Trip Idea

Wash. Rinse. Dry. Repeat: Holiday World & Splashin' Safari

Southern Indiana promises several days of family fun!

Trip Idea Summary

Type of Trip: Family Fun, Rural Destinations, Summer Fun Trips

Region: South

Destinations Included: Spencer County Visitors Bureau, Santa Claus Christmas Store, Santa Claus Museum, Santa's Lakeside Cottages, Holiday World & Splashin' Safari, Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial, Lincoln State Park

Duration: 2-3 days

About this trip idea

Allow 2-3 days.

Planning an exciting summer getaway for the entire family can be quite challenging. How do you find something for everyone in just one spot? With places like Santa Claus and Lincoln City on the list, the kids will racing to the car!

Get into the Christmas spirit – any time of year
Santa Claus, Indiana – you know there must be something about the man in red around town. From the many Santa statues (there are 17), to the Santa Claus Christmas Store and Santa Claus Museum , it’s easy to catch a little Christmas spirit, even in the summertime. Surprise your family with a holiday-themed stay at Santa’s Lakeside Cottages . These cottages comfortably sleep six and offer fishing from your deck, your own picnic grill and easy access to the campground’s playground, park and fire pits.

Something special for thrill seekers of all ages
Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari  is known for their quality rides, friendly staff and park cleanliness (voted Cleanest Park on the Planet 14 years running). This family-owned park even offers free, unlimited soft drinks, free sunscreen and free Wi-Fi all summer long.

Check out their wooden roller coaster fun on The Raven, The Legend and The Voyage, which was voted World's Best Wooden Coaster! Need something a little tamer for the small ones? Children under 54 inches tall can ride Rudolph's Round-Up, play in the Safari Sam's SplashLand and spend time with Santa Claus! 

Get wet in Splashin' Safari on Wildebeest and the Mammoth. The Wildebeest is a one-third mile wild adventure of uphills, drops, twists and turns and has been voted the World's #1 Waterpark Ride for four consecutive years. And, the Mammoth is sure to thrill as you speed through dark tunnels, down seven stories and, even, backwards. Grab the family to challenge this beast!

A little something for the history buff, too

As a boy, Abraham Lincoln and his family lived in Southern Indiana. Step back into Lincoln’s day at the Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial living historical farm. The farm is a recreated pioneer homestead where rangers in period clothing perform a variety of activities typical of the 1820 era. In nearby Lincoln State Park watch an inspiring play about Lincoln all summer long, titled A. Lincoln: A Pioneer Tale in an outdoor amphitheatre. The park also offers camping, hiking and other outdoor activities.

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Spencer County Visitors Bureau


Santa Claus Christmas Store


Santa Claus Museum


Santa's Lakeside Cottages


Holiday World & Splashin' Safari


Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial


Lincoln State Park


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