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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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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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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, Angelica Kajiwara's husband and three children run pose in front of a 'Rocket Playground' located at the Kennedy Space Center™ Visitor Complex.

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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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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Featured Contributor, Jennifer C. Harmon (left) and her two girlfriends wear hiking boots as their feet sit near the top of a waterfall.

Things to Do

Gatlinburg Girls Trip: 9 Things to Do on Your Weekend Getaway

  • Posted March 10, 2021

Check out these top things to do on your Gatlinburg girls’ trip, including hiking, outdoor adventures and places to get the best grub with your crew.

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Several people hold their glasses of beer over a table giving 'cheers' to each other.

Things to Do

7 Best Breweries in Orlando for Families

  • Posted March 1, 2021

Check out the top 7 best breweries in Orlando for families, where you can kick back with a craft beer, play games with the kids and enjoy quality family time.

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Cape Canaveral Beach with Lifeguard hut at sunset.

Things to Do

6 Cape Canaveral Couples’ Getaway Ideas

  • Posted February 22, 2021

Discover 6 Cape Canaveral couples’ getaway ideas for your romantic beach vacation to Florida’s east coast. You’ll read about where to stay, what to do and more.

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Things to Do

Is New Orleans Kid-Friendly?

  • Posted February 11, 2021

Wondering if New Orleans is kid-friendly or the right spot for your family vacation? Check out one family of six’s experiences and the best kid-friendly activities.

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Featured contributor, Tori Ferrante (right) and her husband embrace in front of the Orlando Icon Ferris Wheel at ICON park under a blue sky.

Things to Do

Top 9 Most Romantic Things to Do in Orlando

  • Posted February 3, 2021

Check out the 9 most romantic things to do in Orlando. With beautiful views, exciting experiences and more, you’ll get the perfect date ideas for your special someone.

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The Haby family walk down Fremont street near our Desert Club Resort located in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Things to Do

9 Things to Do in Las Vegas with Kids

  • Posted January 19, 2021

Wondering if Vegas is kid-friendly? Explore 9 things to do in Las Vegas with kids as one mom talks about her family vacation and her four kids’ favorite activities.

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