Blue Harbor Resort Review Chicago Family Travel Blog
Hi My name is Senam aka SistaTV and Here is a picture of me living my VERY BEST LIFE at the Blue Harbor Resort in SheBoygan, Wisconsin… If you can’t tell from that big ole cheese on my face …Long story short…. this Blue Harbor Resort Review is basically 100% positive ALL ACROSS THE BOARD… Excellent!
WE LOVED IT. It was amazing. IT IS SPECTACULAR and you should go right now.Like literally, pack up yourself, your kids and get in the car and GOOOOO to the Blue Harbor Resort now. This is NOT a SPONSORED review. I paid for everything myself and ain’t nobody paid me to say nothing… This is the truth, Ruth… Worth every dime. There will be a Youtube Blue Harbor Resort review on my SistaTV Channel soon but for Now here is a hilarious live video I did going down one of the water slides on FaceBook.
Also side not for those of you who are asking about the waterproof bag I use for my phone I got it from amazon and it was like 8 bucks and I used it on the cruise and like four other times and it worked wonderfully!! Click here to get your own water proof bag for your phone
Now on to the long story… LOL…
So I need heat… You would think being raised in a family full of Ghanaians, I would have figured out how deeply I need sun, sand, warmth and water… But alas here I am a full 37 glorious years old and I am just now catching the hint…
Even more surprising than that is the very surprising clutch your pearls discovery, I had when we went on the cruise earlier this year….
I love being in my swimsuit. LOVE IT. LOVE IT. Oh yes friends I LOVE IT. Nothing I love more than stuffing all of the glorious plushness that is my post 3 KidTV’s big old mom bod into a bright beautiful Fatkini and floating the day away in a pool, a beach, or lounging along side a pool or a beach… I just feel free and beautiful and fat and fine and happy… I know so many of you are reading this thinking… A fat girl fine with her body in a swimsuit…
Girl… I know… It came as a complete surprise to me too… I was like…
SistaTV: Girl what?
and then my belly was like “Girl YAS.”
SistaTV’s Belly: ” Girl shut up and drape me in the finest of spandex and swimsuit materials and let’s do this…”
There is some metaphor about loving yourself and freedom, and getting grown and all that good stuff but Sugar… My life is a living testimony to that… That is not what you are here for today… Today, you are here for the tea and the deets. So I shall provide, so you can get ta sipping….
So I live in Chicago… And this may come as a real surprise to you… I don’t get a lot of oppurtunities to be getting my life my swimsuits in the fallwinterspring mashup that Global Warming has provided…
Chicago Winter is not a JOKE bruh… Chicago winter is Not like “whoops… There seems to be a chill in the air I should have taken a sweater” kind of winter… NOPE. This is Chicago… If we are going to do it… BABY we are going to do it… So when I say Chicago winters are serious I mean…
This is What Lake shore drive looks like on glorious, beautiful, wondrous, summer Chicago days:
And this is a picture of this exact same road during what the rest of the world calls snowmaggedon…. But what Chicagoans affectionately call “Any Given Tuesday.”
Same road. Way different situation.
So inevitably at some point the weather, the cold, the snow, the countless layers you need to put on to get the mail with out becoming an icicle can start to weigh on your soul, freeze your spirit, and begin to corrode even the sunniest of dispositions.
Yep… Even special snowflake unicorn me. All of the yucky, freezing days had really started to get to me and I needed a break. My first move was to start looking at some flights to warmer climates. Realizing how much I desperately love it and need it… I thought what could POSSIBLY be ANY better than a Christmas on a beach in a California, Texas, or Florida Hawaii… Oh I know… Paying my bills and being able to afford to feed these three kiddos that insist on calling me Mommy… Cause those prices were CRAYYY…
And who has time for CRAYY? Not me. It just didn’t make sense to spend that kind of money, for a few short days in the sun…Never mind the hassle of navigating through airports, whose weekend is whoms, and all that would be needed to get me and the three where ever we’d like to go.
So I put my google fu to work and for a while there the options were SLIM as ever.
Here is what I was looking for:
- Affordable pricing: We went over this already but while millionaire and billionaire status are in my future… I’m just not there as of this moment.I will be cashing them billionaire checks into my account real soon but just not yet… #seewhatididthere #lawofattractionbelike #imveryrich
- An indoor waterpark – Jesus did not die on the cross for me to be Polar Plunging. I will donate… but that jump? Nah… I needed it to be indoor and warm. Also not like SUPER HUGE. Cause I’m trying to float in the pool and let these kids live. Not chase them around a gargantuan death trap with waterfalls for added anxiety… Ya dig?
- Clean Comfortable room with my own bed – I am a single mother of three children. I have suffered enough… I kid, I kid. But sleeping in one fullsize bed with all three of the KidTVs is not my idea of an enjoyable vacation. I needed at least 2 beds and that room had better be spotless.
