Top 10 Holiday World & Splashin Safari Campgrounds & RV Parks

The summer heat can really get to you, but Indiana has an excellent way to cool down. Locals and visitors from near and far travel to the Holiday World & Splashin Safari to cool off on a hot day. Located in the charming city of Santa Claus, the theme park and water park are one of Indiana’s favorite family attractions. The two parks are connected, so visitors can enjoy both parks easily.

Holiday World is located in Santa Claus, IN, but they certainly haven’t ignored the other holidays. The park has sections for the Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the ever popular Halloween section. Pack your swimsuit and sunscreen, then get ready for an exciting day in the water and sun.

We’ve found the best RV parks to stay at during your Holiday World & Splashin Safari. Many are also water themed with great water slides and several have water parks of their own. When you’re had your fill of theme parks, glance through The 10 Best RV Trips to Take in Indiana for some great ideas on where to go next.

1. Dubois County Park

dubois county park near Holiday world
Dubois County Park. Photo by duboiscountyfreepress.com

This is a nice quiet family park with play areas, a basketball court, and softball field. There are two small lakes for fishing and trails for hiking. This park is popular with locals for birdwatching from spring through fall. Sites are first come, first served and any empty spot is available. Dubois County park is located in Huntingburg, less than 20 miles from Holiday World & Splashin Safari, but in a different time zone.

Best Features

Daily/Weekly/Monthly Rates: $12+
# of RV Sites: 32
Full Hookups: No, electricity and water
30/50 Amp: 30 amp
Back-in/Pull-through Sites: Back-in sites
Pool/Hot tub: No
Playground: Yes
Showers: Yes
Pets Allowed: Yes
Other Amenities basketball courts, baseball field, horseshoes, fishing, hiking, barbecue pits, picnic tables, grills

Why you’ll love Dubois County Park

The park sits upon the county fairgrounds and consists of woodlands, old field habitat, wetlands around two small lakes, and grasslands. Birdwatchers commonly see warblers, vireos, thrushes, woodpeckers, and sparrows during migrations in the spring and fall. Kentucky Warblers, Yellow-breasted Chats, Summer Tanagers, and Worm-eating Warblers have also been spotted. Nesting birds can be found in spring and summer.

Reviews of Dubois County Park

“Reservations are NOT accepted. Sites are available on a “first come” basis. Pull in and pick the site you want. Any empty site is available. This is a nice quiet family park. There are several play areas and a basketball court as well as covered shelter houses. It fills up quickly with local campers so it’s best to arrive early in the week. We camped at Dubois County Park in a Travel Trailer.” – kc9mls, RV Park Reviews

Dubois County Park Information

Phone: 812-482-2434
Reservations: Not available
Website: Dubois County Park
Physical Address: 0
Mailing Address: 0
Driving Directions: From the East / West: Take SR 64 into Dubois County. Turn north onto SR 162 and watch for the “Dubois County Park and 4-H Fairgrounds” sign. Turn left (west) into the front entrance of the park.

2. Lincoln State Park

Lincoln State Park near Holiday World
Lincoln State Park. Photo by newsnowdc.com

This Indiana state park has much to do. The lake offers a boat dock, paddle boating, canoeing, kayaking, and swimming. There is a volleyball court, recreation programs, and a playground for the kids. The park also offers an interpretive center with instructional programs, walks, and waysides. Walking tours offer great opportunities to see local wildlife and birdwatching. Possibly best of all, it is only 5 miles from Holiday World & Splashin Safari. After a wild day at the park, you can relax and recooperate in this natural setting.

Best Features

Daily Rates: $16 – $40
# of RV Sites: 234
Full Hookups: No Sewer
30/50 Amp: 30 amp only
Back-in/Pull-through Sites: Both
Pool/Hot tub: No
Playground: Yes
Showers: Yes
Pets Allowed: yes
Other Amenities Nature programs, kayak, canoe, and paddleboat rentals, grills, lookout tower

Why you’ll love Lincoln State Park

The nature programs, recreation programs, cultural sites, exhibits, and interpretive center here offer good information for inquisitive minds. Additionally, there is a museum and artifact/petroglyph view less than a mile away. There is a playground for the younger set and plenty to interest older kids and adults.

