No matter how well-traveled a family may be, bringing children on vacation will always have its challenges. The following properties provide more than enough activities to keep kids of all ages entertained so their parents can find time to relax.
Kohala Coast, Hawaii
Coconut weaving, lei making and shell hunting are just a few of the resort’s diversions for children. Year-round, kids ages 5 to 12 can partake in half-day or full-day activity programs. Parents, many of whom grew up coming to Mauna Kea themselves, know that their children are being thoroughly entertained while learning a little about island life. In the meantime, they can recharge — with a Mauna Kea mule in hand — and take in the sweeping views of the Kohala Coast.
Activities unavailable anywhere else: hiking to lava tubes and moonlight manta ray viewing.
A stay at Paws Up, with its upscale summer camp vibe, will make any guest feel young at heart. With 37,000 acres, more than 100 miles of trails, 10 miles of riverfront property and tract of surrounding wilderness, Paws Up provides innumerable activities for families that include kayaking, horseback riding, mountain biking, fishing, rafting, paintball and rappelling. For guests ages 3 to 12, the Kids Corps of Discovery offers supervised outdoor activities, as well as nature education and wildlife appreciation.
Sea Island, Georgia
This 10,000-acre estate located midway between Savannah and Jacksonville is suitable for the entire family. Golf is a big focus of the resort, with three championship courses and the renowned Sea Island Golf Performance Center. But children can also enjoy tennis lessons, equestrian instruction, skeet shooting, archery and more. As well as five miles of private beach, the property offers water sports like salt-marsh kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, and fishing aboard a Hobie Cat sailboat. After a full day of adventure, guests have their choice of seven restaurants, including the award-winning Georgian Room.