Adding water results in less floury biscuits, larger foam dinosaurs, and slides that won't give a shirtless cousin friction burn. Douse yourself in smooth-moving good times with today's Groupon: for $15, you get two water-park passes with use of toys (a $15 value each), and two smoothies or slushies (a $2 value each) at Harbour Village Resort in Sturgeon Bay (a $34 total value).
Harbour Village Resort's campground-adjacent water park floats days of outdoor fun on the sprawling wading areas and giant slides that make it one of Door County's largest water parks. Two 350-foot water slides swerve and slosh skimmers around their twisty-straw chutes before expelling them into a vast 6,000-square-foot pool below. The children's wading pool provides the perfect space for quickly completing lap-swimming assignments, and the adult-only pool area acts as the opposite of a nightclub, by denying admittance to anyone in a baby-size swimsuit.
Groupon users and their guest also have access to the park's toys, which include jumping pillows, jump shot, bikes and trikes, a skate park, mini golf, and giant chess, which provides the aspect of intimidation missing from regular chess. To relax between swim and slide sessions, customers absorb steam in the jumbo jacuzzi or sip on their choice of either a smoothie or a slushie from the snack bar. Due to an exclusive contract with the sun, Harbour Village is open to visitors daily from May 27 to September 5.
Harbour Village Resort
Two people glance nervously at each other. Then, at the tops of the trees surrounding them. Then, down at their feet. Over their toes gush torrents of water. To keep from slipping, they whiten their knuckles around the metal bars. They count down from three, rocking back and forth with each number, and then hurl their bodies down the chute. A steep first drop accelerates them as wind and water rush past their ears. Toes pointed, arms folded, their bodies bank tightly around corners and loop quickly around a 360-degree turn. The race ends with a splash into a pool and an argument over who won.
The twin 350-foot waterslides at Harbour Village Resort are the most prominent feature in the park, but there are plenty of attractions for everyone. Ballers hoop on the basketball courts; fishermen cast and reel at the fishing pond with small-mouth bass, bluegill, and catfish. Even the solitary hiker trekking one of the nature trails will find company in the chattering wildlife of chipmunks, bald eagles, and foxes.
Themed activities dress up the family campground and water park. During Christmas in July, Santa swaps his heavy red cloak for a svelte candy-caned-striped speedo. Water wars break out during Pirate Weekends, and on Father’s Day, clipper-brandishing kids sheer their father’s manes in the “shave dad’s head” contest. On the weekends, glow rides trick out tractor-trailers and its passengers with glow sticks that stream to the rhythm and beats of DJ music.
Guests refuel for extra rounds of mini golf or bonus rolls on the skate park’s pipes at ice-cream socials or at the onsite store. Others readily spot the blue tongues of those who’ve been slurping slush puppies or making out with a Smurf.