We live about 30 minutes from Deep River Waterpark in Crown Point, Indiana and despite living here for over 7 years now, we had never once visited the park. Let me be honest, large groups of people scare me because I always feel like I have less control over the safety of my kids.
Now, I’m not one of those parents who shelters their kids, but at times if I feel like I will spend my entire time being stressed out and nervous, I usually try and pick some other activity for us to enjoy. And with a waterpark not only having large crowds to deal with, there also is the water safety issue. So yes, I managed to avoid it all of these years.
Until this past weekend.
And I have to admit that I had a really good time.
I would actually go back again!
First of all, the place is huge! I was impressed with how many chairs and seating areas there were throughout the park. There were areas that would appeal to just about everyone from the smallest kids to the oldest adults. In addition the the numerous water slides, they have a wave pool, 2 lazy rivers, a toddler play area and an area for older kids. The water slides had different levels of bravery from a basic exposed-to-the-air slide to a pitch black covered slide, to speed slides with a pretty insane vertical drop.
We went last Saturday, the weekend before they shut down for the winter (although they do have ice skating during the winter months) and the crowds weren’t bad at all. There were lines for the slides but they moved quickly.
We really did have a blast, and I know we will make it a point to go back next summer, although they are open for one more weekend (they are open through Labor Day).
A few other things that impressed me about Deep River Waterpark:
- They honor active duty military with free admission.
- Their food prices were amazing and it actually was really good. A burger with fries and a drink was around $7. A hot dog was less than $2.
- You can bring coolers into the park if you want to bring your own food.
- Parking is FREE.
- If it rains and they close they park, they give you a ticket to come back another day.
If you are in Northwest Indiana or nearby, Deep River Waterpark is a great way to have some fun with your family without breaking the bank.Note: I received tickets to visit Deep River Waterpark to facilitate my review. Opinions are my own.