Travel Q& A
Vegas, With Kids? Have Fun.
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Q My husband is going to a conference in Las Vegas, and our 3-year-old boy and I want to join him. He is supposed to stay at the Mandalay Bay hotel. Could you recommend a more family-oriented hotel and also activities to do with a young child?
A I was going to recommend the obvious -- look for a hotel without a casino attached -- but are you sure you want to ditch Mandalay Bay? With three swimming pools, a lazy river, a wave pool with a sandy beach and a giant, shark-filled aquarium, the place qualifies as a family attraction in itself. Just steer clear of the European sunbathing pool.
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If you'd like to avoid a casino environment altogether, Whitehair likes the Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas ( http:/
The Oberammergau Passion Play is coming in 2010. What's the best way to see the play, in terms of accommodations or packages?
Oberammergau has much more to offer than the Passion Play, but the fact is, most people think of the tiny Bavarian village in terms of its once-in-a-decade religious spectacle. The reenactment of the crucifixion of Christ began nearly 400 years ago, when the town's war-torn, plague-ridden residents pledged to perform the play every 10 years if they survived. Little did they know: The 41st edition runs May 15-Oct. 3, 2010.
You can buy packages online from the Office of the Passion Play 2010 (011-49-8822-92310, http:/
If you're interested in a longer visit, there are lots of tours out there. For example, MTS Travel, based in Lancaster, Pa., offers seven- to 10-day packages for about $4,000 per person double, including airfare, that add other cities. Details: 800-874-9330, http:/
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