The Best Family Vacation Destinations
FAMILY-FIRST RESORTS continued...
Other mountains to hit when it’s hot include Whistler Blackcomb, in
Whistler, British Columbia, which has mountain biking, fishing, mini golf,
horseback riding, and bungee trampolines. Less strenuous but equally
entertaining activities like fly-fishing and soaking in hot springs draw
families to Colorado’s Steamboat Springs.
Details: Smugglers’ Notch condo lodging offers three
bedrooms for three nights/four days starting at $1,737: includes most
activities. Mention Good Housekeeping if you’re booking six summer
nights, and your seventh will be free.
To book: For Smugglers’ Notch, call 800-451-8752 or visit
smuggs.com. For Whistler Blackcomb, see whistlerblackcomb.com. For Steamboat
Springs, log on to steamboat.com.
SHARE A SHIP
From ocean liners to houseboats, water getaways of all kinds are great for
families since they offer fun activities as well as peaceful perusal of the
landscape. If cruises are what interests you, know that today’s liners are
virtually floating resorts, conveniently jam-packed with fun and food tailored
to every age. For families seeking more intimacy and interaction, smaller boats
that you can steer yourself probably fill the bill.
Live Large on a Liner
For a big-boat cruise that caters to everyone in your brood, consider Royal
Caribbean’s new Freedom-class line. Among the attractions for kids are
teen-only dance clubs, a climbing wall, a surf simulator, and a water park. The
younger set can participate in hands-on classes in art, science (think volcano
making!), and theater. Meanwhile, adults can enjoy live performances, wine
tastings, jazz clubs, dance classes, a swimming solarium, and the staff’s
Despite these onboard luxuries, disembarking from your liner also has its
appeal: Many itineraries allow travelers to tour the festive plazas, commanding
forts, and antique churches of Puerto Rico’s Old San Juan, one of the oldest
settlements in U.S. territory. At other typical island stops, St. Thomas and
St. Maarten, some of the best beaches in the world (plus duty-free shopping)
Details: Per person, double occupancy prices start at $749
for seven nights. Prices vary by ship.
To book: Call 800-769-2522 or go to royalcaribbean.com.