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A year-round destination for families, the Southeast offers visitors thousands of wonderful travel options. Explore the mountains, enjoy the beach, spend time together learning about history, head for a theme park or visit some of the wonderful city museums and attractions. Many hotels throughout the region offer reasonable rates in attractive locations, but if you are looking for a resort setting with top notch amenities for your family vacation, here are a few standouts among the many.
Great Wolf Lodge - Concord and Williamsburg
Great Wolf Lodge Concord, North Carolina: This 475,000 square-foot Great Wolf Lodge resort, which opened in the Spring of 2009 near Lowe's Motor Speedway and about 30 minutes from Charlotte, features an 80,000 square-foot indoor water park complete with geysers, dump buckets, slides, suspension bridges and more. Other family friendly amenities and activities include an 18-hole miniature golf course, a video game arcade, a children's activity center, the fantasy adventure game, MagiQuest and a teen tech center with computers, karaoke, and movies.
Great Wolf Lodge Williamsburg, Virginia: Located in the heart of Virginia's Historic Triangle, this full-service, year-round family destination resort features a 79,000 square-foot indoor entertainment area with a year-round indoor water park, an arcade, a full-service spa, themed restaurants, a large outdoor pool and more.
Callaway Gardens, located 60 minutes southwest of Atlanta in Pine Mountain, offers a unique vacation experience for families. A secluded all-season resort, this haven of gardens, woodland trails, a lake and more is a wonderful choice for exploring nature, enjoying wholesome outdoor activities and spending treasured quality family time. Special seasonal events and programs add to the fun and are scheduled throughout the year. The Summer Adventure program offers an excellent way for family members to divide vacation time between activities for all ages that can be enjoyed together and time spent pursuing individual interests and skills for all age groups.
Gaylord Opryland, Gaylord Palms and Gaylord National
Gaylord Hotels located in the Southeast U.S. include Gaylord Opryland in Nashville, Tennessee; Gaylord Palms in Kissimmee, Florida and Gaylord National in National Harbor, Maryland. Each of these popular locations offers many activities and special packages for families with options such as themed character experiences, family sightseeing packages, themed birthday offers and more.
Kingsmill Resort and Spa
Kingsmill Resort and Spa is located next door to Busch Gardens Williamsburg and about five minutes from Colonial Williamsburg. This upscale resort offers a long list of family-friendly amenities and activities. The resort is Virginia's largest golf resort and Kingsmill's Golf School ranks among the highest in the nation for youth golf instruction. Other resort activities include fishing, boating and enjoying the beach along The James River, biking, hiking and more. On scheduled days, Kid's Camp and Kid's Night Out entertain children ages 5 to 12. Shuttle service offers resort guests transportation to and from Colonial Williamsburg, Busch Gardens and Water Country USA.
Dunes Village Resort
Dunes Village Resort, located in the upscale north end of Myrtle Beach, is a family-friendly oceanfront resort. Features include an indoor water park complex, complete with swimming pools, a lazy river, water slides, hot tubs and an array of water games. The kids' club, Resort Kidz, offers activities for children including arts and crafts, treasure hunts and more. Accommodations range from oceanfront studios to four-bedroom deluxe condos, providing good choices for both large and small families.
Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort
Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, conveniently located mid-island on South Carolina's Hilton Head Island, stretches from the ocean to Shelter Cove Harbour. The resort offers three miles of Atlantic Ocean beach, three top-rated golf courses, award winning tennis facilities, an 11-mile system of peaceful lagoons, lush landscaping and picturesque paved bike paths. Summer activities for families and kids include a long list of junior golf clinics and programs, surfing lessons, fishing and crabbing outings, arts and crafts, teen extreme adventures, family water skiing and tubing trips, kayaking, dolphin watching boat trips and more.
Luxury Resorts for Year Round Fun
This round up highlights several all season luxury resorts, each offering some of the top facilities, family oriented programs and best resort amenities in the country. Most offer special seasonal and holiday programs for children including fun-filled supervised camps, sports, nature programs, culinary classes for kids, day-trips and much more.