Indiana Beach was in the middle of two major parks on our tour, Holiday World and Six Flags Great America. We only planned on spending half a day at Indiana Beach so we were in for a nice relaxing day after the past few had been go go go. I didn’t know much about Indiana Beach before coming here, but I was still excited as it looked to have a very interesting setting. The park is nestled in between mobile homes, apartments, condos, and houses, it’s also sitting on a lake. In fact most of the park sits on top of a pier. So let’s check out this very unique place.
Park management greets us at Indiana Beach.
Oooh I see some roller coasters over there.
First things first, we were given our tickets and assigned a $5 cash card for the day.
There was a park map inside the offices, too bad none of us paid much attention to it.
As you can see from the map Steel Hawg, the park’s biggest attraction, is located behind some cottages sort of outside of the park. So we started walking in the direction we thought would be and we got lost. We started wandering through yards and what not, finally someone from the park must have saw us wandering and came and brought us a map and told us how to get to the coaster. So after wandering for about twenty minutes we finally made our way to Steel Hawg.
Steel Hawg is almost like a Wild Mouse coaster on meth. It’s just plain nuts.
A look at most of the ride, including the station.
So how was the ride?
The ride is alright, twists and turns a lot but just not as intense or exciting as I was hoping for. I’d like to give it another shot, but it didn’t impress me too much on the first ride.
Still though, not a bad coaster by any means, just not as amazing as it looks. It suffers from what I like to call the “Gatekeeper syndrome” Looks a lot better than it is. These TPR members enjoyed their ride though!
The Chinese torture device looking restraints don’t help the ride either. Though I hear the new versions have better restraints.
One last look at the ride before moving on, to the next coaster.
Looks like the train has a neat route, wonder if it’s running today?
The crazy thing about this place is that a lot of the rides are built upwards. They apparently ran out of land area so the most logical solution, build up!
As you can see the entrance for the coaster is up the steps, way up.
Cornball Express was a fun coaster, weaves in and out of other rides and has some good twisted drops.
I didn’t take too many pictures of Cornball unfortunately but here’s one of people enjoying the ride.
Next up was the Tig’rr coaster, a crazy fun contraction with single seating. Nice speed on the ride, very fun!
After we got all the morning coaster credits in, sadly Hoosier Hurricane was down for maintenance issues. They tried their best to get it open in time for us today but it didn’t happen oh well next time. We had one last coaster to conquer the Lost Coaster of Superstition Mountain! Now before the trip everyone was excited for this bizarre looking ride. It’s one of those coasters that it so weird it’s awesome to say you rode it. Usually you find these type of rides overseas, but we have one crazy contraction right here in the USA. So let’s go check it out.
On the way we spot this sign with “World’s Best”, “Tasty”, and “Great” all in quotes. Hmm interesting. 😛
The most normal looking part of the ride.
And here’s where it gets nutty, there’s an elevator lift instead of a regular chain lift.
Also as you can see there’s a weird top to the cars.
Shall we get in line? Are we tall enough?
You’re locked into what appears to be another torture device.
Then you proceed to the elevator lift.
And you’re off into the Mountain. Now the reason for the crazy roofs on the train are the clearance levels are really tight in there, and it’s to prevent you from putting your arms up and losing them. So yeah safety first!
It’s not a fast moving ride but you can sit forwards or backwards in the cars. We were facing backwards so it was a little more intense than facing forward.
The coaster weaves in and out of the mountain, and apparently there used to be effects working such as a bear and lights, but unfortunately none of those effects were on.
Still however a very unique and bizarre ride.
Now that we got all the coasters out of the way it was time to check out the rest of the park. We started with Frankenstein’s Castle a haunted walk through up charge attraction that was recommended by multiple people. There are no scare actors inside, instead it uses sensors to set off sounds or lights or animatronics for the scares.
The waiting area for the castle, I didn’t take any pictures inside the walk through but I can say it was fun and long. It did provide a few jump scares too well worth the $3 we paid to do it.
The Den of Lost Thieves!
The Den of Lost Thieves was an old dark ride that Indiana Beach converted into a shooting ride, while preserving the old aspects of the ride. Neat!
