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Fran Mahoney

Washington, New Jersey

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Like to travel all over the US, Caribbean, & Canada. Like to have a home-base and travel from a center point to various points of interest. We love the beach, but anything that keeps us adventurers on the move is the most fun.

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John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park

102601 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, Florida

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Visited: 2011-05-01 | Submitted: 2013-02-21 21:56:22.0 | I traveled with tweens (9-12)

Wonderful gem of a State Park really close to Miami

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My daughter selected glass bottom boat tour for a choice of activities when we were last in Miami. This was a reasonably priced, well run tour in a nice state park that offered snorkeling and other beach adventures for families. The staff on the boat was so nice and well mannered. A few guests were a bit sea sick and my momma would be proud of how they took care of them. These guys don't get paid enough for their great service.

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If anyone has a tendency to get motion sick, take Dramamine or stay up top until they stop the boat. Listen to the crew and you'll be fine!

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Beaches Turks and Caicos Resort Providenciales

P.O. Box 186, Lower Bright Road, Providenciales/Grace Bay, Turks And Caicos Islands

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KID-FRIENDLY AMENITIES

  • Rollaway beds available
  • Sleeper sofa
  • Kids stay free
  • Kids' club
  • On-site restaurant(s)
  • Cribs (infant beds) available
  • Teen lounge
  • Kids' pool
  • Water slide
  • All-inclusive resort


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Visited: 2012-05-01 | Submitted: 2013-02-11 13:08:35.0 | I traveled with little kids (3-5), big kids (6-8) and tweens (9-12)

Where Mommies actually get a break

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Beaches Turks and Caicos has something for everyone. There is a kids club, a mini water park, teen club, family entertainment, adult entertainment and all in a secure, very well maintained contained resort area. The resort is kept very clean and the food is good. Moms can actually sit on the beach or along side a pool, get waited on and catch a break for a chance. No worries about food...its available pretty much 24/7 and in a huge variety - even for picky eaters. My daughter and I went with another family during May. Since this was after the Easter and Spring Break rush, there were no crowds. Our kids ranged in ages from 4-11. Each kid had something to do at any one time. The staff was very kind and attentive. We felt very safe letting the big kids and teens travel together on the resort grounds to get smoothies or food without hovering. Parents had lots to do with water crafts, snorkeling and scuba diving all inclusive with our hotel price. It is a great place to introduce kids and tweens to snorkeling without the hefty $200 price pp/day.

Tips for Families

Bring cheap blow up pool toys from Walmart packed in your suit case. Just flatten out to bring back home. Go pool hopping; try out each pool on the resort. Each has its own feel and benefits. Each pool has towels so no need to bring this stuff from home. Bring 1-2 bottles of sun screen per person for each 5 days; you will need it.


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This is an all inclusive. Surf pool, mini-water park, arcade & XBox center, dance club, kayaks, snorkeling, scuba diving, water trikes and sail boats.

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All inclusive no add'l food costs - Each hotel grouping has a large restaurant and there are many smaller restaurant choices, specialty food shops (bakery, pizza, ice cream), walk up food counters/bars and swim up bars.

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I love the fruit smoothies. I had about 10 a day. I swam 20 hours a day and never had to wear real clothes except a few times for dinner. I really liked to boogie board in the surf pool and the ocean bikes. It was fun to go to the XBox and hangout with my cousins without mom and dad around.

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The Maxwell Hotel Seattle

300 Roy Street, Seattle, Washington

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KID-FRIENDLY AMENITIES

  • Kids stay free
  • Smoke-free property
  • Pet friendly
  • On-site restaurant(s)
  • Refrigerator in room
  • Microwave in room
  • Cribs (infant beds) available


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Visited: 2012-06-01 | Submitted: 2012-12-26 19:52:31.0 | I traveled with tweens (9-12)

Shadow of the Space Needle

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This wonderful hotel is spacious and close to all the action. We had a double queen size room which was hugggggeee and clean! It came with a microwave, fridge, water, popcorn, coffee & tea. Very hospitable staff and accommodations. My daughter loved the free afternoon muffins in the lobby and proximity to the Space Needle, EMP Museum and Seattle Science Center. We spent two whole days exploring the neighborhood before heading downtown to see all the waterfront sites e.g. The Aquarium, Ferry tours, Pike Place Market and downtown shopping.

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Get a Go Seattle Pass which saves you big bucks on all the local attractions. Use the monorail to get between downtown & Seattle Center.

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