Tips for a Successful & Fun Family Vacation

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Favorite Spots for Getting Wet

  • Nickelodeon Family Suites, Orlando: Two water park-like pools outside your door, plus breakfast with Dora and SpongeBob (
  • Atlantis Resort, Paradise Island, Bahamas: It calls the new Aquaventure "the largest water-themed attraction in the world," and we're not arguing (
  • Great Wolf Lodges, nationwide: Their indoor water parks can occupy kids all day (
  • La Costa Resort and Spa, Carlsbad, California: It's Splash Landing kids' area rocks (

Our Favorite Places

"Maui is the perfect blend of activities and relaxation. There's always something to do, but you can always do nothing. It doesn't feel like you're in the United States, but you don't have to deal with customs or passports."
Colleen Dowd, Editorial Assistant/Lifestyle

"I love all things Disney: sprawling Disney World in Florida, the more intimate Disneyland in California, and the amazing Disney cruise ships. It's easy to be a parent when you're on their property because everything is geared to your children, and everyone smiles at your family. You can stop apologizing for kids being kids."
Jessica Hartshorn, Senior Lifestyle Editor

"Arizona has a great climate. You always know it's going to be warm there and the scenery is beautiful, so you can't lose."
Katie Rockman, Editorial Assistant

"Acadia National Park, in Maine, is gorgeous, with its lakes and craggy shoreline. And there's a lot for families in Monterey, California, from historic Cannery Row to the aquarium to a children's museum."
Christine Porretta, Health Editor

"I love Prince Edward Island in Canada because it's got beautiful beaches but never gets too hot. It's not overrun with tourists either. And there's great ice cream!"
Kate Kelly, Managing Editor

"I ski because I like to be outside all day. Kids need to be 3 or 4 to do most ski schools, though. I highly recommend the resorts in Colorado, Montana, and Wyoming. I also have nothing against beach vacations; I spend time with my nieces and nephews at the New Jersey shore."
Tricia O'Brien, Features Editor

"I'm a sucker for the beaches on Long Island, New York. Though it can be a pain to drive out there -- summertime traffic can be horrific -- once you arrive, it's worth every mile. Wide beaches, beautiful sand, endless stretched for walking and dreaming."
Judith Nolte, Editor-in-Chief

Originally published in American Baby magazine, June 2007.

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