Take a dip
Seasoned parents know this travel tip well: Got an unexpected rainy day while on your vacation? Pull out those swimsuits and hit the hotel’s indoor pool. But here’s a radical idea: What if the steamy hotel pool is the destination?
When it comes to kids, not all hotel pools are created equal. Some inns boast intimate, kidney-shaped lagoons for couples; others, narrow lap pools popular with business travelers — we didn’t include those. All of these hotel options have kid-friendly pools where children are welcome (though a few pools may have restricted hours; check when you book).
A few tips: Swimsuits are slower to dry naturally between uses in our humid winters, so pack an extra suit or make ample use of the hotel room’s heater or hair dryer. Don’t assume the hotel towels will be generous enough in size for pool use, so pack your own beach towels if this is important to you. Hotel pools rarely have lifeguards on duty (even less so in the off-season), so keep a close eye on your kids in the pool. And most importantly — have fun!
This story appears in ParentMap's Family Adventure Guide Winter print edition. Subscribe today!