Like most of the state, the north-western part of Ohio has a humid continental climate so summers in the village of Swanton tend to be very hot with high levels of humidity while winter temperatures range from cool to cold. Rainfall in the region is moderate throughout the year however the state can be prone to severe weather including tropical and snow storms as well as the occasional tornado. However, regardless of the weather outside, residents and visitors in the area can enjoy tropical weather all year round at one of the state’s water park resorts which includes The Castaway Bay Indoor Water Park.
This flourishing indoor resort is located on Cleveland Road in Sandusky within easy access of Swanton and feels more like a Caribbean Island than a hotel resort in America’s mid west. It is open from 9am to 10pm and offers water activities and features that the whole family can enjoy within its 38,000-square-foot park, with daily passes costing $29 per person. If you do not want to drive there and back in one day, there are 237 hotel rooms, suites and family units where you can arrange to stay overnight with facilities that include a day spa, fitness centre, state-of-the-art arcade, restaurants, retail shops and adjoining marina. The enclosed water park is a five-story structure with a vaulted wood ceiling covering a natural setting of palm trees, huts and inland lagoons plus plenty of wet and wild water adventure features. These include 35-foot-tall, 520-foot-long water coaster with unusual water jets that propel riders in an uphill direction and 10 water slides that each offer their own unique challenges. From plunging turns and swooping curves to unexpected endings and ferociously scary finishes; these include three immense body slides that are 35-foot high that are guaranteed to thrill young teens and adults while younger children are also catered for with more gentile water experiences. This includes the Toddler’s Tide Pool with its tandem slide, water pipes and mythical sea creatures as well as the Lookout Lagoon Family Funhouse that lies beneath a gigantic water-filled bucket that dumps 1,000’s of gallons of water onto bathers every two minutes.
You will also find additional wet and wild fun in at the Great Wolf Lodge Family Resort which is also in Sandusky and is deemed to be one of the leading indoor water parks in the country. This 33,000 square feet of indoor park is packed full of exciting features including numerous jaw-dropping features like the white-knuckle extreme tube ride that will take thrill seekers to their limits, twelve colossal slides, six individual pools and a lazy river, all of which can be enjoyed at 84-degree temperatures, all year round. There are also a variety of amenities and activities for younger children – including toddlers – to enjoy too such as ticklish spray features to make them giggle in the zero-depth entry pool areas and story telling in the evenings for those who opt to stay overnight and enjoy the Great Wolf Lodge experience.