Wana Waves Splash Universe, an indoor water park resort with over 100,000 gallons of water in use, is open year-round. It was voted best area attraction in Indiana Water Parks. Located in the heart of Amish country, at 800 South Van Buren Street, near the famous 105 plus shops at Shipshewana, there is ample opportunity to enjoy Amish home-style cooking at the park's Shipshewana Clear Spring Restaurant, a part of the Blue Gate Restaurant family. Additionally, the resort features the Ice Creamery and Soda Shoppe and the water park has, for lunch and snacking purposes, the Snack Barn.
When guests check in at the resort, featuring 154 themed guest rooms and suites, they are given free hot-buttered popcorn. The resort features the Shooting Star Arcade, with over 60 state-of-the-art games, which pay out tickets that can be redeemed for a variety of prizes. There is a Marionette show at the Mousetrap Puppet Theatre for both children and adults to enjoy. The Splash Crafts Country Store sells Splash Universe Resort souvenirs.
Although the resort is open year-round, there are some days that the indoor water park closes like many of the area parks, so it is recommended that visitors call in advance to obtain the Shipshewana indoor water park schedule. Wana Waves Splash Universe is open daily at 9am, with the exception of scheduled closings, closing at 9pm on weekdays when school is in session and at 10pm otherwise.
The indoor water park is composed of dual vortex water slides, the Floating Lily Pad Walk, an indoor river grotto known as the Ripplin' River, the Zero entry Lil' Squirt Pool, and a seven-level jungle gym play fort with a 500-gallon tipping bucket. Riding the water slides on double inner tubes, people actually go outside of the building and back in again. To cross the Lily Pad Walk is a challenge that requires use of overhead ropes and crossing of floating log jams. The Ripplin' River is the equivalent of a lazy river where people float on inner tubes. Specifically for the parents, there is an adult-only hot tub available in a more private area. The water park also offers a family spa.
The park is kept at 84 degrees Fahrenheit so that it always feels like summer, which guests describe as the perfect temperature. To best experience the water park resort, visitors suggest eating at the restaurants instead of bringing food for the family based on taste, convenience and affordability. One resort guest was particularly pleased with Wana Waves as they were allowed to check in early on arrival and to check out late as to allow the family extra time for enjoying Splash Universe. People who have stayed at the resort caution that regardless of party size, each reservation includes only four passes to the water park, so guests should be prepared to pay an additional $15.00 per pass for additional guests.
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