Reviews of Lincoln State Park

“We have stayed here three times in our travels around the country! This is my favorite park! We have only ever been here on October and it is absolutely beautiful and peaceful. The leaves are yellow, orange, purple ….exquisite!

This last time it rained and we were in our Motorola looking at the lake enjoying the view…..very cozy. The people are so nice! We will come again perhaps a different season. We camped at Lincoln State Park in a Motorhome.”– Brandl, RV Park Reviews

Lincoln State Park Information

Season Open year-round
Phone: 812-937-4710
Reservations: Reserve America
Website: Lincoln State Park
Physical Address: 15476 N CR 300 E, Lincoln City, IN 47552

Driving Directions: Lincoln State Park is located south of I-64. Use Exit 57A off I-64 and travel south on US 231 to IN 162 West to park entrance.

3. Lake Rudolph Campground

lake rudolph near holiday world
Lake Rudolph Pool. Photo by LakeRudolph.com

Located in Santa Claus, Indiana, the Lake Rudolph Campground embraces the Christmas theme, while offering plenty of activities for everyone. They also embrace their proximity to Holiday World by offering many water activities including Santa’s SplashDown WaterPark on site (small extra fee required). Small children will enjoy the free Blitzen Bay Family Pool and Baby Blitzen Kiddie Pool. There are two playgrounds, basketball courts, a fishing lake, volleyball, free mini-golf, and Gem Mining Sluice. Boat rentals and nature trails round out the offerings.

Lake Rudolph is the closest park to Holiday World and they offer a free shuttle that runs every 30 minutes. It drops you off and picks you up at holiday world main entrance. This is especially convenient for travelers in motorhomes, but it eliminates the parking problem for everyone.

Best Features

Daily/Weekly/Monthly Rates: $32 and up
# of RV Sites: 270
Full Hookups: Yes
30/50 Amp: Both
Back-in/Pull-through Sites: Both
Pool/Hot tub: Pool, splashpad, and water park
Playground: Yes
Showers: Yes
Pets Allowed: Yes
Other Amenities Many

Why you’ll love Lake Rudolph Campground

Kids will love the Rudolph theme of this campground. Themed activities like Story Time with Santa and Coloring with Rudolph are sprinkled throughout the weekends, along with plenty of other activities. Santa’s SplashDown WaterPark is open on weekends during the summer. It offers three giant water slides for a small fee ($4.95 at the time of this article).

Reviews of Lake Rudolph Campground

“We stayed here years ago in one of their rental RVs and had a great time. This trip we took our own RV. We had a back-in site that was fairly narrow but workable. There seems to be a mass of folks checking in or checking out at the same time. Unfortunately we did not receive all the information or communication we needed at check-in and had some questions throughout our stay.

The amenities are great – our four kids swam at the pools, played golf and met many new friends at the campground. Of course we took a day and went to holiday world. Our friends came over one night and shared a dinner with us. The campground graciously let them come in and park near us with no charges or extra requirements.

This place is very family friendly. There are several shuttle stops that take you directly to and from the amusement park. The campground is huge. We had to keep our map with us at all times because you can get lost. Our only complaints are that we feel the campground is a little expensive and can be loud.

Since you are adjacent to the Holiday World Amusement park you can hear the rides and screams of riders from open to close. This park fills fast. We had to take our third choice of dates due to it being so booked. I wish they would add more camping spots deeper into the woods. It appears as though they are adding more of their own RV spots which now look like trailers from the local trailer park. We camped at Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort in a Fifth Wheel.” – cshafer, RV Park Reviews

Lake Rudolph Campground Information

Season Open
Phone: 888-929-7010
Reservations: Online Reservations
Website: Lake Rudolph Campground and RV Resort
Physical Address: 78 N Holiday Blvd., Santa Claus, Indiana 47579

4. Hoosier/Tipsaw Recreation Area

Tipsaw near Holiday World
Tipsaw Recreation Area (Hoosier National Forest) Photo
Tipsaw Recreation Area (Hoosier National Forest)
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Hoosier Tipsaw Recreation Area is a National Park in the Hoosier National Forest, 28 miles away from Holiday World. There are only 48 RV sites, so the park is very quiet with plenty of privacy. The lake has a very large sandy beach with handicap access. A special wheelchair design allows a person to sit on benches at the waters edge.

