Family Resorts in Indiana

by Lee Grayson Google

The Crossroads of America State offers resorts for families who want to stay and enjoy Indiana hospitality. Hoosier resorts feature the numerous lakes that are part of the natural landscape. Resorts on small reservoirs and Indiana rivers also offer family activities and an opportunity to enjoy water sports. While many Indiana resorts open only for summer and early fall fun, a handful welcome families for snow sports and indoor entertainment during the fall and winter months.

Bayside Resort

Family vacationers have quick access to Lake Shafer and the Indiana Beach Amusement Park from the Bayside Resort in Monticello, Indiana, located in the northwest part of the state, approximately 90 miles from downtown Chicago. The resort offers guests a choice of family water fun that includes fishing, kayaking on a no-wake bay, indoor pool swimming, hot tub soaking, relaxing in an infrared sauna and motor boating. Rustic cabin accommodations include one- to four-bedroom houses with a selection of options, including master bedroom Jacuzzis and full kitchens. Area family entertainment options feature go-karting, jet skiing, miniature golfing, golfing and horseback riding.

Andrews Lakeside Resort

Andrews Lakeside Resort sits on Lake Shafer in Monticello, Indiana, within walking distance from Indiana Beach. Family entertainment at the resort offers a heated pool, boating and golfing. While other resorts on Lake Shafer incorporate water parks and slides, Andrews Lakeside Resort offers a more laid back alternative for a family outing. Rooms at the resort have refrigerators and microwaves and lakeside decks. Guests at Andrews have easy access to the Indiana Beach Amusement Park that incorporates theme park-style carnival rides and interactive exhibits and professional performances.

Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park Camp-Resort

Families who enjoy rustic travel enjoy the tents, cabins and recreational vehicle camping at the Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park Camp and Resorts at eight locations in Indiana, including Bloomington and Scottsburg in the southern part of the state and Pierceton, Portage, Plymouth, Monticello, Fremont and in the north. A Jellystone Park Camp is also located in Knightstown in the central Indiana. The park resort at Lake Shaver in Monticello, adjacent to Indiana Beach Amusement Resort, offers the typical Jellystone amenities, including an outdoor heated pool, playground, and a game room. The Monticello camp also provides free transportation to the nearby resort where families can enjoy traditional amusement park rides and a lake water park. The Jellystone Parks open in early May and close at the end of October. Reservations may be made online.

Fourwinds Resort & Marina

The Fourwinds Resort and Marina, located an hour south of Indianapolis in Bloomington, Indiana, features family activities on Lake Monroe. Family accommodations at Fourwinds include rooms and suites with views of the lake. The resort is open year-round and includes a complimentary breakfast for families staying from November through March. Summer family fun features water sports, including swimming in the lake or an outdoor pool, fishing, cycling, boating, golfing, tennis and hiking in the adjacent Hoosier National Forest. Winter activities offer restaurant dining in town, ice-skating, and arts performances at the University of Indiana campus in downtown Bloomington, located a short drive from the resort.

About the Author

*I have written chapters and articles for Oxford and Harvard University Presses, ABC-CLIO, and others. Arcadia Press published two of my local history texts and I have also written for numerous "article sites," including Pagewise in 2002. My "How to become a...real estate agent" is available as an online text from a Canadian publisher. *I taught writing courses at a branch campus of Indiana University. *I held a California real estate license and have remodeled four of my own homes and advised others on financing homes, repairing credit to qualify for loans, and managing construction (including meeting local, state, and federal regulations for restoration and development grants). *I served as an AmeriCorps*VISTA volunteer and wrote nearly $75,000 in small education grants (under $1,000). *My travels include frequent road trips in Canada, Mexico, U.S., and Europe. I attended school at Cambridge University and used this as a base to explore the UK and Europe.