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Old 06-26-2013, 12:23 PM   #1
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Getaway with kids near NJ

We live in NJ, and will be taking a year off from a big vacation this year. We have an infant, so just want to get away with our kids (7,5,3,inf) for a few nights.
I would prefer not to do the beach, because my daughter is only 5 months and with three other little ones, it's just too much work for a relaxing getaway in my opinion.
I was thinking Lancaster (we've been before) or Hershey.
My kids really like organized activities (kids clubs, arts and crafts, pool games, etc.) so I was trying to find a family friendly hotel where the kids can join in on some fun while mom and dad can relax a bit.
Please share any experiences you have had. Thanks!
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Old 06-26-2013, 12:59 PM   #2
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We haven't done it yet, but I know some people who have done dude ranches. I think they are usually all inclusive, with meals, activities, etc. I've heard it's a lot of fun! I think there is one in NY.

We loved Hershey when we went! I would go back there in a heartbeat.
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Old 06-26-2013, 01:06 PM   #3
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Mou tain Creek ski Resort in Vernon NJ. They have a summer waterpark along with a pool and lodging.

Or somewhere in Lake George, NY

Williamsburg, VA is great also. If you rent a week at a timeshare, kids can play in the pools, visit Jamestown for a day, walk around Williamsburg, etc.
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Old 06-26-2013, 01:14 PM   #4
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Sesame Place in Langhorne, PA. It's super cute and not too big that it wears you/the kids out.
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Old 06-26-2013, 01:29 PM   #5
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Thanks. Many of the places mentioned are some that I have been looking into. Mountain Creek seems cool at the Minerals Resort.
We had Rocking Horse Ranch booked for July, but had to cancel because we needed to use the money for when our dog got hospitalized.
Williamsburg is somewhere I have been wanting to visit.
We've been to Sesame Place and my son wants to go back, but it seems more of a day trip than a 3-4 night getaway.
I was also looking into Woodloch Pines, but it is very expensive; I forgot to mention we are somewhat on a budget.
I'm leaning towards Lancaster and Hershey combined trip.
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Old 06-26-2013, 01:29 PM   #6
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Um, shouldn't that be getaway FROM kids? but if your interested, you can rent cabins, actually log cabin themed RV cottages at Pleasant Acres Campground in Wantage Township. It's right off RT 23, just below High Point state park. It's farm themed with lots of farm animals, a terrific pool, night time activities, playing fields and playground. Even a little miniature golf course. There are even some nice neighbors, althought fortunately we have our site clear on the other side of the camp from the rentals so you should have no fear of running into me.
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Old 06-26-2013, 02:02 PM   #7
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Swissdog, that sounds so cool, I will look into it.

DH and I may do a night to AC to get away; we reallyyyyyy wanted to do Disney alone, but I couldn't get up the guts to leave the kids!
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Old 06-26-2013, 02:48 PM   #8
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If you are thinking of a Lancaster/Hershey trip I would stay in Manheim. Its equidistant between the two. Manheim is in Lancaster county right near the boarder of Lebanon County. Look up places to stay in 17545
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Old 06-26-2013, 03:57 PM   #9
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Hershey is great & the Hilton Garden Inn in Hershey has a nice pool.

How about Rocking Horse Ranch?
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Old 06-26-2013, 08:07 PM   #10
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Hello fellow jersey girl!!! . How bout great wolf lodge in the poconos? Waterpark and lots of structured activities. Also, what about Washington DC? My boys (6,9) loved the museums and monuments and outside of meals and hotel it's free! Baltimore inner harbor is an easy drive with tons to do, or check out some of the caverns that are within an easy drive...
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Old 06-27-2013, 05:19 AM   #11
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How funny, I just posted something similar about Long Island.

How about Mystic, Ct?? There's a lot there: Mystic Seaport, the aquarium, Olde Mistic Village, and the Nautilus in New London. It's also close to the casinos, though we haven't been there.

Lots of reasonably priced hotels too.
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Old 06-27-2013, 06:34 AM   #12
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Wood loch is expensive(and very rustic ) but it is all inclusive. The only extra I spent on that trip was for tipping.(they may even include that now)

I'm watching this thread as we are also in ni and doing more of a staycation this year, no big trip. My overnight is going to e down south with just my daughter for college visits.

For your kids ages, if you go to the Lancaster area, the crayola Facory is fun. My kids love it.

Some places that have not been mentioned around PA for some other ideas

Dutch Springs
Knoebels
Camelbeach
Dutch wonderland

If you go to Family Funs website they list many all inclussives with kid programs.

We have been to and liked
Mohonk($$$$$)
The Tides( in VA kind of boring unless you are into boating)
Chatham Bars Inn( on the Cape so very nice but it's been a few years and I think it has gotten pricey)

We also have done some long weekends in Boston and had a blast with the kids.

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Old 06-27-2013, 06:42 AM   #13
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what about the Crayola factory in PA?
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Old 06-27-2013, 06:52 AM   #14
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we stopped going to great wolf when we found this place............... http://www.crystalgolfresort.com/Hot...adesLodge.aspx
the biosphere pool is amazing......
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Old 06-27-2013, 07:02 AM   #15
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We loved Rocking Horse Ranch. Park your car and you are done - almost like a cruise only on land . Everything is included.

We used to also go to Lancaster (and Hershey) yearly when the kids were younger for 3/4 nights. Lot's of driving around, moving around daily.
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