- Short Drive from Chicago/The burbs: I really, really didn’t want to spend 7 hours driving each way because as we have noted in the bullet point above… I am a single mother of three children… I have suffered enough. 14hours in the car with 3 kids over 3 days? Not Today, Satan. NOT TODAY.
- Food and refreshments on site and nearby: I like tasty snacks. The KidTVs like tasty snacks. I didn’t want to have to hike it 45 minutes to the one Toxic Bell/Arbys/Long John Silver miles from some secluded location after being in the pool all day.
- Available: Rooms available ( unlike Kelly Price) and it not to be so crowded we wouldn’t enjoy our selves.
So I thought none of this was going to be super hard to find… but baby you would be surprised.
I looked at Key Lime Cove in the Chicago Area and the reviews were less than stellar and we’d been there once when LittleSistaTV was 2 and she messed around and caught HAND FOOT AND MOUTH DISEASE… So…
I found some in the famed Wisconsin Dell Area and I was TAKEN ABACK at the prices… Like for serious?I mean, I get that it is Christmas break and I was planning a last minute winter family travel trip but everything I was looking at was a $1000 and above before food and most of the activites for just 2 days!!! Also none of the options hit all of the points that I wanted above. Too far, too much, too small, too NOPE.
But because Jesus is still on the throne and my Google-Fu has NEVER EVER let me down… I found the GLORRAAYYY that is the Blue Harbor Resort in Sheboygan, Wisconsin…
SweaterGawd…. When I saw the pictures I thought… This is fake right? I searched for Blue Harbor Resort Reviews and I couldn’t really find any that were very thorough and current… So I was convinced there was some tomfoolery at hand. I thought, “I’m going to book me and the KidTVS on this vacation and it’s going to turn out like that Chilligan’s Island episode on Martin? Cause AINT NO WAY this is less than a 3 hour drive from my house and I have never heard of it.”
But it’s real ya’ll… and I had never heard of it and maybe you haven’t either but, ” HERE SISTATV IS TO SAVE THE DAY with a complete Blue Harbor Resort Review!”
So let’s talk turkey. I booked us for a 2 night stay from December 25th to December 27th. I was lucky enough to find the Family Fun Package that was a truly amazing deal for all we got.
I’m not sure why it doesn’t make this clear on the website but this package also include foour free tickets to the park. So remember on top of all that was included below you also get 4 free tickets to the park for the ENTIRE LENGTH OF YOUR STAY:
Blue Harbor Resort Family Fun Package
Use Promo Code FAMILYFUN
This inclusive family fun package has all the elements you need for a memorable family getaway. Included in your package is:
Overnight stay in one of our comfortable Family Suites
- 2 VIK (Very Important Kid) packs – Each pack includes 1 free round of mini glow golf, 1 free children’s entrée with purchase of 1 adult entrée, 1 free scoop of Ice Cream from Shoreline Café, 1 Build-Your-Own-Animal in The Boutique, 10% off merchandise purchase from The Boutique or Washed Ashore Gift Shops
- 1 $50 food and beverage credit
- 1 certificate for $20 in arcade credit.
So for the dates I booked. With taxes and all that Jazz the total trip for all 4 of us for 2 nights and 3 days was $389.42. IN TOTAL…
Now to be clear. That includes the waterpark passes that are $29 EACH a day. And with this deal. We got the passes when we checked in on the 25th and had full and complete access to the waterpark. All day on the 26th and the 27th as well… 9am to 10PM. AND we had $50 Credit for food and Drink. And $20 at the arcade And 2 of the VIK Very important kid packs That included (1 free round of mini glow golf, 1 free children’s entrée with purchase of 1 adult entrée, 1 free scoop of Ice Cream from Shoreline Café, 1 Build-Your-Own-Animal in The Boutique, 10% off merchandise purchase from The Boutique or Washed Ashore Gift Shops).
So far from my list… AFFORDABLE PRICING: CHECK!
So even though I was apprehensive… I booked it asap on Dec 23rd and kept my mouth shut waiting to surprise the Kid TVS on Christmas Morning.
They had no idea and woke up on Christmas morning to this on our little sad raggedy thrift store tree:
They were confused but super excited. Little SistaTV kept saying we are going like right now? Like now now? To the Wisconsin Dells? Yes now. No. Blue harbor. Get in the car, sis.
So we loaded up the car and were on the way. The ride up was 2 hours and 44 minute from my house to their door. Quick and easy ride filled with me happily singing to my 90s jams while Solstice rolled her little tweeny eyes at my old people music and played on her phone and the boys Pokemon-ed for DopeyChu or PikaGOButt or whatever.
Short Drive from Chicago/The burbs: CHECK!!
Short easy trip and super easy to get there with my GPS BAE: WAZE. I’m not going to lie… I was really nervous that for all that we were getting the rooms, food, and park were going to be super raggedy. I still had visions of Chilligan’s Island dancing in my head… But BABY… As soon as I hit the turn and pulled up all those fears were gone. IT was amazing. Truly gorgeous. It’s literall steps from Lake Michigan so you can hear the beautiful calming waters and waves. Almost Majestic.
