Indiana Beach is a very interesting park. The park first originated as a small family owned park with a lot of charm. However, in 2008, the park was bought out by Morgan R.V Company and the park has been interesting since then. When I was there, I had mixed feelings about this park. On the positive side, this park has a really nice setting and a really cool atmosphere. Despite the park being located in the middle of nowhere Indiana, there's still this rich atmosphere that the park has by being right on the shore of Lake Shafer. In fact, if it wasn't for the name Indiana Beach, you really wouldn't think that this park was in Indiana. Though if you really miss the Indiana Feel, don't worry. Just leave the park and once you cross the suspension bridge and go past the trees, Indiana SMACKS you in the face with its nothingness and its corn. On top of that, the park has some pretty decent coasters, including Cornball Express and Steel Hawg, both of which, I personally just loved. Now that we talked about some positives, lets talk about the negatives. You could really tell that the park used to have more charm to it. There's still some charm and atmosphere to the park, you could tell that there used to be a lot more. There was a sense of deteriation. For the park still did have a nice atmosphere and some charm, you could tell that it was losing it. The employees there weren't exactly all that friendly and the park has made some incredibly stupid rules *cough* skyride *cough*. And from what I've heard, there are mixed reviews of the park since. I've heard some really bad horror story visits since, and there was a strike at the end of 2011 that worried me, but they seemed to have recovered and are doing just fine now. After the public outcry of their decision to move the chairswings over dry land, they kept them over water. So that does show that the park is listening to the guests, which is ALWAYS a good thing (Now listen to me about the skyride). I'd give it a visit. There's some good coasters, and hopefully some charm left.
Here are the reviews of all the Flat Rides at Indiana Beach. This park has a very interesting flat ride collection. The flat rides here consist of chairswings over the water, a falling star, some flyers, a music express, a paratrooper, some flying bobs, and a ferris wheel. Now most would not consider this to be a good flat ride collection. But these flat rides are just about the best of their type. They are all run at very high speeds, run very long cycles, and their setting on the lake makes then much more exciting. This makes these rides that much more interesting. And those are just on the flat rides I rode. The park is also home to a double shot, a tilt a whirl, a pirate ship, a scrambler, and a scrambler. I'm pretty sure they all run great cycles as well.
Best location on any chairswings and one of the best chairswings ever. =)
As far as dark rides go, Indiana Beach actually has a decent collection. Well first off, there's the Den of Lost Theives. This is nothing really special. Just your ordinary shooting dark ride. But its a lot of fun. No doubt about that. But what really stands out in Indiana Beach is Frankenstein's Castle. This thing is amazing. You walk through several rooms and look at all sorts of special effects. Now this may be an upcharge, but damn. IT IS JUST SO F*CKING FUN!!!!!! It can actually get kind of confusing, weird, and even sort of trippy inside. Maybe its just me, but I loved it. Yeah, it'll cost you $5.00. But its so good that its totally worth it!!!! =) Definetly check it out.
WORTH EVERY PENNY!!! DO NOT MISS!!!!! =)
Ok, now I never rode any of the water rides at Indiana Beach. So I really don't know too much about them. They have a log flume, which looks ok from photos, and they also have a Splash Battle.
Yep, Indiana Beach does have a water park, but from looking at it, it doesn't seem like a particuarly good one. I mean, I'm sure its fun and all, but it kind of seems...stuck in the 70s. All the slides seem standard, nothing at this water park seems to pop, or even act like a normal water park. The entire thing kind of seems outdated.
All right. Now if there's anything great at Indiana Beach that I forgot to mention, it would be the dining. THE FOOD HERE IS REALLY GOOD!!!!!! The food that they serve throughout the park is really good. They have burgers, chicken, tacos, and its all really good. None of it really seems like typical amusement park crap. There's a lot of charm to this food. It's very boardwalkish, greasy, and tasty. And its actually decently priced too. I mean, its not like Knoebels where its so cheap you just want to pig out, but you don't feel ripped off like you do at most theme parks. Now at one place in the park, they also serve Red Cream Soda. That is just f*cking awesome!!! That's a type of drink you'd expect to find at Rocket Fizz, not at an amusement park. Now I only saw it in one place, but still!! The fact that they have it anywhere is awesome. And then we have the Sky Room. DAMN!!!! This place serves good food. The lasanga and the macaroni and cheese I had was just fantastic. Indiana Beach really knew how to make these foods very rich. There was so much cheese and sauce packed into each bite. Now the only bad thing I have to say about the food at Indiana Beach was the complimentary water they served us in the Sky Room. Normally, water is just water, but here, it had some brownish tint to it that just didn't make it look safe. Are they serving us water from Lake Shafer? Is the water really that polluted in Monticello, Indiana? Is it always like that or was it just a one time thing that the water looked like that? Did the water just look that way due to the lighting in the Sky Room? Did an employee spill something in it that day? Am I being paranoid about water that just looks a little different? Well, whatever. I never took a sip of that water and just stuck to Coke.
Yeah. That lasanga and mac'n'cheese is just as good as it looks. (Oh, and you can take a look at the brownish water).
Theming and Other Attractions
Here are the reviews of all the other stuff at Indiana Beach. Well as for theming, there's not much actual theming, but there is atmosphere to this park. A very very rich atmosphere to this park. Like I said before, the setting on Lake Shafer is just fantastic and very un-Indiana like. It really helps the park feel like a carnival. The wind helps make all the flat rides just more fun and exciting, and just makes the park cooler and more relaxing. The hand painted signs are another little feature from the park that I love. It gives the park much more charm and its own identity. And the fact that the park hasn't switched to more modern signs is a very good sign. Now as for other attractions, the park does have a lot of games to play, many arcades, and they did just get a ropes course, and the location that they put the ropes course makes it look so good!!! =)
Yeah. Love the setting.
Indiana Beach is a very interesting park. While they may be losing some charm and have invented one of the dumbest rules in any amusement park, the amount of charm that the park still has is quite a lot and more than enough to appreciate. The setting on Lake Shafer, the hand painted signs, the coasters, the breeze, the location of the flat rides, the food, its all great and all of which makes for a fun time. Sure, at times the park can frustrate you with employees who don't seem to be all that polite or some incredibly stupid rule that boggles your mind, but for the most part, its pretty cool. Definetly give a spin when in Indiana. I mean, what else are you gonna do?
*Are there kiddy coaster restrictions? - Indiana Beach is just getting their first kiddy coaster for 2014.
*Don't avoid the flat rides because they're just a scrambler/paratrooper/falling star/etc. They run great programs and are really fun on the beach.
*Ride Lost Coaster first thing in the morning. Later in the day, it'll most likely either be closed, or have a 2.5 hour line.
*Be sure to look for the Red Cream Soda.
*Do Frankenstein's Castle. It's worth your time and money.