Who says you have to skimp on luxury when traveling with the kids? Plenty of 5-star hotels have something for Mom and Dad (spas and golf, anyone?), to outdoor adventures — with included babysitting — so everybody gets what they want.
Sure, Disney may be nearby, but what about the wonder of the Great Outdoors? The Ritz-Carlton’s renowned for its immersive, property-specific kids activities, and the Orlando hotel includes plenty of eco-friendly tours. There’s a kids club, fishing lessons and opportunities to explore via kayak 500 acres at the head of the Everglades’ wetlands, ponds and cypress trees. In Naples, the 5-star Grand Beach Resort (formerly a Waldorf Astoria) includes access to one of the state’s best beaches and a 100-foot waterslide.
Its prime location makes The Peninsula a top choice for just about everyone (not just those with strollers), but you may not want to leave with the Stokke baby products, along with a stunning Sunday brunch that caters to kids with special tables. Kids get the Keys to the City, which includes access to the Navy Pier Ferris wheel.
Our 50th state is surely one of the most quintessential family vacations, and there’s no shortage of luxury options here. Check out the newer Four Season Oahu. You’ll enjoy beachfront water sports, cribs for kids and a club for the tweens, all next to the edge of a lagoon. On Maui, Montage Kapulua Bay features large suites with private verandas and kitchens. The 9,000-square-foot spa has an infinity pool and menus for children and teens.
The parents can feast at Nobu while the kids spend time at the 14,000-square-foot kids club at Atlantis on Paradise Island. There’s a game room and chocolate-making classes for sweet treats after kid-centric dinners. It’s not all sitting back and lazing — don’t forget the water slides and shark tank here.
Get your hands wet at Sea Island, where you can paddle-board through salt flats alongside dolphins, kids can get naturalist training at Camp Cloister and everybody wins at family bingo night. At Lake Oconee, The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, the indoor spa swimming pool has daily family swim time in the afternoon, and there’s a separate children’s swimming area with water features and special restrooms. Segway tours, horseback riding and other half- and full-day kids camp activities abound like scavenger hunts and biking, with themed Friday and Saturday kids nights out.
Dreaming of a romantic Italian holiday? The J.W. Marriott Venice Resort & Spa includes a teen club and family pool — difficult to find in this city — plus classes on gondola steering and mask-making.
Halloween is right around the corner, which means its time to start making plans for spooky and scary stops for having fun with the family this fall. New York’s Cayuga County is always a fun visit for family travelers, but if you plan on being in the area this October, you will definitely want to explore its haunted history with some choice spots along New York’s Haunted History Trail. This curated list of haunted and spooky stops throughout New York features incredible locations showcasing the perfect combination of the state’s beautiful charm and fascinating history.
As the only major U.S. airline to own a flight school, United Airlines already hit a major milestone, and now the carrier celebrates another important — and historic — step as the inaugural class of United Aviate Academy pilots graduates, leading the next generation of aviators. The 51 students in the graduating class were majority, at 80 percent, women and people of color — another stride toward United’s goal of training 5,000 new pilots by 2030 with half women or POC.
The next two seasons see Franklin, Tennessee, come alive with festive events, fun pop-ups and colorful lights. Family travelers planning a trip to Tennessee this fall or winter must make time for Franklin, a city just south of Nashville with plenty of history and festivities awaiting.
United Airlines is in the midst of a major initiative to modernize its fleet over the next several years. After first announcing the plan in 2021, planes fitted with United’s signature interior are finally beginning to appear across the airline’s narrowbody fleet of Boeing and Airbus planes. United flyers are sure to notice these enhancements from the moment they step on board: Each new or updated plane sports remodeled seats, seatback entertainment screens for everyone, Bluetooth connectivity and more, all adding up to a better experience on every journey.
Mysterious glowing seas? Yes, actually! Through October, Florida’s Space Coast waters within Mosquito Lagoon, Banana River and Indian River Lagoon glow with blue-green bioluminescence — a phenomenon resulting from the presence of comb jellies and dinoflagellates (tiny, single-celled marine plankton that exist in some freshwater locations).