Dream jungle gym.
Kid-friendly hotels are so important when traveling with young ones in tow — everything from giving a child milk and cookies at check-in to having video game consoles in guest rooms can make all the difference. But as the hotel experts, we’ve found that kids’ clubs are super important — not only are they *usually* under careful supervision, but they also provide the parents with much-needed alone time while on vacation. So before you book the next family getaway, browse this gallery of really cool kids’ clubs that’ll have your children thanking you for the awesome trip of a lifetime.
Float along a lazy river in Myrtle Beach -- a sure way to feel like you're on vacation!
Continually ranked as one of America’s best family beach destinations, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina offers visitors plenty to do. For families, there are activities such as mini-golf, an aquarium, and funky novelty shops and museums, while couples and young adults can indulge in the lively (if a bit cheesy) nightlife and plethora of inexpensive restaurants and bars. And of course, its 60 miles of sandy shoreline adds to the city’s appeal. We’ve come up with a guide to the must-do activities in Myrtle Beach, and where to stay when you’re there. Get inspired and soak up these last few weeks of summer in this beachy town.
The best way to discover Whistler is checking out the Village Stroll, lined with stores, bars and restaurants
World-class slopes, wonderful dining and a superb nightlife scene make Whistler one of the world’s best spots for a winter vacation– but who said ski resorts are only to be enjoyed during the colder months? Those same bunny hills and black diamonds turn into fun hiking trails and mountain bike circuits when the snow melts, and the dining and drinking is taken outdoors, bringing a lively atmosphere to long, sunny summer days. Check out our guide of what to do and where to stay in Whistler this summer — and beyond.
The Best Road Trips is a weekly summer series highlighting our favorite getaways from major cities all over the United States.
Houston has just about everything Texans could want right at their fingertips. The Lonestar State’s biggest city also has some of the biggest attractions including the famed Museum and Theater districts as well as NASA’s Johnson Space Center (as in, “Houston, we have a problem”). But one of Space City’s greatest assets is its mere proximity to some of the other most unique and cultured cities. So saddle up for a true taste of Texas goodness, from beaches and rock ‘n roll; from water parks to oil rigs. Let’s hit the road!
Road Trip #1: Houston to Corpus Christi, TX
Corpus Christi is the best beachside locale in Texas.
- Total Driving Time: 3 hours, 51 minutes
- Distance Covered: 222 miles
- Take This Trip If: You need a much-needed day at the beach.
The rooftop restaurant at the Omni Corpus Christi lets us enjoy miles of the Gulf.
The fishing dock at the Lighthouse Inn is perfect for enjoy the Gulf of Mexico.
Sitting pretty on the Gulf of Mexico’s crystal blue coast, Corpus Christi really does live up to its “sparkling city by the sea” nickname. With more than 131 miles of beaches, the city’s main shores of Corpus Christi and McGee beaches draw large summer crowds. The city’s sand helped earn Corpus Christi a “Best Restored Beach “award from the American Shore and Beach Preservation Association last year, one of only seven cities in the nation to receive the honor. For some of the best views of the beach, the waterfront Lighthouse Inn at Aransas Bay can’t be beat, especially when looking out from on-site fishing dock and private balconies with rocking chairs. And a slightly more affordable option is the Omni Corpus Christi Hotel Bayfront Tower. The hotel also has incredible views from the rooftop lounge, and is within walking distance of many other downtown attractions.
- Top Driving Tip: Weedhaven was once a tiny bustling village settled by wealthy businessman J.F. Weed, about halfway between the two cities. His store, cafe, and inn may have closed, but the Wild West remains of Weedhaven make it a popular roadside stop along the route.
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Although we’re a day late on the Monday morning goodness (sorry, we were relaxing on our very own staycation), we figured we had to share a beach shot to keep us in the summer mindset — not that we need any help — it’s almost 90 degrees at 10 AM here at Oyster HQ in NYC. This morning we’re dreaming of the white sands at the Myrtle Beach Marriott Resort & Spa at Grand Dunes — more specifically, kicking our sandals off and walking down that wooden bridge to sink our feet into that white sand. But alas, we’re here to work people! So as we say every week, sit back, relax and soak in the goodness that is the Myrtle Beach Marriott Resort & Spa at Grand Dunes.
I can see for miles and miles and miles...
The Atlantis Resort; Bahamas
Family vacation always sounds like a good idea — until you actually arrive, that is. Sometimes the kids, well, they don’t appreciate the art of an adult-style vacation. They don’t wanna just lay out — they want to hang out. And have a great time, too. So before you book your next big getaway, do your research and find spots that are 100% kid-friendly — or stay at one of our favorite six resorts. Check them out in the video after the jump!
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The Peabody, with locations in Orlando, Little Rock, and Memphis, hold twice-daily Duck Marches, where the hotel’s resident birds make their way to lobby fountain in the morning, and then back to their “Royal Duck Palace” in the evening. The charming tradition, which started as drunken joke by Tennessee hunters in the 1860′s, draw guests to the lobby’s red carpet, making these pampered ducks just as synonymous with The Peabody as Elvis is Vegas.
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Duck March in The Lobby of The Peabody Orlando
The Living Room in the Macy Two Bedroom at the White Elephant Hotel Residences -- Nantucket
Today marks the reopening of the White Elephant Hotel and Residences for the season in Nantucket. The quaint, former whaling town in Massachusetts attracts numerous visitors throughout the spring and summer with its 100 miles of sandy shores and top-notch dining — with fresh seafood being the specialty, of course. For families and groups visiting Nantucket, the big, luxurious one- to three-bedroom units at the White Elephant Residences are a great choice. Unlike vacation home rentals, these units — outfitted in attractive, nautical decor — come with the perks of a hotel stay, such as daily housekeeping, a seasonal outdoor pool, and a well-equipped fitness center. There’s not much in terms of a communal feel, like you might find at an inn or smaller hotel, but that’s part of the allure for some who seek a private, secluded vibe. As to be expected, however, privacy and luxury don’t come cheap on this island. Wanna know more? Check out more photos of the hotel after the jump or read our review now>>
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We just booked our next vacation — and although we’re bona fide adults, we’re super-stoked to be heading to Disney World for their annual Marathon Weekend in January 2013. But in order to get motivated, we figured browsing the attractions we’d see while running couldn’t hurt. And what’s more exciting than Cinderella’s Castle at the Magic Kingdom? Um, nothing! [Ed. note: In fact, I'll be running through the castle come January 13.] Oh, and in case you’re wondering, we booked the Waldorf Astoria Orlando for our stay.
Cinderella's Castle attracts millions of visitors every year, and I get to run through it!
Who doesn’t love family bonding? While perhaps it’s best in small doses, it’s always great to get away with the fam. But depending on the age of your tots in tow, it can take a downright rocket scientist (or an Oyster.com staffer) to find just the right spot for your family vacation. So pack up the mini-van and head to these hotels with the coolest family-friendly amenities around!
Family-Friendly Feature: A Water Park
The Waterpark at the Nickelodeon Suites Resort -- Orlando
Check out more amazing family vacations after the jump!
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