by Karon Warren
Families vacationing at Cedar Point will love this tropical-themed hotel complete with a year-round, indoor water park, a state-of-the-art arcade, a full schedule of children’s activities, onsite dining, retail shops, and, of course, early entry to Cedar Point. With 237 guestrooms and suites, including connecting rooms, Castaway Bay is sure to have accommodations that meet the needs of everyone in your group.
Our Editor Loves
- Onsite water park
- Onsite restaurants
- Early entry to Cedar Point
- Theme Park
- Water Parks
- Water Sports
- Children Programs
- Connecting Rooms
- Family Room 5+
- Free Wi-Fi
- Game Room
- Kids' Pool
- Kids' Theme Meals
- Onsite Dining
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All 237 tropical-themed guestrooms at Castaway Bay come with a television, microwave, mini-refrigerator, coffeemaker, hairdryer, iron and ironing board, and free wireless Internet. Most, but not all rooms include a private deck or balcony, with many rooms having access to adjoining rooms. There are 13 different room types at Castaway Bay. Although water park passes typically are included for all guests, there may be some differences in maximum occupancy and included water park passes; therefore, be sure to confirm if there is any charge for additional water park passes for your entire family.
These rooms include two double beds, a chair, a desk, a dresser, a nightstand, a full bathroom and a balcony. Maximum occupancy is five.
These rooms include two queen beds, a chair, a desk, a dresser, a nightstand, a full bathroom and a balcony. Maximum occupancy is four.
Tarpon Suite/Tarpon Suite Bayview
In these two-room suites, you'll find a king bed, two nightstands, a desk and a chair in the main area of the room. In an alcove, you'll find two sets of bunk beds and a chest. The bathroom includes a double vanity with separate water closet that contains a toilet and a shower/tub combo. Most rooms include a balcony. Maximum occupancy is six.
A two-room suite, the Parrot Suite contains the main area with a queen bed, a nightstand, a dresser, and a table with chairs. In the bedroom, there are two double beds, a chair and a chest. The full bathroom includes a double vanity, with a separate water closet for the toilet and shower/tub combo. These rooms do not include a balcony. Maximum occupancy is seven.
This spacious three-room suite includes a main living area with a queen sleeper sofa, a coffee table, a table with chairs, and a dresser. In the first bedroom, there is a king bed, two chairs, a table, two nightstands and a dresser. In the second bedroom, there are two double beds, a chair and a chest. The full bathroom has a double vanity and separate water closet with toilet and shower/tub combo. These rooms do not include a balcony. Maximum occupancy is eight.
Guests staying in this two-room suite will find two queen beds in the main room, along with two nightstands, a chair, a table and a dresser. In the bedroom, there's a king bed, two nightstands, two chairs, a table, a chest and a wet bar. There's also a full bathroom with a shower/tub combo. In addition, these rooms come with a balcony. Maximum occupancy is seven.
Seahorse Suite/Seahorse Suite Bayside
With a maximum occupancy of six, this two-room suite comes with two queen beds, two nightstands, two chairs, a table, a chest and a wet bar in the main room. In the bedroom, there is a king bed, two nightstands, a chair and a chest. The full bathroom includes a double vanity. These rooms also include a balcony.
This guestroom includes two queen beds, a queen sofa sleeper, three nightstands, a coffee table, a chest, a dresser, a wet bar, a breakfast counter, a full bathroom and a balcony. Maximum occupancy is six.
With a maximum occupancy of just three, this room contains a queen bed, a single sleeper sofa, two nightstands, a coffee table, a chair, a table, a dresser, a full bathroom and a balcony.
by Kayla c
My boyfriend and I stayed 2 nights. Both nights there was a school trip of middle schoolers I believe that stayed on our floor. Both nights the children ran down the hall, beat on the walls opposite of us and stood outside our door talking late into the night. On the first night I called the front desk and they did nothing. I brushed it off Hopi the next night would be different. The last night we stayed we had to get up extremely early and drive 10 hours away to go home. Again they beat in the walls, screamed down the hall and ran up and down the hallway on the luggage carts. I called the front desk THREE times and they did nothing. We couldn’t sleep and had to leave at 11 at night because there was no point in laying in bed listening to that all night. Absolutely horrible customer service staff did nothing to solve the problem will never stay here again.
by Angela S
My husband and I took our family (2 Rooms) for Halloweekends. Our grandkids loved the water park. The hotel was clean and the front desk was very nice. Water park was not crowded like the others in the area. My son & daughter in-law liked it so much that they said, I could keep the Cedar Point tickets next time.
Just off the lobby, you'll find the 38,000-square-foot indoor water park, which is open for families from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. throughout the summer. Otherwise, hours are seasonal and vary by day so check the online calendar for current operating hours. There are bathrooms with showers and changing rooms, and rental lockers also are available. Complimentary towel service is provided. Lifeguards are on duty throughout the water park at every attraction, and lifejackets are available for guest use. Seating is spread throughout the park, with the large majority located by the wave pool. Swim diapers are required for all non-potty trained children. No outside food or beverages are permitted inside the water park.
Guests 42 inches and taller will love this 35-foot-high, 520-feet-long water coaster that propels riders in two-person boats uphill using water jets before they race to the bottom. Maximum water depth is 6 inches. Riders must climb 59 steps to reach the start of the ride. Maximum recommended weight limit is 250 pounds per person or 400 pounds per boat.
Castaway Bay Wave Pool
Ride the waves in this 100,000-gallon, zero-entry swimming pool that reaches a maximum depth of 5 feet. Waves cycle for 10 minutes on, 10 minutes off. Children less than 42 inches tall must be accompanied by an adult and wear a life jacket. Children between 42 and 48 inches tall must wear a lifejacket.
