A Chance to Get Away
The advantage of a resort is that it has everything in one spot. The drawback? Sometimes you just want a change of scenery. You may welcome a chance to pick up souvenirs and local crafts, too. A good family-friendly resort should offer a chance to explore the surrounding area and opportunities for inveterate shoppers, young and old.
Some things to consider: How convenient is the nearest town? What kind of shopping does it offer? Are there activities for kids nearby, such as an aquarium or nature center?
Check about the availability of shuttle buses or other transportation options your resort may offer. You might even find that there are on-site guides who can take your family on an interesting tour of the area.