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Nancy DePalma

Contributing Writer

Hawks Cay Resort

A favorite among families that looks and feels like a true island getaway.

Reefhouse Resort & Marina

A good base of operations for underwater adventurers.

Cheeca Lodge & Spa

All of Florida’s best outdoor activities on one property.

Bungalows Key Largo

There are times in life when it’s great to be an adult, and Bungalows Key Largo is one of those reasons.

Baker’s Cay Resort Key Largo, Curio Collection by Hilton

Full of South Florida elegance, this is the epitome of contemporary island style.

Isla Bella Beach Resort

Isla Bella proves that family travel doesn’t mean having to shirk your sophistication.

The Reach Key West, Curio Collection by Hilton

The mood here matches the decor: bright and upbeat.

Islander Resort

Comfortable accommodations for the flip-flop-wearing kind of crowd.

Blumenthal Performing Arts Center

This three-building complex is Charlotte's premier performing arts, dance, theater, live music, and comedy venue.

7th Street Public Market

Their coffee is worth the trip alone.

Lake Norman

The largest man-made lake in the Carolinas, 20 miles from Uptown Charlotte, is a local destination for watersports, fishing, and just chilling out.

Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

If you have a green thumb, this 110-acre public botanical garden about 30 minutes from Charlotte proper is well worth the effort.

U.S. National Whitewater Center

With rock climbing, whitewater rafting, and some 50 miles of biking trails, this park is a playground for all.

Little Sugar Creek Greenway

This urban stretch of nature trails and parks running through Charlotte is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts and active folk alike.

Discovery Place

The long, low building is actually a series of experiences, including an aquarium, a science museum, and an IMAX theater—and it's built to encourage interaction at every turn.