Trip Idea

Family Fun Launches in 3.5 Seconds!

Soar on Holiday World & Splashin' Safari's NEW Thunderbird, America's first launched wing coaster:

Trip Idea Summary

Type of Trip: Family Fun, Outdoor Rec & Sports

Region: South

Destinations Included: Holiday World & Splashin' Safari, Lake Rudolph Campground & R.V. Resort , Christmas Lake Golf Course, Santa Claus Museum, Santa's Candy Castle, Santa's Lakeside Cottages, Santa's Stables

Duration: 3 days

Related Trip Ideas: Ride the Rails in Southern Indiana

About this trip idea


If you're tired of everyone in the car (except the driver) being in their own little worlds of contraptions, then a trip to Holiday World & Splashin' Safari is just the ticket! New in 2015 is Thunderbird, the nation's first launched wing coaster. Soaring 14 stories high, its bright orange track is one of the first sights you'll see as you near the park nestled in the rolling hills and trees of Santa Claus, Indiana. Your family will wait side by side in the winged car, anticipating the blast-off that starts the ride. Suddenly, you're launched from the starting pad, going from 0-60 mph in just 3.5 seconds! From there, you'll experience turns and barrel rolls, with seemingly near misses of trees and other rides. Imagine the conversations reliving those thrills on your ride home.

And Thunderbird is just one of many reasons to spend a couple of days at Holiday World. Home to the number-one wooden roller coaster and best water park, it's a popular family attraction year after year. As the name implies, Holiday World & Splashin' Safari is two parks for the price of one admission. And the good value doesn't stop there—you'll enjoy free parking, free sunscreen and free soft drinks all day long!

Holiday World is divided into the different seasons of the year: Christmas (of course!), Thanksgiving, Halloween and the 4th of July. Everyone in the family can have fun, whether they are daredevils or prefer calmer rides. There's also entertainment, from singing and dancing shows to the amazing high divers.

There's good reason Splashin' Safari has been voted the nation's best. Be sure to ride the Mammoth, which is the world's longest water coaster. Because the six-person boats are round, no two rides are ever alike! You never know who in your party will get the biggest splash.

Extend your trip to several days

While you're in the area, you can extend your trip with an afternoon at Santa's Stables!Your family will be guided by a trained rider on a 15-minute or 45-minute horseback ride. There are even ponies for the smallest riders. If there are golfers in the group, be sure to include time for a round at at Christmas Lake Golf Course. Families also enjoy the Santa Claus Museum and Santa's Candy Castle. 

Overnight nearby

There is so much to see and do at Holiday World & Splashin' Safari that you will want to visit for a few days. When you stay at Santa's Lakeside Cottages, you can fish, swim in the pool, grill in your backyard and simply enjoy the lakeside view from your fully furnished cottage. The kids will enjoy the playground and free DVD rentals, too! The beautiful lake views and playgrounds makes everyone in the family happy as you stay in the fully furnished cottages. 

You can also stay nearby at Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort. Don't have your own camper? You can rent one! The campground shuttle will be happy to take you back and forth to the park. 

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Holiday World & Splashin' Safari


Lake Rudolph Campground & R.V. Resort


Christmas Lake Golf Course


Santa Claus Museum


Santa's Candy Castle


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