The lake has boating, swimming, sailing, skiing, and a boat ramp. Fishermen catch Redear, Channel Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, and Crappie. The Tipsaw Trail is seven miles of hiking and mountain biking trail.

Best Features

Daily/Weekly/Monthly Rates: $20 – $43
# of RV Sites: 48
Full Hookups: No, Water and electric only
30/50 Amp: 30 amps
Back-in/Pull-through Sites: Both
Pool/Hot tub: No, swimming in lake
Playground: Yes
Showers: Yes
Pets Allowed: Yes
Other Amenities Fishing, boating, skiing, hiking

Why you’ll love Tipsaw Recreation Area

This is a serene camping area/lake with a large beach and a park-like setting. You’ll enjoy a slower pace here, floating on the lake or watching the abundant wildlife. If you feel like a little exercise, take a hike or go swimming, fishing or boating. Recreation revolves around the lake and the natural setting but the park is modern enough.

Reviews of Tipsaw Lake Recreation Area

“Tipsaw Lake Recreation Area is tranquil and serene. This small, blissfully quiet lake (no speedboats allowed) has a large beach and picnic area, both well maintained. The campgrounds are on a ridge above the lake (no view). Catbrier Loop has 10 sites, all with electric and water. Catbrier is a lovely park-like setting, with flat grassy areas, numerous trees, and large, spacious sites with concrete grid pads. This loop also has a picnic pavilion and two privy restrooms. A 1/2 mile trail to the beach is located in the back. Dogwood and Jackpine loops have some electric sites and communal water faucets. Those loops offer deep-woods shaded sites, and very nice bathhouses plus other privies are located throughout.

CG Hosts are present in each loop, and keep the areas well maintained. We spent an excellent weekend floating in the lake, and watching the abundant wildlife: deer, fox, turtles, bats, cranes, and legions of butterflies. At the end of July, these campgrounds were less than half full, we felt we had the place to ourselves! We will definitely return to Tipsaw Lake and the Catbrier campground. We camped at Hoosier / Tipsaw Recreation Area in a Motorhome.” – Flying Mantis, RV Park Reviews

Hoosier Tipsaw Lake Recreation Area Information

Season Open Spring through Fall, closes October 15 for 2017
Phone: 812-843-4891
Reservations: Reserve America
Website: Tipsaw Lake Recreation Area
Address: 21387 Old State Rd 37, Tell City, Indiana 47586

5. Scales Lake Park

scales lake park near Holiday World
Beach at Scales Lake Park, Photo by: http://www.warrickcountyparks.com/scales-lake-park/photo-gallery/scales-lake/

The stunning natural setting and 66-acre lake will have you falling in love with Scales Lake Park. Visitors enjoy outdoor activities such as a nice sandy beach for swimming or sunbathing, boating, hiking, fishing, a water slide and other outdoor activities. The surprise here is the petting zoo that is sure to charm children and adults alike. Only 25 miles away from Holiday World, this park would be a great home base at the end of a long day at the water park.

Best Features

Daily Rates: $13 to $28 daily
# of RV Sites: 101
Full Hookups: Yes
30/50 Amp: both
Back-in/Pull-through Sites: Both
Pool/Hot tub: Yes, pool at waterslide, extra fees may apply.
Playground: No
Showers: Yes
Pets Allowed: Yes
Other Amenities Fishing, boating, hiking, water slide, swimming, petting zoo.

Why you’ll love Scales Lake Park

After a long day at Holiday World & Splashin Safari, you’ll enjoy settling down here. The giant water slide extends the excitement of the park, and the sandy beach makes a great place to relax. Kids will also enjoy getting up close and personal with the animals at the petting zoo.

Reviews of Scales Lake Park

“Nice campground with a big fishing and swimming lake, playgrounds, shelter houses, four rental cottages and an enclosed pavilion available to rent.

