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Easy Escapes: The Family that Travels Together Plays Together

The idea of each family member going separate ways at a resort is less popular. Families want fresh-air fun they can experience together. Here, some highlights.

Nemacolin Woodlands. Photograph by Jeff Green/Nemacolin Woodlands Resort.

Falconry: The Greenbrier
Families interact with trained hawks and falcons to learn the practice and lore of a tradition that centuries ago helped people locate and capture their next meal. White Sulphur Springs, W.Va.;

Amusement Park: Hersheypark
Rides, roller coasters, and a water park make Hershey a family favorite. New this year: Skyrush, its tallest, longest, and fastest coaster, which travels at 75 miles an hour. Hershey, Pa.;

Fly-Fishing: The Homestead
Against a backdrop of waterfalls, guests learn fly-fishing in a private trout stream. Instructors explain knots, currents, how to catch and release—plus the science of insects. Hot Springs, Va.;

Kayaking: Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay
With guests in tandem kayaks, guides point out working watermen, marine landscaping, and “the land of Dr. Seuss,” as guides call the property’s great-blue-heron rookery. Cambridge, Md.;

Junior Golf: Lansdowne Resort
Greg Norman’s nine-hole Sharkbite Course is for junior golfers and families. With its Potomac River-side layout, it’s a challenging but reasonable 870 yards from the junior tees. Leesburg;

Treetop Adventure: Nemacolin Woodlands
Zipliners reach speeds of 50 miles an hour, and a canopy tour features swinging tires and log crossings. Instructors monitor children on a separate Little Tykes Ropes Course. Farmington, Pa.;

Sailing: The Tides Inn
A sailing school offers a range of instruction for families with children as young as six. The Tides’ harbor is ideal for small boats; larger craft sail on the nearby Rappahannock River. Irvington, Va.;

Summer Tubing: Wintergreen Resort
Snow is irrelevant at the Plunge tubing park. Starting from what feels like the top of a ten-story building, tubers slide along on Neveplast, an artificial ski-slope material. Wintergreen, Va.;

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