The kids all oohed and ahhed as we walked in the grand lobby. It was all decked out in Christmas decorations and it’s truly beautiful. I filmed a little clip of us walking in so make sure to check out my youtube channel for that hilarity. LOL.
We Checked in with Adam at the front desk. He was super friendly and welcomed us with excellent Christmas cheer and some great jokes. Since the package I booked only included 2 Very Important Kid Packs (VIK). I had to pay an additional $25 So all of the three little birds could get one. At the time I thought $25 bucks seems kind of high but after seeing the value of all that we actually got I am so very pleased.
Adam also gave me the schedule of Holiday kids club events that the kids could go to. Some of them had a small fee attached to them. We didn’t end up doing any of them but it was a nice option to have available.
Adam also gave us our water park passes to the water park. The Blue Harbor Waterpark is officially called Breaker Bay and it was open til 10pm every night we were there. You don’t have to leave the property or go outside to get to it. So no worries about the cold AND it is always 84 degrees in the park!!!
I asked Adam to make sure I had booked a great room close to the waterpark and he assured me it was a great choice. I booked a Family Lakeview Suite and it exceeded our expectations completely.
Clean Comfortable room with my own bed: CHECK BABY CHECK BABY 1. 2. 3. 4!!!
2 really comfy Queen Sized Beds, a microwave, and a fridge, and a pull out couch just over that little wall partition. LittleSistaTV LOVED having her own queen bed and TwinATV and TwinBTV loved having the little partition to separate their little room with their pull out bed. Apparently there was good Pokemon catching to be done. So all was well.
So behind those curtains was the balcony that overlooked Lake Michigan and the resort grounds and it was gorgeous. The kids loved it out there but the sun was really hating on all three of us getting a good picture out there….
So as soon as we got settled we got in to our swimsuits and cover ups right away to see what Breaker Bay was all about. But first let’s taken an Usie!
As soon as I opened the door and felt the 84 degrees, I was alll smiles!
It is by no means a super huge water perfect but it’s not a super teeny one either. It was the absolute perfect size for me and the three little birds.
I could see them from almost anywhere, I was in the park and it was extremely easy to keep track of who was doing what and what time. As a single mom traveling these kinds of things are super important to me…. And Blue Harborwas EXACTLY what I was looking for.
An indoor waterpark: CH-CH-CH- CHECK!!
Also Added bonus! THE RIP TIDE!!
At the Breaker Bay at Blue Harbor has The Riptide, the only double surf simulator in eastern Wisconsin. So we have gone to water parks and there was even one on the cruise that we went to but these Surf Stilmulator things have ALWAYS had an additional cost per ride when we’ve encountered them.
BUT AT the Blue HARBOR RESORT IT WAS FREEEEEEEEE with your Breaker Bay Water Park entrance.
Like SWEATER GAWD… based on any of the things listed above alone I would have already been giving a 10 star Blue Harbor Resort Review. But this added value and general awesomeness of the park the room and everything else pushes this Blue Harbor Resort Review to the stratosphere.
Because the park is not huge the lines were reasonable and the kids each went a couple times and really had a blast… I am old and did not try it… But I will for sure next time.
So back to the Family Fun pack. When we checked in I got a $50.00 food and Beverage Gift Card and 3 coupons for Buy One get One Free Kids Meals. There was a great little snack shop in the Water Park so I busted out my card and my coupons and got a ton of food for about 17 or so bucks. The kids meals aren’t listed on the menu here but it was chicken tenders, burgers, hot dog fries and a drink…
Food and refreshments on site and nearby: CHECKKKKKK!!!
Tragically, my phone died before I could get a good pick of the food but the kids ate it all up. Here is a picture of TwinATV with his pizza from Day 2 room service!.
So that Brings us to the The first day of our trip and the end of the part of my Blue Harbor Resort Review. Come back for more soon. But Overall I was super duper pleased with all aspects of the trip. I’ll talk about this more in the next part of the review but everything was abaolutely spectacular. The only slight hiccups was the internet was a teeny bit slow but seriously that was for like about a 2 hour span and realistically… I was on vacation… i shouldn’t have been trying to work anyway…
The most important thing for me was that the Kid TVs LOVEEDDDD it. They had a blast and already want to know when we can go back… I’m thinking of planning our family vacay there for the summer. Or even a road trip with some of the ladies and kids from my Single Mom Support Group: Sole Moms. They have some larger villas and suites that you can book for larger parties.
If you are looking for an excellent Chicago Area weekend family road trip you can not go wrong with The Blue Harbor Resort in Sheboygan.
We loved it and SistaTV Loves you!! Till I see you again… Tell yourself you love yourself and treat yourself like it with a much needed vacation!!!