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Coral World Ocean Park

6450 Estate Smith Bay, Saint Thomas, Virgin Islands, US

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Visited: 2010-11-01 | Submitted: 2013-04-06 22:47:52.0 | I traveled with tweens (9-12) and teens (13+)

Fun activity with the kids

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It's a no-frills marine park sort of place, but with some fun activities. My kids enjoyed the "one-on-one" with the sea lions ("Sea Lion Swim"), the touch pool, the shark tank... but tops was the underwater observatory and Sea Trek (an underwater helmet diving experience).

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Bring your own water shoes for the Sea Trek (participants have to weigh at least 80 pounds, and it's not a good idea to do it if anyone has a cold/plugged ears).

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Vacation Village Berkshires Hancock

276 Brodie Mountain Road, Hancock, Massachusetts

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Visited: 2012-01-01 | Submitted: 2013-01-08 03:17:53.0 | I traveled with big kids (6-8), tweens (9-12) and teens (13+)

Convenient location, great space for families

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This was our second time staying at Vacation Village, for an annual family ski weekend at Jiminy Peak. Units are set up as separate one-bedroom suites; you can book either an "A" unit or a "B" unit. A units are larger than B units, in terms of square footage and kitchen (e.g., A unit has a full kitchen, B unit is more of a "kitchenette"). All units have gas fireplaces, tvs in living area (with dvd player) and bedroom, large (almost ridiculously so) bathrooms, pull-out sofabed in living area, full kitchen w/utensils, dishware and limited cookware in large unit (smaller has a glorified hot plate instead of a stove), small decks, community washer and dryer room available on each floor. There are in-bedroom jacuzzi tubs in the A units. You can also book adjoining A and B units, which makes it easy for families/friends traveling together to have room to spread out. That way, too, adults can be in one unit and kids in the other which is helpful for movietime, naptimes or early bedtimes. Value is decent, as we paid about $500 for the two units for a two-night weekend stay ($125/night per unit). Pros: Across the street from Jiminy Peak (though oddly, there's no shuttle and no ski conditions info provided at the lobby desk about JP... though conditions are provided about other nearby ski areas). Room to spread out. Large central building with an indoor pool, outdoor hot tub, locker rooms, game room, comfortable lobby area with couches and fireplace. Less-than-great: Units are somewhat under-maintained. In our unit, none of the interior doors actually latched shut (problematic when bathroom doors flew open) and on the other unit the exterior door to the deck would not latch shut. No daily housekeeping services provided, though they are available for a fee. Good to know: If your unit is in a building a ways from the central building, you'll be driving the kids to the pool. There are no elevators in the buildings so be prepared to do some schlepping of your gear. You'll be required to bag your trash and put it in the outdoor bin, same with recyclables. You'll also be required to strip beds and round up used towels, etc. upon departure. At check-in, your credit card will be charged a $100 security deposit, which gets refunded ostensibly when they inspect the unit after your departure.

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Room Tip: The lower the building number, the farther away from the main building (where the pool is).

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Sugar Bay Resort and Spa

6500 Estate Smith Bay, Saint Thomas, Virgin Islands, US

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KID-FRIENDLY AMENITIES

  • Rollaway beds available
  • Babysitting
  • Kids' club
  • On-site restaurant(s)
  • Refrigerator in room
  • Cribs (infant beds) available
  • Outdoor pool
  • Playground on site
  • Basketball court
  • Volleyball court


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Visited: 2010-11-01 | Submitted: 2012-12-30 18:46:50.0 | I traveled with tweens (9-12) and teens (13+)

Good beach, nice pool area, beautiful scenery

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This all-inclusive is a good place for a family looking for a spot where they can just hang for days doing the beach/pool thing, yet have the option to go off-property occasionally to explore. It’s not a resort with a sprawling beach. You can’t walk to town(s), so you’ll need either a rental car or to make use of taxis and/or “safari” vehicles (open-air truck/bus hybrids). Laid-back, flexible, relaxing, comfortable but not luxurious, friendly, personable. There’s an area on the property that has the spa, fitness center, tennis and basketball courts, mini-golf course, bumper boats, and an “activity center” that has a couple of arcade games, a foosball table, and snacks/drinks. Non-motorized watersports are included in the AI rate. Three freeform pools connected by little “waterfalls”. A couple of larger waterfalls to swim in/around/under/behind.

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Try the "Sea Trek" at nearby Coral World.