The only negative about this park is that the sites are gravel and there’s very little of it. The area around the campers are very loose dirt that tracks into the camper. It would have been much worse had it been rainy and turned to mud. We camped at Scales Lake Park in a Travel Trailer.” Kc9mls, RV Park Reviews.

Scales Lake Park Information

Phone: 812-897-6200
Website: Warrick County Parks
Address: 800 West Tennyson Road, PO Box 58, Boonville, IN 47601
Email: [email protected]

6. Hoosier/Indian-Celina Lakes Recreation Area

near Holiday World
Indian Celina Lakes Recreation Area. Photo by: https://www.recreation.gov/camping/indian-celina-lake/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=NRSO&parkId=70247#

The Indian-Celina Lakes Recreation Area is a tranquil resting place in the Hoosier National Forest. Both the 152-acre Indian and the 164-acre Celina Lakes are close by, offering boating, fishing, hiking, and tours of the historic Rickenbaugh house site. This natural respite is only 25 miles from Holiday World.

Best Features

Daily/Weekly/Monthly Rates: $20 – $40
# of RV Sites: 063
Full Hookups:  No, electric only
30/50 Amp: 30 amp
Back-in/Pull-through Sites: Back-in only
Pool/Hot tub: No
Playground: No
Pets Allowed: Yes

Why you’ll love Indian-Celina Lake

This is a great park for getting back to nature and finding a quiet space. It is set in dense forest with plenty of privacy. The Rickenbaugh House historic center is a great place to spend a little time, then take a walk along the 1 mile Rickenbaugh Interpretive Trail or the Two Lakes Loop National Recreation Trail that circles the lakes.

Reviews of Indian-Celina Lake Recreation Area

“One of the prettiest parks I have ever been in. Excellent experience in my 27 foot Class A. Very friendly host guided me into my level, long site, albeit surrounded by poison ivy. Then he brought me some tomatoes from his (nearby home) garden. A nice treat. Interior roadways are nicely paved but narrow, but navigable. Electric only. Limited air antenna reception, but I sure didn’t care, it was so beautiful.

Lake and boat launch. RV dump site up the road 3 miles at another facility, but that didn’t bother me. Site very clean, fire pit empty, leaves blown, no cigarette butts!! I would come back here again!!! We camped at Hoosier / Indian-Celina Lakes Recreation Area in a Motorhome.” NJ Snowbird, RV Park Reviews.

Indian-Celina Lake Recreation Area Information

Season Open Spring through Oct 15 for 2017
Phone: 812-843-4880
Website: Indian-Celina Lake Recreation Area
Address: 20230 St Croix Pl, Bristow, Indiana 47515

7. Lynnville Park Campground

near Holiday World
Lynnville RV Park, Photo by RVparking.com

This is a secluded local park that gets used by local fishermen and boaters, but remains relatively unknown for RVers. The park is lovely and the people are friendly. There is a boat ramp, picnic tables, and a playground. It is located 28 miles from Holiday World & Splashin Safari and makes a great respite from the theme parks.

Best Features

Daily/Weekly/Monthly Rates: $22 and up
# of RV Sites: 54
Full Hookups: Yes
30/50 Amp: Both
Back-in/Pull-through Sites: Both
Pool/Hot tub: No
Playground: Yes
Showers: Yes
Pets Allowed: Yes
Other Amenities Walking trails, boat ramp.

Why you’ll love Lynnville Park Campground

This park is out in the boonies, with nothing else around. You’ll enjoy the quiet and solitude. During the week they aren’t too full, but the lake fills up with fishermen and boaters. Take the time to walk through the park, the scenery is gorgeous.

Reviews of Lynnville Park Campground

“This city run park is good for travelers on I-64. I had made an advance reservation and was booked for site 11. Arrived in early afternoon but no one was at check-in. Went directly to the site and set up. Nothing fancy about the park, good basic utilities. Took a walk around the campground and looked at the lake.

The lake is a result of coal mining back in the 70’s and stretches for miles. It looked clean and people catch fish. Good cell service and sites are open sunlight so had good satellite service. On exit the next morning the attendant was at the check-in booth so paid my camping fee on the way out. Will stay here again for the convenience to the interstate. We camped at Lynnville Park Campground in a Travel Trailer.”– Nautilus, RV Park Reviews.

