Today, Walt Disney World is the most visited vacation resort in the world, with an average annual attendance of over 52 million. The resort is the flagship destination of Disney’s worldwide corporate enterprise, and has become a popular staple in American culture.
The third park to open in Orlando’s Walt Disney World, Disney’s Hollywood Studios features many of our favorite Disney animated movies and stories as you would expect. What you may not expect is that these will be performed LIVE in front of you by world-class talents. You and your loved will feel like you are part of the movies. This theme park is home to big name shows and movies like Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and Frozen!
Heckscher Playground is near the southwest corner of Central Park and Columbus Circle and is great (one of our kids’ favorites). There are slides, swings, climbing structures, a sand area to play in, and water jets in the summer months. Lots of room to run. It’s definitely walkable from Times Square. Much of New York is stroller-friendly. The problem is crowds in certain areas. Certainly Times Square and neighboring streets can be very hard to get a stroller through at pretty much anytime of the day.
Eastern Florida State College Planetarium & Observatory Cocoa Brevard Central East Science Exhibits are at Science Quest Exhibit Hall at Eastern Florida State College, also planetarium, observatory and art exhibits
Families have plenty of room to stretch out in this beach resort’s apartment-like suites, which have full kitchens, washer/dryers, and furnished balconies. Just outside is the sugar-white sand and crystalline water for which the Gulf Coast is famous. Take a dip in the zero-entry, lagoon-style heated pool or in the surf at the private beach. Sandpearl is as eco-conscious as it is elegant, and offers adventures that help kids appreciate the surrounding natural beauty: an eco-tour through the Intracoastal Waterway, kayaking across local estuaries, nature walks, and scavenger hunts with the Camp Ridley children’s club. One thrilled guest reported to T+L, “we started planning our return trip before we even left—and our ids talk about returning at least once a week.”
Thanks to Fusions Restaurant and the work of Chef Ash Helal, you don’t have to go far for a creative take on delicious cuisine. Enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner indoors or outdoors in the courtyard, or opt for a quiet meal in the comfort of your own room with in-room dining.
While you might think of Colorado’s resort town of Winter Park as a winter destination, it’s also great in the summer. Rates start at $89 per night at the Winter Park Resort, and families can enjoy hiking, biking, horseback riding, rafting, zip lining, and Colorado’s longest alpine slide.
If you and your kids love the water, head to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. At properties like Sea Mist, guests can get free unlimited access to its water park as well as discount passes to the Family Kingdom Amusement Park and Splashes Oceanfront Water Park.
Although the former Soviet republic might seem remote, Uzbekistan once sat at the very center of the world. In the first millennium, no traveler could pass from Asia to Europe without stopping in the Silk Road strongholds of Bukhara and Samarkand, and as a result these cities evolved into rich cultural centers. For intrepid travelers, today’s Uzbekistan is a promised land: a Muslim-majority nation that’s both safe and affordable, with few tourists and an abundance of well-preserved mosques and harems. And since the death of authoritarian president Islam Karimov last year, the new regime has taken steps toward reform that have given both Uzbeks and the international community reason for optimism. Improving relations with Iran could soon bring a rail link to the Persian Gulf, and in 2016, the Afrosiyob high-speed-train line began connecting the country’s major cities. Meanwhile, Uzbekistan should benefit from the so-called Iron Silk Road, or Trans-Asian Railway — a Chinese-funded network of routes knitting together Beijing and Europe — once a segment connecting the country through Kyrgyzstan is completed. Book a customized journey with Exeter International, which specializes in the region. —Heidi Mitchell
2) Yes. I like it the Hop On/Hop Off tours – especially the north bound tour that goes around Central Park. But don’t “hop off” – just stay on for the whole route. Once you get off it’s hard to get back on. And don’t use it as a form of transportation – not worth the hassle of getting on and finding a seat.
Families feel truly pampered at this Four Seasons island resort. The 600-square-foot standard rooms are some of the largest in Hawaii, and are as safe and comfortable as they are luxurious (you can request safety netting for balconies, beach gear, and high chairs, all at no extra charge). The knowledgeable concierges provide guidance about family-friendly activities like snorkeling and outrigger canoe excursions, as well as adult adventures such as scuba diving. They can also help arrange tropical family picnics or set up a whale-watching expedition by catamaran. There’s even a complimentary kids program with unique island activities ( gecko hunts, Hula lessons, Hawaiian bowling, and visits with Ricky and Lucy, the resort’s parrot mascot).
Stay at this all-inclusive paradise and revel in luxurious accommodations, including Kids & Co family rooms. Each room features a “Sweet Dreams” treat, discounted activities for children, separate check-in with juice and toys, and more.
