Year Round Family Fun



Aug 23
Labor Day added for Elephant Retreat!


We are super excited to announce that Elephant Retreat has added seminars on Labor Day, Monday September 5th! What a better way to celebrate the holiday!!! Visit for details and to purchase.



Jun 08
July 4th seminars added to Elephant Retreat


We are super excited to announce that Elephant Retreat has added seminars on July 4th! What a better way to celebrate the holiday!!! Visit for details and to purchase.



May 05
Video to share

We are so lucky to have amazing support in French Lick.  Some of the best support comes from the French Lick West Baden Convention Visitors Bureau.  Below is a video that we are so happy to share!  Check them out at!




Mar 03
Note from Makia


The girls and I are so excited to be heading back to Wilstem!  We love the open pasture and are super excited to see our brand new home for the next 8 months!  We can’t wait to be pampered every day and have an expanded pasture to play in…and eat from the trees!  We will see you all in a few weeks!





Jan 28
Elephant Retreat is BACK for an extended season in 2016!


We are SO excited to announce that Elephant Retreat will be BACK for an extended season in 2016! As many know, French Lick’s circus history is deeply rooted. In 1913, B.E. Wallace sold Hagenbeck-Wallace circus to Ed Ballard of French Lick Indiana. This year we have added an elephant barn and expanded our pasture to create an even BETTER home for the girls! We are so excited to welcome the girls back as repeat Wilstem guests and are sure to treat them with the greatest customer service!

The African elephant herd of three girls will be vacationing at Wilstem March 12th through October 29th. A fun informative educational seminar will consist of a one hour experience to visit with the girls in their new home, learn all you could want to know about these amazing creatures, ask questions, touch them, take pictures, and watch as they head out to graze. Interested in an EVEN MORE intimate two hour experience? Indulge in their spa appointment by participating in bath time, educational seminar is included. Both seminar options take place daily Tuesday thru Sunday. Available educational seminars take place at 10:30 AM and 4:00 PM for $25 per person. Spa appointments take place at 9:30 AM and 3:00 PM for $59 for adults and $49 for children 12 and under. Ages 2 and under are free.

This one of a kind up-close encounter is a rare and wonderful opportunity to learn more about these amazing creatures and connect with them in a tranquil environment. To book your elephant experience or for group information, visit or call us at 812-936-4484. Advance reservations are required. Seminar times are based on EST. For area visitor information please contact Visit French Lick West Baden 812-936-3418 #vflwb

Follow along with the girls during their visit at Elephant Retreat on social media by using the #elephantretreat. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram at Wilstem Ranch.



Sep 21
25 Ways to Celebrate Fall in French Lick

25 Ways to Celebrate Fall in French Lick

1.  Splash down one of our amazing water slides…while indoors!

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2.  Take a family hike at Wilstem Ranch


3.  Soar through the trees on our ziplines at Wilstem Ranch


4.  Take a ride among the Fall foliage in our side by side ATVs


5.  Come and meet Thelma, Frank, and Louise at the Wilstem petting farm

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6.  See our Bison at Wilstem Ranch


7.  Enjoy a train ride during a Wild West Hold-up

Train Robbery

8.  Pick a pumpkin with the family at the Wilstem Pumpkin Patch


9.  Take a hayride


10.  Go on a scenic tour of Patoka Lake


11.  Enjoy a round of golf in the crisp air


12.  Check out the Pumpkin Festival


13.  Take a tour of historic West Baden


14.  Enjoy a nice glass of wine at French Lick Winery


15.  Play in the leaves

Throwing Fall Leaves

16.  Enjoy a good campfire while camping at Hoosier National Forest


17.  Saddle up for a horseback trail ride at Wilstem Ranch

Trail Riders

18. Enjoy a yummy dessert at German Cafe


19.  Climb up our 40 foot climbing wall at Wilstem Pumpkin Patch


20.  Eat a nice warm bowl of soup at Mickey’s Deli


21. Play a game of Lazer Tag at Shotz


22.  Get spooked at the Haunted Mansion haunted house


23.  Reel in a big one on Patoka Lake


24.  Play a round of Cosmic Golf at Shotz


25.  Sit back, relax, and enjoy the season




Aug 27
Pumpkin Patch and Haunted Mansion Info


Big Splash Adventure is proud to sponsor again this year, the HAUNTED MANSION, located on the Boulevard in French Lick.  The Haunted Mansion will be open October 2-October 31.  Hours of operation are 6:00-8:00 on weekdays and 6:00-9:00 on weekends. Admission price is $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under.


The Pumpkin Patch is back to Wilstem Ranch this year, located on State Hwy 56 between French Lick and Paoli.  This year we will have an expanded petting farm, the chance to take a hayride to see Bison, Rock Climb Wall and Bungee Jumper, and our Pumpkin Chucker.  Here is the information you need to know:

Dates of Operation:
Saturday October 3-Sunday November 1
Operating Hours:
Sunday-Thursday 11:00 am – 3:00 pm and Friday-Saturday 11:00 am-5:00 pm
Admission-$8.00 (Adult Admission includes 3 ride tickets)
Price Includes-Pumpkin for ages 12 and under, petting farm, corn box, playhouse, and bounce house
Tickets will be available for purchase for $2.00 each or 6 for $10.00
Ride Ticket Requirements:
Barrel Train-1 ticket
Wagon Ride-1 ticket
Mini Zipline-1 ticket
Rock Wall-2 tickets
Bungee Jumper-2 tickets
Pumpkin Chucker-2 tickets (includes pie pumpkin)
Animal Feed: $1.00

CLICK HERE for $1.00 off coupon, good for up to 4 people!



Aug 04
Vote for us!


Big Splash Adventure has been nominated for the USA Today 10 Best Contest! An expert panel selected Big Splash Adventure as a contender for Best Indoor Water Park! The contest, which is being promoted by USA TODAY, gives voters four weeks to vote for the candidate of their choice at  You can vote once a day for the run of the contest.

Voting ends Monday, August 31st, 2015 at 11:59am EDT and the winners will be announced on 10Best on Friday, September 4th, 2015 at 12:00pm EDT, then later on USA TODAY.



Jul 14
Elephant Retreat Photos

The girls are here and having an amazing vacation complete with mud masks, daily spa treatments, snacks, and exercise.  Check out of a few pictures from our vacation! #elephantretreat

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For more information on how to see these amazing animals, visit or our Packages and Specials tab.



Apr 21
KitchenAid® Artisan® Series Tilt-Head Stand Mixer Giveaway

Big Splash Adventure is partnering with KitchenAid for the 2015 Senior PGA Championship.  We will be giving away a KitchenAid® Artisan® Series Tilt-Head Stand Mixer in Crystal Blue!  To enter this amazing giveaway, visit our Facebook page.

If you are visiting Big Splash Adventure, be sure to check out our display in the lobby.  Barbie is having a relaxing swim in her bowl pool : )




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