We took a little road trip up to Holiday World and Splashin Safari last week and everyone had a blast. The drive was a little over two hours one way, so I had to get all of these night owls up and moving which was not an easy feat. I am the only morning person and with a good cup of coffee in hand, I was ready to tackle whatever the day had in store for me.
These three had been looking forward to it. Joe (my son, the one to the far left), is nowhere near being a morning person (can’t you tell?). His girlfriend, Faith, was excited because she loves the roller coasters and would ride them over and over again if given the chance. Dylan, Joe’s best bud, is always his sidekick. Needless to say, Joey and I had several teens in tow that day.
Our daughter, Ashley, her husband Ramses and our sweet granddaughter Anna were in a separate vehicle.
My hubby, Joey, was our chauffeur for the day. The only problem was he was not getting paid but if you consider the fun he had at Holiday World as payment for his services, then he was well compensated.
I was looking like a hot mess. Bad hair, no makeup and didn’t really care. I admit it was awesome not giving a hoot how I looked for the day knowing everyone else was going to be sweaty and looking worse for the wear but it was all for good fun.
There were several miles of nothingness on the road heading North in Kentucky. This is the time you wish you were driving an RV with a good bathroom, or two, on board. After several miles of searching for an exit with much-needed facilities and a near miss of getting wet seats, we stopped at a truck stop. When we asked if they had a restroom, we were offered these lovelies. So, with some nose-holding and hovering, we did our business and got back on the road.
I don’t think anyone is a fan of a porta potty. Or at least, I hope not. Not to mention, you can’t get a group of teens near one of these without someone threatens to tip it over. Not only do you have the fear of the potty itself. You also pray you can make it out without the kids pulling a cruel joke!
We finally made it. The weather was gorgeous! We got our tickets from some super friendly and helpful staff and enjoyed a nice law enforcement discount for Joey. It is really cool how you get the price of one ticket for two parks, the theme park and the water park. There were so many directions to go, rides and things to do.
My son-in-law Ramses is in the Army so he got an even better discount which was awesome. We really appreciated it.
Raging Rapids at Holiday World and Splashin Safari
This was my favorite ride. I don’t do coasters am not much into fast-paced rides and all that stuff the teens loved, but this one was perfect. It was pretty hot that day so it splashed us just enough to get a much appreciated cool down. The landscape around the ride is nice and made it so life-like. It was hard to tell it was not an actual creek or river. So much fun.
We took a break in the shade with our sweet grand, Anna, while her mom and dad road Raging Rapids. She was so excited. They even had fun things for her to do and she is only 1 1/2 years old. The kid rides and Safari Sam’s Splash Land had her laughing so much. Her laughs are contagious.
There were lots of kids at this fun little hangout. Adults were enjoying it too as well as assisting their little ones. Several waterspouts and falls were available for the kids to play in. The water was maybe knee-deep on adults so it was a safe depth for small children under supervision. The tribal bucket at the top also dumped water which had the kids squealing in delight.
Anna found a lounge chair she liked after some serious playtime in the water.
Mom, Ashley, was never too far behind to help Anna have a good time at Holiday World. She had as much fun at the kid’s park as Anna did.
Faith and Ashley had their eyes fixed on this bad boy which is in clear view when you first enter the theme park. I think Ashley’s husband Ramses rode it several times before the day was over. If you are a thrill seeker, these rides are perfect for you.
Holiday World’s Mammoth
So, if you recall, I said: “I don’t do coasters”. Well, Joe and really our entire crew assured me the Mammoth, which is dubbed the longest water coaster in the world, had just a few minor drops and was lots of fun. After enjoying Raging Rapids, I decided why not give this one a try.
The start was slow but it was not long until we approached the first drop. Joe said, “get ready mom, here it comes.” I did not know what I was in for, but now totally understand why they say hold on during the entire ride. Holy cow! That drop felt like we fell off a cliff or at least it did to me.
I know that is exciting and fun for many but it set me on a memorable adventure of screaming with my eyes shut during the entire ride. There were several good-sized drops, twists, turns, water splashes and all-out waterfalls so this is one ride you will definitely enjoy if you like the unpredictable. Me, on the other hand, was happy to get off of it.
My family has laughed at my “freak out on the Mammoth” ever since so now that it is over, I am glad I gave them a good laugh and funny memory.
Places to Eat at Holiday World and Splashin Safari
There were several places to eat at Holiday World. There were also several oasis areas that had free drinks and ice all over the park. That made it so much easier to have fun and enjoy such a hot day. Some eateries were indoors where it was nice and cool, some were little pop-up stops and others had shaded picnic areas where you have your meal outside. There were also plenty of REAL restrooms throughout the park.
We had an amazing family mini vacation at Holiday World and Splashin Safari. There was practically something to do for everyone and that made us and the kids happy.