The family wasn't too keen on hitting up a tourist trap kind of town, but I am a sucker for them. I did end up selling them on the idea when they realized there was a theme park with roller coasters and a water park all rolled into one.
It's a holiday lovers paradise! Each section of the park represents a different holiday. Start off in Christmas World where you can take photos with an oversized Santa, a huge Christmas tree, and ride Christmas themed rides.
Then there's Halloween World...
Thanksgiving World will take you on a Mayflower voyage, ride some turkeys, and then swing into the cafe for a home cooked Thanksgiving dinner.
Just like Thanksgiving World, each section had their own themed eateries. Grab some Christmas Fudge, Star Spangled Ice Cream or a Goblin Burger.
Most of the rides were carnival type rides, but they did have about 5 roller coasters. I believe 4 were wooden and one was steel.
Included in admission, you also get to take advantage of the water park. The girls loved this area, spending most of the day here. There are several water slides, a few tide pools, and you can even float along the lazy river.
They even offer FREE sunscreen at the various sunscreen stations located though the water park.
Pro tip: bring some cheap flip flops. Most of the water park area is concrete and it gets HOT! You will definitely fry your feet walking from area to area here.
In addition to the free sunscreen, they even have FREE soda stations through the entire theme park. Stop by any Pepsi Oasis to quench your thirst with soda, lemonade, and sports drinks. I loved this freebie since every other theme park price gouges on beverages. There are quite a few stations, so you never have to wait long in line, either.
Don't forget your photo with Santa before you leave!
If you've been to Michigan's Adventure, Holiday World is a lot like that theme park. The girls did say they liked Holiday World better, but I thought they were both pretty equal in rides and the water park area. Holiday World does have an advantage for me since they do offer the free beverages and sunscreen and, well, Santa in the middle of summer! You can't beat that!
Do you visit theme parks in the summer?