08 June 2015

3 Stay and Play Family Vacation Ideas

If you're looking for some fresh new ideas for family vacation spots where you can stay and play, in turn saving you some money, you have found the right spot!  Take it from a mom with four kiddos who loves saving money when it comes to vacationing - getting the most bang for your buck on vacation really does matter.  I like to find spots to vacation where there are plenty of activities offered on site.  I mean, we all know that there are plenty of other expenses that can add up while you're on vacation.  Below are my top three picks!  Feel free to also comment with some of your favorite picks for vacation spots where you can stay and play to save some extra money.

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1. Great Wolf Lodge - My first pick on the list is Great Wolf Lodge.  This family water park resort has 13 different locations to choose from.  Twelve locations throughout the United States and one location in Ontario.  You get your water park passes included with your stay and the water park is exclusive for guests only.  What I also love about this place is that you don't have to wait to get in on the water park fun.  On the day of your arrival if your room isn't ready yet you can still check in at the front desk to get your water park passes and head on over to start your fun!  Also, on the day of check out your water park passes are good until the water park closes that day!  The resorts also have a variety of onsite restaurants to choose from and activities to keep the whole family entertained, including a free nightly story time for the little ones.

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2. KOA Campsites - When you think of a staple family vacation one idea that probably comes to mind is camping.  KOA campsites offer a variety of different ways that you can enjoy camping with your family.  They have tent and RV sites, as well as cabin rentals.  A great thing about KOA is that they offer a fun way to have an all around stay and play vacation!  While each KOA campsite is unique, many offer different onsite activities such as miniature golf, swimming, bicycle rentals, and more!  Check out your local KOA today to see what amenities they offer and consider camping with the family this year!

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3. Club Med Ixtapa - Looking to get away to a little more of an exotic destination?  Club Med Ixtapa in Ixtapa, Mexico is the top rated family resort in Mexico.  There are plenty of family activities to enjoy at this all inclusive resort such as kayaking, rock climbing, and as you can see above - even swinging on a flying trapeze!  Don't forget about strolling on the beach, as well as every evening you can enjoy the resort's live entertainment.  They even offer a chef program for the kids to enjoy!

Have you been to any of these destinations?  Do you know of any other great stay and play family vacation spots?  Comment below and share!

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