Hotel at a Glance: Maui Sands Resort & Indoor Waterpark
The indoor water park at this family-friendly resort features multiple slides, a lazy river, a treehouse with dumping bucket, a whirlpool, and a tot-friendly lagoon. Spacious accommodations such as the Hana suite comfortably sleep up to six guests, with a king-size bed for parents and a room with four bunk beds for the kids.
- Must-do water-park attraction: Shoot down the Maui Wowie bowl slide on a single- or double-person tube, spinning around the bowl at speeds of 35 to 45 miles per hour before plunging into a pool.
- Included family dinner: large one-topping pizza, family-size salad, breadsticks, and four drinks at Volcano Grill
- Homelike amenities: flat-screen TVs with expanded cable in each sleeping area, microwave, fridge, coffeemaker, and free WiFi
Sandusky, Ohio: Family-Friendly Town Along Lake Erie
Sandusky is perched on the shores of Lake Erie, about midway between Cleveland and Toledo. It's a family-friendly destination with a slew of theme parks and scenic coastal islands. Cedar Point, one of the oldest amusement parks in the U.S., closes down each winter, but there's still plenty to do indoors. Check out the Ghostly Manor Thrill Center for a spooky haunted-house adventure or head to the Merry-Go-Round Museum to see antique carousels of all shapes and sizes restored to their original splendor.
Nearby South Bass Island, located off the Ohio coast in Lake Erie, offers a scenic respite. Here, you can ice fish and ice skate in the 33-acre South Bass Island State Park.