Lynnville Park Campground Information

Season Open
Phone: 812-922-5144, Manager Vern Bulcher
Website: Warrick County Campgrounds
Address: 405 St. Road 68 West, Lynnville, IN

8. Burdette Park

near Holiday World
Burdette Aquatic Center. Photo by http://evansville.in.gov/index.aspx?page=145

This city park provides recreational and educational activities for all ages. Set on 170 acres, it offers many recreational opportunities and is conveniently located to town and nearby activities. The Park features a large water park available for an extra fee.

Best Features

Daily/Weekly/Monthly Rates: $18 and up
# of RV Sites: 50
Full Hookups: 18 sites
30/50 Amp: Both
Back-in/Pull-through Sites: Pull-through sites
Pool/Hot tub: Pool and water park
Playground: No, splash pad for kids
Showers: Yes
Pets Allowed: Yes
Other Amenities Water park, BMX racing track, playing fields, and tennis courts.

Why you’ll love Burdette Park

You’ll love the Burdette Park Aquatic Center. It features an Olympic size pool with two diving boards, and another family pool with two water slides. There is also a children’s pool with a floating aligator. Smaller children will enjoy the interactive Spray Park. Rent a raft for a lazy float or enjoy snacks from the three concession areas. This park could give Splashin Safari some competition.

Reviews of Burdette Park

“We make frequent trips to Evansville to visit family and on this last trip we discovered Burdette Park. We were very pleasantly surprised. The pros? 1) Very close to everything you could possibly need but far enough away to be in the country, 2) Roads are paved nicely, 3) 20,30 & 50 amp service at each spot, 4) paved sites, 5) very quiet, 6) plenty of room between sites, 7) the manager is the absolute best, 8) Water park, BMX park, trails, fun park on premises, 9) Bath house is very nice, 10) wooded, 11) very private. Cons? 1) landscaping could be better, 2) roads around campers sites very narrow.

Picnic tables are very old and brittle. Landscaping was sort of ragged but grass was cut. No problems with electric at all. Some sites have sewer but there’s a very nice dump station at the entrance.

There is a great pizza place within a mile that delivers and the water park is huge and beautiful…very inviting. We really loved our stay here. Very few mosquitoes so that was a definite plus. Also, camping park is small so getting a site could prove difficult in the summer. We will be staying here quite often…it’s our new home away from home. We camped at Burdette Park in a Travel Trailer.” – John Merrell 1986, RV Park Reviews

Burdette Park Information

Phone: 812-435-5602
Website: Evansville Parks
Address: 5301 Nurrenbern Road, Evansville, IN 47712

9. John James Audubon State Park

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The John James Audubon State Park is a bit of a drive at 63 miles away from the Holiday World & Splashin Safari; but, for nature lovers, it is worth the drive. In addition to great birdwatching, the park houses a museum that interprets the life and work of John James Audubon. The galleries tell the Audubon story and displays a complete set of his book, “The Birds of America.”

There is also a nature center with a wildlife observation room, Audubon Theater, and Discovery & Learning Center. Several hiking trails, a golf course, and tennis courts round out the recreational opportunities.

Best Features

Daily Rates: $16 – $29
# of RV Sites: 75
Full Hookups: No sewer
30/50 Amp: Both
Back-in/Pull-through Sites: Both
Pool/Hot tub: No
Playground: Yes
Showers: Yes
Pets Allowed: Yes

Why you’ll love John James Audubon State Park

This park is host to many species of birds and waterfowl and many hiking trails to encounter them. It is perfect for bird-watching and wildlife photography. Catch sight of a bald eagle raising its young, or watch the Great Blue Heron, Green Heron and Belted Kingfishers as they fish for their dinner along the lake shoreline. You can also enjoy nature on the lake in a rented canoe, kayak, or pedal boat, or go fishing in the lake.

