My family got the opportunity to visit Cedar Point’s Indoor Water Park: Castaway Bay in Sandusky, Ohio last weekend. We definitely had a ball. The two older boys kept saying over and over again about how much fun they were having and that really made this mom happy- and when they say it without you asking about it, you know they are having a great time.
First- I have to say the room set up was AWESOME. We stayed in a Tarpon Suite, I think it was a Bay View because we had a view of the water and that was really nice, especially since the weather was kind of nice so we did enjoy sitting on the balcony a bit. The best part about the Tarpon Suite is that it has a King Sized bed and then a separate room for the kiddos with 4 bunk beds. This gave mom and dad a bit of privacy and the kids not only had their own area for play and relaxing, but also their own beds. So no fighting over bed sharing!!
Like any family, we quickly unpacked and got into our suites and headed down to the water park. The kids were excited, parents are excited, and we were ready to go! The Indoor Water Park is just what we needed during these cold winter months (which actually aren’t THAT cold this year- but still not hot enough that we are enjoying any type of outdoor swimming in Ohio). It is 80 degrees in the water park, so you have that warm tropical weather and it is nice and warm when going between activities in your wet swimsuit.
There are a variety of activities for all ages too! The littlest ones and I spent most of our time in the Toddler Tidepool, which is complete with three small slides, and a few other splashing activities for the little ones. Caleb really enjoyed the slides!! Things we all enjoyed were the Creature Cove (has basketball hoops, and floating snakes and other creatures to play on), the Wave Pool, and Lookout Lagoon’s Family Funhouse.
The older kids enjoyed the slides! That is what they spent most of their days doing, going up and down the slides! There is one cool raft slide that is either one or two person, a set of 3 speed slides, and some other fun slides that are on the Lookout Lagoon Family Funhouse. They also said they liked going in the hot tub, which would be the Grotto.
So the waterpark itself got two thumbs up from the kids and the parents. BUT Castaway Bay offers other things to do as well, so if you get tired of the water and need a break there are other options. Club Castaway has crafts offered from 10-2 every day. And at night they have a dance party and a movie followed by a meet and greet with Snoopy!
My kiddos got to color shirts during our stay in Club Castaway and while they were doing that I chatted with the team member on duty and she told me that they have more activities on Saturdays, where they have a movie playing and the kids can make their own trail mix. Our stay was a Sunday to Monday, and we did not make it to Club Castaway until Monday morning and they did have a movie playing during the craft when we were there.
There are also a variety of restaurants. We ate at Quaker Steak and Lube for dinner (Tip: Ask to sit at the worst table to get 10% off your total bill!), and got snacks and lunch at Big Daddy’s Snack Shack that is inside the water park. There is also Mango Mike’s, which is a breakfast buffet, and Ebb and Eddy’s which has coffee, quick breakfast items and lunch (we got Starbuck’s Coffee here in the morning). There is also an upscale dining restaurant available at Bay Harbor and of course Room Service as well.
We also hit up the arcade just before we left on Monday- and honestly had the waterpark and arcade been open longer, we would have stayed longer!! But we promised the boys that we would do the arcade so we stopped in. Colton was super excited because I was able to win him an Ocalot (Minecraft) stuffed toy from one of the machines. (Super Cool Mom Points for me!)
Oh- if you aren’t signed up for Castaway Bay Birthday Club, you definitely need to sign your kids up. Caleb’s birthday is coming up, so he got to redeem his Birthday Coupon while we were there and it included: A Free slice of Pizza from Big Daddy’s Snack Shack, 16 Free Game credits at the Arcade, and a free craft at Club Castaway. If you aren’t staying the night, you can redeem the Birthday Club certificate for a free day pass to the water park!
Castaway Bay is a great resort to get in a bit of a mini vacation close to home. We definitely needed a little getaway and the smiles on the boys’ faces tells me they had a blast too! They often run specials, and I have seen special rates on Groupon too, so if you need a deal to be able to go, check out their site and keep an out out on Groupon to get the best rate for a mini vacation for your family!
Thank you to Cedar Point and Castaway Bay for hosting our family, so I can share this experience on Mommy Has A Life.