Las Vegas Attractions for Family, Las Vegas Family Activities

Las Vegas Attractions Great for The Whole Family…

There is no question that Las Vegas is famous as being the ultimate playground for adults. But over the last two decades, Vegas has also become a popular family vacation destination. Many of the mega-hotels that line the iconic Las Vegas Strip can now boast attractions that specifically appeal to visiting families.

The best way to explore Las Vegas with your family is to pick up a car rental. You and the kids will not have to hassle with public transport or walk for hours in the desert heat. You are free to set your schedule and see as much or as little of this entertainment mecca as you want.

Here are three Vegas attractions that are sure to be hits with your whole family:

A Cirque du Soleil Show

Las Vegas is now home to no new fewer than seven permanent Cirque du Soleil shows. Some shows are particularly geared towards families. ‘Mystère’ at Treasure Island offers a contemporary spin on its old world Spanish, African and European influences. It also has some humorous parts that kids will love. ‘Kà’ at the MGM Grand traces the story of two imperial twins who are separated by an attack on their palace. The show illustrates their journey across the sea, jungle and mountains to be reunited. Hotels that host performances offer vacation packages that bundle accommodation, tickets to the show and dinner afterwards for one affordable price.

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The Ethel M Chocolate Factory and Botanical Cactus Gardens

This Vegas attraction is an unexpected mix of the sweet and the spiky. The Ethel M Chocolate Factory offers the sweet and the accompanying Botanical Cactus Gardens provide visitors with the spiky. Together, this attraction brings in 700,000 tourists every year, who come for the delicious chocolate deserts and candies, and the 300 species of cacti. Visitors can see the production process, including the conveyor belts and the two tanks that together hold 50,000 gallons of chocolate. If you time it right, you and your family can witness a tank being refilled by staff that has to be harnessed so they don’t fall into the tanks.

As this is a chocolate factory, you can expect lots of delicious chocolate samples. After you have had your fill, your family can walk off some of the calories in the Botanical Cactus Garden. Most of the species of cacti are native to the Southwest but there are also species from South America and Australia. The Ethel M Chocolate Factory and Botanical Cactus Gardens is just 20 miles from the Strip. Admission is free. If you can rustle up a group of ten people, the factory does offer a guided tour.

St. Mark’s Square at the Venetian

The Rialto Bridge, the Campanile, the Doge’s Palace, and gondolas — no, you’re not in Venice, but at St. Mark’s Square at The Venetian in Las Vegas. This incredible hotel and casino has been built to recreate the city of Venice, Italy — on a smaller scale of course. The illusion is complete with canals that allow guests and visitors to take gondola rides through the hotel. There is also the tangle of shop-lined streets reminiscent of the real Venice. This is not the place to look for the typical Vegas souvenirs. The shops in St. Mark’s square sell Italian-inspired treasures like glass blown figurines, marionettes and Venetian carnival masks. The gondolas are the highlight. Passengers can choose a ride through the heart of the shopping center or outside of the hotel to see the sights. It may not be a roller coaster, but a gondola ride is a unique experience  that your kids are sure to enjoy.

Best Beach Vacations for Kids, The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel

September 11, 2009 by  
Filed under Family Vacations, World's Best Destinations

Escape to one of the world’s finest luxury resorts – The Ritz Carlton, Laguna Niguel. Consistently ranked among the world’s premier travel destinations, this alluring Southern California vacation spot provides the perfect getaway for the discriminating guest. Restore your spirit in the cleansing waters of our brand-new spa. Enjoy innovative seafood cuisine in our ocean-view restaurant. Treat yourself to a romantic California coast vacation in our richly appointed accommodations in a striking oceanfront setting. 

LAGUNA NIGUEL, Ca. – At The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, the Ritz Kids program combines learning and exploring the resort surroundings with interactive games and sports coordinated by their experienced counselors.

The program is for children between the ages of five and 12 and both full-day or half-day sessions are available. The full day program starts at 9 a.m., includes lunch and ends at 4:30 p.m. Half-day sessions are available from 9 a.m. to 12 noon or 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Daily Activities may include:
 
• Nature walks
• Beach combing
• Shell collecting
• Soccer
• Volleyball
• Basketball
• Swimming and tennis
• Board and card games
• Arts and crafts
• Movies and Nintendo

Additionally, a Kids Night Out is offered on Friday and Saturday evenings from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. which includes dinner and a movie.

Best Beach Resorts

Safety-conscious families checking into The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel will want to check out the toddler-proof precautions introduced through the Protect Our Little Ones (P.O.L.O.) program.  Upon arrival, guests traveling with children under five are escorted to their room by a specially-trained bellman who will install the safety features and explain other precautionary measures intended to protect youngsters from injuries.  Contents of the P.O.L.O. kit include:

• A night light
• Tub spout cover
• Electric outlet plugs
• First aid kit (Children’s Tylenol, Band-Aids, thermometer, diaper rash ointment)
• Emergency safety card with a list of local emergency telephone numbers

“Anyone who has ever traveled away from home with a two-year-old knows that before they can relax their first concern is safeguarding their toddler from hotel room accidental injury.  The P.O.L.O. program is an effective step toward easing parents’ minds and, most importantly, protecting our youngest guests,” said Bruce Brainerd, general manager.

A variety of fun seasonal activities are also offered for our younger guests.
• Summer Poolside Movies (June-August)
• Teddy Bear Tea (December)
• Holiday Story Telling (December)
• Top Hat and Tiara Ball (New Year’s Eve)

Consistently ranked among the best resorts in the world, The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel is located halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego and sits on a 150-foot bluff with panoramic white-water views of the Pacific Ocean and two-miles of sandy beach.  For more information or reservations call 800-241-3333, the hotel directly at 949-240-2000, a travel professional or visit The Ritz-Carlton Web site at www.ritzcarlton.com.

