Monday, January 14, 2013

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Day #2 of Our Family #Staycation at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Coco Key Water Park in Boston North Shore


On the second day of our staycation at the DoubleTree by Hilton Boston North Shore hotel in Danvers, Massachusetts, we let ourselves sleep in until 9am before we headed over to Tradewinds for the breakfast buffet.  Since we all had our swimsuits on, we were ready to head over to the Coco Key Water Park after breakfast.  Since our family suite was so close to the water park, we were able to stop by the room quickly to leave any unnecessary clothing and to grab our beach towels.

The main section of the water park was quite impressive with a complex structure made up of several slides, walkways, a river, and tipping buckets that automatically tipped over and poured the water out once they were full, including the ginormous tipping bucket at the top of the structure that created quite a downpour when it tipped over.  This section of the park did contain some slides that were suitable for children under 4ft, like our nearly 6 year old twins . . .



There were some other slides that were only for those who were at least 4ft tall and are carefully watched by lifeguards who make sure that all the safety rules are followed . . .


Most sections of the water park that were safe for younger children have water that is no deeper than 2-1/2 feet.  Still, we always made sure at least my husband or myself were closeby and alert . . .


Although the water slides were a lot of fun for my children, they also enjoyed the other parts of the water park, such as this system of rotating aqueducts . . .


We probably spent about 4 hours in the water park total.  About halfway through, we took a break to grab some sodas (with free refills), slushies, and some chicken fingers and french fries.  That was when Coco, the official mascot of the Coco Key Water Resort, appeared to surprise our children.  Coco was nice enough to pose for a photo with each child.  And, as if that did not put big enough smiles on our children's faces, the hotel also surprised our children with a birthday cake since they are all January babies . . .


Even though the rest of the park was super-fun and exciting, all 3 of our children enjoyed the Dip In Theater, which is a pool designed for children 4ft and under.  It had slides, tipping buckets, fountains, and most importantly a large sail that doubled as a movie screen . . .


It was clear that our children's favorite things in the whole park were the fountains in the Dip In Theater.  Once they discovered that, by blocking one opening, they could make the water shoot up higher from the other openings, they did not want to play with anything else for quite some time . . .


Right when the children had decided that they were exhausted and ready to head for dryer ground, they received another surprise visit.  This one was from the house magician, who totally impressed the children, especially with his card tricks.  What a fun way to end their afternoon at the Coco Key Water Park . . .


After that, we returned to our room so everyone could shower and dress for dinner.  Our reservation at Tradewinds was for 6:30pm, so we had time to return to the arcade before dinner.  The children had worked up quite an appetite at the water park and the arcade.  Those poor nachos didn't stand a chance . . .

Look for more photos from our dinner at Tradewinds coming soon.  You can read about Day #1 of our staycation here and see all the photos from our weekend here.


Thank you to the Coco Key Water Park and the DoubleTree by Hilton for providing us with complimentary accommodations, meals, arcade credits, and water park passes for us to base this review upon. All opinions are my own.