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The Tyler Place, an all-inclusive resort located on Lake Champlain about 11 miles from the Burlington Airport, has maintained the same philosophy since 1933: Give parents and kids lots of activities to do together and apart. Programs operate mornings and evenings, allowing families to be together in the afternoons.
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“Go jump in the lake” has been a favorite summer rallying cry at Mohonk Mountain House since its founding in 1869. The property, situated in the Shawangunk Mountains 90-miles north of Manhattan, sprawls on 1,200 wooded acres. The castle-like main building, blooming with towers and turrets, impresses little ones.
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A top-ranked family ski resort, Smugglers’ Notch, 30 miles from Burlington’s airport, takes advantage of its Green Mountains location to offer slopes of fun in summer.
For preschoolers: Smugglers’ Treasures child center, with 5,400 square feet indoors and 4,000 square feet outdoors, cares for babies six weeks to 3 years old. Even Fireflies, for ages 6 weeks to 16 months, enjoy Vermont’s breezes while being pushed on swings or crawling in the screened area. Along with singing and painting indoors, Little Dippers, 17 months to 2.5 years, search outside for bugs and float boats in a water table. Little Rascals, 2.5 to 3 years, go on picnics, look for pollywogs and get wet at the resort’s splash pad. Ages 3 and 4 years can also join Smuggler’s summer camp. As Discovery Dynamos, they tackle obstacle courses, go on nature hikes, make costumes and join the Thursday parade.
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Stretching along east coast Florida’s St. Lucie River, Club Med Sandpiper, about two hours north of Miami, focuses on sports, offering tennis, golf and beach volleyball academies plus fitness and triathlon training.
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Aulani, presents Hawaii Disney-style. Located on Oahu’s leeward side 20 miles from Honolulu, the timeshare comes with larger than average rooms and Disney entertainment.
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The formula for Great Wolf Lodge: start with an indoor mega-waterpark with tight security, marry it to family-friendly rooms, and mix in child-oriented activities. The more-than-a-dozen U.S. properties rate as kids’ water wonderlands, averaging 68,000-square-feet of ways to get wet.
Lodging: Along with standard rooms, Great Wolf Lodges offer themed rooms with separate children’s areas. KidKamp has a tent-like space for them, Wolf Den creates a rock patterned nook, and the KidCabin offers a log-cabin area.
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Located in the Wasatch Mountains, Deer Valley, a Park City ski resort, gains fame for its service and food. The property, 36-miles east of Salt Lake City, keeps its state-licensed children’s center open in summer.
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New England summers are sweet at Winnetu, situated on 11 oceanside acres at popular South Beach, three miles outside Edgartown. The resort, along with recognition for its children’s programs, is noted for its food and laid-back élan.
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The 11,000-acre Wintergreen ski resort in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, one hour from Charlottesville, two from Richmond and three hours from Washington, D.C., lures city folks with scenic ridgetop views and varied activities.
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Oil magnate and developer Henry Flagler built the first Breakers in the late 19th century. The hotel drew Rockefellers, Vanderbilts, Astors, and other high-society callers. While upscale, the oceanfront property welcomes families and children.
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