Are you ready for Spring? I know I am, but it seems like every time it starts to feel nice outside it’s cold again by the next day. Thankfully, at Castaway Bay you can enjoy a Castaway Bay getaway where it is always a nice 82 degrees. It’s the perfect staycation to recover from the winter “blahs” and fun for the whole family!
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I know we were definitely ready to escape the cold weather and enjoy some warm temperature and the water. Not to mention, we were all in need of a break and were ready for some fun. We couldn’t wait to enjoy the 38,000-square-foot indoor waterpark and fun activities.
Our Castaway Bay Getaway
We headed up to Castaway Bay after the kids got out of school on a Friday so we arrived in the evening. We were quite eager to check out our room, drop off our bags, and go have some fun! Castaway Bay not only has an indoor waterpark, arcade and fitness center, but they also have a variety of kid-friendly activities as well! All the day’s activities can be found on the Island Times which can be picked up at the front desk and is displayed in the elevators as well. We picked one up when we arrived as well as another one on Saturday morning.
We were welcomed by the colorful entrance and tropical themed decorations. The boat in the lobby and gorgeous fireplace are a couple of our favorite features. On a cold day it’s the perfect place to relax!
Our room was on the third floor, and we had a balcony with a gorgeous view of the Sandusky Bay. Although it was cold out on the balcony, we all sat out there to look over the bay and talk about the geese.
We were in a Tarpon Suite which is a two-room suite that includes a King Bed, a Semi-Private Bunk Bedroom with two sets of bunk beds, fridge and microwave, coffee maker and the private screened balcony. Like all rooms, free WIFI and waterpark passes for the day of check-in and check-out are included.
The Tarpon Suite is a great room for families with more than two children…especially older children. My three kids (ages 12, 11, and 9) were excited to have their “own” little room with their own bed and a TV where they could control the channel. The Semi-Private Bunk Bedroom is within the main room with a curtain door and a window into the main area with nice bamboo railing and blinds.
Indoor Waterpark Fun
After getting everything settled in our room we were ready for some fun at the indoor waterpark! The Wave Pool is always a favorite, and we spent a lot of time there. Because I am still recovering from neck surgery I had to pass on any of the slides and the Rendezvous Run (also known as the “water rollercoaster”), which I love, but it didn’t stop my 12-year-old from enjoying it! He was ambitious and tried just about everything there. Some of my favorite time was just relaxing in the lounge chair next to my fiance as the kids had fun. Rest and relaxation is just what the doctor ordered!
As always, I appreciated the diligent lifeguards on duty, the available life jackets, and plenty of towels.
This year we had a blast at the arcade. The kids played multiple claw machine games, we had fun dancing, shooting hoops, playing air hockey, playing arcade style games, playing Ice Ball, and more. There is so much to do in the arcade! It’s fun for the whole family! Of course, one of the best parts is winning tickets and cashing them in for prizes!
Additionally, we took advantage of some of the family-friendly activities at Club Castaway before we headed home Saturday afternoon. My 8-year-old got to play some Mario Kart on the big screen while we started decorating our souvenirs. They have t-shirts, bags and pillow cases that can be colored using various fabric markers. Eventually they started the movie Coco which we enjoyed while we finished our souvenir. It was a great way to wrap up our Castaway Bay getaway!
Don’t Forget the Food
Of course, I can’t forget to mention the great food options! In particular, we enjoyed lunch at Quaker Steak & Lube. I always enjoy the atmosphere there and eating there in general. I got the chicken tenders and fried pickles again because last time they were just so good! We all enjoyed our food and it was a great way to fill our bellies so we could continue having some fun!
Our Castaway Bay Getaway
We had a great time at Castaway Bay, and it was a great getaway! Having fun at the indoor waterpark was perfect for cabin fever. With beautiful views, a fun atmosphere, good food and a fun arcade, Castaway Bay is a great place for families looking for some fun and relaxation to overcome those winter blues!
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Sarah Bailey says
We have never been but my children keep asking to go – it’s the price that I can’t budget in.
No, we have never been – Ohio is a bit of a drive from Orlando, but a free vacation would definitely be worth the trip, thanks!
The waterpark is great, but don’t let this overly positive review of the arcade fool you. I know arcades are not great at places like this, but theirs is especially an awful value. We spent $35 and it lasted about 15 mins. Had enough tickets for like 3 Chinese finger traps. Seriously, save your money.
Thank you for sharing your feedback. I guess I was focusing more on the fun we had at the arcade rather than the overall value in regards to tickets/prizes. Not all the games we played gave tickets because we played them for fun and the kids did a lot of claw machines which, obviously, don’t always yield a return. At the end of the day, yes, the money I spent at the arcade didn’t yield a lot of prizes but, for us, it was a good value because we really enjoyed our time playing there. So I guess it does ultimately depend on what your end game is for the arcade.
Hannah Bailey says
Never been, but totally would love to jump in the wave pool!
Jennifer Mare says
We went to Castaway Bay a few years ago and my kids loved it. They loved the water roller coaster!! 🙂