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Sunday, April 25, 2010

Family-Friendly Destinations (1 of 2)

Not all resort destinations are equally family-friendly. According to my reads, there are at least 11 family-friendly resorts that have a lot to offer for the entire family.
  1. The Breakers - (Palm Beach, Florida) - It has a big entertainment center that for sure is a big attraction for kiddos! The center opens daily with game arcades, toddler's play room, kiddies movie room and with an oceanfront heated swimming pool. Other resort events also include Friday night bonfires at the beach (available November-February) and a weekend kickball contests.
  2. Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa - (Las Vegas, Nevada) - The indoor entertainment center has 72 bowling lanes, an arcade and a huge screen Regal Cinema with stadium seating. There' s also a wading pool for toddlers at the poolside complex with a theater-like design.
  3. The Hotel Hershey - (Hershey, Pennsylvania) - The hotel is just so close to the popular Hershey theme park with a boardwalk and with water attractions and a Coney Island-style feel. Next to the park is the Hershey's Chocolate World that offers free tours showing all about chocolate manufacturing, with free tastes! :)
    The hotel itself offers both indoor and outdoor pools, and a sports complex with tennis courts, basketball, volleyball and bocce. The kids will surely enjoy the afternoon activities in the lobby which include a meet-and-greet with a live KitKat bar and the Hershey characters and a cookie decorating.
  4. Winnetu Oceanside Resort - (Edgartown, Massachusetts) - They offer "dive-in movies" at a heated pool with family films showing at the poolside. There's also a pewee tennis club, a life-size chess set, an entertainment area with a playground with toys.
    There is a farm across the street of the hotel that offers "Farmer for a Day" on Saturday mornings where kids and adults alike learn how to make cheese, how to shear sheep and sometimes witness a farm animal that will give birth.
  5. Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa - ( Rancho Mirage, California) - Both adults and kids will enjoy the water at Splashtopia with zero-depth entry onto a sand beach. It has a 425-foot lazy river and two long water slides that descends through a rock and landscaped mountain with a splashdown pool on the island.
  6. Great Wolf Lodge - (Kansas City, Kansas) - It has 49,000 sq. ft. indoor entertainment area with huge water park slides, tubes and climbing areas. There's also a children's spa that offers manicures and pedicures with a treat of ice cream sundaes :). Themed family suites are also available such as Kid's Cabin.