Key Lime Cove

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KeyLime Cove Resort
General information
Location Gurnee, Illinois, United States
Address 1700 Nations Drive Gurnee, Illinois 60031
Coordinates 42.383348, -87.94474
Opening February 29, 2008
Cost Moderate
Owner S&L Hospitality[1]
Technical details
Floor count 4
Other information
Number of rooms 414
Number of restaurants 6
Parking Included
KeyLime Cove Official Website

KeyLime Cove is a resort and indoor waterpark located in Gurnee, Illinois near Six Flags Great America. KeyLime Cove has been listed as the "Official Resort of Six Flags Great America". The resort is located about an hour away from Chicago and less than an hour from Milwaukee. The park occupies 30 acres of land and takes on a tropical Florida theme designed carefully by David W. Anderson. The park includes state of the art technology with the use of electronic wristbands that doubles as park admission and a room key.[2] The wristbands not only have access to rooms and the waterpark but also hold the capability of purchasing items on KeyLime Cove grounds, they can be pre-loaded or paid for upon checkout.


KeyLime Cove Resort opened on February 29, 2008 by Dave W. Anderson, the founder Famous Dave's. He held a vision of creating a replica of Duval Street in Key West, Florida. He designed the resort's colours using the advice from a panel of mothers in the local Gurnee area. In 2012 KeyLime Cove was recognized by TripAdvisor as being the #1 Large Family Resort in the United States and #2 Worldwide. The indoor waterpark resort is currently being managed by S&L Hospitality.

Indoor waterpark[edit]

KeyLime Cove Indoor Waterpark Resort is famous is for its Florida themed indoor waterpark, also known as the Lost Paradise Waterpark. The waterpark covers 62,000 square feet of land and it includes twelve water slides, one play structure, one wave pool, one lazy river, one whirlpool, and one children's sized pool. It also is a lot of fun for birthday parties, summer vacations and many more [3]

Current attractions[edit]

Ride Year opened Description
Hurricane Vortex[4] 2008 Contains a 44 foot drop on an inner tube diving into a shallow bowl and gets spit out into the lazy river.
Splash Down & Slip Slidin' Away[5] 2008 Two 500 feet long body slides twisting and turning from a 40 foot drop .
Wahoo & Screaming Banshee[6] 2008 Two enclosed 40 foot drop slides that use inner tubes and can race someone on the opposing slide.
Tsunami Washout Wavepool[7] 2008 The wavepool lets the waves take you away on a journey in the park.
Toukie's Big Deluge[8] 2008 Interactive water structure consists of water hoses, cannons, valves, body slides, rope pulls, fountains and the Pineapple Splash Bucket.
KeyLime Creek[9] 2008 Lazy river wraps around 560 feet of the entire waterpark.
KeyLime Grotto[10] 2008 The Grotto is a secluded area reserved for adults consisting of a whirlpool.
Play Pond[11] 2008 Three small water slides intended for younger guests.


The KeyLime Cove resort offers over 414 rooms for guests to stay in.[12]

Dining options[edit]

The park offers six choices of restaurants:[13]

  • D.W. Anderson's
  • The Crazy Toucan
  • Island Temptations
  • Anna Chovy's Pizzeria
  • Hot Diggety Dawgs
  • Sharky's Big Bites

Paradise Mist Spa[edit]

KeyLime Cove Indoor Waterpark Resort hosts a two story spa facility.

Enchanted Lagoon Kids Spa[edit]

The kids spa, also known as The Enchanted Lagoon Kids Spa, provides services that mimic the original spa but cater to a younger audience.

Conference and meeting center[edit]

The conference center facility at Key Lime offers 6,000 square feet of flexible space for those business oriented guests. The "Theater Style" conference center accommodates 500 people while the "Banquet Style" conference center is capable of holding 310 guests.[14] Depending on the event type, guests are able to modify, extend, and customize their event's meal(s) using KeyLime Cove's conference center facilities.[15]

External links[edit]


Coordinates: 42°22′59″N 87°56′40″W / 42.38306°N 87.94444°W / 42.38306; -87.94444