Castaway Bay, Sandusky, Ohio
Our family is no stranger to these wintertime oasis's, and for years we've wanted to visit Castaway Bay and now we finally got the chance! We enjoyed it so much, we decided to go back the following weekend! (and subsequently the same time a year later). Below we've compiled 12 reasons why you shouldn't wait as long as we did to give Castaway Bay a visit! This may be one of the most comprehensive reads you'll find as you'll get the review from our 3 trips (now totaling 12 in the last 3 years), which sort of makes us "Professional Castaways", so take your time and enjoy!
(Note that many pictures are slides with detailed descriptions so be sure to look through them all!)
6 Kids approved room!!!
2 nice sized and comfortable queen beds, and Castaway Snoopy just hanging out
After Move In
The kids are happy to find out that there are more than enough outlets to charge their phones as they drain them by using them non-stop
Tarpon Suite Bay View
Beautiful night view from the balcony
View from the Balcony of the Bay and Castaway
Night Bay View
Quaker Steak in the background
Pull Out Mini Chair
This couch pulls out to reveal a bed that will sleep one adult
A Few Staples
Castaway Snoopy, A Castaway Bay tumbler, Big Mama the Castaway Parrot and a box of legendary Cedar Point Saltwater Taffy
Of screened in balconies from the front of the resort
Enjoying the morning views from the balcony
Getting a good night's sleep won't be a problem here!
Love the roller coaster artwork on the walls
Tarpon Suite Closet!
This closet is huge and can be used for several different things.
Tarpon Suite Bunk Beds
2 sets of bunk beds are sure to be a hit with the kids in your group
Also includes their own TV!
Sydney and Colada having a good time LOL
Bay Harbour View
View from our screened in balcony. Most rooms include a balcony or patio, which is great in winter and excellent in summer helping to keep the bugs out!
Tarphon Suite Layout
One of 13 different available room types
From the balcony of the Tarpon suite
One big advantage Castaway Bay has would have to be the wide range of available room configurations. Boasting a whopping 237 rooms with 13 different room layouts, ranging from double beds to multi-room suites! In addition, all rooms feature a mini fridge / microwave and (most) a balcony or patio, many with views of the beautiful Sandusky Bay and if you're lucky, a view of Cedar Point's breathtaking Roller Coasters off in the distance. With a large family like ours, the different room options are a plus that prevents us from having to book separate accommodations.
The first (& 2nd) trip we stayed in the "Tarpon Suite" which has a King bed in its own separate room and a balcony, which was immediately claimed by the ole lady and I. The kids didn't have any issue with this as they were surprised to find that they had their own room with 2 sets of bunk beds and a Tv! The suite also includes a huge closet that's more like a small room. What was cool about this addition is the kids used it as a changing room when someone was in the bathroom and it was still large enough to store luggage for 8 plus a stroller and wagon, out of sight, providing a more comfortable environment within the living spaces.
We've also stayed in both "Pelican" & "Starfish" rooms, which can be rented individually or as in our case, connected by an adjoining door. Both rooms have 2 Queen beds, but the "Starfish" included an extra mini couch that pulls out into a bed, allowing for 5 people to stay in the room.
2. Dining Options
When visiting an Indoor Waterpark, especially in the Winter, You'll want to minimize the need to leave the resort (I mean who really wants to leave the comfort of a tropical paradise and have to venture out into the cold cruel world we know as reality), And Castaway Bay definitely has you covered here.
Ebb and Eddy's
Ice Cream, snacks, sandwiches, Starbucks and a hint of mystery (more on that later)
Vegas felt Ebb & Eddy needed a 3rd member!
And I choose
Vegas chose the Cinnamon Roll
Some of the largest Buckeye's i've seen in person!
Mike and Mike
Outside of Mango Mikes!
Breakfast With a View
Great way to wake up!
Endless buffet! You can also purchase a package with the buffet included!
Big Daddy's Snack Shack
Located inside the waterpark, grab all of your favorites poolside!
