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Barefoot Bay Family Aquatic Center

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We’ve sweetened the deal: Lifeguards (ages 16+) now start at $15/hr. Click to apply


Welcome to Barefoot Bay Family Aquatic Center.

Barefoot Bay is a six-acre, family water retreat. The aquatic center offers amenities for swimmers of all ages. Please view Barefoot Bay’s amenities below or follow the links to read more about the park.

1461 N Midlothian Road
Mundelein, IL 60060


Please note: Children 10 and under must be attended by a person aged 16 or older.

Barefoot Bay Season

Memorial Day Weekend: On Memorial Day weekend, Barefoot Bay will open on Sunday, May 29, and Monday, May 30, from 12–5 pm for pass holders and residents only. Season pass holders can enter at 11 am. Residents can bring nonresident guests. Nonresident guests will need to pay the nonresident daily fee rate or purchase a season pass.

Closed: May 31–June 3 for lifeguard training

Regular Season: begins on June 4

Barefoot Bay hours
Sunday: 12-5 pm
Monday: CLOSED
Tuesday: 12-7 pm
Wednesday: 12-7 pm
Thursday: 12-7 pm
Friday: 12-7 pm
Saturday: 12-7 pm
Season pass holders can enter an hour early at 11 am.


Barefoot Bay Logo



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aquatics schedule

 Youth: $10 resident/$15 nonresident
Adult: $10 resident/$15 nonresident
Senior (Ages 55+): $8 resident/$13 nonresident

Barefoot Bay Season Pass has been upgraded to the All-Access Outdoor Aquatics Pass! Now one pass will give you unlimited access to Barefoot Bay, Diamond Lake Beach, and Spray Park!

Purchase at Mundelein Community Center or online.

  • Free admission to Barefoot Bay!
  • One 1-time free guest admission per season pass purchase.
  • Discounts and specials at Barefoot Bay’s Snack Shack!
  • $10 Discount on outdoor aquatics parties!
  • Free admission to all Barefoot Bay Special Events.
  • Early entrance to Barefoot Bay at 11:00 am. (General admission begins at noon.)*
    *Hours are subject to change based on staffing.

Season Pass Rates
Individual: $85/125 ea
Four or more: $65/100 ea
Senior, ages 55+: $65/100 ea


What are your hours of operations?
Sunday: 12-5 pm
Monday: CLOSED
Tuesday: 12-7 pm
Wednesday: 12-7 pm
Thursday: 12-7 pm
Friday: 12-7 pm
Saturday: 12-7 pm
Season pass holders can enter an hour early, at 11 am.

What are your Daily Fees?
Youth: $10 resident/$15 nonresident
$10 resident/$15 nonresident
Senior (Ages 55+):
$8 resident/$13 nonresident

Where are you located?

  • Barefoot Bay is located at 1461 N. Midlothian Road
  • The Spray Park is located at 1401 N. Midlothian Road
  • Beach is located at 1016 Diamond Lake Road

If I leave does my daily admission cover the entire day? Can I come back?

  • Yes, we have a hand stamp process. Please see a cashier for assistance

Does my child need a physical pass if he is under the age of 2 years old?

  • No, but we will add him/her to your family household account.

Height requirements for slides?

  • 42 inches

What kind of lifejacket can I bring? Are lifejackets available? Can I use water wings or floaties?

  • Personal Floating Devices (PFDs) must be coast guard approved.
  • PFDs are available at the facility.

How do I plan a birthday party?

  • Please contact Erica De Luca, Aquatics Manager, at 847.388.5470 or edeluca@mundeleinparks.org for all birthday party inquiries.
  • Birthday parties are 2 hours. All paper products are provided, 2 cheese pizza, beverages, and a reserved eating area.
  • Fees: $225 resident/$325 non-resident for 1-10 people. Extra $10 for each additional person.

When do you open for the season? Close?

  • Hours of operation are subject to change

Can I bring in my own food? Cooler fee? Will concessions be open?

  • No outside food is permitted
  • No coolers
  • Concessions will be opened

What will be the hours of Barefoot Bay and Diamond Lake Beach?

See the link to the initial schedule. The schedule is subject to change based on staff hiring.

After Memorial Day, Mundelein Park & Recreation District will make additional schedule announcements based on the number of lifeguards hired and trained successfully.

