Thursday, June 28
Santa's Lodge in Santa Claus, IN
We recently took a trip back down to Santa Claus, IN for a little mini vacation. We hadn't been down there since 2009 so it was nice to visit again and see what had changed (and what had stayed the same). Last time we went we stayed at their local camp ground. But this time with all the rain we've been having here in Indiana decided to stay at the Santa's Lodge to play it safe. And it turned out to be a really good thing because it rained at least once each day we were there. Being down in a themed town it was neat to see the theme carried over at the lodge. And even though it's no where near Christmas they even had strings of lights on around their sign out front which I really enjoyed. And of course a fun Santa Claus statue welcoming you to the property right out front.
Santa's Lodge offers you more than a place to rest your head at the end of the day. They have on ground activities you can enjoy with your family like ziplines, paddleboats, indoor and outdoor pools, catch and release fishing, playground, rockwall, bungee trampoline, and a bounce house. Honestly there's enough to do there you could spend an entire day on the property and stay busy. Sadly during our visit we arrived too late to enjoy them the first day and the other times it was raining, or had recently rained so we weren't able to enjoy any of the outdoor activities. Of course the day we checked out it was all clear and sunny, but the activities weren't open yet so we still missed out. Definitely something we would have loved to check out, so maybe on another visit we will have better luck.
We stayed in a double bed suite and I have to say it was really nice having the extra space. The two double beds were in a separate room with a door which was nice because my son was able to stay up as late as he wanted watching TV from the comfort of his sofa bed while we got our rest. The table in the room was also really nice because we were able to use it to play some card games we brought along with us. And we did take full advantage of our in room whirlpool tub after spending a day over at Holiday World. My daughter and I decided instead of facing the crowd down at the indoor pool we would just kick back and relax in our own "mini pool" so to speak. They do have a really nice indoor pool and hot tub though that we enjoyed another night. (Sorry no photos, I didn't want to chance my phone getting wet.)
After we checked out on our last day we drove across the street to visit the same Santa Claus statue that we visited back in 2009. I was really glad to find it was still there so we could take some photos of the kids in front of it again to see how much they had changed in 9 years. Boy how they have grown!
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