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 ThemeParkCritic.com 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.
Tripping.com 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 BeachThe 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.
Vacation Rentals in Indiana Beach
Looking for the perfect vacation rental for your Indiana Beach getaway? Tripping.com’s got you covered. Whether you’re seeking a vacation home, cabin rental or cottage, Indiana Beach offers 47 affordable vacation home rentals to choose from, with far more amenities, space and comforts than the average hotel room. Select from 37 properties with high-speed WiFi Internet, 22 full with jacuzzi and pool, and homes complete with outdoor patio, great for entertaining with guests. Whatever your needs, find the perfect home rental that best matches your accommodation style and budget.For travelers planning for an extended stay, long-term lodging and corporate rentals only cost an average of €25 a month. Save hundreds with affordable vacation rentals on Tripping.com and, in many cases, book directly online so you’re all set to go. Indiana Beach has 47 gorgeous homes with 10 pet-friendly rentals to choose from, perfect for your dog or cat. Check out our vacation rental listings now to get the latest deals, and book the right vacation home rental for you and the whole family. Feel at home wherever you are and experience an unforgettable vacation with Tripping.com.
Search properties from 6 vacation rental sites in Indiana Beach where the top providers in that area are HomeAway, Booking.com, and Expedia. There are 21 HomeAway rentals, 10 Booking.com short term rentals and 8 Expedia vacation rentals.