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Indiana Beach Information

About Indiana Beach

A mix between a theme park, an amusement park, and a water park, Indiana Beach is a hidden gem in the Midwest. The early beginnings of Indiana Beach started when a dam was built near in the early 1900s and Lake Shafer was created. The Spackman family, led by Earl Spackman, took his family to visit the lake and, in 1926, he and others helped to create and open Ideal Beach on the shores of the lake. Speckman added new rides and activities in the 1930s and 40s, and when he passed on, his son took over the project and changed the name to Indiana Beach. Now, Indiana Beach has grown from a swimming area to the largest amusement and resort vacations playground in Indiana.

The beach is surrounded by Lake Shafer, Tippecanoe River, and Honey Creek. A short ten-minute drive from Monticello, Indiana Beach offers visitors a fun filled visit starting on opening day which is usually at the end of May.

Things to do in Indiana Beach

The beach is home two three wooden roller coasters, including the Cornball Express which was voted the #1 Wooden Rollercoaster in the World by in 2002. It boasts three additional roller coasters, over 40 rides and games, a waterpark, and a boardwalk with shops and dining. You’d be hard-pressed to leave Indiana Beach without finding something you like.

For an easy start to a hot day, head over to the water park, grab a tube, and relax while floating down the Action River, which runs along the edge of Lake Shafer. The Splash Bash is a great spot for all ages to come and enjoy the fountains, waterfalls, and splash areas. There is also a swimming area with a beach in the heart of the water park that’s great for lounging and soaking up some rays. Once you’re feeling bold, the water park offers six different water slides and one water coaster. Throw on your swim suit and choose your adventure!

Indiana Beach also provides visitors with character appearances, a fireworks show, and a water ski show. Every weekend, a new artist plays live music at the beach’s Rooftop Lounge. Sitting high above the boardwalk, Rooftop Lounge is the go-to place for nighttime entertainment.

Day Trips from Indiana Beach

A five-minute drive south from Indiana Beach is Pine View Golf Course. Tee times are available for as low as $25 per player during the week and $33 per player on the weekends. The Tippecanoe Country Club, a 5-minute drive north of Indiana Beach, is a semi-private golf course that is open to the public. The beautiful course is surrounded by Lake Shafer and its 6,850 yards are groomed extremely well. Tee times can also be scheduled here for $29 during the week and $49 during the weekends. Oakdale on the Lake is the country club’s full bar and restaurant that offers a deck overlooking Lake Shafer.

Downtown Monticello, a short ten-minute drive from Indiana Beach, offers visitors additional fun. The Whyte Horse Winery is a great place for adults to enjoy a day in the vineyard. For $3, adults age 21 and older can sample 5 of the winery’s offerings and even schedule a tour of the winery. Monticello’s historical drive-in movie theater charges just $10 per adult and $5 for children ages 12 and younger for a double feature. Two screens allow visitors to choose the two movies they want to see, so head over to the drive-in for a night under the stars.

Accommodations offers rentals up and down Tippecanoe River. For the golf enthusiast, pick a rental near the Tippecanoe Country Club. If you’re here for a relaxing weekend by the water but want to be close enough to Indiana Beach and its excitement, choose a beach cottage right along Lake Shafer. We even have rentals near downtown Monticello if you’d rather spend all day the the Whyte Horse Winery.

Indiana Beach boardwalk houses 15 dining and drink options, including adult beverages, and two gift shops. Downtown Monticello provides even more dining and shopping options including local favorite Broadway Joe’s Double Dog Dare You. Bring an appetite and try their loaded hot dogs!

Transportation in Indiana Beach

The best way to get to Indiana Beach from out of state is by air. Fly into Indianapolis International Airport and rent a car, and head north on I-65 for about an hour and a half to reach the beach. Or, for some extra travel, fly into either airport in Chicago and drive south on I-65 for a little over two hours. Public transit is not available in Indiana Beach, so plan on getting a rental car if you’re flying in from out of state. You can also bring a skateboard or bike to get around the beach.

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Vacation Rentals in Indiana Beach

Find the best Indiana Beach vacation rentals on With over 25 home rentals, take your pick from a wide variety of choices including studio apartments, luxury condos, and cozy cabin rentals. Prices in Indiana Beach range from $59 a night. Many rentals can also be booked directly online.

Vacation home rentals found on offer more amenities than the average hotel room along with many of the comforts of home. Going on a business trip or need to stay connected? 20 homes in Indiana Beach offer high-speed WiFi Internet so you won’t miss a beat. Travelling with kids? Let them splash around in any of the 12 rentals with pool or jacuzzi, or relax with the family in one of the 21 homes with cable TV.

For all those pet owners with dogs or cats, Indiana Beach offers 5 pet-friendly vacation rentals for your extended family. Find the perfect vacation rental that matches your budget and style on

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