Resort at a Glance: Big Splash Adventure
Inside Big Splash Adventure, the climate stays tropical all year round. The 40,000-square-foot indoor water park is surrounded by glass walls, with a retractable roof that can open up during warmer months. This aquatic fun center is the centerpiece of a family-friendly resort set on 75 wooded acres that transforms into an autumnal wonderland. This deal includes tickets for laser tag or mini golf at Shotz and a $15 arcade token credit.
- Where you’ll stay: a Double Splash room with WiFi and a flat-screen TV.
- Water park attractions: water slides, a lazy river lined with tropical plants, and a three-story play structure with a bucket that dumps 1,000 gallons of water on kids and adults alike.
- Parents unwind in the 17-person hot tub, which stays heated to 100 degrees.
- On-site dining: three restaurants, including the Boatyard Restaurant, which serves ribeye steaks and seafood pastas.
- Start the day with a complimentary hot breakfast.
French Lick, Indiana: Charming Resort Town with Sprawling State Forest and Rich History
Far south in Indiana, near the Kentucky border, the small town of French Lick boasts a unique landscape that helped shape its evolution into a resort town. Roughly two centuries ago, visitors flocked to French Lick and the neighboring West Baden Springs to bathe in the area’s naturally therapeutic waters, which left several salt licks in the surrounding soil. The former French trading post is still popular with tourists today, less for the springs than the 200,000-acre Hoosier National Forest, where tree-lined trails weave past creeks, a 19th-century post office, and caves.
You don’t have to venture far to get a taste of French Lick’s rich history, which earned the town a spot on the National Register of Historic Places. At the Indiana Railway Museum, you can climb aboard a vintage locomotive that goes chugging through the forest. The railway is known for its staged Wild West robberies. Elsewhere, daily tours explore the century-old West Baden Springs Hotel, a National Historic Landmark with 200-foot domed ceilings adorned with frescoes.