A total of 44 rides, including a Kiddy Land, cover the premises bordering
Summer weekends draw 10,000 customers each day and weekdays often attract more than 5,000 people. Because school has started, the park now is open weekends only through
But whether it's the wooden roller coaster, the Hoosier Hurricane, or the old-fashioned lockers at the water park, or even some of the water park itself, everything points back to a simpler time.
But the park has one common theme with the mega parks like
And despite competition from those bigger parks, Indiana Beach is still in operation.
"We are having a pretty decent year," said Hurd. The competition from the bigger parks with the more famous rides has not had a huge effect, he added. "People like us because we are a short drive away.
"People like us because we are smaller," he added. "If you go to one of the bigger parks, you could be waiting in line two to three hours before you get to ride the ride. By that time, you've wasted a good portion of the day.
"Here if you wait more than 20 minutes in a line, there's probably something wrong. Here, you are looking at five to 10 minutes wait on most rides and people get an opportunity to enjoy all the rides here instead of just a few."
Some dispute Hurd's claim that the lines are generally short.
But some readily agree, including
"I just like that it's kind of small and intimate" he said. "It's kind of a throwback to the old boardwalk like
"It's not little, but it's also not big like at Great America," Holmer said. "It's a whole different feel."
She likes the fact that a water park is part of the park, giving everyone a chance to cool off during a long day.
Both Winters and Takach believe the park could be cleaner. Takach adds that one ride has not worked the last three years they were there, but they still love the park. "It's a good family-oriented atmosphere," he said.
Hurd said the controversy over several hundred thousand dollars of unpaid taxes in 2013 has been resolved and taxes are current for the park, which generates about
The park sells memories. "It's a retro type park," Hurd said. "People have been coming here for years and years and years. People love the old-time feel. It's just a nice family tradition park."
Avery has family in
"We will go until I am dead," he said. He cites affordability, cleanliness among the assets. Though they had heard many rides were down, they were working when they were there, he said.
"It's a family tradition," he said, that dates back to his youth when the company his dad worked for sponsored a company picnic there. "We enjoy mostly the family atmosphere."
And it does have some big-time rides of its own, perhaps not as long in duration or as large as the bigger parks, but quality rides nonetheless. Ticket prices, which can be less with discounts, are
The Hoosier Hurricane is now 20 years old and cost
The park, built in 1926 with a few rowboats and a hot dog stand, also has seven new rides, including a kids' coaster and pumpkin Ferris wheel.
The annual rumor that a bigger park is going to buy Indiana Beach is simply not true, Hurd said.
"The Spackman family knew what they were doing," Hurd said. "They knew they had something that they could be proud of and continue to develop that thing for more than 80 years."
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