Roller coasters, trapeze lessons, and more: Oyster's top kid-friendly hotel attractions

If you want to plan a family vacation with wow factor, look no further: Picking a hotel with one of the following kid-friendly attractions will earn you major points with your kids. And with activities this fun, you just may end up acting like a kid yourself.

Beaches Sandy Bay

Cartoon character interactions

Beaches Sandy Bay Rating: 3.0 Pearls
Location: Negril, Jamaica

For young children, getting to meet a favorite cartoon character or puppet can be a magical experience. At Beaches Sandy Bay and Beaches Boscobel in Jamica, kids can engage in singalongs with Elmer, Zoe, and Grover from Sesame Street; Lilo and Stitch host breakfasts at Disney's Polynesian Resort; and kids can dine with characters like Mary Poppins, Alice, and Cinderella at Disney's Grand Floridian.

New York New York Hotel & Casino

Roller coaster

A roller coaster -- at a hotel? Yes, that's right; while you're getting your adrenaline rush at the craps table, your kids can get theirs at the New York, New York Hotel roller coaster in Las Vegas.

Half Moon, a RockResort

Dolphin Experience

Half Moon, a RockResort Rating: 4.5 Pearls

You and your kids can get up close and personal with some of the world's most playful creatures at several hotels around the globe. Interactions can include rubbing the dolphins' rubbery skin, posing for a kiss, and going for a dorsal fin ride.

Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort

Water parks

Hundreds of resorts around the world feature a water slide or two in their pool complex, but a few exceptional properties take it to a whole new level. For example, the Aquaventure water park at the Atlantis Paradise Island Resort features two slides with vertical drops over 50 feet, a mile-long lazy-river pool, a tube that gushes past sharks, and a plethora of other scenic slides. The Grand Wailea water park in Hawaii includes four waterslides, whitewater rapids, caves, a lazy-river pool, rope swings, and a "water elevator" inside a man-made volcano.

Disney Animal Kingdom Lodge

Animal habitats

Disney Animal Kingdom Lodge Rating: 4.0 Pearls

A handful of hotels on Oyster host a wide range of exotic animals, including penguins, lions, monkeys, giraffes, sharks. These animal habitats are so impressive we wrote a whole blog post just about them.

Viva Wyndham Dominicus Palace Resort

Trapeze lessons

Free trapeze lessons from real-life circus performers are available at two Viva Wyndham resorts in the Dominican Republic.

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