Lovely any time of year, Fiji’s more than 300 islands are at their absolute best in July through September. This is the dry season when temperatures are cooler, humidity is lower, waters are clearer, and rainstorms are fewer. Divers revel in one of the world’s best underwater environments, with coral reefs, whales, manta rays, and an array of colorful tropical fish. Warm water, white sand beaches, friendly people, and spectacular scenery attract families, couples, and honeymooners. The annual Bula Festival (Bula means welcome or hello), a week-long celebration of Fiji’s culture, food, and history, will be held this year from July 14-21 in Nadi. Guests will feel welcomed — as well as pampered and renewed — at Fiji’s Kokomo Private Island, a luxurious resort featuring diving, snorkeling, fishing, surfing, tennis, spa treatments, children’s activities, and more.
When historic rainfall pummeled California last February, the damage to Big Sur was severe. Mudslides cut off access to Highway 1, the region’s only thoroughfare, from the south; then a crack ripped through the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge, blocking the northern end. Almost overnight, this 90-odd-mile stretch of craggy coastline — long beloved for its sense of remoteness — became an island. Nearly a year later, Big Sur is stirring back to life. The bridge has been replaced and a major slide has been cleared. After an elaborate renovation, the 160-acre Ventana Big Sur has reopened as the first Alila property in the U.S. — and is a luxurious rival to Post Ranch. The place is a stunner, whether you’re facing a forested canyon from the pool or enjoying pink and orange sunsets from the terrace. In addition to the plush ocean-view suites, clad in weathered wood, there are now glamping tents nearby that marry rusticity and comfort, with amenities like luxury linens and fire pits. —Jonah Weiner
Serendipity on the upper east side (not far from Central Park). Be prepared for a one hour wait. They take reservations for lunch and dinner but not just for dessert. Desserts are amazing. If the wait’s too long nearby Dylan’s Candy Bar has 3 floors of treats and desserts – though it’s not as good as Serendipity which is more of a sit-down indulgence.
As Canada’s token middle child, Edmonton has long gotten short shrift amid its glitzier sisters (we’re looking at you, Toronto and Vancouver). But no longer — food and museum news is casting a spotlight on Alberta’s capital city. After stints at Noma in Copenhagen and Manhattan’s Daniel, chef Scott Downey returned to his hometown to open the Butternut Tree in September, with a focus on indigenous foods — grilled bannock with wild mushrooms and winged kelp; bison served with Saskatoon berry jus; maple-butter cake with black-currant jam. We’re waiting to make our dinner reservations until the new Royal Alberta Museum opens its doors. Designed by Dialog architects on the site of a former Canada Post distribution center, the 419,000-square-foot space will include Ice Age horse fossils and a dig pit for children. To experience Edmonton’s indie side, stay at Crash Hotel, an homage to the Ace, which opened last winter. Its themed Hi-Fi room walls are lined with vintage speakers, and hangover pills are at the ready in the mini-bar. —Kathryn O’Shea-Evans
There are many getaways to choose from in Canada, such as the Canadian Rockies, British Columbia, St. Andrews by-the-Sea and Banff. Best getaways provide parents and kids with plenty to do so that they can re-connect while learning new activities and exploring new destinations. A full service resort with a tropical beach where you will be able to swim, kayak, snorkel and relax is ideal if you need a place to recharge.
One of the best shows at Disney is playing right outside your room at the Animal Kingdom Lodge. From your private balcony overlooking the 43-acre wildlife preserve, you can spot over 200 birds and animals, including zebras, giraffes, and gazelles. The resort also has a savannah-facing swimming pool modeled after a natural watering hole—but with a waterslide. Only a short walk away, you’ll find an animal observation water playground with squirting Venus flytraps, a rope bridge, and water cannons. In the evening, drop the kids at Simba’s Playhouse and enjoy a parents-only dinner at Jiko, an upscale restaurant serving African-inspired cuisine. Then make a reservation for the whole family to tour the grounds by open-air truck. With the assistance of special night-vision goggles, you’ll be able to wish all the animals a good night.
The Sea Pines Resort beckons golfers from around the world with its candy cane-striped lighthouse, which sits just behind the 18th green at the famous Harbour Town (known as the “must play” course on an island of 50 outstanding golf courses). But the links are just one option for family fun at this 5,000-acre upscale compound. There are also five miles of pristine beaches, 20 miles of bike trails and nature paths, and an extensive menu of year-round activities. Families can enjoy sightseeing by bike, crabbing, horseback riding, tennis, kayaking, fishing—even a boat safari to spot alligators in their natural habitat.
Most commonly associated with its two championship golf courses and its world-class spa, the Omni La Costa now earns itself a new reputation: family resort. Tucked among the property’s rolling greens, renowned golf school and 17 tennis courts is a world of activities designed for little ones on retreat.
Walt Disney Studios Park opened March 16, 2002, as the second theme park at the renamed Disneyland Resort Paris. The first park was renamed Disneyland Park (DLP.[CDC 15] DLP Paris opened in August 2000 Toy Story Playland with three attractions.