The Fairmont Kea Lani Maui, Best Family Hotels, Maui Family Vacations

Beaches have always been the center of great joy and relaxation. The sunlights dropping on your body make you forget the stress of daily life. Other than that, recreations you enjoy with your family enables you to feel the big relation with your kids. We have an address which exactly makes real this definition, Maui. The Fairmont Kea Lani Maui, in the southwest side of Maui, offers you happy beach times. The Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui is Hawaii’s only luxury all-suite and villa oceanfront resort.

The Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui beach resort features a full-service spa and salon, 24-hour fitness center, three swimming pools, casual and fine dining in four restaurants, gourmet bakery and deli, boutique shopping, full wedding coordination services, events function space, a business center and is located close to Wailea’s golf courses.

What are the activities you can do here? You can feel the drops of the vast blue by snorkeling, windsurfing, kayaking, and sailing. Additionally, Maui presents happy times for golf and tennis lovers. It has not only three championship golf courses but also fourteen excellent tennis courts. If you say now it is time to rest your body with dancing fingers, then you are on the way to go massage center, the Spa Kea Lani. One of the other activity the hotel offers is Keiki Lani Center for kids. If your children are aged between 5 and 13, here is the best place for them to leave while you are shopping or drinking coffee with your friends. We are sure that they will have a good time while building sand castles, learning how to dance, and painting coconuts. But, keep in mind that as they have limit in the number of children to take, you should make reservation beforehand. Without any doubt, you will want to explore the island in a detailed way. Do not worry about the money you will pay for extra. There are packages which offer affordable tours with your family members. Moreover, these packages include free rental cars. Read more

Myrtle Beach Attractions, Best Beach Vacations, South Carolina Best Destinations, Best Family Beach in the US

Myrtle Beach, SC, an excellent beach vacation along the US East Coast in South Carolina, presents you with so many attractions that you must take more than one visit to this wonderful travel destination. There are so many Myrtle Beach attractions like the world’s biggest sculpture garden, amusement and water parks, championship- as well as mini-golf courses, a wonderful aquarium, live theaters, amazing sightseeing, shopping, and affordable resorts to name just a few.

With more than 123 golf courses here, Myrtle Beach, SC, can easily be called the nation’s golf capital. The Atlantic Ocean’s crystal blue blends perfectly with the powdery white sands at the Myrtle Beach. To understand why Myrtle Beach and Grand Strand area is so popular, it is awesome to know that this area attracts more than twice tourists that Hawaii enjoys! You will see more than half a million people on a single summer day enjoying Myrtle Beach various attractions. Myrtle Beach attractions have made South Carolina as the second best vacation destination in the United States, next only to Florida. It’s also well-known as the “Best Family Beach in the US”.

Some Of The Myrtle Beach Attractions Are:

Myrtle Beach Waves Water Park

This is South Carolina’s biggest water park, which is spread over 20 acres of swerves, curves, and waves. It attracts more than a quarter million visitors every year. The Myrtle Beach Waves Water Park has 32 rides, Ocean in Motion Wave pool, and a slow ride around the park, the LayZee River. There is also the Bubble bay, which is a 7,000 ft. leisure pool. Other attractions are the saturation Station, which has waterfalls, splashes, and slides. Read more

Spain Perfect European Family Vacation, Spain Best Beaches, Best European Family Vacations (Part I)

Spain provides you the perfect family vacation destination in Europe. Although family vacations to Europe can be very expensive, Spain is comparatively quite affordable. For the money you pay, the exceptionally top rated attractions in Spain are worth experiencing. Spain is a popular tourists’ destination and millions from around the world travel to this fascinating land. The best times to visit Spain are during fall and spring. The spring is especially very beautiful.

Best Beaches Of Spain

Costa del Sol
The beaches in Spain enjoy year-round sunshine, hence there are many visitors flocking to the Spanish beaches. Costa del Sol presents lovely sand that you will enjoy, and the calm Mediterranean Sea will give you the experience of extraordinary warmth. The beaches here can get quite crowded due to the brilliant manmade and natural scenery all-around and the beautiful Mediterranean Sea coast. You will watch breathtakingly beautiful women in attractive bikinis, wandering joyously on these beaches in full sunshine! Read more

Spain Perfect European Family Vacation, Best European Family Vacations (Part II)

You can read the first part of Spain Perfect European Family Vacation article at this page.

Capital of Catalonia, Barcelona

Barri Gotic and Catedral de Barcelona are as much for kids as for adults. The latter offers a beautiful panorama of the old city. Sardana, the Catalonian folk dance, is another attraction that should not be missed. It is performed on Sundays in front of the church. Barcelona is home to Museu Picasso, the famous artist, so have a treat of some magnificent paintings! Parc de la Ciutadella Zoologic is the best zoo in entire Spain. It has more than 7,500 animals, among them, many endangered species. Watch the beauty of Barcelona from the top of Mirador de Colon, a monument to Columbus.

Barcelona Modernisme has preserved the modernism of the pioneers of anarchism and nationalism of the 19th century. The other top-rated attractions in Spain are:

Alhambra, Granada…
You will find here the reflections of the Moorish civilization that once flourished. The Islamic beliefs were strengthened under the Moorish kings who once settled in Alhambra.

Segovia’s Aqueducts…

These monuments are preserved to depict the power of the Ancient Roman Empire. The monument is a wonder because the stones that make this monument have no mortar or concrete to hold them together! These are just some of the wonderful attractions that greet you as you take the perfect European family vacation! Read more

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