Smugglers' Notch, Vermont
This popular resort is a good choice if you like meeting other families on vacation -- it organizes get-togethers throughout the week, ranging from potluck picnics to bonfires to karaoke parties. Smuggs (as the locals call it) is known for its unique -- and slightly wacky -- brand of family entertainment: In the "Bigger Is Better: Lifesize Games," you and your kids can play giant tic-tac-toe, for example, or your team can use duct tape, balloons, paints, and cardboard to build your own cart and see if you can launch it off a ramp in the Big Air Dummy Derby. Tennis and golf are also hits here, along with hiking and other sports. But if you like to swim, the highlight will probably be the resort's four water parks, complete with eight pools and four wild slides. On Thursday evenings, stop by the old-fashioned Vermont Country Fair on Smuggs's village green for great food, live music, handmade crafts, and free games.
No matter what your kid's interests are, it's a safe bet that he'll find something he likes (overnight campouts, theater classes, swimming) at the Summer Fun University Program (ages 3 and up; included with the package). There are also six playgrounds, two teen centers, and a childcare facility called Treasures (ages 6 weeks to 3 years).
The FamilyFest package starts at $1,020 for a family of four and includes lodging for four nights, most activities, and childcare. Rates are lowest in early June and peak in August.
Contact information: 800-451-8752 or smuggs.com