In partnership with KeyLime Cove Indoor Waterpark Resort, my family was provided with a complimentary stay for review purposes. All opinions are 100% my own as always.
When it comes to a little family getaway, you don’t need to go far from home. Last weekend my family visited the KeyLime Cove Indoor Waterpark Resort in Illinois. It is not that far from Milwaukee, I say about a 45 minute to 1 hour drive. That’s not too bad for us because we shop at Gurnee Mills and visit Six Flags Great America quite a few times during the year.
The kids and I have always noticed the KeyLime Cove Resort but we never had a chance to visit until recently.
After arriving at KeyLime Cove, there is temporary parking near the curb within steps of the Guest Drop Off point. Luckily my husband was driving because you have to parallel park and I can’t parallel park to save my life! I like the idea of not dragging all of our bags in to check in. All the rooms are located in different parts of the resort and this saves time.
When you walk into the lobby, you immediately feel like you are somewhere else. An island maybe?
We did not have to wonder where to go because the colorful signs are hard to pass up.
After checking in at the front desk, we were not given the traditional card keys for our room. Instead we received wristbands. Orange for my husband and I, purple for the kids.
Now this is a great idea. I am the one who misplaces the room key or forgets to grab it when we leave the room. The adult wristbands are not only our water passes, but are also the key to our door. Another bonus to using wristbands is you can add money to it and swipe it at cash registers throughout the resort. Another plus is you load up the kids’ wristbands with money that they can spend. What a smart way to stay on budget!
The buildings where the rooms are located were easy to find. The entrances are clearly marked.
The wristbands are needed to unlock the entrance doors too. There is quite a selection of rooms to choose from when staying at KeyLime Cove for families of different sizes.
- King Guest Room ( king size bed and sofa bed)
- King Spa Room ( king size bed and jacuzzi)
- Queen Guest Room ( two queen size beds)
- Queen Deluxe Guest Room ( two queen size beds and sofa bed in 1 room)
- Mangrove 1 Bedroom Suite ( two queen size beds and a sofa bed in separate rooms)
- Toucan 2 Bedroom Suite ( two queen size beds and one king size bed)
- Captain Dave’s Presidential Suite ( two queen size beds, king size bed, fireplace, two bathrooms)
We stayed in the Mangrove Suite. TJ loved the big beds, he could really stretch out!
Lost Paradise WaterPark
With 65,000 square feet of fun available, guests are able to easily find age appropriate splash-tastic activities. It has everything you could ask for from water slides and water dumps to whirlpools and fountains.
Toukie’s Big Deluge
Tsunmi Washout Wave Pool
TJ and Kayla enjoyed a relaxing ride down Keylime Creek.
The tempature was a perfect 84 degrees inside the waterpark. It felt like we were outstide on a nice summer day. The kids loved that!
There are quite a few things for your family to do if you need a little break from the waterpark. Riptide Arcade is open until 12 am and has games for all ages.
Of course I found a machine that involved bacon!
You can even do a some bowling if the mood strikes you!
Leapin’ Lizards offers your kids an opportunity to get creative. There are sing-a-longs, scavenger hunts and story time. Play checkers or paint some ceramics. The prices were budget friendly and included paint. There is even a coloring contest to enter.
The craft for the day was making pinwheels for Mother’s Day. It was free and my kids enjoyed it. The crafts only take 10-15 minutes to do.
On our way to check out the arcade, TJ noticed the Serpent Safari. He loves reptiles and these ladies caught his eye.
After a little convincing we all took turns petting the Albino Burmese Python and bearded dragon. We thought it would be a great memory to take a picture with both. Two pictures were only $15 and are printed on the spot.
I am so proud of myself for actually holding its’ head in my hand.
I found we did not need to to leave the resort for anything. There are shops, spas and restaurants all in one place.
The little things are what can make or break an experience. KeyLime Cove did a good job of making our stay enjoyable. Kayla put her wristband on too tight and we able to get a new one quickly. Every employee who crossed our paths was friendly and kind.
No matter where we were in the resort, it felt like a vacation. The colors and decor was interesting and fun.
We had a great time, but it went by very fast. I definitely plan on returning for a weekend stay because I was really impressed. There is so much to do there! The kids had a great time and want to go back!
I can’t forget the best part of the waterpasses. Checkout is 11am but you can continue to use your passes until 10pm that night. For more information visit the KeyLime Cove website.