Splash, play, hike: A family guide to outdoor vacations

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IHG® Rewards Club members have a new place to stay.

Eight new places, actually. Take a look at these Holiday Inn Club Vacations properties we’ve recently welcomed to the family, where you can now stay, earn & relax.

Not familiar with Holiday inn Club Vacations? They’re perfect destinations for family travel. Multi-bedroom suites, private villas with kitchens and ultra-spacious living rooms, and enormous properties where you can hike, ski, fish, and swim all day long—plus, each property has its own unique features.

Here’s a handy guide to help you choose one.

Holiday Inn Club Vacations Fox River Resort – Sheridan, IL

Holiday Inn Club Vacations Fox River Resort - Waterpark

Holiday Inn Club Vacations Fox River Resort - Suite

Located 90-minutes southwest of Chicago, this Illinois resort offers everything for outdoorsy types. The region is full of parks, preserves and hiking trails, challenging golf courses, and historical sites. And we haven’t even started on the property yet.

Aside from spacious hotel-suites, two-bedroom condo-style villas, and fully-equipped kitchens, this resort also includes:

  • One of the best year-round indoor water parks in the state
  • Seven-acre stocked lake for fishing & boating
  • Horseback riding (seasonal)
  • Indoor and outdoor pools
  • 9-hole par 3 golf course
  • 18-hole of mini golf
  • Frisbee disc golf
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Tennis courts & ball fields
  • Movie theatre & arcade
  • Three on-site restaurants
  • Free laundry facilities

With Chicago so close, a day trip to the city is always an option. Or visit the state’s #1 attraction, Starved Rock, only 30 miles away. Or relax on property, splash around in our indoor water park with your family—and give yourself a vacation upgrade.

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Holiday Inn Club Vacations Villages Resort – Flint, TX

Holiday Inn Club Vacations Villages Resort – Flint, TX

Texas Lake Resort - Holiday Inn Club Vacations Villages Resort

Our Lake Palestine waterfront location is in one of the most popular watersports playgrounds in the southwest. This expansive property has four pools, an indoor waterpark, and a full-service marina, making it the best splash resort in the area, only two hours from Dallas.

Water sport rentals at the marina include:

  • Kayaks
  • Rowboats
  • Paddle boats
  • Pontoon boats
  • Motorboats
  • Fishing poles

Dine on-property at the Subway® shop, Mama DeLuca’s® Pizza or the Harbour Grille restaurant.

And for families that enjoy mini golf, you’ll love our 18-hole course. The arcade, movie theater, horseback trail rides, as well as basketball, tennis, volleyball, and fitness center keep the fun going. Guests also have access to the private, #1 ranked golf course in east Texas, Eagle’s Bluff Country Club, only 10 miles from the resort.

Head to nearby Tyler to explore its famous Rose Garden, the largest in the country, plus Caldwell Zoo and Discovery Science Place for kids.

 

Holiday Inn Club Vacations Hill Country Resort – Canyon Lake, TX

Holiday Inn Club Vacations Oak n’ Spruce Resort – South Lee, MA

 Holiday Inn Club Vacations Hill Country Resort – Canyon Lake, TX

Like to swim? With five seasonal outdoor pools, one indoor, and only 30 minutes from Schlitterbahn® Waterpark, you can dive in year-round at this beautiful Canyon Lake resort. Located an hour from Austin and San Antonio, it’s a perfect place to spend time away from the grind.

You’ll love the option of marinas, recreation areas, and boating opportunities. For summer fun, you can’t beat tubing down nearby Guadalupe River. And do not miss the New Braunfels lantern-lit Natural Bridge Caverns tours, located less than 20 miles away.

Six Flags Fiesta Texas, in greater San Antonio, is a little over an hour’s drive from the resort. And while you’re out that way, you can check out the River Walk district, historic Alamo, and a bevy of great restaurants.

 

Holiday Inn Club Vacations Oak n’ Spruce Resort – South Lee, MA

Holiday Inn Club Vacations Oak n’ Spruce Resort – South Lee, MA

Texas Lake Resort - Canyon Lake

Nestled in the central Berkshires, Holiday Inn Club Vacations® Oak n’ Spruce Resort puts you in the heart of the outdoors. And at about one hour from Albany, NY and Hartford, CT, and two hours from Boston, it’s an easy getaway for busy northeasterners.

