Travel with your toddlers to these 5 places
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Travel with your toddlers to these 5 places

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    A toddler explores the Atlantis Aquarium in Nassau, Bahamas during a family vacation.

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Take advantage of the years when you are not limited by school holidays and summer vacation. Travel with your toddlers. Here are five ideas to consider:

1. Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa, St. Lucia

At this Caribbean Resort, children will learn about their destination through activities designed for each age group. The SCOUTS program — Seeing, Crafting, Observing, Understanding, Tasting, St. Lucia) is infused in the fun you’ll find headquartered within the 50,000-square-foot Cocoland Kidz Club. Expect youngsters to access a mini zipline and rock wall, a petting zoo and plenty of water play. Three of five resort pools cater to kids and include a lazy river and a zero entry splash pool. Savvy youngsters can order colorful slushies and fruity drinks at their own swim-up bar. When parents opt for a night on their own, kids can enjoy their pirates night or movie night on the Splash Lawn.

Contact: Cbayresort.com

2. FDR Resort, Jamaica

There is nothing like an afternoon splashing in the surf and building sand castles to wear out an active toddler. At the FDR Resort in Runaway Bay, Jamaica, once Junior goes down, a Vacation Nanny is available to sit by his side, while you enjoy an afternoon playing golf, scuba diving or exploring by kayak. Check in to this all-inclusive seaside getaway and meet your CPR-trained Vacation Nanny who will assist you and your family. Trained in child care and housekeeping, this professional staff member’s goal is to fill in where needed, whether by looking after youngsters in the pool or making sure the kids’ favorite snacks are on hand in the room.

Contact: FDRholidays.com

3. Kids on the Trail

Getting kids outside early and often is likely to instill a lifetime love of nature. Visit a local trail and watch as your child explores with wonder, turning over rocks and observing small animals and birds. Choose a loop trail or plan a scavenger hunt. Bring along a picnic and plenty of water or juice so that the whole family stays hydrated. After a few close-to-home practice rounds, include nature walks and hiking in your travel itineraries. In time, you’ll be scaling heights.

Contact: ChildrenAndNature.org; Trails.com; NPS.gov

4. Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas

For families that check into The Coral, the resort’s recently revamped, family­-centric tower, a new level of luxury awaits. Compare notes with the Kids Concierge and in a flash, the dreams of mini-travelers will soon be a reality. From scheduling family swims with the dolphins to registering for Sea Squirts, an interactive marine program where youngsters can feed baby stingrays, sharks and schools of fish, the concierge is on hand to help create itineraries on the path to a memorable vacation. Ask about helping the Atlantis Aquarists guide Green Sea Turtle hatchlings to the sea.

Contact: AtlantisBahamas.com

5. Loews Miami Beach Hotel, Miami Beach, Fla.

This oceanfront resort, the recipient of a recent $50 million redesign, offers a bounty of family enticements via the Loews Loves Kids program. Families can choose to enjoy the benefits of direct beach access (which makes castle building a breeze) or head to the zero entry pool where pop fountains add to the vacation vibe. Celebrate in style by spending the day with access to a SOAK cabana where air conditioning, flat screen TVs, private butler service and rooftop terraces will convince the kids they’ve reached VIP status. Take a pizza-making class together or take advantage of Family Happy Hour during which time kids can enjoy complimentary lawn games while parents sip cocktails, join in or cheer them on.

Contact: LoewsHotels.com/MiamiBeach

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