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Nautical Family Summer Vacations
Apryl Chapman Thomas

Families can also enjoy walking tours, hiking, biking, fishing, skiing, and wildlife viewing. Summer rates begin at $115 per night.

Nautical Adventures

Ever wanted to take your pet on vacation, but couldn't because the hotel wouldn't allow pets? What if the hotel gave you a live goldfish to take care of during your stay? I know it's not the same as having Fido or Fluffy in your room, but it definitely make for an interesting conversation when you tell others what you did on your vacation. Hotel Monaco Seattle (888-454-8397; has a SoFISHticated package starting at $249 that includes your own goldfish during your stay, two passes to the Aquarium, Goldfish crackers, and a plush gold fish toy.

Search for sea shell along the beaches of the 'shelling capital of the world'. Sundial Beach & Golf Resort (800-965-7772; in Sanibel, Florida, offers families and guests the Sanibel Shell Safari package. For $229/night, the package includes five nights' accommodations for four, shelling ID book, shell concierge, and a shell collection bag, among other amenities.

For aquatic adventures in the desert, Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas (800-819-5053; family package includes access to Mandalay Bay Beach, featuring 11 acres of beach and a wave pool, and tickets (two adults and two children) to the Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay.

Apryl Chapman Thomas is the mother to Shay Thomas, who is three years old. When Apryl is not chasing her around, she finds time to write.

A professional writer for over seven years, Apryl's articles have appeared in a variety of magazines. In her free time, she enjoys reading and traveling. Apryl and Shay, along with Apryl's husband and 7 year old minature daschund, Dudley, live in Watkinsville, GA (outside of Atlanta).

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