Property highlights of this Western Mass. mountain resort include:

  • One indoor pool
  • One outdoor pool
  • A well-equipped fitness center
  • Indoor sauna
  • Arcade and pool tables
  • Movie theater
  • 18-hole mini golf course
  • Tennis, basketball, volleyball, and horseshoes
  • Indoor and outdoor bars

Tanglewood, the nearby summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Norman Rockwell museum, is a local favorite. Other seasonal activities include hiking the Appalachian Trail, watching the Fall leaves turn, skiing Butternut or Jiminy Peak, boating, hiking, and rafting.

Be sure to check out schedules for live performances. There are always plenty around.

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Holiday Inn Club Vacations Orlando Breeze Resort – Davenport, FL

Orlando Family Resort - Holiday Inn Club Vacations Orlando Breeze Resort

Holiday Inn Club Vacations Orlando Breeze Resort - Davenport, Florida

Easy access to popular theme parks is nice—which is why this cozy vacation rental resort near Disney is a perfect alternative to touristy Orlando hotels. But location isn’t the only reason. There’s plenty to do at the resort:

  • Two outdoor pools
  • One kiddie pool
  • Fitness center
  • Activity center
  • Grill/snack bar
  • Arcade and pool table
  • Movie theater
  • 18-hole mini golf course
  • Tennis, basketball, and volleyball

And only four miles away at our sister resort, Holiday Inn Club Vacations at Orange Lake Resorts, there are four fantastic golf courses for you to enjoy.

Major attractions within proximity include:

 

Holiday Inn Club Vacations Piney Shores Resort – Conroe, TX

Horseback riding near Conroe Lake

Texas Resort Near Conroe Lake

Looking for a little boat time? Only one hour north of Houston, this East Texas lake resort is the perfect waterfront escape for families.

The large resort includes one indoor and four outdoor pools, plus a boat ramp and boat slips on the 22,000-acre Conroe Lake. You’ll also enjoy our 18-hole mini-golf course, arcade, movie theater, andGalveston: 5 best restaurants with a view
horseback trails—as well as basketball, tennis, volleyball, and a fitness center.

Guests love to rent boats, jet skis, paddle boards, and fishing gear. Or you can enjoy a romantic sunset harbor cruise with nearby Southern Empress Cruises.

North of the resort is Sam Houston National Forest, a great location for hiking. And Space Center Houston, Houston Zoo and the aquarium offer more vacation options for your whole family.

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Holiday Inn Club Vacations Galveston Seaside Resort – Galveston, TX

Holiday Inn Club Vacations Galveston Seaside Resort – Galveston, TX

Galveston resort on the beach

Island getaways might not make you dream of Texas—but they should. This quiet resort, located just south of Houston, provides a relaxing Galveston Island experience—complete with delectable dining, unique architecture, and charming seaport history.

You’ll have direct access to the beach, perfect views, pools, spas, mini-golf, shuffleboard, and family activities and spacious suites that will make you want to return time and again. The huge Moody Gardens aquarium, golf, and movie theater, plus the Historic Pleasure Pier, offer fantastic family fun. And Schlitterbahn Waterpark Galveston has both an outdoor and indoor water park to splash year-round.

 

Holiday Inn Club Vacations Holiday Hills Resort – Branson

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Branson, Missouri hotel near Silver Dollar City

You can always count on great live shows in Branson. With more than 50 theaters and plenty of family attractions, including the 1880s-themed Silver Dollar City amusement park, big fun is never far away. In fact, it’s as close as three miles.

On this Branson resort lies an outdoor-lover’s paradise. Four seasonal outdoor pools, one indoor pool, and the best 18-hole championship golf course in town, complete with a full-service restaurant, are just part of the experience.

You’ll also find:

  • An 18-hole disc golf course
  • Basketball, sand volleyball, and tennis courts
  • Arcade & activity center
  • Movie theater & pool tables
  • Fitness center
  • Kiddie playgrounds
  • Charcoal grills

They even have a catch-and-release fishing pond for some quality family—or alone—time.

Of course, these are only the most recent Holiday Inn Club Vacation properties. You’ll also find wonderful locations in:

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