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Family Fun Resorts

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Family Fun Resorts
...a great time to be had by all.

More resorts, hotels and inns have become family friendly and provide kid's programs, activities for the whole family with special family packages and pricing discounts.  Choose a resort as a vacation destination--venture no further than the swimming pool and enjoy the many activities and amenities offered, or plan to travel about the immediate area and use the hotel as a comfortable base.

Consider these ideas when you begin planning...

• How do you want to use the resort/hotel--as a vacation destination or as a home base for outings?  
Which resort/hotel meets your family’s recreational needs?
• Kid’s programs:  Are there age appropriate groups?  What are the activities, is there a daily schedule? What’s the counselor to child ratio and what are their qualifications?  Need you pre-register or can you sign up day to day?

• What about special family packages and pricing?
Enjoy this sampling of resorts, hotels and inns--all encourage and welcome family travel:

Smugglers’ Notch Resort, nestled on 55 acres in the Green Mountains of Vermont, is a great year-round family vacation destination.  Little ones, six weeks to 6 years, will enjoy Alice’s Wonderland, a million-dollar child enrichment center of everything kid-imaginable--between Discovery Dynamos for ages 3-5, Adventure Rangers for ages 6-12, Mountain Explorers for ages 13-17 and energetic, professionally trained counselors--count on the kids staying busy! Arts and crafts, water adventures, archery, trapeze, team sports, overnight hikes, sport climbing and canoeing along with making lots of new friends will fill the days with exciting activities and new experiences.  In the heat of summer, grab the kids and cool off in 4 separate water playgrounds, with 7 pools, 3 waterslides, including the Giant Rapid River Ride, 300’ long and 30’ tall, and a natural mountain reservoir.  Bonfires, country fairs, sing-a-longs, miniature golf, family game nights and entertainment galore are options for the whole family.   While the kids are off having fun, there’s plenty for mom and dad to do:  golfing, tennis, guided hikes, fly fishing, relaxing in the spa, antiquing, and garden tours.  Don’t forget to plan a field trip to one of many nearby attractions; Trapp Family Lodge, Lake Champlain, Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory, glider rides, covered bridges, and more.  Condominium lodging.  A variety of family packages available. 
Smugglers’ Notch, Vermont 05464

Wintergreen Resort offers year-round outdoor activities for the whole family.  This eco-resort is located in Virginia’s lush Blue Ridge mountains and maintains 6,000 of its 11,000 acres as undisturbed forest and natural wildflower gardens.  Thirty miles of marked hiking trails, 20-acre Lake Monocan, and Wintergreen pond provide a study rich in natural history and environmental care for the Kids Nature Camp, a four-day/three-night campout for grades 1-2 and 3-4.  For grades 5-7, a five-day/4-night campout is offered with more hands-on exploration.  Kids in Action offers half or full days of adventure for ages 6-12: nature study, craft workshops and lots of active play.  Junior Explorers ages 9-14 take to nature with tubing, canoeing, biking, horseback riding, fishing, and rock climbing.  Teen Outdoor Adventure Camp challenges the teens in a number of outdoor activities: canoeing the rapids, rappelling the Plunge and backpacking under the stars.  Mom and dad are also offered a variety of their own ac-tivities as well as many to be en-joyed with the kids.  Guests will find two 18-hole championship golf courses, 20 tennis courts, 6 swim-ming pools, biking, stables, spa facilities, canoeing and hiking.  Close by are historic attractions like Thomas Jefferson’s home, Monticello, and Museum of American Frontier Culture.  Rental house and condominium lodging.  Family packages available.
Wintergreen, VA 22958

Atlantis-Paradise Island Resort and Casino, a tropical island playland in
Paradise Island, Bahamas where you and the kids can walk, swim, and ride through a 14-acre waterscape of lagoons, waterfalls, underground grottos, pools, waterslides, and rivers.  Also see the largest open-air aquarium in the world--a three million gallon salt-water habitat with over 100 species of tropical fish; a predator lagoon and viewing tunnel with sharks, barracudas, stingrays; and miles of white sandy beaches alongside the warm waters of the Atlantic Ocean.  Camp Paradise provides hourly/ half day/full day programs for kids, ages 5-12.  They can fly kites, feed the fish, build sandcastles, hunt for buried treasure, sing Karaoke style, snorkel, paddle boat, and make Bahamian masks--a few activities sure to keep the kids on the go... giving mom and dad a chance to try their luck at both the 18-hole oceanfront golf course and the largest casino in the Caribbean. Tennis, scuba diving, windsurfing, and sailing are also offered. Personalized in-room babysitting services available. Room and suite accommodations.  Seasonal/midweek pricing.
Paradise Island, Bahamas

Resort at Squaw Creek,  built among pine trees and boulders against the spectacular Sierra mountains that overlook the deep blue waters of Lake Tahoe is a year-round family sports resort.  You can enjoy an 18-hole championship golf course; an aquatic center with lap, beach pools and plunge pool with water slide; an eight-court tennis center, and a bounty of other activities including horseback riding, croquet, bungee jumping, boating, fishing, hiking, mountain biking, river rafting, indoor/outdoor wall climbing, in-line skating, volleyball, and snow skiing at winter’s best--Squaw Valley USA, site of the 1960 Winter Olympic Games.  Mountain Buddies provides kids ages 4-13 with a half day or full day of activities--horseback riding, swimming, skiing, hiking, biking, tennis, ex-ploring Lake Tahoe and the Sierras, nature studies, arts and crafts.  Each day experienced counselors will involve your children in different themes and activities--challenging both their creativity and physical abilities.  Plan to celebrate special occasions with the family, like poolside barbecues, watermelon eating contests, live entertainment, the Family Olym-piad, and much more.  You can also enjoy the many attractions found in Lake Tahoe, just 5 miles away. Room and suite accommodations.  Special packages available.
400 Squaw Crk Rd., Lake Tahoe, CA 96148

Hyatt Hotels & Resorts provide family adventure programs in many locations across the U.S. and in the Caribbean, (locations follow article).  Kids ages 3-12 can join in Camp Hyatt’s unique activities--specially tailored toward each resort’s location.  Explore the land, plants and animals, learn about the culture and take part in different habitats and traditions.  A sampling of various activities: learn the native language of Aruba; create an Indian sandpainting; try Texas square dancing; weave palm frond baskets; explore bear caves; sculpt a palm tree; practice trick roping; visit a sea turtle farm; and make a take home cactus garden.  During holidays, Family Camp offers the whole family plenty of destination-specific activities: panning for gold, beach bonfires, four-wheeling the desert, horseback riding, low-country crabbing, whale watching, sailing a cat-amaran and sleighrides. Outside baby-sitting services are available. Camp Hyatt adventures can be found at these locations:  Avon, CO; Indian Wells, CA; Orlando, FL; San Antonio, TX; Hilton Head Island, SC; Incline Village, NV; Kauai, HI; Maui, HI;  Scottsdale, AZ; Aruba; Puerto Rico; Grand Cayman, BWI.  Room and suite accommodations.  Special family rates available. 


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