CoCo Key Water Resort takes you to the balmy 84 degree Florida Keys anytime of the year without leaving Ohio. Located just north of Columbus, it is an easy destination to get away from the norm and into the splashing fun and excitement of an indoor waterpark. We were recently invited to check out the central Ohio waterpark, CoCo Key Water Resort. I have been to several waterparks in the past and honestly, CoCo Key Water Resort and Cherry Valley Lodge really impressed me! Read my full review of Cherry Valley Lodge.
CoCo Key Water Resort is a perfect escape with a variety of interactive adventure areas for all ages. It is 50,000 sq feet of exciting, water fun!
This is where we spent most of our time. There are a zillion things to do and all involve getting wet or getting other people wet!
Check out this quick video overview.
Parrots Perch is vibrant, exciting, and there is an adventure around every corner.
As you can see, there are multiple levels for you to climb up via steps, rope ladders, and bridges.
Elijah first headed for the moving water tables where you can move each piece to make one long connected table or rip them apart quickly to soak the person next to you! This is a great feature because even young kids can play here because there is no standing water.
Short video clip of the water table in action:
Elizabeth loved turning the wheel back and forth and watching how it made the water pressure change.
Short video of the water wheel in action:
Each landing has a special water feature and squirting machines to get people down below wet. My 2 year old niece really enjoyed the fountains that shoot up from the floor, and the anticipation of when they would shoot off next!
Elijah loved waiting for the water to shoot him in the face! Crazy Boy!
The double orange slide is a fairly easy slide for kids to go down but don’t think your safe from water pouring on your head. There are 2 locations where kids can spray directly at those going down this slide. We did ask for special allowances for my 2 year old niece. 😉 Here’s Elijah going down full-force!
Elijah and Elizabeth both agree that their favorite waterslide at Parrots Perch is the big open, blue slide. Elijah has gone down waterslides before so I was confident that he would be ok going down this slide.
I took a trial run and was surprised at how fast it went and the spraying water that comes down at you a couple places from kids having fun above! Elizabeth, my 3 year old wanted to go on it. Who am I to say no to my adventurous girl?
My sister waited below to catch her as the water does gush up at your face even though it doesn’t dump you in a pool of water.
I couldn’t believe how much she enjoyed it! Elizabeth was so proud that she went down her first big slide! This is the kind of memories waterparks like CoCo Key Water Resort! I was proud of her too and we continued to go down the slide about a dozen more times! Good thing for us, there was just a short line during the day and practically nobody there after 5pm so we could go down as many times as we wanted!
Of course, every waterpark needs a giant bucket to dump hundreds of gallons of water on screaming people below!
Zero Depth Entry Pool
For kids under 48″, the Zero Depth Entry Pool is a great spot to hang out. There are sprayers, fountains that shoot up from the ground, 2 water slides, and a place to play water basketball.
Splashing buckets of water fill up and dump down on kids underneath.
There are 2 fairly fast moving slides that dump into about 2 feet of water which isn’t much but enough to catch younger kids by surprise.
Coconut Grove Adventure River
When you need a break, take your kids on the Coconut Grove Adventure River where you can grab a tube and float down the river. Of course there are several places where water will spray at you overhead! Everyone must be in a tube but you can carry your young kids on your lap, there is no height limitations.
Coral Reef Cavern
Bigger kids enjoy the Coral Reef Cavern that reaches up to 4 feet deep. Grab a life vest for your younger kids. There is plenty of fun in this activity pool including water basketball and lily pad walk.
Palm Grotto Indoor/Outdoor Spa & Body and Raft Water Slides
With kids under 42″ we were not able to enjoy the adults-only Palm Grotto Indoor/Outdoor Spa but it looked fabulous. We were not able to experience the Shark Slam, Gator Gush, or Barracuda body and raft water slides but they looked exciting! The line wasn’t long at all when we were there the first day, and it was moving quickly on the 2nd day when it was a “special price” day. I didn’t hear anyone complaining of the wait. The body and raft waterslides empty into the adventure river.
CoCo Key Water Resort Arcade
I am not easily impressed with arcades in general. When I gave each of my kids $10 to spend at the CoCo Key Water Resort Arcade, I expected to be done in 1/2 hour or less. I was so surprised that we were hitting ride and game one after another after another for a solid hour! There was plenty for my kids to play, however older kids would have a blast with more to choose from that is age appropriate.
There are plenty of games to play including Guitar Hero, prize snatching, foose ball, skee ball, spin the wheel, photo machine, race car, shoot the aliens, motorcycle race, dancing, and many more.
When you are great at the game or just lucky, you can earn tickets for prizes too. Even at the age of 5, kids learn which machines are more generous with winning tickets and go for those!
At the end of a full hour of play, my kids won some great prizes! What a deal!
Visit CoCo Key Water Resort, an Ohio Indoor Waterpark
All of this fun is more affordable that you would think. They often run specials where you can get tickets for as little as $9.99 each. Prices generally range from $10 – $19.99 per person.
I would recommend CoCo Key Water Resort for families with kids ages 3 – 10. I feel that this park is best suited for that age group. That being said, the entire family, teens and toddlers included can have a fun time at this waterpark.
My only word of caution is that if you plan to go on a super deal day, expect a lot of other people to be there too! The first day we were at the park, there were not many people there and we had a super time. The second day was a $10 day and it was a zoo! We were not able to do as many activities, especially with younger kids. I also recommend staying later into the evening when most people are off to dinner and heading home!
You can also take advantage of the the great family packages offered when you stay at Cherry Valley Lodge. I love the Ohio Family Getaway option with the Shiver Me Timber Family Package. This awesome Ohio Family Getaway for 4 goes for about $249 and includes:
- Overnight Stay for 2 nights
- 4 Water Park Passes for the whole stay
- 4 Tickets to the Works Museum
- 4 passes to choice of bowling or putt-putt golf
- 4 Movie Theatre tickets to Hollywood Theatres
- Pizza Hut Express Family Dinner
- 2 Child Size t-shirts
- $5.00 Arcade Cards
Win 4 Tickets to CoCo Key Water Resort (Closed)
Updated: 9-18-10 Winner Announced: Congratulations, Connie Black, entry #74! Thanks to all who entered to win, make plans to take a trip to CoCo Key soon, they have many great online deals, check them out!
CoCo Key Water Resort has generously offered one lucky winner 4 tickets to CoCo Key Water Resort. $80 Value! (Be sure to also enter to win the Family Getaway with accommodations at Cherry Valley Lodge and 4 ticktes to CoCo Key Water Resort here.)
Contest ends at 11:59pm EST on September 15, 2010 when a winner will be drawn at random and announced the next day. When commenting, please include your email address (not visible to public). I will notify the winners and they will have 36 hours to respond!
This was not a paid post. My own opinions were used based on my perceptions and experience. Thank you to Cherry Valley Lodge & CoCo Key Water Resort for accommodations and tickets for review.