If you could, grab a side of cheese sauce for my pretzel please, I forgot to pick it up
On-site are several dining options where you can grab everything from a quick bite to eat or snacks, to a full blown meal:
Ebb and Eddy's: Home to Starbucks, Muffins, Bagels other snacks and quick bites. You can also grab a triple scoop of Toft's famous Ice Cream in several different flavors. E&E's is open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. with great views of the bay!
Mango Mike's: A Full Blown Breakfast Buffet that's surprisingly not full of the typical buffet fare that makes feel like you've consumed slop and immediately start to question you purpose in life afterwards (i'm not the only one that feels this way right?). Aside from the aforementioned fact, we loved Mango Mike's because the kids could fill up with whatever they wanted for one price! Vegas was a fan of the pancakes while Scoop was in Bacon Heaven.
Big Daddy's Snack Shack: Located inside the waterpark, This is the place to grab Pizza, Pop (Or Soda depending on your area of upbringing) & Pretzels plus all of the usual suspects kids gravitate towards.
Call ahead for updated ones prior to your visit
Attached to the resort! Never leave the building!
Of the Lube
Ready for a Lubin!
As A Coaster Fan
These posters caught my eye!
6 Kids One Quaker Steak
Time to fill up
Munchie and Chipmunk
Mj Boom Boom Shrimp
Apparently were very filling as he stalled out at about this point
Check out all of those TV's!!!
Watching over my loaded Mac and Cheese Skillet
Try not to eat your screen
Pretty awesome nachos
From the deck looking at the Bay and Castaway Bay.
LOADED MAC N CHEEEESSSEEEEE
LOADED MAC & CHEESE SKILLET. Gooey, extra cheesy mac & cheese topped with Pork Carnitas. Served with grilled garlic bread
READY TO DIVE IN!!
Lower Seating Area
In warmer months, the garage doors open to the outside waterfront seating area
Plenty of tvs to catch all the current events
For a filling sit down meal, rather lunch or dinner, look no further than the massive Quaker Steak & Lube located on site serving everything from appetizers to ribs and of course their legendary wings. In the Winter months, sit inside and view the Bay via the large windows that surround the restaurant while watching your favorite sporting event on one of the many TV's. Now However in the summer, feel free to sit out on the large deck that connects to the boat docks and abuts the Bay. Recommendation: Go for the Skillet Mac and Cheese with carnitas. I ordered this and a side of wings... After the Mac and Cheese, I could barely eat the wings. I did however, but barely 🤣🤣 The kids love the kids meals and the portions are enough for the kids under 10. Mj had the Boom Boom Shrimp meal, which came with 12 pieces of Shrimp, needless to say he tapped out after eating only 6!
No need to load your car down bringing items from home. Located within the main lobby concourse are 2 stores where you can purchase everything you may need to complete your trip:
Nick Knacks - Since each room has a fridge and microwave, why not stop in and grab all of your convenience items such as snacks, milk, food in addition to medicine and hygiene products.
Pearl's Swimwear- Great spot to buy all your Castaway Bay branded merchandise from Swimwear and clothing items to Cedar Point posters, maps and all the souvenirs you want to keep the memories alive well after your return home.
Let's face it, there aren't many of us that can walk out of our front door and into 82 Degree weather year round.
Located in Sandusky, Ohio, Castaway Bay is 1 hour from Cleveland and only about 2 hours & change from Detroit, Michigan or Columbus, Ohio. In other words, you'll be pulling up in the parking lot before your kids have the chance to ask "Are we there yet?"
5. Water Water Water
I mean this is what you're here for right? The centerpiece of the resort is the Waterpark and boy is she lovely! The design is perfect as there is only one way in and out and plenty of seating all around so we can allow the kids to play while keeping an eye on them.
Large enough to keep kids and adults entertained for the day but small enough to where you won't have to worry about losing track of your group (which is a God send when you have 6 little ones to watch out for). Plenty of attractions for all ages, which is something we were first concerned about as some waterparks only focus on one main demographic and either the kids will be satisfied and your teenagers bored, or vice versa. But Castaway Bay definitely mirrors Cedar Point in the fact that they know how to cater to all in one location.
