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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.


Ralph Kramer

Saturday, June 30, 2018
Love it, love it, love it. Perfect "get away", right up the road. Whether you're bringing kids or just adults in your group, you will have a fantastic time. The water rides, fountains and beach are just what the Dr. ordered for a hot summers day and the coasters and ride attractions fill the day with fun and excitement. The picturesque boardwalk environment on the lake is the clincher. We had the wonderful time at Indiana Beach...

Casey Salter

Sunday, June 10, 2018
A nice time for a day. Tickets are a little pricey for single day admission, and there really isn't enough to do to justify two days. But for a single day there's a few good coasters and a few water rides. Has one of the best lazy rivers I've ever been too. Food is also a little pricey but not any more than any other amusement park. Good fair food that can be hard to find outside of a fair.

Napalm Skies

Sunday, June 24, 2018
I love coming here every year! It is our family tradition to come here, and my family loves it! I have a 2 and 1/2 year old daughter, and when I take her to the lazy river she splashes around in the floaty with me, and her smile is SO big and it melts my heart

Christine Maldonado

Wednesday, June 27, 2018
My family had a Phenomenal time! We went on a Wednesday and there were NO LINES! We were able to get on EVERYTHING! The smiles on my children's faces were priceless. It's cheaper if you purchase your tickets online ($31.99). At the door it's $39.99. Parking is only $10. If I could suggest anything...PACK A COOLER! Food in the park is expensive. It costs $3.29 for a bottle of water. Also, the water park closes at 6pm. You can re-enter the park as much as you like with your wristbands. Staff members are polite and the park is clean.

Cassie McCarty

Sunday, July 8, 2018
This place is a good get away with kids and with out kids. They have something for everyone. Wish the prices to get in weren't so high... $40 a person is a bit much especially since kids are the same prices as the adults. My youngest literally rode 3 rides and was done. I think they should have different price ranges.

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