First trip to Holiday World

Advice for a trip to Holiday World

From Melissa Donahue
Posted April 11, 2010 at 2:47 PM
My husband and I are planning our first trip to Holiday World on a Tuesday in late May. Since most schools are still in session, I'm thinking this will be a great time to go. Any suggestions, tips, or advice would be most appreciated!

From Derek Potter
Posted April 11, 2010 at 3:28 PM
Wise move.

From Mike Gallagher
Posted April 12, 2010 at 3:51 AM
Have fun, Melissa. One tip: They have this ride there called the Voyage...:)

From Don Neal
Posted April 12, 2010 at 5:48 AM
Unless you plan to stay overnight at the campgrounds, there isn't much close by for lodging. Most people stay in Jasper which isn't too far away. There is also a Baymont Inn by the highway. It's not much but we haven't had any problems with it. Also, there are some cave tours and other historic sites in the area if you are interested.

Also I would ride the Legend and Raven before riding the Voyage. They are great coasters but after you ride the Voyage they don't have the same affect. But all are worthy of multiple rides.

From Mike Gallagher
Posted April 12, 2010 at 8:24 AM
That's the way I did it on my only visit in '07, Don. I started with Legend, then Raven. Didn't care for the former much, but liked the latter a lot. Then I got fifty voyages on Voyage over two days. Blew me away, although it only made it to my #3 spot at that time, behind El Toro and Beast. Voyage is currently still my #3, with Ravine Flyer II in between it and Toro.

I stayed at a Days Inn in Tell City. It was the only reasonably priced motel in the area, about 20-25 minutes away from HW. Spooky road to travel at night, and STILL higher priced than I'd normally go for. Just not a lot of choices.

From Melissa Wilkinson
Posted April 12, 2010 at 2:23 PM
Hello Melissa!

This is Melissa Wilkinson from the Visitors Bureau where Holiday World is located (Santa Claus, Indiana) and I wanted to drop you a quick note to tell you that I'm glad that you're coming to visit the area!

We have several lodging facilities near Holiday World including cabins, cottages, hotels, RVs or camping. I'd be happy to assist you if you're looking for a place to stay.

Also, visit for a list of accommodations, dining options and other fun things to do in the area!

Melissa Wilkinson

From Melissa Donahue
Posted April 12, 2010 at 3:10 PM
Thank you, everybody, for all of the wonderful information! I don't think we're going to do an overnighter this time -- just driving in from Cincinnati, but all of your suggestions have been extremely helpful. I can't wait to go!

I really think that The Voyage's BIG WIN in Robert's tournament this year really provoked some interest in a new park for us! I'm very excited to expand beyond my usual trip to Cedar Point every year.

From James Rao
Posted April 13, 2010 at 3:27 AM
Melissa, you might check out this discussion thread from last year as well. Most of the info still looks pretty up to date.

From Melissa Donahue
Posted April 13, 2010 at 1:24 PM
There was some great information on that older thread, James. Thank you! I have a feeling I'll be riding the three coasters over and over again!

From Curtis Young
Posted April 13, 2010 at 8:24 PM
My family live just a couple hours from the park and go multiple times each year. They always rent an RV at Lake Rudolph and love the experience. The RV's are permanently attached and VERY nice. The campground operates a shuttle to and from the park, so it's easy to take a break if you want to, and there's a great feeling of family fun at the campground. People decorate their campsites, and there are boats available for renting to go out on the lake. With Tell City or Jasper being a good ways away, Lake Rudolph is a GREAT option.

From Heather P
Posted May 14, 2010 at 2:17 PM
Hi everyone, just a quick, easy to answer (I hope) question. My son is going to Holiday World in a few weeks with his school for a day trip. I have no clue really what to send with him. I do not want to burden him with a bunch of "stuff" that he will just loose anyway... I want to make sure he has what he needs,any suggestions will be appreciated.

From Derek Potter
Posted May 15, 2010 at 1:47 PM
Sunglasses, cash, and towel/bathing suit (if he's going to the water park). Drinks are free and sunscreen is free.

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