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Checking In is the place to find everything you’ll need to plan your next family getaway. All brought to you by real families and our family of Team Member travel experts. Make the most of your vacation time by Checking In with us. To see what’s coming up, visit our About page.

Travel Tips

Best Family Beach Vacation Packing List for Sunny, Sandy Fun [Free, Printable PDF]

  • Posted May 4, 2021

Check off everything on this family beach vacation packing list so you don’t forget a thing on your sunny getaway. It includes lists for the kids, beach and more.

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Featured Contributor, Sally Butan (back-right) and her family of five enjoy some beverages at a table near the lazy river at our Orange Lake resort located near Orlando, FL.

Resort Visits

Where to Stay in Orlando: A Hidden Gem for Summer Family Vacations

  • Posted April 6, 2021

Check out one of the best places to stay in Orlando for your family vacation. Sally Butan shares why it’s a hidden gem and all about the villas, things to do and more.

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Things to Do

How We Saw Manatees on Our Getaway to Cape Canaveral Beach Resort

  • Posted May 12, 2021

Find out when and where to spot manatees in Florida and near Cape Canaveral Beach Resort, based on one couple’s adventures trying to find them on the Space Coast.

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A mother hods her daughter while overlooking the Great Smoky Mountains.

Things to Do

Top 10 Best Things to Do in Gatlinburg

  • Posted May 10, 2021

Check out the top 10 best things to do in Gatlinburg and in the Smoky Mountains. From coasters and caverns to rapids and more, you’ll find adventure all around.

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Pile of rocks stacked in front of a waterfall at Starved Rock State Park.

Things to Do

5 Best Things to Do Near Sheridan, Illinois

  • Posted May 6, 2021

Check out these 5 best things to do in Sheridan, Illinois, during your Midwest family getaway, including hiking, history, puzzle challenges and more.

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Travel Tips

Best Family Beach Vacation Packing List for Sunny, Sandy Fun [Free, Printable PDF]

  • Posted May 4, 2021

Check off everything on this family beach vacation packing list so you don’t forget a thing on your sunny getaway. It includes lists for the kids, beach and more.

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All of the children pose on the beach.

Things to Do

6 Outdoor Things to Do in Lake Tahoe for Families

  • Posted April 28, 2021

Check out 6 of the best family-friendly, outdoor things to do in Lake Tahoe. You’ll find beaches, parks, snow tubing and more for a fun and active mountain getaway.

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Featured Contributor, Karishma Kittur (top-left), her husband, Rohan (top-right) and two daughters, Myrra (front-left) and Amarra (front-right).

Travel Tips

6 Top Benefits of Hiking with Kids

  • Posted April 26, 2021

Find out 6 of the best benefits of hiking with kids and all the fun things you and your family will learn by venturing out into the great outdoors together.

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Featured Contributor, Ashley Fraboni (right) and Fiancé, Nicholas (left) sit atop a rock a Shenandoah National Park.

Destination Ideas

COVID Vacation Ideas: 13 Fresh & Safety-Friendly Travel Spots

  • Posted April 22, 2021

Explore 13 COVID vacation ideas for fun, fresh-air and outdoor adventures. Get info on each destination, including tips, safety measures and best things to do.

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Things to Do

6 Best Family-Friendly Things to Do in Cape Canaveral

  • Posted April 20, 2021

Find out what the 6 best family-friendly things to do in Cape Canaveral are, including seeing rocket launches from afar (and real rockets up-close) and more.

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Featured Contributor, Ashley Fraboni (left) and her fiancé, Nicholas (right), pose in front of the 'Welcome to Las Vegas' marquee while wearing face masks.

Destination Ideas

What is Vegas Like Right Now?

  • Posted April 14, 2021

Find out what Vegas is like right now, including safety measures in the city, fun things to do on the Strip, where to dine, shop and stay and more.

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A woman snorkels among the aquatic life wearing a wetsuit.

Things to Do

10 Outdoor Things to Do in Orlando This Spring

  • Posted April 12, 2021

See 10 of the best outdoor things to do in Orlando and Central Florida in spring. From berry picking to boating, you’ll find some perfect fresh-air activity ideas.

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Traveler pulling out their cell phone to look at their digital health pass/vaccine passport, with a mask in their hand and luggage in front of them.

Travel Tips

What Are Vaccine Passports? Everything We Know So Far About Future Travel, Safety & New Health Technology

  • Posted April 9, 2021

Learn what we know about “vaccine passports” so far, including research on what they are, how they’d work, safety, how they might impact future travel plans and more.

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Things to Do

2021 Theme Park Guide for Resort Guests

  • Posted April 8, 2021

Learn about what safety measures the attractions near our resorts are taking with this 2021 theme park safety guide.

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