The Harn’s sizable collection consists of more than 10,000 works of art. As a fundamental part of the University of Florida, exhibitions are thoughtfully curated to pique the minds of visitors and students. Admission is free and the outdoor Asian gardens make the ideal spot to slow down and clear your mind.
What are you waiting for? Purchase your tickets today and make your FastPass+ selections for popular attractions like Avatar Flight of Passage, Frozen Ever After, Soarin’, Toy Story Mania! or Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.
With a free kids’ club, a beach-entry pool, and warm, unpretentious vibe, the Trump is an ideal place for families with children. While the fancier Acqualina next door charges $55 per day for its kids’ programming, the kids’ club at the Trump is free. The hotel’s rooms, with kitchenettes in every one, and washer-dryers in many suites, are also family-friendly. The large grotto-style pool has a beach-entrance shallow area that’s great for little ones in water wings. The main restaurant, Neomi’s, is fancy but also family-friendly. During dinner, waiters bring amuse-bouches to adults and sippy cups to kids with equal panache. The room-service menu also features options for kids like French toast sticks, chocolate milk, and grilled cheese. The hotel also has a mascot named Globie, after the globe sculpture that decorates the hotel’s entrance.
Constitution Convention Museum State Park Port St. Joe Gulf Northwest History Recreated hall with life-size audio-animated figures telling the story of the first Constitution Convention of Florida, also exhibits of 19th century life
The land where Walt Disney World resides is part of the Reedy Creek Improvement District (RCID), a governing jurisdiction created in 1967 by the State of Florida at the request of Disney. RCID provides 911 services, fire, environmental protection, building code enforcement, utilities and road maintenance but does not provide law enforcement services. The approximately 800 security staff are instead considered employees of the Walt Disney Company. Arrests and citations are issued by the Florida Highway Patrol along with the Orange County and Osceola County sheriffs deputies who patrol the roads. Disney security does maintain a fleet of security vans equipped with flares, traffic cones, and chalk commonly used by police officers. These security personnel are charged with traffic control by the RCID and may only issue personnel violation notices to Disney and RCID employees, not the general public.
Where do we go on the West Coast? Explore California’s scenic coastal towns, have fun at Disneyland, tour Hollywood and check into a full service spa resort for a few days of pampering and relaxation. Some family-friendly ski resorts to try on the West Coast include Mammoth, Badger Pass and Snowmass. San Diego is a popular destination for families with kids, offering amusement parks, beaches, the New Children’s Museum, Maritime Museum and a zoo which will keep little ones busy.
Tallahassee Automobile Museum Tallahassee Leon North Central Automotive Historic cars, toy cars, pedal cars, antique boating items, golf memorabilia, motors, cash registers, clocks, bicycles, sports memorabilia, motorcycles, can openers, spark plugs, artifacts
Situated in Sarasota, The Ringling combines unique performances, special events and artistic exhibitions to give insight into John and Mable Ringling’s quest to find European art and spectacular circus acts. Exhibits include paintings, acrobatic acts, sculptures and decorative arts from around the world. The Ringling also offers art making classes and story time just for the little ones!
This western dude ranch is so much more than a traditional dude ranch. Visit the Mountain Sky Guest Ranch and you’ll ride horses, fish, hike and enjoy the great outdoors. This upscale dude ranch also features gourmet dinners, wine and cheese hours and private cabins to make you feel like you’re enjoying the Wild West in style and comfort. Kids’ programming will keep the children happy, and the entire family will enjoy the mountain air and dude ranch’s rugged location.
In May 2017, Freeform cable channel aired a special documentary, Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings based on the services provided by Disney Parks and Resorts unit, Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings & Honeymoons. With success of the May special, the show was pick up as series with seven episodes to air in Spring 2018.
Where should families stay in NYC? If you’re close to a subway station you’ll generally be fine. My favorite locations are Midtown (a large area packed with iconic sights, skyscrapers, and people – try to be within a few blocks east or west of Broadway), SoHo (slightly slower pace than Midtown but still plenty of shops, restaurants, bars, and cafes), Greenwich Village and nearby Chelsea (hip with a neighborhood feel and great restaurants).
Many mature travelers have taken Glacier Bay cruises and toured majestic Denali National Park. But not so many know that Kodiak Island — reached by plane or ferry from Anchorage — is home to its own species of bear, and that guides can take you to watch them catch fish and play in their natural habitat. These are the world’s largest brown bears (some weigh more than 1,000 pounds). You can stay in rustic cabins with modern comforts and — like the bears — feast on freshly caught salmon. Best time for bears: July through September. Whale watch on Kodiak from April to November.