Actually a very fun ride, one of the better dark rides I’ve been on this summer. The smaller parks sure know how to do their dark rides right.
Next up a ride on the Sky Ride for some aerial views of Indiana Beach.
It was a much cooler day in the 60’s I believe so no one was going down the water slide. The lifeguards were camped out on the stairs.
Nobody in the lazy river either.
Here’s an aerial shot of Frankenstein’s Castle which had multiple levels as well. Very long walk through add me to the list of people recommended this for newcomers to Indiana Beach.
Great views from the Sky Ride.
An aerial look at the outdoor section of Lost Coaster.
The cars seem to in and out of the Lost Coaster, we might have to check those out later.
A look at the coaster and mountain sections of the ride with the elevator lift. As you can see pretty bizarre.
Apparently this ride sprung a leak.
An overview of Indiana Beach. The big white coaster was Hoosier Hurricane which was the coaster down all day, shame as it looks like the signature ride along the midway. In the bottom left was a ropes course which was included on our wristband so of course we gave it shot.
Pretty fun but a little short, its basically one giant circle.
Ropes course from below.
A look over at the lake which gives the park it’s beach namesake.
Looks like a fairly big hill for Hoosier Hurricane, shame I didn’t get to ride it oh well maybe next time.
As you can see the park doesn’t get too crowded since it’s a smaller park, it was nice to have a more relaxing day.
Another angle on Lost Coaster.
Let’s see if this credit is ready for us to ride. Also there was no train in sight all day, apparently it’s being worked on so bummer for no train rides.
Doesn’t look like it’s ready quite yet.
It shares a track color with Steel Hawg.
Entrance to Hoosier Hurricane, sadly still not open.
I’ll give them credit though, see the guy with the drill, they were definitely working on it.
Next up was a first for me. A TPR take over of Fascination, I had never played Fascination before but it quickly becomes addicting.
The goal is to roll your ball into the holes and try to connect five in a row.
And I won a game! See the bottom row lit up. Photo Credit: Andy Hatzos.
I was reluctant to play Fascination but it was a lot of fun especially with a larger group. Unfortunately there’s not too many places left to play Fascination anymore but when I’m at a park with Fascination I’ll definitely give it a roll. 😛
Next up was the log flume! Since it was cooler we were the only ones riding it.
Andy and Stacy enjoying their ride.
Trying to avoid the water. Photo Credit: Andy Hatzos
Indiana Beach’s clocks of the world.
The next star of the park is the fish of the lake.
As bizarre as it sounds they sell fish food and the fish gobble it up.
They go crazy for food!
It sure its quite the site to see.
The Galaxi coaster was removed before the season but the sign still remains.
Let’s take the cars for a spin.
Antique Autos safety rules.
Paul drove while Andy and I snapped photos.
Not too many new shots except some close ups on Lost Coaster’s track.
You can see how everything is built up on the pier in this picture.
The cars had multiple levels that passed each other so that was nice treat.
More views of the supports of the ride going into the lake.
One last ride the Double Shot!
This S&S tower provided amazing airtime much more than Liberty Launch the day before at Holiday World. Great ride!
After the past few days were packed to the gills with stuff to do it was nice to kick back for a little bit and enjoy some drinks. And TPR knows how to drink!
The swings above the lake, didn’t try them out but they a pretty iconic sight to see.
It was time to depart Indiana Beach to make our way toward Chicago!
The bridge that you would normally take to enter the park.
The iconic shot that you can’t help but take.
Some locals enjoying the lake for the day.
They was also a zip line that looked pretty fun. Have to try that next time.
Indiana Beach on Lake Shafer where there’s more than just corn in Indiana. 😉
Indiana Beach was a fun park, it’s not a destination park by any stretch of the imagination but if you’re in the area say for Six Flags Great America it’s worth it to give this park a shot as well. The park has some sprucing up to do, but they are certainly trying and it’s got such a great setting that it has wonderful potential. Plus it has those rare classic amusement park staples such as Fascination. So do yourself a favor in you’re in the area make sure to stop by Indiana Beach and enjoy some classic Fascination.