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New Owners Celebrate 90th Anniversary of Indiana Beach Boardwalk Resort

Friday, July 15, 2016

Located in Monticello, IN, the park was originally built in 1926 on Lake Shafer. It opened May 27th ,2016 for its 90th anniversary season of proving there’s “more than corn” in Indiana, as their old slogan goes (the slogan has since been updated to “where families flock for fun!” which riffs on the classic crow mascot.)

A long list of upgrades and renovations have been ongoing since Apex Park Groups took over. “We cannot wait for the Indiana Beach fans and Monticello locals to come out and see their favorite park looking like it did back in the glory days,” said the park’s general manager John Collins. Collins promises other surprises than just the announced improvements as well.

“Apex Park Groups knows the amusement park business and they know the market,” said White County Economic Development Corporation President Randy Mitchell. “They understand that people come to have fun, escape, and create memories. Indiana Beach is extremely critical to the local economy in White County. Each year, the park employs over 900 seasonal employees during the summer and receives over 500,000 visitors that eat, sleep and purchase merchandise from local businesses. In addition, the owners have hired local contractors to do the work updating the facility during the offseason to enable it to be ready for their opening.”

The park now features seven rollercoasters, 45 rides, the Shafer Queen paddlewheel boat, two campgrounds, rental accommodations and an on-property hotel. There is a water park section with slides, a swimming pool with a sand beach, an action river and a kid’s spray area.

The park got a lot more than just a new coat of paint (although it got that too). The Giant Wheel, a landmark, 90-foot tall ride built in 1989 was completely dismantled and shipped to the manufacturer in Kansas to be completely refurbished before being returned and reassembled at the park. The Shafer Queen paddleboat also got a bow-to-stern makeover, and the popular Tig’rr Rolercoaster had both track and passenger cars renovated.

In addition to the renovations, the park marked its 90th anniversary with the addition of attractions including Cap’n Crow’s Bumper Boats, with twelve water-sprayer armed boats battling it out at a time and the all-new Zero G rollercoaster, a 5-story tall looping-reversing ride that suspends it’s riders upside down at the height of the loop.

For park hours and information, visit:

Indiana Beach Boardwalk Resort


Randy Mitchell, President

White County Economic Development Corporation