Some of the water attractions include:
Welcome To Castaway Bay!
Are You Ready????
Quit Running In & Out Of The House!!
3 Tube speed slides that wind their way around the exterior of the building before entering back inside and ending in a triumphant splash landing at the bottom.
Tropical Tube Slides
Mj & Scoop Ready To Blast Off
On Rendezvous Run the water coaster!
Home to one of only two indoor wave pools in northern Ohio, 100,000 gallons worth of waves in fact!
Enjoy the Jacuzzi Hot Tub inside or out!
Play area with basketball hoops and water play toys
Brave the crossing with loose cargo below and a shaky cargo net above! Don't Fall!
Munchie hanging on for dear life!
Toddlers Tide Pool
Zero depth play area with slides for the lil' tots to splash around in and prepare for the days they can tackle the big slides
Toddlers Tide Pool
Vegas had a blast!
Toddlers Tide Pool
Lookout Lagoon Family Funhouse
Several stories tall playhouse with water slides, climbing nets, water jets, geysers, tunnels and anything you can think of to combat any chances of remaining dry... O and to top it of, a Huge bucket that yep... drenches everyone and everything in the area
Lookout Lagoon Family Funhouse
No ones safe!
Lookout Lagoon Family Funhouse
6. It wouldn't be a Cedar Point property without a....
Roller Coaster.. well not technically a Roller Coaster, but Castaway Bay is home to one of three Water Coasters in the STATE! While definitely not in the same class as the Magnum XL-200, it provides just enough thrill to entertain adults and make your little ones feel like they have overcome their fears at the finish line! Scoop and Mj ride "Rendezvous Run" everytime we come, but this last trip was special as Munchie put on her brave hat and finally gave it a try! She had a blast and immediately jumped back in line! Chipmunk, your turn is next....
7. Club Castaway
Club Castaway is a huge benefit for families as we have been to many other indoor waterparks and what CC offers for free, some others charge for. Located on the 3rd floor, they have several free activities the kids will love, especially the free cookie decorating classes. I mean free cookies AND all the icing your can pile on that round disc of goodness? I see no reason to complain here!
Also available are paid add ons for a very low cost such as "Color your own T-shirts, Pillowcases and Book bags", that can either be included in a room package or bought individually for $10 or less. This was the kids first time and they decided to color a T-shirt and pillowcase and really took it seriously. We thought this would only take 20 minutes or so, but they were so into it, 2 hours later and Mj was just putting the finishing touches on his masterpiece. A great option to explore when you want to step out of the water for a bit.
In addition, there are other fun activities such as "Karaoke With Peanuts" (Can you control the crowd better than Lucy?) , "A Peanuts Dance Party" (Linus has some serious moves i'll tell you that!), Activity of the day crafts or games, "A Meet and Greet with the Peanuts Gang" and a nightly Snoopy movie and storytime. This was a fun way to wind down after the waterpark as the kids put their PJ's on and found a spot to lay down while watching. These extras provide family bonding time that we all talked about well after the trip concluded.
Be sure to pick up an Island Times Newsletter in the lobby each day for a schedule of events!
Also, leave a letter for Snoopy in the Mailbox and he will write you back and drop the letter at your door in the morning!!
8. Crabbies Quarterdeck Arcade
Crabbie's Quarterdeck Arcade
Another must visit!
The Kids cards are charged up and ready to get swiping!
Learning About Life
Vegas learns important life lessons playing the claw game LOL
The Munch Is All Smiles
You May Be Kinda Old If...
You remember the "Snorks"!
Team up with a friend and fight aliens in this super cool VR game!
This is just one part of the huge prize counter!!!
Even More Prizes!
Spend your tickets like there's no tomorrow!
Five Nights At Freddys
Munchie could not believe this game existed! As possibly the biggest FNAF (as she calls it) fan ever, she spent an hour easily here and when she ran out of credits.... she just stood there in awe!
