Family Getaway at Maui Sands Resort & Indoor Waterpark
Though the weather is colder, it's always summer at the indoor water park at this family-friendly resort. It features multiple slides, a lazy river, a treehouse with a dumping bucket, a whirlpool, and a tot-friendly lagoon. Spacious accommodations such as the Queen Lily room comfortably sleep up to four guests, with two queen beds. All of it makes for an easy family getaway for the holidays and beyond.
- Must-do water-park attraction: Shoot down the Maui Wowie bowl slide on a single- or double-person tube, spinning around at 35–45 miles per hour before plunging into a pool.
- Included family dinner: pizza, pasta, desert, and drinks at Volcano Grill
- Home-like amenities: flat-screen TVs with expanded cable in each sleeping area, a microwave, a fridge, a 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 United States, 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.