Nearly 130 years ago, the luxurious Hotel del Coronado opened its doors to welcome guests to its expansive beach and finely appointed accommodations just outside of San Diego. Today, guests of all ages feel just as welcome at The Del as they did back in 1888.
Let’s start in the lobby, where your family can take a ride in the original, ornate Otis No. 61 elevator, complete with an elevator operator who opens and closes the gates and will ease you to the floor where you’ll find your accommodations, ranging from traditional rooms to suites, or for a bit more privacy, opt for a guestroom, villa or cottage in the adjacent Beach Village. Your four-legged family members — dogs and cats — are also welcome at The Del.
If you can escape all the comforts of your room, there’s plenty to keep you occupied at The Del. Loads of fun await in the splash-filled pool and on The Del’s expansive beach, complete with chairs, umbrellas and cabanas on and under which to laze the days away, or rest after a game of beach frisbee or football or playing in the waves. Channel your inner Ariel through a mermaid class, rent bikes and pedal along the boardwalk, or roast s’mores over a beach bonfire after the sun sets.
When parents are away, kids will play, especially with DelVentures for Kids. Upon check-in, kids ages 4 through 12 receive an adventure pack complete with treasure map and compass. As your family wanders The Del to get the feel of the resort, your kids can uncover hidden clues that will lead them to treasure at the end of a scavenger hunt. Three-hour evening adventures are offered daily — enough time for parents to enjoy a nice dinner, sans kids — and additional one-hour activities are offered on weekends.
Speaking of dining, breakfast is served daily at the casual Sheerwater restaurant, or bring your own munchies and stock your in-room refrigerator. The Sun Deck and Splash Bar & Deli are perfect for quick, casual lunches and snacks, and for dinner, order up a pizza with all the toppings from ENO. Don’t forget dessert! Order a scoop — or three — from the 1950s-style MooTime Creamery.
However you and your family spend your time at The Del, one thing is for certain — your memories will last a lifetime.
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).