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KeyLime Cove Resort
General information
Location Illinois, United States
Address 1700 Nations Drive Gurnee, IL 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 also known as the "Nearby Island Escape" 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 resides about an hour away from Chicago and less than an hour to Milwaukee. The park occupies 30 acres of land and takes on a tropical Florida theme designed carefully by David W. Anderson. The hotel aspect to the amusement park offers accommodations to 414 rooms, sleeping anywhere from two to twelve people in each. 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.

In addition to hotel accommodations and an indoor waterpark, there are a wide variety of services offered at the KeyLime Cove location. These services include an arcade, several shopping stores, live entertainment, a banquet hall, arts and crafts sessions, a spa, and of course gourmet dining. The indoor waterpark resort is equipped with a unique environment and is always seeking suggestions of improvement to satisfy their customers.


KeyLime Cove Resort opened on February 29, 2008 by Dave W. Anderson, the well-known founder of the established BBQ franchise, 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. Due to the young age of KeyLime Cove, Dave Anderson was able to take into account the issues that the surrounding amusement parks have previously encountered to provide an efficient floor plan for his own resort. The idea of the design schematic behind the resort's meaning supplies guests of all ages with a "Lost Paradise" experience. The indoor waterpark resort is currently being owned and managed by S&L Hospitality while Dave Anderson remains the visionary.

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 temperature is known to remain at 82°F throughout the year to ensure that the island getaway experience is flawless 365 days of the year. The waterpark covers 62,000 square feet of land and it includes slides, pools, and lazy rivers.[3] The waterpark is only available for hotel guests however, the eateries, retail experiences, arcade and spa are open to everyone.[4] The waterpark is also secured by life guards licensed by Ellis & Associates on duty throughout the day.[5]. The waterpark experience includes a wide variety of slides, rides, and wet water fun for every member of the family and it does this using 420,138 gallons of water.[6] KeyLime Cove consists of 12 water slides, one play structure, one wave pool, one lazy river, one whirlpool, and one children's sized pool. The resort also offers flexible hours of use for the waterpark so that every guest can enjoy every minute of their mini island vacation. Monday to Thursday the indoor waterpark facilities are open from 10am to 9pm, Friday from 10am to 10pm, Saturday from 9am to 10pm, and Sunday from 9am to 9pm.[7]

Current Attractions[edit]

Ride Year opened Description
Hurricane Vortex[8] 2008 Contains a 44+ foot drop on an inner tube, with one or two persons, diving into a shallow striped bowl. This ride spins in a circular motions within the bowl and gets spit out into the lazy river.
Splash Down & Slip Slidin' Away[9] 2008 Two 500 feet long body slides twisting and turning from a 40 foot drop and flowing to a gentle stop.
Wahoo & Screaming Banshee[10] 2008 These are two enclosed 40 foot drop slides that involve the use of inner tubes. You are able to race other guests on the opposing slide around the waterpark.
Tsunami Washout Wavepool[11] 2008 This wavepool is a great way to sit back on your tube, or your lifejacket, and let the waves take you away on a relaxing journey in the focal point of the park.
Toukie's Big Deluge[12] 2008 This giant interactive water structure consists of water hoses, cannons, valves, body slides, rope pulls, fountains, and of course the popular Pineapple Splash Bucket, which is raised 10 feet off the ground carrying 250 gallons of water.
KeyLime Creek[13] 2008 This winding lazy river casually wraps around 560 feet of the entire waterpark. It is a great way to take a stroll and navigate around the park from the comfort of an inner tube.
KeyLime Grotto[14] 2008 The Grotto is a secluded area of the park reserved for adults who wish to step into a warm and soothing whirlpool.
Play Pond[15] 2008 Contains three small and colourful water slides in a playful water area intended for the use of younger guests.


The KeyLime Cove resort offers over 400 rooms for guests to stay in. With about seven different floor plan configurations, there are a number of room options to choose from. Among the various lodging layouts there is the option to sleep two to eight guests however, with an adjoining room, parties can consist of up to 12 guests. Aside from the tropical decor and modern design, each room is equipped with basic features. These features include flat screen televisions, mini refrigerators, coffee makers, bathroom amenities, an alarm clock, and high speed internet access. KeyLime Cove also provides the opportunity to enhance your stay by adding fresh cookies and milk, strawberries and wine, and/or an early check-in. Guests are able to begin their experience with a 4pm check-in and end with a 11am check-out, however, both are extendible[16] .

Dining Options[edit]

In addition to a unique nights stay at the KeyLime Cove Resort, the park also offers six choices of restaurants to satisfy all cravings. The restaurants that you will find at KeyLime are[17]:

  • D.W. Anderson's — This restaurant is a great location for breakfast as well as a nostalgic dinner menu. The design scheme mimics decor that would typically be found in a 1950's malt shops. They offer sandwiches, burgers, milkshakes, and big bowls of ice cream.
  • The Crazy Toucan — This margarita grille provides exotic meals to satisfy that seafood or rib craving for any guest. This restaurant also entertains their guests with live music and a full bar of tropical beverages for all ages.
  • Island Temptations — This is the perfect spot for full breakfast options ranging from coffee to freshly baked sweet treats and smoothies.
  • Anna Chovy's Pizzeria — Anna serves up some classic pizza dishes that will appease anyone's tastebuds. This restaurant also serves other American classics such as Chicago style hot dogs, chicken fingers, and fries.
  • Hot Diggety Dawgs — KeyLime Cove offers displays this restaurant as a great lunch spot for the whole family to enjoy. Anything from salads to subs, this restaurant is a lovely stop to refuel before hitting the slides once again.
  • Sharky's Big Bites — Another tasty restaurant serving American favourites such as burgers and fries, soft pretzels, and smoothies. These options make a quick meal worth the while on an active swimming day.

Paradise Mist Spa[edit]

KeyLime Cove Indoor Waterpark Resort hosts a two story luxurious spa facility on location for both adults and kids. Adults can visit the Paradise Mist Spa to slip away from reality to receive an exotic pamper. Guests can slip into comfortable slippers and a robe while taking advantage of the over 19 treatments the resort offers. Treatments include massages, scrubs, wraps, skin treatments, saunas, nails, and makeup. This service is open to the public and is a great idea for female parties looking for a soothing day off.

The 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. The spa is designed with an underwater themed atmosphere filled with fish tank walls and bubbles hanging from the ceiling. The services available are nails and makeup prepping as well as lotion & lip gloss making, and sugar scrubs. This is also open to the public and is a choice for birthday party packages.

Guests are able to call in or visit the front desk of the spa for reservations and questions.[18]

Conference & Meeting Center[edit]

The conference center facility at KeyLime offers 6,000 square feet of flexible space for those business oriented guests. The "Theater Style" conference center accommodates up to 500 people while the "Banquet Style" conference center is capable of holding up to 310 guests. The center also has a boardroom that allows for 16 people to utilize at a time. However, larger functions can choose to combine three rooms to comfortably hold the entire party. KeyLime Cove also provides visual and audio equipment for an additional rent charge.[19] 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.[20]

External links[edit]


Category:Resorts in the United States Category:Gurnee, Illinois Category:Water parks in Illinois Category:Buildings and structures in Lake County, Illinois Category:Tourist attractions in Lake County, Illinois