Escaping reality is easy when you head to an indoor water park like Castaway Bay and hide out in the wave pool or lounge in a chair while the kids hit the slides over and over. An indoor water park is a great weekend getaway, especially if it’s not warm enough for the outdoor pool and your family is just itching for some fun in the water.
We’ve now been to Castaway Bay twice (thanks to our friends there for welcoming us back and providing us with a two-night stay), and I feel like I can share some tips with you that will make your visit smooth and even more fun. Taking three kids is a blast (okay, someone is bound to meltdown when it’s time to dry off for dinner, but that’s okay), but it also requires a little bit of planning and knowing what to expect while staying at Castaway Bay Indoor Water Park & Resort.
Make the most of your play time
For us, the easiest way to make sure we had plenty of time for the water park was to arrive Friday evening and check-out on Sunday. That gave us ALL DAY on Saturday. Castaway Bay is a drive from the Dayton area – about 3.5 hours – so leaving right after dinner means everyone can get to the room and get ready for bed so that in the morning, it’s time for breakfast and the water park once it opens. If you are doing just one night, you CAN use the water park before the check-in time of 4pm, just go to the front desk to get your wristbands and you can leave bags in your vehicle or in their luggage room. When you check-out, you again have access to the water park until it closes that day but be mindful of wet suits and consider the changing rooms to change into dry clothes for the trip home and take a wet bag for everything you can’t dry before you leave.
Don’t forget that they also offer family activities like souvenir coloring (color your own shirt or backpack!) and Peanuts character meet and greets! You can find a schedule of these events at the front desk if you want to make plans for one during a break from swimming.
There’s also an arcade (which my kids love, as do I) right outside of the water park that you shouldn’t miss. My kids were begging to go so we made sure to get them each a game card so they could choose their own games and then redeem their tickets for prizes. Arcades are such nostalgic fun and I love that they have something for everyone.
Know What To Eat
We ate on-site at Quaker Steak & Lube because the kids LOVE it and Ian really wanted to do the wing challenge (he was successful and got his shirt!) and had breakfast at Mango Mike’s. The breakfast buffet had some great options and everyone discovered favorites. It’s open from 7:30am to 11:00am and if the resort is busy, be prepared to wait a little bit for a table. Our family of 5 waited about 10 minutes, so not a bad wait, but you know kids and how they like to complain they are hungry!
For snacks within the water park, check out Big Daddy’s Snack Shack. Actually, there’s enough options that you could just have lunch there and never even leave the water park!
If you do venture out, Sandusky has all of your favorites and a quick search will show you options for coffee, pizza, burgers, etc. We drove through downtown and saw some great little places we’d love to check out, so if your family wants to try something different, head there!
My biggest piece of advice is to just go with it. No one is going to bed “on time”, no one is going to eat all of their vegetables, and everyone will have fun. Book a room that fits your group, claim your bed, throw your suit on, and just go. It’s Ohio, the weather here is pretty crappy sometimes – an indoor water park escape is exactly what every family needs every now and then!
For information on rooms and booking, visit their website today.