Home to sunny weather, sandy beaches, first-rate theme parks, world famous national parks, and beautiful mountains, California offers everything you need when planning a family getaway. There is no lack of first-class family friendly accommodations. From San Diego to Anaheim and Lake Tahoe, you’ll find beaches, amazing wilderness, attractions and ski resorts dotted across the state.
Here are our recommendations for the three best family resorts in California.
Ottawa has a number of great festivals every year like the Ottawa Jazz Festival (late June), Ottawa Bluesfest (in July), and Winterlude (in February). In addition, there is the big Canada Day party every July 1 where hundreds of thousands of people will gather in the area of Parliament Hill to celebrate Canada’s birthday. For a list of Festivals in Ottawa see Ottawa Festivals.
Wow, that’s all you can say after visiting this park! Here are some pictures taken at Snow Canyon State Park near St George, Utah in February 2018. If you are interested in visiting Snow Canyon State Park, see our list of recommended hotels at the end of the post.
One of the great benefits of being a member of the Disney Vacation Club is the ability to do pool hopping at Walt Disney World. Over the years Disney has reduced the ability to pool hop to some of the most popular resorts, but there are still lots of great pools out there to enjoy. As a DVC member, pool hopping allows you to use pools at other Disney Vacation Club resorts and some pools at Walt Disney World resorts.
When our family goes to Disney World we love to take advantage of the monorail transportation in the Magic Kingdom Resort area to do some pool hopping. We can stay at one of the Disney Resorts, like the Polynesian Resort, and then pool hop to some of the other great resorts on the monorail system. It’s so easy and so quick, and there are no car or parking hassles. The strategy of where to stay is important because of the limitations on pool hopping. Here is Disney’s current policy for pool hopping:
Pool hopping is not available at the following Disney pools:
Bay Cove Pool at Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
Uzima Pool and Samawati Springs Pool at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
Stormalong Bay at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort and Disney’s Beach Club Resorts
The leisure pool at Disney’s Beach Club Villas
The Lava Pool and leisure pool at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
The Copper Creek Springs Pool at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
The pools at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort
Boulder Ridge Cove Pool at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
Disney’ monorail transportation stops at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, and from the TTC you can transfer to another monorail to take you to Epcot.
So the best strategy for Magic Kingdom area pool hopping is to stay at one of the resorts that doesn’t allow pool hopping like the Disney’s Polynesian Resort or Bay Lake Towers, take advantage of the pool there, and then pool hop to some of the other pools which are allowed, like the Grand Floridian Resort pools. If you have a park hopper pass you can also take the monorail to Epcot and then walk through Epcot to the Epcot Resort area, and take advantage of pools like the Boardwalk Resort Lunar Park Pool. If you don’t have a park hopper pass you can always take the bus to the Epcot area resorts.
The Grand Floridian has two great pools, the Courtyard Pool and the Beach Pool.
The bigger the better! Having been a Disney Vacation Club member since the late 90s, our family has had the chance to try a number of the pools at Walt Disney World. This was before the days when pool hopping was disallowed at the most popular spots like the Beach Club. We loved to search out and try the larger pools with waterslides and other fun activities. We found the larger pools also allow people to spread out so you don’t feel like you are sitting or swimming on top of someone else. So where are the largest pools at Walt Disney World? Let’s have a look.
Want all the benefits of a water park, but at your own hotel? This is certainly possible in Orlando. Many of the larger hotels have all of the features of a water park including the Lazy River. I love floating down a lazy river, and the longer the better. Here are the Orlando hotels with the longest lazy rivers: