Year Round Family Fun



Nov 28
Boy Scouts!

boyscoutToday we heard from our friends at the Buffalo Trace Council of Boy Scouts (based in Evansville).

A few months ago, I was lucky enough to be invited to the council’s annual popcorn fundraiser kick-off banquet. Big Splash Adventure was a proud sponsor for this year’s fundraiser! Today’s information included the number of scouts who earned prizes!

Frank works the Front Desk and makes a great Lee Wally!

Frank works the Front Desk and makes a great Lee Wally! He was part of the crew who attended the Council’s fundraiser banquet!

For those scouts who sold a certain quantity of popcorn, Big Splash donated prizes of varying values. Some scouts earned free admission & lunch in the water park, some earned free admission & lunch for their entire family, and the prizes just kept continuing up the scale.

One hard-working scout earned a free over-night stay for six people! To do this he had to sale the most popcorn of any scout in the Council!

I personally enjoy seeing Big Splash Adventure helping organizations like the Boy Scouts of America make a difference in the lives of local children!

We here at the Resort look forward to the scouts’ arrival and to being a part of next year’s popcorn drive!



Nov 20
Birthday Parties at Big Splash Adventure!

bdaypartyFront Desk Agent Aaren is booking yet another birthday party! It’s for a seven year old boy, so the icing is going to be bright blue! bdaykids

Here at Big Splash Adventure we have several different birthday cake options! We have three sizes, serving anywhere from 12 people to 60! Chocolate and vanilla cakes are available with a variety of icing colors to choose from.


Most people add either chocolate or vanilla ice cream to their party, too. (I personally prefer the orange Dip’n’dots ice cream that we have in the arcade!) Pizza, soda, balloons, and arcade tokens are also available as part of our birthday party options.

The party Aaren is booking is a large one—they’ll be set up in our Crow’s Nest. It looks out over the water park and can seat over one hundred people!

Mary, from the Seaside Market, is in charge of creating the birthday party gift buckets that are available. She does a great job and the buckets include fun things such as popcorn, gifts, and balloons!



Nov 19
Back to School is just around the corner

Can you believe that back to school is just around the corner?  I know I can’t.  This summer has just flown by, as it usually does!  Don’t forget about Big Splash when you are thinking of last minute trips.  We have GREAT summer discounted day pass rates.  $14.50 for adults and $11.50 for children 12 and under.  A family of 4 can come to Big Splash for the day for less than the price of 2 Holiday World tickets!  It is a great family value!  We also over water park passes and a full hot breakfast when you stay at Big Splash!  Visit our website at and click Online Reservations for more specifics.  Whether coming for the day or taking a short staycation we look forward to having you ask our guests!  Twisting and turing water slides await you!



Nov 19
Bingo Card #2


Clear your cards!  Game # 2 is about to begin!  Download the next Bingo Card #2 and get ready to play BINGO!

Congratulations to our week 1 winners:



Sep 06
2016 Haunted Mansion and Pumpkin Patch 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 September 30th-October 3oth.  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 will be at Wilstem Ranch this year, located on State Hwy 56 between French Lick and Paoli.  This year Elephant Retreat will be available as well as a petting farm, the chance to take a hayride to see Bison, Rock Climb Wall and Bungee Jumper.  Here is the information you need to know:

Dates of Operation:
Saturday October 1st-Sunday October 30th
Operating Hours:
Monday-Friday 11:00 am – 4:00 pm and Saturday-Sunday 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
Animal Feed: $1.00



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.



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