Although I have an empty nest (our sons are adults living in Georgia and Maryland), I don’t need to search the web for kid-friendly vacation spots. Unfortunately, my empty nest includes a 2-year-old Valley Bulldog who, just like a toddler, must be entertained at all times.
Usually, we settle for one particular hotel when we visit Maryland but the Summer is around the corner and for some of us who have two-legged and/or four-legged family members, you’re going to need more than one option when planning your next vacation.
We found a few pet-friendly vacation spots that might help you find what you’re looking for! Enjoy!
Dog-Friendly Vacation Ideas on the East Coast
Boston, MA. Besides many dog parks, you can bring Fido to the Apple Store, Polka Dot Bakery, and other shops. Bypass traffic and get around on City Water Taxis. No charge for dogs, but advance notice is required. No dog-friendly vacation is complete without family meal times. The Living Room serves American pub food on the waterfront. Find comfy overnight doggy digs at the family-friendly Boston Harbor Hotel. Two pets up to 80 pounds are welcome for a fee of $100 per pet, per stay. Pet amenities include a pet bed, bowls, and treats.
Dog-Friendly Vacation Ideas in the Midwest
Chicago, IL. The Windy City provides a dog-friendly vacation on foot and by boat. Energetic dogs love the agility course at Jackson Bark dog park. Take in sights aboard a Seadog Cruises speedboat. Choose from a fast-paced 30-minute cruise or leisurely 75-minute one. After all, that fresh air, feed your hungry human and furry kids at O’Brien’s Riverwalk Café in Old Town. Sleep well knowing you can bring two dogs of any size for no additional fee at the kid-friendly Hotel Palomar Chicago.
From Canada to Hawaii, The Fairmont has a nice array of family packages that emphasize either savings or special amenities. At The Fairmont Algonquin in eastern Canada, a winter package called “Marshmallows and a Movie” offers discounted rooms during February and March along with roasting sticks and a bag of marshmallows so the parent can “teach ’em how it’s done” at one of the fire pits near the beach. Afterward, go in and get warm with a movie and popcorn. In Maui get a “Suite Ride” with a discounted one-bedroom suite and a rental car with unlimited mileage. The hotels provide children 5 to 12 with 50 percent off a la carte restaurant items, while kids under 5 eat free off the kids’ menu.
Children under 12 stay free at virtually all of the 4,000 Best Western properties around the world; many up that age limit to 18. And good news for the computer and iPad users in the family: all Best Westerns have free WiFi.
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