Yes, baseball season begins in early April. You can get schedules of home games and order tickets at the web sites of the New York Yankees (nyyankees.com) or the New York Mets (nymets.com). If you want better seats than the team has available, check sites like Stubhub.com and Seatgeek.com, where season ticket holders often sell tickets for games they cannot attend. When the teams are playing out of town, both stadiums offer behind-the-scenes tours, with the chance to visit locker rooms and dugouts, see some of the expensive private boxes, and actually go on the field. Early in the month you can also see basketball and hockey in action. Madison Square Garden hosts the Knicks (nba.com/knicks) and the women’s Liberty (liberty.lnba.com)basketball teams as well as Rangers hockey (rangers.nhl.com) Barclays Arena in Brooklyn is home to Nets basketball (nba.com/nets) and Islanders hockey (islanders.nhl.com).
These hotels make it their business to cater to guests of all ages, from tiny first-time flyers to seasoned travelers. Take the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea, which will arrange childproofed rooms, but also has a concierge who specializes in family travel, to help parents choose kid-friendly dining options and plan unforgettable adventures around island.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park, home to more than 250 species of animals, gives park guests the opportunity to explore seven distinct park sections: Africa, Asia, Discovery Island, Dinoland U.S.A., the Oasis, Camp Minnie-Mickey and Rafiki’s Planet Watch area. Visit the park’s animals by exploring the walking trails scattered throughout the park, such as the Discovery Island trails and the Maharajah Jungle Trek, or by riding the Kilimanjaro Safari ride. Hop on the Expedition Everest or Kali River Rapids journey for an adventure or spend time at the park’s Affection Section petting zoo for a quieter experience.
The Moroccan city has attracted an artistic crowd since the 1960s, when everyone from Yves Saint Laurent to Mick Jagger fell for its vibrant sensory landscape. Now the city’s cultural scene is being reinvigorated, thanks to two landmark happenings in the world of art and design. First came last October’s launch of the YSL Museum — a striking geometric building next to the Jardin Majorelle, which Saint Laurent and his partner, Pierre Bergé, bought and restored in the 1980s. Then, in February, the 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair will debut at the storied hotel La Mamounia. Marrakesh has had an art biennial since 2005 — the next is slated for 2020 — and the city is home to a number of well-regarded galleries. But the arrival of 1:54, which has editions in London and New York and draws names like Billie Zangewa and William Kentridge, is set to position the city as a hub for African art. There’s also hotel news. Oberoi is poised to open its third African property here, a lakeside resort surrounded by citrus orchards. And Royal Mansour has added a 6,450-square-foot pool flanked by seven air-conditioned cabanas. —Flora Stubbs
We are thinking about NYC for a 3 day trip. We are a family of 5, my wife, me, her sister, our two daughters, 18 and 9. We have a very limited budget and would like to stay somewhere we could catch the subway in a safe area. We do not want to try to drive in the city. We would like to see Times Square, China Town, the Statue of Liberty, Central Park, and possibly some other well known sites. We are traveling from southwest, VA. Please help us!
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Walt Disney World® Resort is made up of four theme parks: Epcot®, Magic Kingdom® Park, Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios®, and two water parks: Disney’s Blizzard Beach and Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon. Things to do and events at Walt Disney World® feature interactive rides, animal adventures, magical attractions, dining, shopping and more. Make memories last and feel the magic at Walt Disney World® Resort. Find things to do at Walt Disney World® Resort including hotels, attractions and restaurants in the list below.
This palatial structure, built in 1988 by Henry Flagler as the Alcazar Hotel, is a sight not to be missed. Outside you’ll wander the impeccable grounds and striking courtyard, then head in to explore the contrasting collection of Otto C. Lightner’s treasures, including everything from 19th century fine art to the more eclectic objections like shrunken heads and human hair.
The only city in America to have been ruled under eight flags, there’s quite a bit to cover, and this history museum of Florida does it perfectly with traveling presentations that enhance permanent exhibits on historic preservation, Spanish missions, a Timucuan village, the Civil War, Florida railroad, local history and legendary Floridians. ameliamuseum.org
At the purported site of Spain’s first New World settlement (1559-61), Historic Pensacola Village is, in essence, a museum without walls: a neighborhood filled with historic homes, a church and costumed interpreters demonstrating life in the late 18th century. The Spanish Renaissance Revival-style Wentworth Museum (formerly City Hall) is now home to fascinating exhibits highlighting the history of northwest Florida. historicpensacola.org
Eataly is great. And I highly recommend it for kids and families. It’s big and loud and has lots of great food and treats. There are 7 sit down restaurants with a variety of table and bar seats. Every restaurant (except Baita on the roof) is situated next to the market area that provides its fresh ingredients. The trouble is getting a seat as only Manzo takes reservations. Try off-peak hours like late lunch or early dinner. The Nutella bar with waffles, crepes, gelato, and nutella lattes is wonderful.