Sunday, May 2, 2010

Family Weekend Getway Ideas!

Planning a family weekend getaway can be more of a challenge than most parents want to admit. Even though there are several factors to consider, getting away for the weekend is a great way for the family to bond.

Some families enjoy spending their weekends by the pool, while others will prefer to go on tours, or to explore an area near where they live. No matter what your family’s interests are, you will need to thing about accommodations. Here is a question to ask the whole family when planning your getaway: “Do we want to be able to prepare some of our meals or will we eat out while on vacation?”

If you live in Southern California or planning a trip, San Diego is a fun and inexpensive weekend getaway. You can visit the San Diego zoo or Wild Animal Park. Both have many fun kid-friendly activities. If you have a bit money you can spend, then I suggest staying at the Hotel del Coronado which has a sandy beach, kid's programs and many family-friendly activities, ranging from Bocce Ball to Ping Pong.

If you happen to live in sunny Florida or are heading there for the weekend, many full-service resorts like Doral, the Breakers, and the Turnberry Isle Resort offer beautiful pools, water-based activities, golf and spas. What a great way to combine a family weekend getaway with relaxing at the spa and getting a round or two of golf in.

On the East Coast, head to the Sagamore on Lake George where weekend activities include fishing, swimming in the lake, sailing, golf and pampering at the spa.

If your family likes to explore a big city, head to New York City where hotels are offering some great deals on weekend stays. The Peninsula New York has a spa where you can unwind after a day out among the busy streets. You can even visit the Museum of Natural History, see a show at the Planetarium, and play in Central Park. These are great ways to keep the vacation fun, but low cost, too.

With the economy, the way it is right now … everybody enjoys finding a special. There are many deals on the internet for family vacation packages and many of them have fun activity ideas, too! Be smart and look at all your options before booking anything.

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