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10 Reasons To Visit Holiday World In Santa Claus, Indiana

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If you follow me on Instagram then you know that a few weekends ago our family got out of town! We went on a little adventure over to Santa Claus, Indiana. Right at just 3 hours away, it’s the perfect distance to travel from St. Louis for a weekend getaway. Holiday World was our destination and we found that it’s an amazing Midwest theme park.

10 reasons to visit Holiday World Midwest theme park in Santa Claus, Indiana.

10 Reasons To Visit Holiday World In Santa Claus, Indiana


Two Parks In One

An amusement park and water park in one place! Our kids loved riding the theme park rides and then heading over to Splashin’ Safari to cool off.

Holiday World and Splashin' Safari water park.

TWO parks in one. You don’t even have to exit one park to get to the other!


Splashin' Safari water park .

Splashin’ Safari is acre after acre of water slides, wave pools and more. We had never experienced a water park this big before! So much fun. No need to pack life jackets either. The park has them for you to use!



World-Class Roller Coasters

The Raven roller coaster at Holiday World.

Our boy conquered The Raven roller coaster!

This Midwest theme park is definitely not lacking in the roller coaster department! FIVE in total. There are even coasters for the varying ages making it perfect for multigenerational travel: Howler, The Legend, The Raven, The Voyage, and Thunderbird steel roller coaster.



Arcade Games

Skeeball arcade game.

Skeeball, anyone? If you are gamer then there’s something for you! So many different fun games to play for prizes. All themed to match the different holidays of course.


Free Stuff At Holiday World

“Nothing in life is free” does not apply at this Midwest theme park. The park actually has lots of freebies.


Free Parking

Santa Claus, Indiana free parking lot.

I don’t know of any other theme parks that offer free parking. That’s usually the surprise when you arrive to the destination! At Holiday World parking is FREE and there are even free trams to transport you from the furthest spots in the lot.



Free Sunscreen

Free sunscreen station.

No need to worry about packing or carrying sunscreen with you in the park. It’s easy to reapply all throughout the day with the many stations set up with FREE sunscreen. I honestly have never heard of any other place or theme park providing this for guests. A very important perk to take advantage of.




Free Soft Drinks at Pepsi Oasis

Holiday World Pepsi Oasis free soft drinks.

At Holiday World the soft drinks (and water) are free! Just walk right up to a Pepsi Oasis and quench your thirst. These drink stations are place all throughout the park.




Rides For The Entire Multigenerational Travel Family

Multigenerational travel theme park rides in Santa Claus, Indiana.

This theme park is perfect for families of all ages. There are even sections of the park that are geared towards young children. Lots to explore and an amazing multigenerational travel destination.




Gluten Free & Allergy Friendly Food Options

Gluten free funnel cakes with powdered sugar, chocolate and strawberry toppings.

GLUTEN FREE funnel cakes?!


Gluten free cheeseburger and fries at Holiday World.

All of the above is totally GLUTEN FREE!!!

We have more than a few allergies at our house and certain foods play a big part. I’ve been gluten free for 3 year now after being diagnosed with celiac disease. Our youngest has a peanut and tree nut allergy. So food can be challenge when on vacation. Not a problem at Holiday World. Check out the allergen friendly menu HERE and the gluten free menu HERE.




Entertaining Shows

Mysterio magic show.

Our kids love music and magic, so the Mysterio show was the perfect combination. So entertaining. Comedy, intrigue, singing and dancing all in one. Think a magic show as a musical. Definitely a must see and fun for the entire family! You’ll also find shows with divers, jugglers, bands and so much more. Have a look at all the various shows HERE.




Dole Whip

Dole Whip pineapple soft serve ice cream at Holiday World.

Remember all my previous blog posts about Dole Whip? At our house we are big fans of the pineapple soft serve treat! It’s quite popular at many theme parks, but did you know that it’s available right there in Santa Claus, Indiana??? Several food stands within the park serve Dole Whip. So refreshing and perfect for a hot, summer day!



Have a look at just a few more of our favorite moments at Holiday World and Splashin’ Safari:

We absolutely loved our time at this amazing theme park. It’s a place that we plan on visiting for years to come. In fact the kids are already asking when we are going back! Perhaps this fall will be perfect for another weekend getaway. Only 3 hours to get there from the Lou!


Get your tickets to Holiday World HERE.


See where we stayed in Santa Claus, Indiana HERE.


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Brennan Olson

Saturday 14th of May 2022

I want to go to Santa Claus, Indiana to see Holiday World and to celebrate Christmas every day! It'll be Frickin' AWESOME


Wednesday 1st of June 2022

It's such a fun place to visit!

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