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“Nice family time”

Blue Harbor Resort & Conference Center Water Park
Ranked #4 of 28 things to do in Sheboygan
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed January 30, 2012

We have visited Blue harbor a few times. The rooms are a bit pricey, but look for specials. The waterpark is fun and is kept at a nice temperature. There are many lifeguards around that do a good job paying attention. Last time we were there, some slides, dumping boat, etc. weren't working and a huge light fell onto the ground and shattered. Our safety was at stake. Overall, the family had a nice time.

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Reviewed January 13, 2011

We had a great 3 days at Blue Harbor. My husband had to travel to Sheboygan for business, so I convinced him to take us along and book Blue Harbor. Our room was fantastic! We stayed in a room with 2 Dbl beds on the lower level, along with a kitchette, full living room with sleeper sofa, and fireplace. Upstairs was another full master bedroom with a sink and half bath. We had five of us and all had our own place to hang out. We ate on sight because the kids and I didn't have the car during the day. The breakfast buffet was wonderful, a little pricey but my kids ate their money's worth. I had taken a cooler of food 'just in case', so we ate lunch back in the room. We spent all morning at the waterpark, took a siesta in the afternoon, then back to the waterpark early evening for a couple hours. The waterpark is adequate. My 11 year old son met new buddies and played for hours before getting bored. The waterpark probably won't keep teenagers happy for long - as it's missing a bigger attraction like the newer waterparks have. There are 4 big slides, and a few smaller ones. The lazy river worked great for swim tag. Also tons of little guy sprayers, buckets, all that.
The resort itself had a great location with wonderful views of Lake Michigan and the river. It was extremely kid friendly and safe. The front desk has board games to borrow and there is an ice cream shop in the lobby. I heard there are planned kid activities at busy times but we never took advantage of these. Overall, we can't wait to go back.

1  Thank julesvanwyk
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Reviewed July 13, 2010

My wife and I planned a one day trip, for the second Saturday in July expecting it to be crowded, but it wasn't! It was perfect! We got checked in right away by the friendly staff, and went to our very nice, clean whirlpool suite of which had a beautiful view of the lake. We headed off to the water resort right away to find it not crowded at all, with little to no lines!

We brought our two young boys and they really enjoyed everything. For our boys there was plenty to do at the water resort, and there was nothing we found to complain about. It was well staffed with plenty of lifeguards. The layout of the resort was very organized as well. We did not go into the arcade, so I cant tell you how it was but it looked nice from the outside.

Being from Chicago, we considered going to Key Lime Cove water resort, which is bigger and a lot closer but after reading the reviews, and learning the Blue Harbor is not open to the public (most of the time) and is closer then the Dells, we were very happy with our choice, and thought it was worth the drive.

Now the check-in time might be late - 4:00pm (with a check-out of 11:00 am) but they allow you to use the water resort all the way until 4:00 pm the next day. Giving us really, two days to enjoy it, which for us was plenty. (the boys could have stayed longer) :)
The water park hours were 9:00am to 9:00 pm of which we thought was good.

The hotel room was relaxing, and we didn't hear anyone else around us. The beds were fine and I didn't even wake up once during the night.

After the water park on the second day we headed to the beach. The walk to the beach is a very short paved path (that goes along the shoreline) from the hotel. We didn't go into the water, as the water was cold, but we did enjoy the sand.

We did not eat at the hotel, because one of the restaurants closed at 9:00pm and the other stop sitting people to eat at 9:00 as well ( their bar was open to eat at until 10:00 though) We thought the hours ended too early considering that the water park closed at 9:00pm but we did find a couple of good places to eat around the hotel, including a popcorn and ice cream shop. If you don't feel like leaving the hotel, there is also an ice cream and sweets shop inside it.

Overall we really enjoyed our trip and if we could of, would have stayed another night.

2  Thank ServantScotty
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Reviewed March 16, 2010

We got a day pass for the waterpark here while spending a weekend at the American Club at Kohler. We were with school age kids and have been to probably 4 other similar type waterparks in the midwest. I won't describe the slides in detail,etc as other reviewers have well documented those. I would consider this park to rank toward the bottom of the other parks we have visited for several reasons. First there are no real slides that are "intermediate"-either baby slides or bigger slides(we've been to Lake Geneva where they have some mid-size slides). Secondly,supervision by staff seemed pretty lax. While the park had only younger age children when we were there we felt the staff was not as on top of things as we have experienced at other parks. For one thing we have never been to a lazy river where they allow small kids to swim without innertubes. We literally had small children get under the tubes we were siting in-not a very safe situation. Also, on the lily pad attraction they were not supervising how the kids were spacing themselves out. At other parks the staff have made sure there was safe distance between kids. We also had very unpleasant experience in that there was an episode of "fecal contamination"(yes-visible bowel movement in the river). The staff seemed to quickly get everyone out of the river and this kind of thing could happen at any waterpark. However, I think all these parks need to be a lot more strict about making sure toddler age kids are wearing proper swim diapers. Overall nothing special at this park and I think there are other better options in the midwest

2  Thank IndianaTravelmom
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Reviewed May 31, 2009

We wanted to take the kids out (ages 6 & 9) for a weekend away. The Dells always seems so crowded (and expensive). We got a flyer in the mail, and figured it was worth a try. Only 2-21/2 hours from Chicago's north suburbs, it was a perfect distance. We went over Memorial Day Weekend, and stayed in a Kidquarium room. Checked in with no problem, but the front desk staff didn't know the hours of the waterpark for the next day (Monday) or the Crew Club (kids activities). We went to our 3rd floor room - decorated to look like an aquarium. Bunk beds for the kids in a semi-enlosed area, tiny bathroom, couch, and a queen bed. Basic hotel amenities in the room. Everything was clean.

