By HoliBlogger Tara S.

The closest place to stay near Holiday World is actually right next door!

Sun Outdoors Lake Rudolph is a family favorite and for good reason. When it comes to accommodations this unique resort has so many different options to choose from and even some fun holiday traditions that carry over from year to year.

It’s no surprise that Lake Rudolph would have a lake. There’s a dock to go fishing, paddleboats and beach volleyball. But what is a surprise is seeing the Raven roller coaster in action right next to the lake. You are close enough to hear the screams of delight from the ride goers! The roller coaster appears to go right along the edge of the water with the Holiday World water tower standing in the distance.

Holiday Themed

As you drive around you’ll notice right away that everything is holiday themed. From Christmas Cabins to holly jolly street signs, it’s all about the winter holiday fun at Lake Rudolph.

Cabin at Lake Rudolph | Next Door to Holiday World: Our Stay at Lake Rudolph

We stayed in a Holiday Cottage on Frosty Lane and it was just the right size to accommodate our family. For sleeping, this particular cabin features a main bedroom with queen size bed, a smaller bedroom with a full bed that has a twin bunk over, and a sleeper sofa in the living room.

Our favorite part of this particular cottage?

The covered and screened-in porch at the front! Such a great place to sit and listen to the sounds of night nature after a long day in the theme park.

Other Accommodations

At Lake Rudolph, there are a few other cabin styles to choose from to accommodate different group sizes. In years past our family actually stayed in a Christmas cabin with a loft. The kids still talk about it and we loved the spacious covered porch.

Cabin at Lake Rudolph | Next Door to Holiday World: Our Stay at Lake Rudolph

It’s important to note that all cabins include pillows, pillowcases, and fitted sheets, but you need to bring your own top sheets, blankets and towels.

For those who like to camp, there are ample amounts of campsites for both tents and RVs. Many with a view of the roller coasters next door! You can even rent an RV at Lake Rudolph.

Speaking of Rentals

I’m going to let you in on a tradition that many families who stay yearly at Lake Rudolph take part in. They rent golf carts for their stay.

And they don’t just rent the golf carts. They come prepared with decorations! Families enjoy taking part in the golf cart parade. It’s really fun seeing the carts that have Christmas lights on them!

Resort Fun & Amenities

There are so many unique and fun amenities at Lake Rudolph. I think it’s one of the main reasons why families stay there again and again. That and its close proximity to Holiday World of course!

They have an Activity Center with a Mini Golf course, basketball courts, playgrounds, pools, and more. They even have a waterpark!

Free Shuttles

Perhaps the most favorite amenity are the free shuttles that go to Holiday World. Various regions within Lake Rudolph have their own shuttle stops. This is great for families who have members that want to go back into the theme park again later in the day or for the night hours. There’s no need to drive over to Holiday World… Just catch a shuttle!

It’s a great option for those who want to watch Holidays in the Sky.

Thank you to Lake Rudolph and Holiday World!

We loved our stay at Lake Rudolph and look forward to staying next door to Holiday World again one day. My time as a HoliBlogger has come to a close and we made so many fun memories as a family last season. So very grateful for the opportunity. Hopefully we can make it back from St. Louis again soon because we already miss Holiday World so much!


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Entries accepted through Saturday, April 22 at 8pm Central.

This blog post was written by HoliBlogger Tara S.

Tara Smith has a degree in psychology with emphasis in community health, but has been a mom blogger for over a decade and lives in St. Louis, MO. You can find her blog at As a busy mom of 4, she likes to do fun activities with her family and travel. She also likes to sew, craft, make recipes and inspire others in motherhood. Tara and her blog have been featured on News 4 Great Day, Show Me St. Louis and in Country Sampler Farmhouse Style Magazine.

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37 Responses to “Next Door to Holiday World: Our Stay at Lake Rudolph”

  1. Shawn Boswell

    My favorite tradition is getting our Family Photo in front of the Santa Statue before we leave the Park each time we visit!

    • Keah Hartman

      Never stayed at lake Rudolph but might have to add it to our trip this year.

      • Amber Kennedy

        Have never stayed at Lake Rudolph before. But definitely be something would love to add to the books to do as a family!

  2. Echo

    Been to Lake Rudolph 1 time and we loved it. We love holiday world and now Lake Rudolph. We try to get a reservation for a cabin and they are always booked. Thank you for all you do for free winnings. #holidayworldisthebest #lakerudolphisthebest

  3. Rusty riley

    We LOVE going to holiday world it is the best place ever better than Disney ???

  4. Emily Greenwood

    As a stay at home Mom, these blogs and give always mean so much to my family. They help knowledge us and help us do fun activities! Thank you Tara!

  5. Julie

    Our family visited Holiday World for the first time last year. We absolutely loved it! We plan on making this an annual tradition. Thank you so much for a wonderful park filled with so many activities for the entire family!

  6. Kati Hinch

    My favorite area is Halloween.
    We enjoy going with our daughter!
    AND of course fresh dippin dots!

  7. Betty Spotts

    I have always wanted to visit and bring my grandkids, maybe I can win a few tickets and make it happen this year ???

  8. Katherine

    I love holiday world one of the best places around and one of the best most fun amusement parks

  9. Cindy Brake

    Love Holiday World. Took 3 of my grandkids last year and they had a blast. Looking forward to coming again this year.

  10. Allie Tackett

    I love Holiday World!!! The water rides are my favorite, I could stay there all day!

  11. Hope Gibson

    Am planning on bringing granddaughters and great granddaughters this summer

  12. Brad Agnew

    Had a wonderful first time a few years back , we are ready for this July 21 , for all the fun again

  13. Shawn Boswell

    My favorite Tradition is the get a Ben’s Pretzel with my Family! They are just sooooo Yummy!!!!

  14. Brandy Helm

    As a grandmother who is raising her 2 grankids works and we all enjoy Holiday World

  15. Amanda Moss

    We love Lake Rudolph. Never stayed at a campground as clean as them. Everyone is so friendly. The shelter to Holiday World is the best. Hopefully we can come back this summer.

  16. Shannon Evetts

    We’ve never stayed at lake Rudolph it sure sounds like a good time we love Holiday World can’t wait to go again this summer