Family-Friendly Indoor Water-Park Resort
The Hurricane Vortex whirlpool ride looks like a giant pinwheel painted with gold and orange stripes. But once the ride begins, those stripes blur into red as a torrent of water whips you around the wheel before safely depositing you in the Lazy River. The Hurricane Vortex is one of eight major aquatic attractions featured in KeyLime Cove’s sprawling 65,000-square-foot indoor water park. This Getaway includes admission for six to the water park.
Kids of all ages will find something to do in the water park. The tropical indoor environment—kept at a balmy 82 degrees—is home to a wealth of Wild Rides including two 500-foot slides, a wave pool, and a huge interactive play structure for the little ones. KeyLime Cove is a conveniently cashless resort. You’ll receive a hi-tech wristband upon check in, which then functions as your room key, water-park ticket, and credit card for anything and everything around the resort, allowing you to leave your wallet safely sewn into the mattress.
After gaming in the arcade or unwinding in the spa, you can fuel up at any of the resort’s six eateries, which include Anna Chovy’s Pizzeria and D.W. Anderson's, an old-fashioned soda fountain. The resort’s deluxe rooms can accommodate up to six people with two queen-size beds and a pullout sofa. Flat-screen televisions and complimentary WiFi provide creature comforts.
Gurnee, Illinois: Expansive Mall and Six Flags Great America
About halfway between Chicago and Milwaukee, the city of Gurnee attracts millions of visitors every year from across the Midwest. They come in droves to shop at Gurnee Mills, one of the largest malls in Illinois and home to hundreds of stores and restaurants.
For additional thrills, you’ll want to spend a day at Six Flags Great America, a high-octane theme park home to 19 roller coasters and rides. Fans of chess will love The Dark Night coaster, an adrenalized tour of Gotham City that ends with a harrowing king/rook swap.
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