We changed into our suits and walked to the opposite end of the hotel, and down two flights to get to the waterpark. Adequate signage kept us going in the right direction (it's a straight hallway). The water park is one enormous room, about 3 stories high with plenty of lighting and skylights. From the advertisements and website, I thought it might have had separate rooms for each of the different "parks", but it wasn't.

When you first enter, there are stairs off to the right that lead up to Crew Club and an arcade. There are plenty of tables/chairs to plop your stuff down on. There are towels available to use in the waterpark, as well as lifevests for younger children. Not the old flourescent orange vests either, these are the newer, soft, blue or green vests now more common at public pools.

None of the pools was deeper than 3.5 - 4 feet, so the kids were happy, and I didn't have to worry as much. There are two toddler depth pools (no more than 1 foot deep). The lily pads were cute, and the 9 y.o. used them a few times, but the big draw was the four slides, and the lazy river. The two large slides require the use of inner tubes (provided) that you have to carry up the stairs. There are single and double tubes. The splashdown for these slides is in an attached,but semi-separated pool of water next to the lazy river. There are also two body slides. The lazy river is a winding circle of water, that is really quite small, and often clogged with abandoned inner tubes. In the main pool there are small basketballs that can be thrown into one of 4 hoops around the pool, and three floating critters (snake, ray and turtle) that the kids can climb on. The floating critters are tethered to the bottom. There is also a hot tub, fenced off from the rest of the area. There is a large pirate ship that dumps several hundred gallons of water over a walking area. This seemed to be a real hit with the tweens. The hallway back was not freezing, though we were glad to have brought one of our own beach towels to wrap the youngest in.

6:15pm - time for dinner. With children, our options were limited - either eat inside the waterpark (hot dogs, fries, burgers, etc.), or the Rusty Anchor Buffet. Weissgerber's and Blue Point Wine and Tapas Bar have a dress code (business casual). On the Rocks is a bar, and the Sweetshop is just desserts, with a few to-go sandwiches (pre-made). Or I guess we could have gone somewhere in town. We chose the Rusty Anchor. It is a two story restaurant, with the upper level looking like a ship. We were never given the option of eating upstairs.When we arrived, there were several open tables. The hostess started to seat us, but was halted by another staff member, and asked if the hostess if we couldn't wait a few minutes so she could seat us at another table closer to the entrance. I was standing right there - the table the staff member wanted us to sit at was not clean. We were led to the original table, which was next to a table where a baby had just thrown up. We moved our table away by a foot or so, then looked at our menus. My husband and I had regular menus, but the kids had photocopied BREAKFAST menus. It took another 5-10 minutes before the waitress came over to ask for our order. We showed her the menus and she seemed embarrased, quickly getting the correct kids menus. There is not much variety on the menu. The kids food was okay. My sliders were thin, with no lettuce or tomato, just thousand island dressing and pickles. Not very satisfying. The Sweetshop was great.

Then there was storytime at 8pm on the main staircase, with cookies and milk. Kids started arriving in their jammies around 7:45. At 8 there was no sign of anyone to read a book. One parent started to walk over to the front desk to inquire, and the woman who was there went into the office, leaving the desk unattended. Another parent went to the Sweetshop and asked there. The staff person there hurried over behind the front desk and into the office, and emerged with "Green Eggs and Ham". So around 8:15pm she started reading - note to the resort: when you tell kids (and parents) there will be something at a certain time, make it happen on time. Kids have little to no patience, particularly around bedtime. While she was reading, a staff member in a suit (first one I had seen that dressed up), and a woman who looked like she was part of the cleaning staff, arrive pushing a cart loaded with a tray of cookies and 2-3 pitchers of milk (probably 2%), and lots of cups. The man began pouring the milk into the cups and setting them out. When the book was over, the kids (mostly) lined up for their one cookie and cup of milk. Why weren't there individual cartons of milk? or little bags of cookies?

The next morning, we got up, got into our suits ready for more waterpark. We decided to do the Rusty Anchor buffet for breakfast. There were mini muffins, prepackaged cereals, a sad looking fruit bowl, 2% milk in pitchers, with cups to use for it. Then there was the buffet: scrambled eggs (cold), sausages, potatoes, some reddish hashbown looking stuff, oatmeal in a crock, pancakes (inedible and cold), and french toast sticks (which my kids wouldn't even eat). All for about $8 per adult (less for the kids). I had two bowls of prepackaged cereals.

The waterpark was more of the same. Check-out at 11am. Then we went back to check out the arcade. Nothing really for little kids to do except the stationary riders (like a car you climb into and it makes noise, but goes nowhere). Most of this seems to be geared for teens or tweens. No skeeball.

Overall, would go back for the waterpark, the room was decent, but would eat elsewhere.

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