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Monticello - Indiana Beach Boardwalk Resort

5224 East Indiana Beach Road


Behind Indiana Beach from the beginning was the Spackman family. Founder, Earl Spackman, developed the property with his son, Tom Spackman, working alongside him. Today the Spackman family vision has driven Indiana Beach to grow from a swimming area in a cornfield to the largest Amusement Resort and Vacation Playground in Indiana, an escape destination enjoyed by nearly 3/4 of a million visitors annually. Over 40 rides and attractions, games, fine dining, dancing, an exciting Waterpark, six roller coasters, and so much more ... it all had to begin somewhere ...

A dam was built creating Lake Shafer, near Monticello, Indiana. Earl Spackman took his family to the new Lake in hopes of purchasing a lot to build a vacation cottage. While the location was beautiful, the sharp banks of the artificial lake made finding a place to swim in the waters impossible. The dam and the creation of Lake Shafer were big projects for the Indiana area. Travelers would often pass by to see the new lake and view the on-going venture.

With an announcement that Lake Shafer would be lowered to provide water for Lake Freeman, Spackman was struck with an idea: People wanted a place to swim and he was going to give it to them. Using a horse and wagon, 2x4s, and a shovel, Earl Spackman and others literally created a beach along the shores of Lake Shafer. In addition, the crew built a bathhouse for guests to change in and a small refreshment stand. In 1926, Ideal Beach opened to the public with a 12 year-old Tom Spackman working hard behind the counter of the refreshment stand.


Georgia Horton

Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Just fun without the long lines. Great rides and campground. The shuttle buses were in poor shape and stunk of diesel... They took away the open tram style shuttles which were much nicer and more reliable.

JC Acoustic

Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018
New owners seem to be making a great effort to restoring the park back to it's original glory. It is apparent that they are putting some money back in the place. My family and I go here at least once a year. Keep up the good work IB and I'll give you 5 stars this coming summer.

Michael Wolsiefer

Monday, April 2, 2018
I have to give this park one start because I can't give zero. However I will say this, if you want to go to an amusement park that has carnival level rides and food, this is the place for you. If you are coming here expecting Six Flags or Cedar Point level rides and entertainment, don't bother. If you think you are coming to Disney Land... you will be severely disappointed. The bathrooms in this part need DIRE attention and it's amazing more people don't get sick from the lack of attention and cleanliness. The food is gross and questionable. Last year I got caramel corn and it was hard as a rock. I asked the worker if I could switch it out with a fresh batch and she told me they don't do refunds. The staff in general at the park is largely rude. If you stay in the hotel or one of the "suites" then you need to find something to do until the park opens which I believe is typically at 11a.m. Also don't expect all the rides to be operational because most of them break down or are already broken down. The water park is nothing too special. The "beach" is a glorified gravel pit. My son last year had a huge chunk of his toe cut off from some metal that rims the steps leading into the lake from the beach. There are also smoking zones, but that doesn't stop people from vaping and smoking while standing in line or walking around. If you are going to come here, here are some tips: 1) Bring your own water because the water here is WAY over priced for what you get. 2) If you stay in the hotel check the room when you arrive. We were told that we had to bring our own toiletries when we arrived and no one told us we needed to bring them before hand. The rooms are also questionably cleaned. 3) If you stay in the resort make sure you have something to do before the parks opens and pay close attention to the weather. 4) Don't skip the riverboat ride, it's actually quite nice. 5) If you care about eating healthy, bring your own food. 6) Spider webs and hornets are EVERYWHERE in the summer. 7) Kiddie Land is surrounded by loud roller coasters so if your young ones are sensitive to noise, this might not be the best option for you. 8) Adult entertainment is lacking. 9) Stay out of the water. 10) Don't come here with high expectations. I can't even say this is a budget park because there are better places out there with better rides, better theming, better food and better staff for a slightly higher price. You get what you pay for and this is the Wal-Mart of amusement parks.

Ben Moore

Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018
Apex has done an amazing job reviving the park, it looks great! Rides are great and I'm excited to see what the future holds with as much love as Apex has been pouring into the park.

Lixia Cheng

Monday, Sep. 25, 2017
I have to say I am super disappointed at the work efficiency of the staff at Indiana Beach. I booked the day pass tickets and meal vouchers for a group of 23 people just a couple of days before Labor Day, but on Labor Day, 5 of the 23 people could not make the trip. Indiana Beach could not issue a new balance (which would have been as easy math as 18 people's admission fees + 18 people's meal vouchers - $100 deposit), which was very much to our surprise, in this high-tech era. The staff at the group sales window still charged me the balance assuming that all 23 showed up. They directed me to talk to Shana (not 100% sure about the spelling of her name though) at the Customer Relations office, which I did. I was told by the group sales staff at the South entrance and reaffirmed by Shana herself that I would receive a check with the amount equal to the 5 absentees' day pass tickets and meal vouchers. It has been three weeks since my group's visit to the park, but I have not received any mail from Indiana Beach with the check they promised. I also contacted them using their online form and left them voice mails on their phone, but all to no avail. I need my refund of $170.8!

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