Pennsylvania: Woodloch Resort
A top Pennsylvania resort for families. Thanksgiving package includes meals and special activities (Thanksgiving arts and crafts, holiday games, nighttime entertainment, scavenger hunts) in addition to regular daily activities. Also, Christmas trees and decorations go up on Thanksgiving weekend.
Pennsylvania: Nemacolin Woodlands Resort and Spa
This well-regarded resort has lodgings from rustic to elegant, kids' programs, equestrian center, sporting clays, climbing wall, rock-climbing (off-site), kayaking, golf, and more. Special Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend includes Thanksgiving Day Brunch, Light Up Night, elf tuck-ins, Breakfast with Santa.
Florida: Amelia Island
Amelia Island, in northeast Florida has historic town and fort, nature tours, and resorts that celebrate Thanksgiving big-time. At the Amelia Island Ritz-Carlton, Thanksgiving Package typically includes Annual Christmas Tree Lighting & Dinner, with surprise visit from Santa; Thanksgiving Day Feast; official arrival of Santa by horse-drawn carriage, Children's Story Book Tea, Santa tuck-ins, giant Gingerbread House.
Florida: Club Med Sandpiper Bay
A terrific resort for families! This Caribbean-style all-inclusive has outstanding programs for kids in several age groups, a Golf Academy and Fitness Academy which both have programs for kids as young as four, Baby Welcome, a lounge for tweens and teens -- and above all the unique Club Med ambiance. Location is two hours southwest of Orlando on the St. Lucie River. Baby Club Med and Petit Club Med are available too, at an extra charge. Read more about Club Med Sandpiper. At Thanksgiving, expect celebrations such as comedy shows under the circus tent, a special Mini Club Med show, and a Grand Buffet.
Thanksgiving at Disney World and Disneyland California
Thanksgiving is a popular time to visit Disneyland and Walt Disney World. Yes, the parks are extremely crowded, but they're beautifully decorated and stay open late, often until midnight; also you can see special shows and parades. Hint: if you're not restricted to travel during school holidays, the period between Thanksgiving and Christmas has been of the best times to visit Disney Parks- but even these weeks are getting crowded now!
Florida Thanksgiving Weekend Getaways - About's Guide for Florida for Visitors lists festivities at resorts, Disney parks, Gaylord Palms Resort ICE! (family attraction carved from 2M pounds of ice), town festivals, and more.
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