Holiday World

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Holiday World

Located on East Christmas Boulevard in Santa Claus, Indiana, Holiday World brings the spirit of the season throughout the year. The park has something for all ages, from thrilling roller coasters to rides specifically tailored for tiny tots at the Rudolph Reindeer's Ranch. The water park, Splashin' Safari, is also included in the price of admission, and offers the perfect way to cool down on a warm afternoon.

With a floating sensation that lasts 24 seconds and five underground tunnels, the Voyage is the most popular roller coaster ride. The Raven, named for Edgar Allan Poe's poem, is another popular wooden roller coaster. Other rides include Raging Rapids, Liberty Launch, Frightful Falls, and Paul Revere's Midnight Ride. The park also offers various daily shows, ranging from Santa Claus reading children's stories to a rock concert covering a range of music from disco to contemporary.


One-day adult admission for Holiday World and Splashin' Safari is $37, but the park offers several ways to save money. For instance, bring an empty Pepsi can or Bunny Bread wrapper and save $4 off general admission prices Sundays through Fridays in July and August. Many nearby hotels also offer package deals or discounts. When it comes to saving money, Paula Werne, Holiday World's director of public relations, says "Lots of families enjoy visiting for two or more days, and next-day tickets are just $19 per person."

Saturday is the busiest day, so visit midweek to avoid crowds and long lines. More tips on when to go to the park to make the most out of a visit are available online. For more information, visit Holiday World's website.

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