by Hilarey Wojtowicz
The Blue Harbor Resort in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, sits on the edge of Lake Michigan, with direct access to the sandy beaches. Families will love the 180 guestrooms or 64 villas, all of which come with king and queen beds, flat-screen TVs, patios or balconies, mini-fridges, microwaves, coffeemakers and free Wi-Fi. Book a Family Suite or a KidAquarium Suite for space for up to six guests. All accommodations also come with water park passes for the family. The largest villa sleeps up to 14 people. Additional guests are charged $20 per night, per room, which includes access to the water park.
Onsite fun is aplenty at the resort, with the year-round, indoor water park featuring 54,000 square feet of fun. Enjoy multiple pools, waterslides and the Riptide Double Surf Simulator. Cabanas are available for rent, as well. Other activities at the resort include lake sports, like paddle boarding and kayaking; the indoor Mini Glow Golf course with bright neon colors lining two nine-hole courses; scheduled children’s activities, such as sandcastle building contests, arts and crafts and ice cream sundae parties; and activities and places for teens to hang, such as the arcade and nightly campfires.
Dining at the Blue Harbor Resort is easy, with six options for families. Latitude 43 serves up fresh seafood for dinner. The Beacon offers breakfast, lunch and dinner on an elevated patio that overlooks Lake Michigan. On the Rocks Bar & Grill is the lobby bar that serves drinks and a full dining menu. The Shoreline Cafe brews coffee and specialty drinks all day long, with ice cream and pastries for sale, too. The Rocky Bottom Snack Bar is a casual spot located near the water park, with snacks on offer for all ages. The Poolside Snack Bar serves drinks and snacks right near the pool, making meals easy for families with little ones who don’t want to get out of the water.
Additional amenities and activities for guests include a spa, a fitness center and onsite shopping. Check-in is at 4 p.m. and check-out is at 11 a.m.
Our Editor Loves
- Plethora of year-round activities
- Located on the shores of Lake Michigan
- Family suites with great amenities
- Water Parks
- Water Sports
- Children Programs
- Family Room 5+
- Free Wi-Fi
- Game Room
- Onsite Dining
For several years, we come to Blue Harbor for our family Christmas get away (in November). We always request 4 rooms (2 directly across from the other 2). The reservations system can NEVER get it right. We call several times ahead of time, and email Blue Harbor. We even tell them the room #s we want, and we always make the reservation a year in advance. They can never get our request correct. We always have had problems. I can't understand why, and they will never give me a reason why, other than requests are not guaranteed. We even call the day before. WHY can't we ever have an easy and correct check in???
The kids have fun at the water park. It is clean and seems to have a good number of life guards.
The hotel itself is nice, but we found the service VERY poor. Check in was 4pm but we had to sit in our car in the parking lot with FIVE boys and wait for a phone that never came. My wife finally went back in at 4:40pm and had to make a fuss to get our room. When we checked out there was a $41 charge that said snack bar. When my wife questioned the charge they said that we charged food to our room which was not true. When my wife contested the inaccurate charge she was spoke to as if she were lying.