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Family that Plays Together Stays TogetherBy Deborah Nelson, VRTG Travel Writer/Publisher
Traveling with family is a special situation that presents extra challenges. Therefore, we would like to offer three key family travel tips. Thoughtfully packing clothing and snacks is our first tip. Secondly, while you probably cannot count on lower gas prices, or cannot afford more "leg room" while flying--you certainly can slash expenses by carefully choosing your destination. Following this approach, a third tip is to always book with a reputable vacation rental agency. So, why book a professionally managed vacation rental instead of a hotel? Consider the benefits of significantly less eating costs, no hidden or extra fees, spacious common areas, more privacy, and increased flexibility (How to Find Last-Minute Vacation Rentals). Most vacation rental agencies offer family-oriented amenities and activities. Find what fits your family’s criteria from the following types of family-oriented vacations.
Type One: Young Family Oriented Vacations
Orlando, Florida is without debate, one of the best spots for a family vacation with toddlers. With Disney World, youthful entertainment is maximized. From the Typhoon Lagoon Water Park, Cinderella Castle, and meeting Mickey Mouse to Disney’s Animal Kingdom—Orlando is all decked out with Disney gear. Plus, Orlando Vacation rental agencies now include Disney-themed homes as well. Nevertheless, the fun continues beyond the magical theme parks. Kennedy Space Center, Gatorland, and Madame Tussaud's are three examples of top child-friendly activities within dozens more to explore.
Furthermore, located southwest of Orlando is the city of Sarasota. Sarasota offers a calmer and more natural environment. The Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, for example, includes a tropical rainforest, which is a thrilling educational adventure for youngsters. On the other hand, at Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary children and adults alike may observe bears, tigers, and even lions. The majority of Sarasota and the neighboring Bradenton is child-friendly. However, the best family travel tip of all might be Gulf Coast Vacation Rentals. Locally established, well-known and loved, Gulf Coast Vacation Rentals offers your own private sanctuary after a long travel or a fruitful day of fun. The agency’s community homes include private and resort pools, lavish playgrounds, as well as sports courts. Accommodations provide playpens, high chairs, and a variety of other items—many outstanding features, making for lighter and easier traveling.
Since our inception in 2003, Gulf Coast Property Management has worked tirelessly to cement ourselves as the leading property manager in our local area. Offering property management, real estate investments, and vacation home rentals. We welcome over 7000 guests a year into our vacation rental homes. Choose from vacation homes, pool homes, townhomes and condos in some of West Florida’s best vacation and family destinations. Enjoy professional service, maintenance, and cleaning.
Florida’s warm climate is most definitely appealing. However, Tennessee’s four-season terrain more than makes up for any cold weather with some enchanting activities—especially for family reunions. With large extended family gatherings, your focus is on finding a spacious place to stay with ample entertainment for everyone. Pigeon Forge’s small-town vibe is a cozy and creative setting in the heart of the Smokey Mountains. Consequently, the forests, trails, and rivers inspire a natural woodland adventure dream-come-true. Pigeon Forge also hosts kid-friendly activities and theme parks around town--and offers spacious cabin and private home rentals for extended family groups.
Try Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains
Similarly, Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains fuel year-round activities specific to families. Located two hours from New York City or Philadelphia, the Pocono Mountains encourage skiing, snowboarding, and ice-skating, for example, during winter. Whereas in the summer, Pennsylvania is buzzing with zip lining, picnicking, hiking, horseback riding, go-carting, and festivals. Children can also enjoy swimming, kayaking, and rafting in a safe environment. Furthermore, Woodloch Pines Resort, a local vacation rental management company, exclusively includes various activity discounts for their guests. The agency specializes in hosting large groups—perfect for a family reunion. Their main message is to connect and embrace quality time with friends and family. Therefore, Woodlock Pines Resort will help plan and schedule group activities. Availability changes seasonally, however, some examples are game shows, cooking classes, ice skating, beer tasting, dancing, and concerts. After all, Woodlock Pines Resort is considered one of America’s “Best Inclusive Family Resorts” for a reason.
Want to learn about the other three types of family-oriented vacations? Read Family Vacations-Part 2, Families Together.
An Award Winning Resort, Luxury Spa and Champioship Golf Course nestled in the Pocono Mountains Lake Region. Generations of families from all around the east coast have found Woodloch to be an annual retreat. This exceptional four season family resort has been owned and operated with pride by the Kiesendahl family since 1958. Their traditional warm hospitality has been nurturing and embracing the spirit of spending quality time with friends and family for nearly sixty years. Woodloch is about bringing people together, and having fun doing it.