columbus, Indiana. She blogs about adventures at home and away with her husband and 2-year-old son at She grew up in Plainfield, Indiana and graduated from Butler University in 2002. She grew up in Plainfield, Indiana and graduated from Butler University in 2002. She spent seven years living and working in downtown Indianapolis following college. Nicole is always looking for fun, kid-friendly outing ideas. You can contact her via email or find her on Twitter at @arrowssentforth. Nicole receives compensation from the Indiana Office of Tourism Development for blogging. For more information, see our FTC Disclosure page.