The Best Resorts for Young Kids

Tan-Tar-A, Club Med Sandpiper, Wequassett Inn

Tan-Tar-A

Osage Beach, Missouri
800-826-8272;
www.tar-tar-a.com

What's Special:

This mammoth resort (with more than 900 rooms) is smack-dab on Lake of the Ozarks. Camp Tan-Tar-A offers programs for 5- to 10-year-olds, such as bowling, swimming, and minigolf. Kids 4 and up can enjoy a playhouse equipped with toys, computers, and Nintendo. Baby-sitters are available.

Accommodations:

Many rooms and suites feature a balcony or a patio, a fireplace, or a barbecue grill; for safety, you may want a room located on the ground floor or away from the lake.

Extras:

Kids under 8 eat free at the Black Bear Lodge during special hours.

Club Med Sandpiper

Port St. Lucie, Florida
800-CLUB-MED;
www.clubmed.com

What's Special:

As you relax, your baby can enjoy a lunch prepared by a baby-food specialist, then watch a puppet show. Club Med's infant and toddler program, for little ones from 4 months to 23 months, frees you to play golf and tennis or water-ski. Petit Club Med (for kids 2 to 3), Mini Club Med (kids 4 to 10) and Junior Club Med (11 to 13) offer activities like painting and water sports.

Accommodations:

Rooms have minifridges. Room rates include sports, instruction, meals, and some drinks.

Extras:

The 24-hour baby-convenience room is stocked with bottle warmers, juices, and milk.

Wequassett Inn

Chatham, Massachusetts
800-225-7125;
www.wequassett.com

What's Special:

This charming seaside resort is located on the elbow of Cape Code. With its lovely backdrop, top-notch cuisine, attentive staff and wide range of activities, there's ample opportunity to relax and enjoy. The Children's Fun Club runs during July and August for kids 4 through 12.

Accommodations:

Rooms and deluxe cottages have a quaint, child-friendly decor, some with waterfront views. Suites and cottages are also available for larger groups.

Extras:

Guests are able to play golf at the neighboring, championship-quality Cape Cod National Golf Club. Plus the resort's central location makes quick trips to the National Seashore and other Cape Cod towns a breeze.

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