Luxury Kid-friendly Getaways, from Florida to New York
Luxury vacations are the ultimate splurge, but vacation planning gets tricky if you plan on bringing the kids along. Luxury resorts are notoriously kid-unfriendly. If you plan on taking the kids along on your five-star vacation this year, consider booking a luxury vacation rental instead: you can have all the amenities of a pricey resort without the upturned noses and white-glove snobbery. Here's a list of the top luxury vacation destinations for families with kids in tow.
Palm Beach, Florida
Long embraced as a winter getaway for America's wealthiest families, there's more to Palm Beach
than sparkling beaches and oceanfront mansions. When you've had your fill of the beach, head to McCarthy's Wildlife Sanctuary
in West Palm Beach. The Sanctuary is home to more than 170 species of animals, including parrots, snakes, lions, and white tigers. Unlike zoos, you won't experience the caged-animal guilt complex: the Sanctuary is a non-profit rescue organization that specializes in abandoned, unwanted, or injured wildlife. Families with young kids can't miss a trip to the Playmobil Fun Park
, a 17,000-foot play space housed in a gigantic castle. Tots will love exploring this gigantic, toy-filled playhouse. Those with older offspring may want to try scuba-diving; Palm Beach's waters are filled with plenty of wrecks to explore, including a sunken vintage Rolls-Royce.
An oft-visited spot for the rich and famous, Maui
is a luxurious tropical paradise. This unspoilt island's wildlife and stunning vistas will keep your family occupied for weeks. Spend an afternoon at McGregor Point
to see if your kids can spot the gigantic whales leaping off the shoreline. Take the kids to see Hawaii's cowboys at the ranching communities of Kula
. Drive through an honest-to-goodness rainforest on the Hana Highway or soak up the sun on Kapalua Beach
. This luxury vacation destination is a true treasure.
New York City, New York
Though the name doesn't conjure up the bright beaches or tan lines of other luxury destinations, New York City
is a splurge in its own right. The Big Apple is the epicenter of culture in the United States, and the opulence of 5th Avenue
doesn't hurt its luxury reputation, either. New York City is the home of diamonds, penthouse suites, hundred-dollar hamburgers, and thousand-dollar desserts. Start your NYC experience with a Broadway show
(or three). Take the kids to see the zoo, carousel, and statues at Central Park
. Spend an evening at the iconic amusement park at Coney Island
. Children will enjoy the hands-on New York Hall of Science
; older kids or teens will prefer a trip to Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum
. Of course, what's a trip to the Big Apple without a trip out to see the Statue of Liberty
The Florida Keys
Few destinations embrace the vacation lifestyle as well as the Florida Keys
. This national treasure hosts a wide variety of luxury restaurants and state-of-the-art spas, but it's also got a wealth of activities and attractions unique to the Florida Keys. Book a reservation to swim and play with Floridian dolphins at Grassy Key's Dolphin Research Center
(note that children under 12 aren't permitted to swim). Take the kids fishing on a charter boat and try your hand at catching some famous Florida seafood. Venture out amongst the jugglers, tightrope walkers, and street entertainers of Key West's Mallory Square
- or just stretch out and relax on one of the Keys' pristine, white-sand beaches.
Kid-friendly Palm Beach Rentals
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