Review of YMCA Northeast- Calypso Cove

PhotobucketThe summer has come to an end, well, it’s after Labor Day so that’s the claim. But, I wanted to write about our wonderful summer fun at the Northeast YMCA of Greater Louisville’s Calypso Cove so that you will know about it for next year!

We joined the YMCA of Greater Louisville back in March and we chose to include Calypso Cove.  For an extra $200 for members, you get unlimited access to the water park.  We went to Calypso Cove at least a dozen time so I feel like this was a great value for us.  We don’t have a neighborhood pool, so we used this for most of our summer splashing fun.

When you get there for swimming, you just show your card.  You can bring out of town guests for free and they have some designated days when you can bring local guests for free. But, local folks are encouraged to join instead of coming with a friend since it’s a big daily fee to come just for a day.  There are chairs and big umbrellas all around as well as picnic tables.  On the weekend, it’s best to get there early since it can get crowded but during the week, I never had a problem finding a spot.  
There’s a family bathroom and then gender specific bathrooms. These bathrooms are immaculate. I see an employee cleaning them all the time and it shows.  They also have a concession stand with modestly prices basics but we usually brought our meals for picnicking and used the concession stand for an occasional treat.
The pool area has many life guards all around and has various points of entry, including a beach style entry.  There are splashing water areas all around the pool with a small slide/climbing area for the little kids and two bigger slides for older kids (I’d say 4 and up, if they can swim).  Over the summer, I think my son went down the slides at least 500 times! HA!  Most of the pool is very shallow making it easy for parents to navigate and for young kids to play safely.  My son is almost 4 feet tall and he can make his way all over the pool area.  My kids loved the pool area and my son challenge himself to the rope-floating obstacle every time we were there and they enjoyed chasing me around the whirlpool.  There’s also basketball hoops and I saw many elementary to middle school aged kids using these each time we were there. 
If you children can’t swim well, they do have life vests that you can check out when you enter and you just give them your car keys in exchange.  Also, every 2 hours they have pool break which is a nice way to force the kids to take a rest or make a trip to the bathroom. During that 10 minute break, kids can play in the sprayground area as well.  It’s perfect for the little ones.  A few times while we were there during the summer, accidents happened as they will any where you go and I found that the YMCA staff was quick in dealing with it and followed guidelines for making sure the pool was clean before allowing everyone back in to swim. 
We really liked Calypso Cove, as did our guests that came to swim during visits to Louisville.  We look forward to more fun in the sun next year.
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