Family vacations are an amazing way for parents to make memories with their kids, but it can be challenging for moms and dads to be in exciting or exotic locales and not have opportunities to spend quality one on one time with their significant other. If being around the kids for extended periods can take a toll on you, or you find yourself wishing for some quiet time with the love of your life to hold hands and take in a vacation, don’t worry, not all family vacays have to include all the members of the fam together all the time. Here are some ideas for family vacations that can also be couples getaways.
Cruise ships are filled with activities for families to do together, as well as ones for parents to do with each other. Best of all, most of the larger ships offer drop-off camps which are included in the price of the cruise. Many also have in-cabin and out-of-cabin babysitters for an hourly rate. They all give moms and dads the option to dine, swim, drink, relax and gamble without kids. That'll leave plenty of time to have fun, explore, watch shows and enjoy time with the entire family. Find out the best cruises to do it all on, here.
Kalahari Resorts have things every kid loves – an absolutely enormous indoor waterpark, a giant arcade, mini-golf, a ropes course, ice cream and more – but they also offer lots for moms and dads, like a world-class spa, indoor and outdoor hot tubs, formal restaurants for dates, private cabanas and adults-only swim-up bars. With locations in Wisconsin, Ohio, Pennsylvania and soon in Texas, there’s one near you. Learn more here.
When you think of family vacations, Las Vegas is probably towards the bottom of the list, but it shouldn’t be - there is plenty for people of all ages to do there. Circus Circus boasts a giant indoor theme park, there’s an aquarium at Mandalay Bay, many Vegas shows are family friendly, plus there’s a Madame Tussauds, an M&M’s World and more on the strip. Of course, there are ample activities for parents to do without the kids as well. Thankfully, many options exist for childcare in Sin City. Some hotels boast manned in-house kids-only drop-off entertainment centers, and all the hotels are happy to help find a reputable nanny or babysitter for you. There are also drop-off centers nearby. Get all the details on childcare in Vegas here.
While Vegas makes you think adults-only, Disney might have you thinking “just for kids,” but there are numerous ways for moms and dads to enjoy themselves and their alone time at the Happiest Place on Earth. The parks know parents can sometimes use a break from their offspring so Disney offers both in-room babysitting as well as drop-off activities centers. This way, families can take in all that the parks have to offer, and then later, mothers and fathers can enjoy everything from romantic fine dining to hidden bars to fun boozy brunches to a fireworks cruise - even after-hours access to the parks, when they are much less crowded.
If you are looking for activities to take part in as a family or as a couple, head to the Poconos in Pennsylvania, where you'll find Woodloch Pines, an all-inclusive resort that boasts hundreds of things to do no matter the season. Each day, guests get a long list of ongoings ranging from scavenger hunts to Bingo to archery to cupcake wars to basketball contests to jewelry making and so much more.
Then there is the entertainment - magicians, ventriloquists, comedians and large-scale productions are just a small sample of what's going on onstage each night. In addition, there's a synthetic ice skating rink, go-karts, bumper cars, a rock climbing wall, zip lining, paintball, snow tubing (even when there isn't real snow), bumper boats, indoor and outdoor playgrounds, arcades, pools, bocce, shuffleboard, a gorgeous lake with row boats, kayaks and paddle boats.
They also offer babysitting so parents can enjoy any of the activities, or the luxurious spa, or one of the bars or after-hours entertainment options, or just time by themselves in the room. Whatever you wind up doing, you won't ever be bored and you'll always be surrounded by the beautiful Pennsylvania woods. Get more info here.
Beaches not only offers the ultimate in family vacations, but thanks to their kids camp, they offer the ultimate vacation for parents as well. More than any other resort, Beaches gives parents unprecedented opportunities to spend time with each other. First off, the resorts are all-inclusive, which means all the gourmet food, delicious drinks, dozens of land and water activities, lavish accommodations, airport transfers and tips are included. What’s also included is the Kids Camp, which only employs certified nannies whose priority is making your children happy.
The kids love everything at the camp – the games, the time at the water park, the crafts they make, the attentive counselors and, thanks to the resort's affiliation with Sesame Street, the activities with the likes of Elmo, Cookie Monster, Abby Cadabby and more. Meanwhile, because it is open from morning until late in the evening, it lets moms and dads enjoy romantic, candlelight dinners together, go scuba diving with each other, soak up the sun, or relax with an amazing massage from Beaches’ award-winning spa. Babysitters are also available at an hourly rate if you'd prefer 1 on 1 attention or after-hours help.
Meanwhile, for spending time as a family, there are even more things to do including snorkeling, paddle boarding, kayaking, shuffleboard, croquet, basketball, volleyball, stage productions, swimming, floating, pool games and creating lasting memories on the resort's heavenly beaches.
There is a Beaches Resort in Turks & Caicos as well as two in Jamaica - one in Ochos Rios and one in Negril. Learn more about them here.
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