6 Reasons Your Teens Will Love Santa Claus Indiana

Teens are funny creatures – they’re not quite kids and they’re not quite adults, and the somewhere in the middle is hard to satisfy, especially when it comes to family friendly vacations. Despite what the teen often thinks, they’re not the only ones that would like to enjoy the trip!

Finding a place that will make them happy as well as the other children and adults isn’t the easiest task. However, Santa Claus, Indiana fits the bill pretty well.  We recently explored the area and our entire family loved the small town atmosphere that’s jam-packed with big town attractions.  Here are a few of our top reasons Santa Claus, Indiana should be on your family vacation destination list:

6 Reasons Your Teens Will Love Santa Claus Indiana

Holiday World and Splashin’ Safari theme park. This park has plenty of roller coasters and water slides to keep any teen happy, plus free drinks – and get this – free Wi Fi so they can tweet and update all of their friends with endless selfies while standing on line for rides.

Santa’s Candy Castle. This is a really cool candy store featuring just about every candy you can think of, and sure to satisfy the sweet tooth of any teen. Favorites include peanut butter fudge, caramels, salt water taffy, and even frozen hot chocolate!  The Santa Claus Christmas Store is also a great stop where teens will find themed ornaments, train sets and more to peak their interests plus an in-store bakery filled to the brim with goodies.  And while they may not admit it openly, they’ll have a lot of fun saying “hi” to Santa Claus there, too.

While you are hanging out at the shops, be sure to make a stop at the Santa Claus Museum & Village, too, especially if you have younger members of the family in tow.   Kids can write a letter to Santa (and he will respond at Christmas time,) and explore the history of Santa Claus, Indiana.  Your teens will enjoy seeing the plans and 3D models of roller coasters and water coasters at Holiday World and Splashing Safari in the museum along with the antique toy displays.

6 Reasons Your Teens Will Love Santa Claus Indiana

Santa’s Stables. No reindeer here, but if your teen loves to ride horses, they’ll love this place. Rides are led by trained horseback guides, and you can choose from long, short, or pony rides for smaller kids. There are also no weight limits and special needs are accommodated.

Frosty’s Fun Center. Teens will love playing free games miniature golf on the par 45 course outside with all of the twists, turns, and loops. Indoors, when they’re done, there’s PIZZA! (The locals tipped us off to this treasure.) Also indoors are fun arcade games like Space Fighting and Car Racing.

6 Reasons Your Teens Will Love Santa Claus Indiana

Holiday Drive In Movie Theater. This will definitely be another teen favorite. Watch the latest and greatest movies while sitting outdoors on a blanket, on lawn chairs, or even on the hood of your car! For those who don’t live in towns old or small enough to have drive-in movie theaters, this is an amazing experience.

Lake Rudolph Campground and RV Resort. If you’re visiting Santa Claus, this is the place you’ll want to stay. It’s next door to Holiday World. You don’t need an RV either – you can rent an RV, a cabin, or just a spot for a tent if you want. The resort also has its own splash park, playgrounds, swimming pool, miniature golf, and Wi Fi for even more selfies!

6 Reasons Your Teens Will Love Santa Claus Indiana

Teenagers may be a little moody – or a lot moody – but in most cases, there’s a part of them that still loves the magic and memories of Christmas. Why not plan a trip? There’s a lot for Mom, Dad, and siblings to do too, even if you plan to have Christmas in July.

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Barb Webb. Founder and Editor of Rural Mom, is an author and sustainable living expert nesting in Appalachian Kentucky. When she’s not chasing chickens around the farm or engaging in mock Jedi battles, she’s writing about country living and artisan culture.
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Comments

    • Nic
    • June 26, 2016
    Reply

    We are on this mission to visit all 50 states, and we haven’t been to Indiana yet. Thank you for sharing, I get so many inquiries on my website asking for recommendations. I’ll be sure to bookmark this and send them your way!

      • Barb Webb
      • June 26, 2016
      Reply

      Thanks for stopping by Nic! Love your mission, we hope to do the same, as well. You’ll love all that Indiana has to offer and Santa Claus is a “must see” when you visit. Such a treasure! You’ll also love exploring the cave trail in nearby Corydon (more info on that here: https://www.ruralmom.com/2014/10/exploring-indiana-cave-trail-family.html ) Enjoy your travels!

    • Valerie Gray (@valmg)
    • June 26, 2016
    Reply

    I just love the name, it makes me smile! It sounds like a nice place for a family to vacation or stop while on the road.

    • Ashley S
    • June 27, 2016
    Reply

    Certainly sounds like a fun place! And who doesn’t love mini golf 🙂

    • Ellen Christian (@ellenblogs)
    • June 27, 2016
    Reply

    That sounds like loads of fun. My kids would love the drive in movie!

    • Tammilee Tips
    • June 27, 2016
    Reply

    What a fun place to visit!! It seems like not many places have mini golf any more how fun to do with the kids.

    • Jennifer
    • July 5, 2016
    Reply

    SHUT UP! There’s a Santa Clause, Indiana? That has to be the coolest thing I’ve ever seen. Christmas is MY holiday. I don’t love shopping or presents so much, but the tree and all the decorations are my bag.

      • Barb Webb
      • July 7, 2016
      Reply

      You will totally be in love with Santa Claus Indiana, Jennifer. The spirit of Christmas certainly resides there year-round!

    • Linda
    • November 18, 2016
    Reply

    I grew up near Santa Claus and worked at Holiday World when it was still Santa Claus Land. I went there last Christmas. They had a lovely drive thru light festival. Some of my relatives drive to the Santa Claus post office to mail their Christmas cards. They use a special stamp. It is near Lincoln City and Abraham Lincoln’s Boyhood Home, a National Park. New Harmony, Indiana is less than 45 minutes away and worth the trip. I encourage you to google Patoka Lake, French Lick and West Baden if you are planning a trip to the area. Yes, the caves are nice and a great adventure on a hot or rainy summer day.

      • Barb Webb
      • November 18, 2016
      Reply

      Thank you for sharing such wonderful tips, Linda! I’m hoping to see the light festival this year or next, have heard it’s absolutely stunning. Hope you have a wonderful holiday season!

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