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A bird's eye view of KeyLime Cove.
A bird's eye view of KeyLime Cove.

KeyLime Cove never disappoints

We always love a trip to KeyLime Cove and last weekend was no exception.

I’ve said it before, but it’s just so easy. Located in Gurnee, Ill., KeyLime Cove is only 45 minutes from Milwaukee and the facility is contained in one building so I don’t have to travel too far nor make too many choices.

This makes a mom very happy. Probably has made a dad or two happy, too.

But even though it’s a simple set-up there really is a slide for everyone from the wimp to the wild child. There’s a nice-sized whirlpool and now a spa, too, where I got a really relaxing massage and a few moments free from "watch this, mom!"

The bar at the edge of the water park is nice, too. And even though it’s Illinois, and therefor there is no such thing as a Bloody Mary chaser, it served me well. (But not too well because, well, that would be sad.)

My favorite part of KeyLime Cove is that it uses ozone sanitation technology – and therefore less chlorine – to keep the water clean and clear. Ozone is 200 times stronger than chlorine but has no effect on skin or hair. 

Which, in short, means no burning baby eyes. 

Recently, KeyLime Cove installed a new, non-slip floor and it seems to be effective. I did not witness one "banana peel moment" during my visit. Hooray for upright.

President Dale McFarland told me there’s a lot in store for Key Lime Cove, including mini golf, an outdoor pool and a freestanding pavilion that will be rentable for weddings, reunions and corporate events.

"We’re trying to think of everything," he says.

Sounds great, Dale, just keep the bar at the edge of the water park, OK?

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