KeyLime Cove, the Chicago area’s newest indoor waterpark resort, is bringing Midwesterners a little piece of the islands. From the tropically styled rooms to the indoor waterpark, the resort is designed as a totally themed environment emulating an island vacation experience in the middle of Gurnee, Ill.
The waterpark itself forms an integral part of the
overall KeyLime experience. The entrance to the 65,000-square-foot
indoor waterpark is
designed as a journey into an enchanted aquatic paradise. Lush palm
trees and tropical vegetation add to the atmosphere, and water
stretches to the artificial skyline, painted with distant clouds
that suggest wind-swept ocean waves.
When it comes to attractions, a colorful Key
West-themed play structure stands out distinctly from the tranquil
backdrop, creating an eye-catching focal point. The bi-level play
structure is approximately 42 feet tall and
accommodates up to 400 fun seekers. Among other interactive
features, it includes four water slides and a giant tipping bucket
that can hold nearly 800 gallons of water.
A lazy river emptying into a 4,000-square-foot
family wave pool enables guests to explore the island paradise at
For thrill seekers, the ride to take undoubtedly
is the SuperBowl. This one- or two-person inner tube bowl ride
follows a dramatic curved drop into a 40-foot-diameter bowl and
then transitions down into a channel of the lazy river. In
addition, the slide complex provides a full range of
custom-designed body and tube slides. Two fully enclosed one- or
two-person inner- tube slides extend off the 40-foot-tall tower
into a landing pool below. Next to these are two serpentine body
slides that extend off the same tower, but at a far more thrilling
Taken as a whole, the unique park design — with its carefully
crafted layout, subtle level changes, linked spaces and themed
approach — creates a waterpark experience that is a visual
delight and has a unique character and setting.