family vacation :: key lime cove resort & six flags great america

waterpark at Key Lime Cove

This wasn’t our first trip to Gurnee, Illinois.  The first took place four years ago and the boys have wanted to go back ever since!


Who am I kidding?  I wanted to go back for the candy counter at the Key Lime Cove Resort alone!  This time… it was right down the hall from our room.  Dangerous.  Very, very dangerous.  Oh and there’s a mini Starbucks on site.  Along with an arcade and several places to dine.

places to eat & drink

And drink.  🙂  What made this trip unique were the friends that decided to join us in the merriment.

friends on vacation

I absolutely love the tropical style of the resort. It is even reflected in the rooms:

chillinkey lime cove selfiesummer vacation

Below are a few more shots taken around the resort:

waterpark collageshooting galleryarcade collagemirror mirrorbathroom collage

The indoor waterpark at the resort has a several killer slides (including the “Toilet Bowl” which I seemed to get stuck in every time), a lazy river, and many other areas we never had a chance to explore. In addition to taking a day at the waterpark, we also purchased discounted tickets to Six Flags Great America through the resort when we booked our trip – which was the highlight for our boys.

six flags of america

[BTW, Tilly snapped the upper left corner ride and full carousel iPhone pics above.]  Key Lime even shuttles you back and forth to Six Flags at no extra cost!

Our friends had to head home before us so we spent our last full day just hanging out as a family at the Gurnee Mills Mall.

Gurnee Mills Mall

Which seemed to have grown substantially since our last visit!

It was a fun, fun trip we are sure to do again… perhaps with even more friends next time.  🙂

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