smugglers-funzoneOne of our favorite family summer vacation destinations is Smugglers’ Notch in Vermont. Three years ago, we traveled there for the first time, and vowed to return annually as often as we could.While the pools, family suites, and other amenities are a big draw, the thing that brings us back year after year are the kids’ activities. From daily camps to the amazing fun zone to the kids’ entertainment, my children have lots of fun for our whole stay. When the kids are entertained, the whole family has a great time!

On this recent trip to Smugglers’ Notch, we started out our stay with a trip to the FunZone, an area filled with lots of fun inflatables as well as a small arcade area and mini golf. My kids could have stayed here all night. It’s open every day, from mid-afternoon through the evening.

We also checked out the family magic show from Marco the Magician, which the kids absolutely loved. Marco also does adult-only shows in the evenings. While the family show is geared towards the kids, it’s still really entertaining for adults.

During the day, they attended the adventure camps and while they had wonderful adventures, my husband and I sat outside reading and relaxing. We even managed a visit to the local winery for lunch and a wine tasting. It’s really nice to be able to enjoy some kid-free vacation time, especially when you know that your kids are having a great time!


On the last day of camp, my son went on a pirate treasure hunt hosted by the Rockin’ Ron, the Friendly Pirate. We’ve seen Rockin’ Ron before at Smuggs and even attended his friendly pirate breakfast before. My pirate-loving son loves him, and we even have a copy of his new DVD so we can watch his performances while we wait for our next Smuggs family vacation.

To learn more about Smugglers’ Notch, visit their website.

Disclosure: We received complimentary camps during our stay, and the DVD was provided for review.