You don’t have to travel to Florida to visit the Florida Keys anymore. In fact, you don’t have to leave the Midwest. Just book a night at the award-winning KeyLime Cove Indoor Waterpark Resort in Gurnee, Illinois, and you’ll be in a Key Largo state of mind in no time. 

Boasting the sprawling 65,000-square-foot indoor Lost Paradise Waterpark, a series of themed signature shops and restaurants, and the two-story Paradise Mist Spa, this tropical oasis serves as Chicagoland’s perfect family-friendly escape - and does it all at an unseasonably balmy 84 degrees year round. 

However, it’s not just KeyLime’s vast array of watery attractions that prompted “Aquatics International” magazine to award the resort with the distinguished “Best of Aquatics” award in 2012; it’s also KeyLime’s dedication to service. 

“Our team takes great pride in providing our resort guests with a safe and customer service-oriented vacation experience,” General Manager Dale McFarland said. 

And, that vacation experience includes more tropical fun than you’ll know what to do with. 

Make a splash on wild rides like Hurricane Vortex and the Wahoo! & Screamin’ Banshee tube slides. And, even after getting soaked in the interactive Toukie’s Big Deluge or unwinding on the waters of KeyLime Creek, there’s still an ocean-full of activities to discover once you’re dry.

The kids will love the creative crafts at Leapin’ Lizards, and everyone is sure to have a blast gaming at the RipTide Reef Arcade or shopping the unique wares of Duval Street. Then, after a jam-packed day, relax at the Paradise Mist Spa - featuring adult day-spa treatments - or the kid-friendly Enchanted Lagoon Kids Spa. 

And, unlike other water park resorts, KeyLime’s attractions are only accessible to guests who stay in one of the resort’s 414 suites, making it a unique and exclusive experience. 

But, perhaps what makes KeyLime most unique is its state-of-the-art DEL Ozone technology, a disinfection system that destroys 99.9 percent of bacteria, viruses, and mold, keeping KeyLime’s water and air quality impeccable. 

“Our water park technicians take air and water quality seriously,” KeyLime Chief Engineer Robert Williams said. “To date, KeyLime Cove is one of only a few water parks and municipal pools in the U.S. that are using Ozone technology.” 

Knowing this cutting-edge technology is keeping you and your family safe and clean only makes escaping to KeyLime that much more enticing. 

So, go ahead. Try a slice of KeyLime Cove.

Key Lime Cove

Gurnee, Illinois

4.8