Castaway Bay Review and Giveaway

Disclosure: Castaway Bay provided one night of accommodations with water park passes, as well as four day passes to give away to one reader. As always, my thoughts are 100% my own. I only share events that my family plans to attend or has attended in the past, so I know they are worth the visit. 

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Confession time: While I’ve been to Cedar Point probably one hundred times in my life I’d never been to any of their water parks. In fact, I’ve never been to any indoor water park. So when I was invited to be part of an overnight at Castaway Bay as part of #CPMoms I jumped at the chance.

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Timing was perfect – right in the middle of (another) polar vortex and we were all itching for something different, something warm, something fun. The 82 degree air of the indoor water park was calling our name. We didn’t tell the kids where we were going so they were super excited when we pulled into the parking lot and they saw the three tube slides that snake their way out of the building. We wasted no time checking in and getting ourselves ready to hit the slides. We were given a “Starfish” room with 2 queen beds, a closet, a mini fridge, a microwave, a small table with 2 chairs, a bathroom with a bathtub/shower, and a screened balcony with view of the frozen bay. The room was nice and was clean (and the fridge was great to have), but it’s nothing special. It’s a standard, if a little dated, hotel room. Castaway Bay also has suites with bunk beds and 2-room suites for bigger families.

But, you’re not at Castaway Bay for the hotel rooms, are you? You’re there for the WATER PARK! Which is why as soon as our bags were in the room and we grabbed some pizza we suited up and headed to the slides. And here is where I totally fail as blogger… because I didn’t take my camera with me into the water park and therefore I have no pictures. You guys, I’m so sorry. But the thought of chasing kids around the water with a camera just sounded like a disaster.

However, here is what I can report… the park is perfect for young families. Matilda, at age 7, was able to roam the park freely. Castaway Bay had plenty to keep her entertained without being enormous. She beelined for the wave pool and rode the waves for awhile before exploring the Lookout Lagoon Family Funhouse. She spent a ton of time running up and down the stairs, going down the smaller slides and cheering as the giant bucket dumped 1,000 gallons of water over the whole structure. She finally found her way up to the top of Rendezvous Run water roller coaster that shoots you uphill using water jets. After her first run she was hooked! And I have to agree. Mark and I both rode this ride several times and it was really fun.

While Matilda was feeling all “big kid” and having free rein, Madman found his bliss in the Toddler Tide Pool. With a few shorter slides, water pipes and lots of room to splash he was a happy dude. And with the set up, it meant he was able to do what he wanted (go down the tandem slides over and over and over) while either Mark or I hung out near the pool edge keeping an eye on him. I honestly was worried about the logistics of wrangling 2 kids at a water park, but the set up of Castaway Bay gave us parents peace of mind. Neither kid could really get out of our sight at anytime so we were able to breathe easy. And it also meant that Mark and I could take turns checking out the bigger slides like the Paradise Plunge and Tropical Tube Slides.

This seems like a good time for me to give a shout out to the Castaway Bay Lifeguards. They are trained as are part of Ellis & Associates National Pool & Waterpark Lifeguard Training Program. As a former guard myself, I know that Ellis guards are some of the best trained in the industry as they have very rigorous standards. Castaway Bay has received numerous awards of excellence from Ellis and the guards were attentive and friendly. I was completely at ease with Matilda and Madman going on all the slides and in each pool even if Mark or I weren’t right at their sides.

Fun at CB doesn’t stop when you leave the water park. We took a swim break to check out the arcade and later we did some crafts including decorate-your-own beach towels. We also got info on Club Castaway but didn’t partake (the kids wanted MORE SWIMMING!). But in Club Castaway kids can sing karaoke, attend a dance party with the Peanuts gang and even watch a Peanuts movie or have a bedtime story with Snoopy. There is a Club Castaway schedule at the front desk and most activities are free. Mark, the coffee addict, wants you to know that there’s a Starbucks on-site, as well.

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Now that we’re no longer water park newbies we’ll definitely be going back to Castaway Bay to break up the winter doldrums. It was a perfect quick getaway (only 90 minutes from the eastern Cleveland ‘burbs!) and it was a much, much needed family break from being trapped inside our house. Even if we don’t go for the full overnight again this winter, it’s nice to know that it’s totally worth the drive for a tropical day trip.

And now the giveaway… Castaway Bay gave me 4 day-passes for one reader ($100 value!). Just leave a comment before midnight (eastern) on 2/12 telling me why you want to win.

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15 thoughts on “Castaway Bay Review and Giveaway

  1. Why do I want to win? 8 snow days!!!!! I need warmth, water and fun. Oh and I can’t forget my son or husband either!! Pick me!

  2. I’d love to win because we are relatively new (it’s been 7 months already!) to Cleveland and we haven’t ventured to the Sandusky area yet. Also my kids are taking swim lessons finally at Goldfish, so I know they would be comfortable in the water and have a great time. Oh – it’s like -2 here every day , 82 sounds amazing!

  3. My family meets my brother’s at an indoor water park every year when the weather has us feeling crazy. Family bonding and a break in this crazy weather–perfect!

  4. We were just on vacation in Fl and came home to ~10inches of snow. I want 80*s again! (I know, I’m a spoiled-rotten brat.)

    Question- We have 5 in our family, but we wouldn’t have to pay for the 3month old, right?

  5. We’ve never been to any of the water parks around Sandusky even though we live nearby. Now that the kids are older (2,5 &8) we’d love to bring them to the waterpark!

  6. I want to win because my sons would love to go play at this waterpark since it is soooo cold outside and we haven’t been able to do much to have fun.

  7. I’d love to win and take my boys, ages 7 and 10. We recently signed up to run a marathon relay as a family and this weather has been horrible for training. On more than one occasion I took the kids out for a run and wish I hadn’t. Taking them to Castaway Bay would help redeem me, maybe even put me back in the running for father of the year for which I was definitely out last Thursday following a blistery, blowing, slippery run!

  8. I would love to give these tickets to my grandsons b/c I know they would have a blast and I would love to be able to give them something of such fun for them.

  9. We have never been there. Sounds like a great time and who wouldn’t want to win and get away from all this cold weather and snow and have some fun with the kids!?!?!

  10. Why I want to win a trip to Castaway Bay? Well it has been a rough year for us financially due to husbands job not panning out the way we thought. So very strapped for cash to do extras like Castaway Bay. Then the issue of….. Snow, polar vortex and more snow. I just want to get away and frolic in the water with my family and be warm. Besides it would be a blast to go to an indoor water park since we have never been to one.

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