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Waterpark description: This CoCo Key Water Resort provides a Key West-style experience for family fun.

Signature attractions include the Parrot’s Perch interactive play structure, with slides for younger children and a giant dump bucket; the Coconut Grove Adventure River; the shallow-water dip-in theater pool, with a movie-size projection screen; the Coral Reef Cavern activity pool; several water slides; and the Palm Grotto Spa, indoor/outdoor whirlpools offering more mature guests a relaxing tropical haven.

The “it” factor: The newly renovated Best Western Clock Tower Resort & Conference Center is one of the only full-service resorts in northern Illinois.

Besides the indoor waterpark, it has more than 30,000 square feet of banquet and meeting space, and other amenities, such as Key Quest Arcade (inside the waterpark), tennis courts, separate indoor and outdoor pools, and the Sundial Restaurant. The Tilted Kilt restaurant and bar is expected to open by the end of 2009, along with a spa and live theater.