One of the leading travel websites on the planet, tripadvisor.com, has named Holiday World's Splashin' Safari as the #1 water park in the United States. Of course those of us that live here in the area already thought that, now it's official.

The gem of Santa Claus, IN beat out water parks in much larger cities such as Typhoon Lagoon and Aquatica in Orlando, Florida as well as Water Country USA in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Among the perks noted by the site were the free unlimited soft drinks and sunscreen, the free parking, and free use of inner tubes that are required to ride a majority of the parks water attractions. It also noted last year's addition, The Wildebeest (pictured), is the longest water roller coaster on the planet. Although that will no longer be the case once construction of The Mammoth is completed next year.

As of this writing, the designation by tripadvisor.com has received 215 comments from people who have visited the park recently with a majority of those commenting giving the park a 5 out of 5 circle rating.