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Hampton Inn & Suites Downtown Saratoga Springs

25 Lake Avenue, Saratoga Springs, New York

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Visited: 2012-07-01 | Submitted: 2012-12-29 15:25:12.0 | I traveled with big kids (6-8), tweens (9-12) and teens (13+)

Best place to stay with kids in Saratoga

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We have stayed here multiple times, and I think it's the best place to stay when in Saratoga. It's located right downtown, so you can walk to everything: stores, restaurants, Children's Museum, Congress Park. (There are some other hotels/inns located in town, but the inns aren't kid-friendly and I've found service/accommodations to be spotty at the other hotels). The Hampton is relatively new (built less than five years ago), rooms are spacious (we usually snag a two-queen "studio suite" that has a sofabed -- you get a lot of extra space in the room), there's free breakfast each morning, a heated indoor pool... just a great place to stay with kids.

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Kids will love toy store G. Willikers. Head to Cantina's for delicious Mexican food (kids' meals proceeds benefit the local hospital's emergency room). If you're visiting during horse racing season (May-September) and the kids are up at the crack of dawn, hop in the car and make the five minute drive to the Oklahoma Training Track (East and Union Avenues) to watch the horses in their sunrise workouts.

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Hilton Garden Inn Niagara-on-the-Lake

500 York Road, Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario

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Visited: 2009-06-01 | Submitted: 2012-12-26 18:29:08.0 | I traveled with tweens (9-12)

Consistent

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Overnighted here as a midway point between a MA-MI road trip. Spent the afternoon at Niagara Falls, then drove north along the Niagara River (on the Canadian side) to the lovely town of Niagara-on-the-Lake. Nice shops and restaurants, beautiful lakeside areas. The hotel is located just a few minutes' drive from the downtown area, very convenient to highways so it made for an easy departure the next morning as we continued on our way.

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Hilton Garden Inns are consistent, predictably good lodging options for famiies.

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Marriott Hotel Newport

25 Americas Cup Avenue, Newport, Rhode Island

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KID-FRIENDLY AMENITIES

  • Connecting rooms
  • Smoke-free property
  • Babysitting
  • On-site restaurant(s)
  • Refrigerator in room
  • Highchairs available
  • Cribs (infant beds) available


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Visited: 2012-09-01 | Submitted: 2012-12-25 11:19:17.0 | I traveled with tweens (9-12) and teens (13+)

In the heart of things

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Smack in the middle of the action in Newport, walk to shops, restaurants, exploring the docks. The nautical-themed, harborside hotel has waterviews, a pool, and onsite parking (which is at a premium in Newport in the summer). Rooms, though, are pretty small and kind of dated. There's an atrium, so many of the rooms don't have external windows, just windows into the atrium. And, no surprise, it can be noisy. If you're looking for a convenient "home base" in Newport, though, this is a good choice.

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Don't miss the Cliff Walk -- gorgeous and a good way for kids to work off some energy (you'll need to drive to it from the hotel)

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Narragansett Beach

Ocean Road, Narragansett, Rhode Island

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Visited: 2012-08-01 | Submitted: 2012-12-25 10:15:54.0 | I traveled with tweens (9-12) and teens (13+)

One of our favorite beaches

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Narragansett Town Beach is a great place to spend a day with the family - plenty of space (about 19 acres), full facilities, great water, beautiful sandy beach. (It can have its rough days, though, so be mindful with younger kids). Admission is $6 per person, per day, but kids 11 and under are free. There's parking for $10/day on weekdays, $15/day on weekends.

Tips for Families

Eat dinner on the beach, enjoy the gorgeous sunset light, then stop by Brickley's Ice Cream for dessert on the way home (on Route 1A).

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Lake View Hotel Mackinac Island

1 Main Street, Mackinac Island, Michigan

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Visited: 2010-06-01 | Submitted: 2012-12-25 10:05:39.0 | I traveled with tweens (9-12) and teens (13+)

Good location in the center of things

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This hotel is located across the street from the ferry dock, so it eliminates the need to hire a horse-and-carriage to transport you (and your luggage). It's the oldest continuously operating hotel on Mackinac Island, built in 1864. The rooms are nothing special, but they're fine. Heating/AC unit can be a little on the loud side. What this hotel has going for it is its central location: in the middle of the "main" street on the island, so you're close to shops, across the street from bike rentals, etc. The hotel also has the only indoor, heated pool on the island, which is a plus with kids.

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Grab an ice cream cone (or some fudge) and settle into one of the rocking chairs on the hotel's front porch at the end of the day.

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