Reviews of John James Audubon State Park

“Audubon State Park has a lot to offer: camping, cabins, lake, golf course, and the museum. The campground, however, shows wear. It’s a small campground, crammed next to a busy highway at the park’s entrance. Many sites were deeply shaded and had paved pads, but the pads weren’t very wide and some are quite short. Companion vehicle parking is available with some sites on a separate paved pad. Not sure that detail is noted on the reservation form, so it might be best to call.

One bath house present and a small, one-hole dump station. We arrived on a Sunday afternoon, departed late Monday morning and never saw a host to check us in. There might have been camp wifi, but we didn’t have the code. We paid for our night via the after hours drop box.

Parking at the museum is limited, but it’s a short walk from the campground. Interior roads are quite narrow, so it’d be best to drive a tow around the park. We used this campground as an overnight stop because we had a favorable impression when we stayed at the cabins 10 years ago. Now I’m not so sure I’d return again with an RV due to the cramped and noisy conditions and overall wear of the property. We camped at John James Audubon State Park in a Motorhome.” – Flying Mantis, RV Park Reviews

John James Audubon State Park Information

Season Open April 1 – November 12
Phone: 270-826-5939
Reservations: Reserve America
Website: John James Audubon State Park
Physical Address: US Route 41, Henderson KY

10. Vanderburgh 4-H Center

near Holiday World
Vanderburgh 4H Center. Photo by http://vanderburgh4hcenter.com/

Nestled among 200 acres of rolling hills and woodland, the 4-H Center is a bare bones facility with plenty of room for walking the dog or just exploring. It is conveniently located for area attractions, but a long 43 miles to Holiday World.

Best Features

Daily Rates: $18-$30
# of RV Sites: 67
Full Hookups: Yes
30/50 Amp: Both
Back-in/Pull-through Sites: Both
Pool/Hot tub: No
Playground: Yes
Showers: Yes
Pets Allowed: Yes
Other Amenities WiFi, Walking trails

Why you’ll love Vanderburgh 4-H Center

This is the only campground in the immediate area, and offers only the basics. However, there is plenty to explore and a playground for the kids. You can walk, bike, or enjoy the view from the lake. It offers all the amenities at a decent price.

Reviews of Vanderburgh 4-H Camping

“We have stayed here many times to visit relatives. Reviews are old and not too reflective of the campground. If you expect a resort don’t come here. For a campground with space (the new area), full hookups including wifi and a large selection of cable stations, plenty of room to walk or bike and sit by the lake then come. If you want to picnic at your site its poor but there are picnic areas all over- this is a very large facility. It is noisy due to the trains. This is the only one with cable and wifi in the area. Sewer connection is uphill. We camped at Vanderburgh 4-H Center in a Motorhome.”– Steve Clark, RV Park Reviews

Vanderburgh 4-H Center Camping Information

Phone: 812-867-6217
Reservations: “Reservations are made only three weeks in advance of your visit and must be paid in full at time of reservation for up to 1 month stay. Camp rental fees are to be paid upon time of reservation.”

Website: Vanderburgh 4-H Center 
Physical Address: Evansville, Indiana

Best RV Camping Near Holiday World

These ten RV parks and campgrounds represent the best available near Holiday World. Each has its pros and cons, ultimately which is best depends on your own personal preferences. Lake Rudolph is sure to delight young children with its year round Christmas theme. But many of the state and local parks listed offer a quiet place to relax after a day at a busy theme park. You’ll have to make the decision for yourself. We’ve given you the basics here, but we always advise calling the park and checking availability for yourself, and get reservations whenever possible.

Renting an RV near Holiday World

If you wish to rent an RV at a campground, Lake Rudolph campground has trailers set up and ready to rent, although the reviews on these trailers were not stellar. A better deal might be to rent a trailer from our peer-to-peer site here are RVshare and find your campsite separately. By going though our peer-to-peer site at RVshare.com, you will have a choice of RVs. You will be able to choose the type of RV you want and the floorplan that you prefer. Because of the local competition, we think this is the best way to find a great deal on a RV rental.

For more information about RV Parks and campgrounds near Holiday World & Splashin Safari , visit RVparking.com. If you are interested in other RV trips in Colorado and nearby states, we can help you with that also. You’ll find more information on RVs for sale and the top 10 dealers nearby here on RVshare.com.

 

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