Working on his jump shot getting ready for the little tikes league LOL
Part water gun spray game, part zombie apocalypse / all fun
Question of the day "How many arcade games can you fit comfortably in a 6,000 Sq. Ft. room and still have space for kids and their parents? anyone know the answer class"?
If you said a whole lot then guess what! you're right!
Crabbies Quarterdeck arcade is the video game paradise we dreamed of as kids, this is what "Putt Putt" or "Aladdin's Castle" (big nostalgia moment here), would've morphed into if they survived past the 90's. Here you'll find pretty much all of the latest games for kids young and old and you'll have no problem keeping the kids entertained for hours!
"But wait.. play for HOURS??!? Who can afford THAT?!?!
"YOU can, thats who!!"
Unlimited Gameplay all day or for a 2 hour block is a deal you seriously cannot refuse, especially when you consider how fast a kid can spend $5, one of these packages are a no brainer! Now the downside is the unlimited gameplay does not apply to ticket and merchandise games. You can however purchase token packages that will allow you to play redemption machines. We purchased one of these as well after seeing the HUGE prize counter with all of the options, you'll want to also!
Recently Crabbies has upgraded and added Tigapo, a new payment / ticket system where you download the free app to your cell phone and whenever you want to play a game, simply hold your phone in front of the sensor and GAME ON! To make things easier, the app also tracks all of your ticket winnings so you no longer have to lug them around or spend time counting them. We love the app because we purchased one package and were allowed to split the credits up amongst all the kids phones and as a bonus, each person that downloads the app receives 20 free credits!!! No cell phone, no problem, your credits / tickets can also be loaded onto "tags" that you can scan as well, which was perfect for Vegas as he doesnt have his own cell phone..... yet.
I myself camped out at the old school air hockey table.... By the way, Castaway Bay, if your listening, can us older "Mall Era Arcade" Gamers get a NBA Jam machine?? Thanks!
By now hopefully the picture is forming that Castaway Bay is not only an Indoor Waterpark, but a complete family resort that caters to families not only in regards to amenities but also financially. With rooms priced for every budget, you're sure to find a price point that agrees with your wallet. The resort itself is usually always priced below other waterparks in the area
Doing a price comparison, I researched rooms at both Castaway Bay and another local nationally known Indoor Waterpark, for Friday, April 13, for one night for 6 guests (2 adults, 4 children). The competitor didn't offer a room with bunk beds, so I chose a comparable room which had 2 queen beds and a full size sofa sleeper (This was the cheapest comparable room for comparison)
For the Tarpon Suite at CB, the rate is $297.74 taxes included Vs. $437.92 at the competitors resort.
The competitor is a great resort without question, but from a value to entertainment perspective, Castaway Bay wins hands down! In addition to the above bullet points, a HUGE perk is during the regular Cedar Point operating season, as a guest of Castaway Bay, you have the option to purchase park tickets to one of the greatest amusement parks in the world at a discounted price AND gain a 1 hour early admission into the park before the general public! Also another perk if you happen to have a Gold or Platinum Pass to Cedar Point, you will automatically save 10% off your room rate!
Talk about the icing on the cake!
This last bullet point could and actually should take precedence over all the others as this goes a long way. I can say that the professionalism exhibited by everyone in the staff from the Housekeepers and Maintenance personnel down to the Front Desk staff and Lifeguards, is something I have never witnessed in any of the places we have stayed (THE Ritz Carlton included).
The Lifeguards would stop and talk to the kids while asking what rides they liked the most. The hotel staff would joke with them in passing with one even saying as we were walking down the hallway "Watch out for that puddle!" making all the kids stop and double check the carpet they were walking on!
The guest experience here is bar none and definitely a big influence on why we will continue to go back (After frequenting much more expensive resorts for years), I can honestly say that in comparison, there is no comparison when it comes to the overall guest experience in and outside of the water attractions.
Any questions or issues we had, were always answered promptly and without making us feel as if we were being a pain,