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Welcome to Checking In

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.

Two boys stand in front of a mural that reads,  'Branson Vibes'.

Destination Ideas

What is Branson Like Right Now?

  • Posted September 30, 2021

Wondering what Branson is like right now? Get a feel for the city, things to do and where to stay from Amanda, who recently took a Missouri family vacation there.

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A young boy (right) and a young girl (left) sit in inner tubes while floating down a lazy river.

Resort Visits

Our First Family Vacation at Orange Lake Resort [La Primera Vacación de Nuestra Familia en Orange Lake Resort]

  • Posted September 14, 2021

Follow the Tardio family on their first Orange Lake Resort vacation! ¡Siga a la familia Tardio en sus primeras vacaciones en Orange Lake Resort! (Story in both English & Spanish.)

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Check In With Us

Are you just as obsessed with travel as we are? Find out how to share your great vacation story on this page. And you can always find us on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest, too.

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Member Memories

What Are the Best Beaches in Florida?

  • Posted August 29, 2020

Discover 18 of the best beaches in Florida recommended by real people. Spoiler: They’re all great choices for your next sunny beach getaway.

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Pathway surrounded by lush greenery at Jonathan Dickinson State Park in Hobe Sound, Florida.

Travel Tips

6 Tips for Your Next State Park Trip

  • Posted August 28, 2020

Learn 6 state park tips and tricks for your next family adventure in the great outdoors. You’ll find out how to stay safe, what to pack and more.

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Destination Ideas

Top 5 Day Trips from Gatlinburg

  • Posted August 27, 2020

Check out these five day trips from Gatlinburg to discover a Great Smoky Mountains world of waterfalls, hiking expeditions and even a walk through the clouds.

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Things to Do

12 Things to Do in Central Florida Right Now (That Aren’t Theme Parks)

  • Posted August 26, 2020

Check out these 12 family-friendly Central Florida day trip ideas. Between beaches, kayaking and state parks, there’s plenty to do beyond Orlando’s theme parks.

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Resort Visits

A Special Inside Look at Our New Resort in New Orleans

  • Posted August 24, 2020

Get a special inside peek at what our brand-new New Orleans Resort looks like before your stay, including historic details, villa décor, interior design and more.

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Aesky holding her baby in the air next to a pool

Virtual Vacations

5 Spotify Playlists to Keep You Dreaming of Your Next Vacation

  • Posted August 23, 2020

Get into that vacay mode mindset by checking out to these five getaway-inspired Spotify playlists.

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Virtual Vacations

Tried-and-Texan-True Hill Country Resort Recipes

  • Posted August 22, 2020

If you’re looking for some Tex Mex dinner and drink recipes, check out these three mouthwatering specialties from our Hill Country Resort in Canyon Lake, Texas.

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Virtual Vacations

Meet the Horses of Piney Shores Resort!

  • Posted August 4, 2020

Watch this video to meet and learn more about the horses at Piney Shores Resort.

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Virtual Vacations

At-Home Family Fun Activities Brought to You by Orange Lake Resort

  • Posted August 4, 2020

Explore this collection of recipes, activities, virtual things to do in Orlando and more from the comfort of your own home.

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The Alamo in San Antonio, Texas underneath a blue, cloudy sunset sky.

Virtual Vacations

16 Virtual Things to Do in Texas from Home

  • Posted August 4, 2020

Get ready for your Lone Star State trip by checking out 16 virtual things to do in Texas from home.

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Virtual Vacations

12 Vacation-Themed Coloring Sheets & Activities for Kids

  • Posted August 4, 2020

Download these printable, vacation-themed coloring sheets and activities for kids to keep the little ones entertained.

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Virtual Vacations

How to Create Your Own Rock Garden a la Holly Lake Resort

  • Posted August 4, 2020

Get outside and grab some rocks to create your own rock garden just like the one you can find at our Holly Lake Resort.

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