Will all Barefoot Bay and Diamond Lake amenities be open for the 2022 season?

Barefoot Bay’s main level amenities, which include the main pool, dive well and tot pool, will be available during open hours.

Lower-Level amenities, which include the slides and lazy river, require significant additional staffing and supervision. If staffing levels allow, these features will be available only on Saturdays and Sundays.  Slides will be open first because they require fewer lifeguards.

If enough lifeguards are hired and trained, lower-level amenities will be operated during the week. We would absolutely like to open more fully and are hoping that we will get enough staff.

An updated schedule will be available around May 27 once most of the staff have completed training and the staffing schedules are established.

Why is the season so short this year?

Aquatics facilities are dependent on a large staff to operate. This staff is primarily high school and college-aged students. These employees get out of school just before Memorial Day and return to school in mid-August. In recent years, extra-curricular activities have conflicted with late-season availability.



What is our status for lifeguards?

Like most agencies, the Park District is experiencing a shortage of lifeguards. The ideal number of lifeguards is 125+. Currently, we have about half the number of lifeguards to fully operate. The Park District will continue to hire until the first week of June.

What does it take to be a Lifeguard? What is involved in training?

Lifeguards are hired at a starting rate of $15.00/hr. Training consists of 4 days or approximately 30-36 hours total. Training is paid. Training covers first aid, AED, oxygen use certifications, scanning, and all water rescue skills. Waterfront training for the beach and dispatch slide training. Any additional facility procedures are also covered.

Lifeguards must pass a vision test and test out on skills. Those consist of: swimming a certain length, retrieving a brick from the bottom of 12 ft pool, and treading water.

To keep a valid certification, requires 4 hours of additional training a month, what we call “in-service”. This is provided on the job and is paid.

How many lifeguards do we need at Barefoot Bay and Diamond Lake to have all amenities open?

Barefoot Bay requires 22 lifeguards per shift for full amenities, or 12 for the main level (main pool, dive well, tot pool) only.
Diamond Lake requires 2 lifeguards per shift.



Why do lifeguards sit on the bench? Can’t you use them rather than close the slides or lazy river?

Lifeguards on the bench play a crucial part of our Emergency Action Plan (EAP). They are the first guards to arrive on the scene to provide care, so it is important lifeguards are visible.

Does the Slide Attendant need to be a lifeguard?

Yes, the Illinois Pool Code requires an attendant to be a lifeguard. One lifeguard is permitted to operate a maximum of two slides.

Why can’t adults guard to keep the season open longer?

The lifeguard position is open to anyone ages 16+. There is a Junior Lifeguard position for 15-year old’s.

Do I get a discount on my season pass with all these changes?

We are enhancing the value of your pass in several ways. Aquatic operations require significant maintenance and utilities expenses. To ensure that our community will have every opportunity to have a safe and fun experience, we implemented the following:

  • The capacity at Barefoot Bay will be capped at 500 people to meet safety guidelines when main level amenities are operated only.
  • There will be no camp rentals besides our own summer camp program.
  • For daily resident users, we kept the price the same.
  • For pass holders,
    • All season pass holders will be allowed into Barefoot Bay an hour before opening (11 am)
    • To add value to your season pass, we are upgrading all season passes to be All-Access Passes which includes admittance to Barefoot Bay, Diamond Lake Beach, and Spray Park.
    • Season pass holders can request a full refund, providing they’ve requested it by June 11. To request a refund, Season Pass Holders should email registration@mundeleinparks.org. This will allow you to experience our options before deciding whether you want to continue throughout the summer.
    • If you’ve already purchased an All-Access Pass, the Park District will refund the difference in the purchase price to the cost of a Barefoot Bay pass.

Will I get a refund if I purchased a season pass?

We encourage you to visit our aquatic operations. If you are not satisfied, you can request a full refund through June 11 by emailing registration@mundeleinparks.org. this will allow you to experience our options before deciding whether you want to continue throughout the summer.

Happy kids at the waterpark

740 ft. Lazy River


Swimmers at the waterpark
Zero Depth Pool & Lap Lanes


Swimming in the kid pool
Fenced Tot & Swim Area


Single & Double Tube Slides


Diving into pool
12 ft. Dive Well & Diving Board


Climbing lilypads with rope
Climb on Floating Critter Walk


Climbing wall
AquaClimb Water Wall



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