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 mph before plunging into a pool.
- Included family dinner: Comes with a large, one-topping pizza, a family-sized salad, breadsticks, and four drinks at Volcano Grill
- Distance to Cedar Point amusement park: 6 miles
Sandusky, Ohio: Family-Friendly Town with Amusement Parks 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., is a must-do for thrill seekers. The Millennium Force coaster set records as the tallest and fastest in the world when it was introduced in 2000. The park's newest attraction, GateKeeper, scooped up seven world records when it opened in May 2013, including the "longest drop on a wing coaster."
Head out to South Bass Island, off the coast of Lake Erie, to learn about the area's naval history. During the War of 1812, naval commander Oliver Hazard Perry sailed from Put-in-Bay to attack a fleet of British ships during the Battle of Lake Erie. Today, Perry’s Victory & International Peace Memorial commemorates the event with a 350-foot Doric column overlooking the lake. While you're in the area, you can also go hiking along white bluffs in the 33-acre South Bass Island State Park.