We were recently invited to visit and review Big Splash Adventure Indoor Water Park & Resort in French Lick, Indiana. I was itching for a mini-vacation and Phillip agreed so we graciously accepted! We were offered a free overnight stay and 4 water park tickets for our honest review. Since we don’t have kids, we took our friend Evan along and our review is as follows.
If you don’t know where French Lick is, it is an hour and a half North of Evansville. It’s a great scenic drive as you through Hoosier National Forest with Patoka Lake on either side of the road.
When we arrived, we were greeted by someone at the front desk and we were surprised to find that they had upgraded us from the promised Big Splash room (king bed and sleeper sofa) to the absolutely huge Pirate’s Fortress (king bed, set of built-in twin size bunk beds, sleeper sofa, AND a separate private room with a queen size bed and its own bathroom). The room was amazing – clean, large, and very comfortable!
Shortly after we settled in, we went on the hunt for something to eat. Unfortunately the only food available when we checked in was a buffet and we weren’t sure we wanted to spend that much (or eat that much, for that matter). So we drove around French Lick for a while and ended up at the French Lick Resort for food (pricey but well worth it). We also visited the beautiful West Baden Hotel to see the famous dome. If you’ve never been, it is stunning! It’s free to the public and they have lots of little shops to visit that I thought were quite nice.
The next morning, we enjoyed the complimentary free breakfast. It was unlike any other free breakfast I’d ever had at a hotel. They had eggs, bacon, sausage, hash browns, pancakes and probably more stuff that I didn’t even see. When we finished eating, we went back to our room to change into swimsuits and headed to the water park.
Even though it was rather cool outside, the water park area was warm and inviting. Unfortunately I left my camera back in the room so I couldn’t take any pictures (I was part blind without my glasses anyway) but it was large with multiple slides, a lazy river, a large hot tub (my favorite part), and multiple pools. Here’s a great shot from Big Splash Adventure’s website.
Phillip and Evan took off to go down some slides and I relaxed in the lazy river. It was somewhat short but it had several different water features that I thought were pretty nice. You could easily avoid them if you just wanted to lounge on your inner tube as well.
After a few trips down the slides, we decided to lounge around in the hot tub for a little while. It’s a little embarrassing to admit but it was my first time going in a hot tub and I was a little nervous and afraid the water would be too hot. My nervousness was quickly soothed away but the perfectly warm water. We sat around chatting for probably 20 minutes and then decided to check out the different pools.
Our favorite ended up being the one designed for families. It has a water basketball area where lots of kids like to play and it also has a really neat whirlpool off to the side. If you stand near the edge, you get whipped around quickly but if you stand near the center, you just feel the water gently swirling around.
We stayed at the water park for probably 3 hours before we got bored. Although it was fun and there was plenty to do, most of it seemed geared towards families with kids. They have several pool features designed for kids and they all looked great but not something we could utilize. They also had a great looking arcade just off the pool area. I definitely want to take my little sister sometime – she’d have a blast.
Overall, I think Big Splash Adventure is a great deal for families and it’s a great place to visit when the weather is cool and you’re tired of other indoor activities like bowling or watching movies.