Tropical Tube Slides
Guests 46 inches and taller will love racing down these three enclosed, 35-foot-tall body slides into the 40-inch splash pool below. Maximum weight limit is 300 pounds per slide; guests must walk up 64 steps to the start of the ride.
Lookout Lagoon Family Funhouse
This multi-story water structure includes everything kids love about splash pads: water sprayers, tipping pails, waterslides, net crawls, rope bridges, and, of course, the 1,000-gallon dumping bucket that empties every two minutes on bystanders below. To ride the short waterslides - Tropical Twister and Mango Melee - kids must be between 36 and 48 inches tall. To ride the tall waterslides - Pineapple Pipeline and Paradise Plunge - kids must be at least 40 inches tall. Pool depth is no more than 6 inches deep.
Toddler's Tide Pool
Castaway Bay's smallest guests will love this water playground that features water sprayers, waterslides, water pipes and sea creature play structures. Maximum water depth is 18 inches.
See if you can traverse the hanging nets and floating treasure chests without slipping into the water. Children less than 46 inches tall must be accompanied by an adult and wear a life jacket. Children between 46 and 52 inches tall must wear a lifejacket. Maximum water depth is 4 feet.
Swim along with the giant sea snake, or play some water basketball in this swimming pool. Children less than 46 inches tall must be accompanied by an adult and wear a life jacket. Children between 46 and 52 inches tall must wear a lifejacket. Maximum water depth is 4 feet.
This indoor/outdoor, 50-person spa reaches a maximum depth of 3 feet, and contains a waterfall. All children younger than 16 must be accompanied by a supervising companion.
Outdoor Swimming Pool
There is an outside swimming pool, along with a hot tub down behind the hotel on a peninsula. There are several lounge chairs, along with umbrella tables and chairs, plus a snack bar. This pool is only open from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Daily Activities and Events
Everyday, Castaway Bay hosts a number of family activities and events throughout the property. For a daily schedule and descriptions, check out the Castaway Bay Island Times available at the front desk. Activities range from arts and crafts and face painting to scavenger hunts and character meetings with The PEANUTS Gang. Some activities require a nominal fee for materials.
Camp Castaway & Club Castaway
Located on the second floor (take the elevator next to Pearl's), Camp Castaway is the hotel's craft and child activity center. Located on the third floor (take the elevator next to the front desk), Club Castaway is home to many kids' activities as well. Both are hubs of activity for families, and host a number of events each day. Check the Castaway Bay Island Times for a daily schedule of activities and events.
Crabbie's Quarterdeck Arcade
Castaway Bay's 6,000-square-foot arcade features the latest video games, basketball, air hockey and ticket redemption games that will keep guests of all ages entertained for hours. Tickets are awarded on many games, and can be redeemed for prizes. Guests must purchase reloadable arcade cards to play games. Hours vary by season and occupancy.
Please note that all hours of operation are subject to occupancy and may change at any time.
This onsite restaurant is open for breakfast from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m., serving a buffet breakfast. Items include fresh fruit, pastries, yogurt, cereals, breakfast meats, eggs, breakfast beverages and more. The cost is $12.95 for adults and $6.95 for children. Kids 3 years old and younger are free. The restaurant may close on select mornings based on occupancy.
Ebb & Eddy's Island Sweets & Treats
For those looking for a quick bite, stop here and grab a bakery or breakfast item, deli wraps, salads, ice cream, a beverage, or a cup of Starbucks coffee. Beer service also is available. Hours are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Woody's Chart Room
Don't miss your favorite game on the 50-inch LCD TV, or set up a family tournament featuring your favorite board game using one of the complimentary games available at the front desk. Enjoy a snack while you play by choosing something from the selection available at Ebb & Eddy's Island Sweets & Treats.
Big Daddy's Snack Shack
Located inside the water park, this eatery serves up a selection of snacks and drinks to keep you fueled up while splashing around. Menu items include pizza, wings, breadsticks, hot dogs, pretzels, nachos, deli sandwiches, salads, soft serve ice cream, cookies, soft drinks, ICEE frozen drinks and beer.
Castaway Bay offers a room service menu of breakfast items, sandwiches, salads, kids' meals, wine service and Big Daddy's Pizza. A full offering is listed in the in-room directory.
Planning & Tips
All About the Extras
Check-in is at 4 p.m.; however, guests arriving prior to 4 p.m. may receive their water park passes so they can enjoy the water park. Check-out is at 11 a.m.; however, guests are welcome to enjoy the water park until it closes.
Located on the third floor of the south wing, the onsite fitness center is available to guests age 16 and under, and can be accessed with the guest's room key. Equipment includes two treadmills, two ellipticals and two stair-steppers.
The Art of Smart Timing
As with most summer destinations, the least crowded time -- and the best time to find the lowest rates -- at Castaway Bay is early in the season, primarily May and June. The most crowded time is July through mid-August, as well as all summer holidays: Memorial Day, July Fourth and Labor Day. If you plan to visit during peak times, it is recommended that you book your accommodations as soon as you have your dates.
If flying, the closest airport to Castaway Bay is Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, which is approximately 55 miles east of the hotel. Therefore, if you fly in, you will need a rental car to travel to Castaway Bay. Shuttle service also can be arranged through several transportation providers.
The best way to travel around town from the hotel is by taxi or car.
For Mom and Dad
When parents have some time alone, they can enjoy a soak in the hot tub or relax with a cocktail in Woody's Chart Room. In close proximity to the hotel, there also are several restaurants where they can share dinner for two.