Can you believe the summer is almost over? We wanted to hit the waterpark one last time before summer ends, but wanted an easy day out. Rainbow Falls Waterpark in Elk Grove Village was the perfect! The outdoor waterpark is smaller and much more manageable than others, so it made the perfect day out!

Highlights:

  • Fun for younger kids. Sunfish Bay is their zero-depth pool located right when you enter the waterpark. This seems to be the hub of the area, so I’d recommend settling down here and finding a lounge chair. On the other side is the deeper end with diving board. There is also a cargo net to climb and lily pads that seemed really fun! The Barracuda Bowl, a small vortex that goes round and round, was something that we’ve never really seen before at a waterpark. So fun! We spent most of our time here because it was shallow and the water was warm. LOVED THAT!

  • Something for the little tots. Another great spot and perfect for little crawlers. Totally adored Coqui Frog Pond with its cute zero-depth entry pool and rainbow fish slide. In keeping in line with their name, they have an adorable rainbow mist sprinkler. Plus, we loved that this area was gated.  Plenty of seating here. While this area is no deeper than a 1’6″, it is still manned by a lifeguard.

  • Crossing the bridge to the Iguana Island is fun. You can see all the lazy river riders pass underneath.
  • Pelican Peak is the 3-story water play area. It was a super fun area with a giant bucket, a maze, and tons of splash toys. The bucket makes a HUGE splash!

  • Rides for thrill-seekers. Our kids were too young to enjoy, but the park had a few 4 thrilling waterslide options.

  • Fun, not-so-lazy river. Although the Reptile River was a little faster than what we’re usually used to, it was tons of fun!

  • Food!  When hunger struck we bolted to Hide-Away Cafe with typical concession food without the crazy prices. When we needed a snack we noshed on the pretzel ($3), nachos ($4), and fries ($2.50).

  • Safety. Every section had one or more lifeguards, and they were actually paying attention! In fact, the Elk Grove Park District has won the “Gold International Aquatic Safety Award” 3 years in a row!

Bottom Line:

What a fun time! This park was perfect for my young kids, and I encourage families to check it out before the summer ends!

Nitty Gritty:

Website: http://www.elkgroveparks.org/Rainbow_Falls
Address: 200 Rev. Morrison Blvd., Elk Grove Village, IL 60007
Hours: Visit website for hours. Post-season hours start on August 19.
Ticket prices: Weekday: General Admission $9/ $15NR, Senior $5 R/ $10 NR, Tots (under 2) Free; Weekend: General Admission $9/$16 NR, Senior $5/$10NR, Tots (under 2) Free
Parking: Plenty of parking at the lot
Food: They have a cafe to purchase food, or you can bring your own and have a picnic at any of the picnic areas.
Crowded: We visited on a Saturday afternoon (the weather was a little bit cooler) and it was not so busy.

While You’re Here:

  • Have a fun day out with the littles at Pirates’ Cove Children’s Amusement Park. Review here.
  • If it’s indoor play you’re looking for, head to Jumps ‘n Jiggles, with a climbing structure and a carousel. Review here.
  • Take a walk around Busse Forest Elk Pasture and see elk. Review here.
  • You know we love libraries. The Elk Grove Village Public Library is one of our favorites.
  • If  you think there’s too much to do (there is!), make a stay out of it. We recommend DoubleTree by Hilton Chicago Wooddale for a great hotel.

Disclosure: Our family was provided complimentary tickets to Rainbow Falls Waterpark in exchange for a review. I was not required to express a particular point of view, and all opinions are my own.