Many resorts try to pass themselves off as “family friendly” but only offer a bare minimum of children’s activities, leaving your kids bored and you scrambling for ways to entertain them when you should be relaxing poolside with a cocktail in hand. Here are three destination ideas for truly kid-friendly vacations. Each offer abundant activities to keep your children entertained so that you can fully enjoy your getaway.
This family-friendly resort will keep your kids entertained all day long at Tiki Tribe Discovery Day Camp, where children ages 5-12 can participate in supervised swimming, crafts, sports, nature lessons, video games and back of the house tours. Families traveling with younger children can pack light and enjoy complimentary Baby Butler service, which includes daily diaper delivery (eight regular diapers, three swim diapers), baby wipes, diaper cream, in-room crib or pack-n-play and free meals for toddlers 3 and under in Tropiks and 400 Pazzi’s restaurants.
The luxury resort features 11 floors with 726 well-appointed rooms and suites where kids and parents can enjoy sweet dreams on comfortable beds topped with plenty of pillows. When it’s chow time, nine delicious dining options are available to choose from, ensuring that there’s something on the menu for even the pickiest of eaters. Kids can splash around in either of two outdoor pools while parents relax in the whirlpool.
The resort is right on the beach, with some rooms boasting beautiful views of the Gulf of Mexico. Families are just steps away from fun in the sun on the sandy shores. The resort also offers an onsite golf course.
Orlando World Center Marriott is a family-friendly resort offering a host of onsite activities your kids will enjoy as well as proximity to popular theme parks Disney World, SeaWorld, Universal Studios and LEGOLAND.
Kids will have an excellent time splashing around in pools and riding down waterslides designed with thrills in mind. The kid-friendly resort also offers an entire water playground with fountains and bubblers. When out of the pool, children can strike up games of sand volleyball, or hang out at the G.R.I.D. (Gaming Recreational Interactive Destination) and play on new Xboxes, PlayStations, Wiis and iPads. Even more entertaining activities are offered by the Iconic Falls Pool Recreation department and can include anything from alligator petting to arts and crafts.
The luxury family-friendly resort offers seven restaurants to choose from, as well as a Starbucks, where kids can enjoy tasty treats and adults can swing by for afternoon pick-me-ups. While the kids are entertained, parents can pamper themselves with a relaxing couples’ massage at the resort spa.
Located in exciting Music City, this 4-million-square-foot family-friendly resort offers an oasis for exploration. Children will enjoy strolling hand in hand with parents through the paths of the Cascades Atrium, where they will be in awe of the lush plant life, waterfalls, fountains and ponds with fish. The Delta wing is another indoor wonder, featuring a river where families can take rides down the indoor waterway on Mark Twain-inspired Mississippi flatboats. The Delta also hosts the majority of the resort’s 17 restaurants, coffee shops and eateries, so families will have no trouble finding something for everyone to enjoy at mealtime.
Kids can have a ball while splashing around in any of three pools, where parents will appreciate the convenience of poolside refreshments and provided towels. Teens can take advantage of the relaxing whirlpool and fully stocked arcade area. While kids are entertained, parents can make the most of much-needed me time at the full-service spa or on the resort’s Scottish-links style golf course.
Around town, parents will find numerous family-friendly attractions where they can make vacation memories with kids that will last a lifetime. The Country Music Hall of Fame features plenty of interesting exhibits for parents as well as a Musical Petting Zoo where kids can play on instruments, learn how to dance to country music and see how costumes are designed. Kids five and under get in free at the newly opened Johnny Cash Museum, where music lovers of all ages can enjoy browsing the largest collection of the country legend’s memorabilia. The experience is sure to be music to any fan’s ears.
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