Waterpark Vacations: Castaway Bay Sandusky Ohio Review

Step into a Tropical Paradise at Castaway Bay Sandusky Ohio

Everyone wants to go on vacation to a Tropical Paradise but unfortunately not everyone’s budget can support such a vacation. So the question becomes how do you escape the winter blues and not break the bank. I found the easy solution to be a vacation at an indoor waterpark. I am located in Michigan so there are a few options to pick from but not every waterpark is created equal in features, comfort or price. I have visited Castaway Bay Sandusky Ohio in the past ,but it has been over 5 years, so I was excited when I got the chance to go back.

Castaway Bay Sandusky Ohio is a waterpark resort (in short a hotel with an indoor waterpark.) It is located near Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio. Castaway Bay has the Tropical Vacation theme from the hotel rooms to the waterpark. It is also always 82* at Castaway Bay.  I know the first time I went, I was concerned about what my husband and I were going to do while the kids played. We learned really fast it is just as much fun for us to play with them. This time was no exception, I even had to lecture my husband , after an hour,  about squirting people from the Lookout Tower. Castaway Bay Sandusky Ohio is not just about the waterpark though. They have an arcade, which is the perfect place to dry out when you are done at the waterpark for the day. Several restaurant/cafe food options are also available which provide you with meal options without leaving the resort. Their is also the Castaway Bay Spa, which is a full service spa in Castaway Bay Sandusky Ohio, which has services for both men and women. Don’t worry about all the relaxation going away when you are done because after you receive your “spa” services they have a hot tub and pool for “spa” guests only to use. Talk about a nice relaxing mini-“mom”cation while dad and the kids take turns ride Paradise Plunge. You can shop for Castaway Bay Sandusky Ohio souvenirs at Nick Knacks or pick up a bathing suit (if you forgot one) and clothing at Pearl’s Swimwear.

The Castaway Bay Sandusky Ohio waterpark is unique compared to other indoor waterpark resorts because it has a Wave Pool and The Grotto (which is an indoor/outdoor hot tub). Once you walk into the waterpark you feel like you are at your beach destination. It is open and spacious, yet you don’t have to walk too far between attractions if you have more than one child. I tend to worry about my children going off on their own but here I do not worry. Castaway Bay Sandusky Ohio issues guests wristbands with a number that corresponds to your registration. You are scanned going in and there is an attendant at the doors at all times when the waterpark is open. You also walk back past that same attendant when you leave so I can relax and let them have a little freedom while I recharge on my own.

Castaway Bay Sandusky Ohio is staffed with trained lifeguards who are part of  Ellis & Associates National Pool & Waterpark Lifeguard Training Program (NPWLTP). {Check out more information here regarding the lifeguards —->>Castaway Bay Lifeguards}. I was competent in their lifeguards abilities based on the number of staff and the care in which they carried themselves while doing their jobs. I was further assured when I watched them preform numerous “SPOT” Drills during our stay. Such drills involved them throwing a doll in an area of water, having someone do the dead man’s float in the wave pool, and even sneaking a doll down the water slide to pop out at the end. Each and every drill I witnessed was an example of quick reflexes that have obviously been taught during their training. The lifeguards, at Castaway Bay Sandusky Ohio, didn’t stop to take off their clothes or hats but instead blew their whistle as an alert as they were diving/jumping in to assist the person in distress. They did it effortlessly and without hesitation. I only wish that my heart returned to a normal rhythm as quickly as they responded.

We each have our own favorites at Castaway Bay Sandusky Ohio by the one place we all love to go in is The Grotto.  Children are allowed in as long as they are accompanied by an adult. My kids love that fact because many waterparks (and our local gym) don’t allow children in the hot tubs.  know some adults may not like this but they do require the child be with an adult and do hold a strict no horse-play policy. The Grotto goes outside and it felt refreshing to be sitting in a hot tub with the cold air in my face. The kids love the steam that rises up and one time it was snowing while we were there.

Castaway Bay Sandusky Ohio  also offers family activities thru out the day that include the following: Meet and Greet the Peanut’s Gang, Castaway Arts and Crafts, Caribbean Games with Peanut’s Gang, Karaoke, Dance Party, Peanut’s Family Movie, Face Painting and Balloon Animals. These activities happen at different times during the day and all the information is included in a copy of that day’s Island Times.

We enjoyed dinner at TGI Friday’s which is attached to the end of the resort. I had received a 20% off coupon that week in an email from TGI Friday’s so I couldn’t pass up a chance to save while not having to leave the resort. If you are looking for something different, there are a few other options at Castaway Bay Sandusky Ohio. You can order Room Service, Get pizza or snack items from Big Daddy’s Snack Shack, or enjoy a sandwich and sweet treats at Ebb and Eddy’s. They also offer a Breakfast Buffet in the morning at Mango Mike’s. I honestly don’t eat out for breakfast and instead brought pop tarts and had dinner leftovers warmed up in the microwave in our room.

Castaway Bay Sandusky Ohio offers several room options from 2 double beds to 2 room suites that sleep 8. They also have rooms that look out over the bay and have enclosed balconies in order to enjoy some fresh air and check out the view. Every room has a private deck or balcony, remote-control television, free wireless internet, microwave, mini-refrigerator and coffee maker. Also, many rooms have access to adjoining rooms,which are perfect for extended families or large groups.

I have to say our getaway was short but at Castaway Bay Sandusky Ohio , just because you checked out doesn’t mean you have to leave. You are welcome to stay and enjoy the waterpark for the remainder of your checkout day. They even have a shower/changing area in the bathroom where you can get cleaned up and dressed before heading home.

Since Castaway Bay Sandusky Ohio offers specials and promotions all year round it is real easy to take a mini-getaway for a reasonable price. I am looking forward to the next time we go back because I am going to treat myself to The Spa at Castaway Bay (which is on my Top 10 List of Reasons to go to Castaway Bay Sandusky Ohio).


10 Reasons To Go To Castaway Bay Sandusky Ohio

  1. The Grotto – Indoor/Outdoor Hot Tub
  2. Refrigerator and Microwave in your room(means you can pack snacks and drinks to save money.)
  3. Great Specials/Deals
  4. Friendly Service
  5. Clean Rooms with Bath and Body Works soap and shampoo
  6. Castaway Bay Spa for grown-ups
  7. Restaurants on-site (you don’t have to leave for anything)
  8. Fun activities for kids every day. (Examples: Meet and Greet with Snoopy and Friends, Movie night, Castaway Club, and more)
  9. Arcade Fun to help you “dry” out
  10. Play in the waterpark Before and After your check-in/out times for FREE. (Showers available in locker rooms so you can shower before you head home.)



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Castaway Bay Sandusky Ohio makes us Happy!!

 Disclosure: My stay at Castaway Bay Sandusky Ohio was  donated to MadameDeals by Castaway Bay/Cedar Point for review as part of their blogger program.  The views in this post are 100% my own and have not been influenced in any way by the sponsor. The item was not a payment for any favorable opinions.

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