I brought my 14 and 11 year old sons to tour Grand Caverns. I was able to find a $2 off coupon on a brochure at the Virginia Welcome Center on 81 - they probably have them in local hotels also.
You buy your tickets in the small house/gift shop at the foot of the mountain. When you purchase your tickets, you're given a tour time. Ours was, luckily, only 10 minutes later. If you end up waiting for your tour for a while, there is a fun playground nearby and lots of shaded picnic tables.
To get to the tour, you walk up a bit of a hill and some stairs before entering a small museum with lots of things you can touch. There are restrooms there also. All tours are guided and our guide was fabulous! We learned so much about not just the history of the cave but also about all the different kinds of geologic features inside. She was able to answer all of my sons questions and while both my boys were less than thrilled when I told them I planned on taking them to a cave, they were over the moon with the experience. I don't think they imagined how huge it would be! We got to touch lucky cave water and at one point our guide (asking if it was okay with everyone first) turned out all the lights so we could imagine how dark it truly is down there. Otherwise it is quite well-lit and while it is a little over a mile to walk, the time went by quickly. There were many small children in our tour group and it wasn't a problem.
Do bring a sweatshirt and be prepared to learn a lot! Be on the lookout for cave bacon, that was our favorite :)
Fairy Garden Days was a great vacation event. Family friendly activities that were Whimsical , healthy and unique. Time relaxed as we sat building onto the Gnome Village. The houses inside the greenhouses were amazing. There were so many wonderful details that we plan to come back.
June 2016 we planned on camping in the National Forest just outside of Santa Fe. When we arrived there were no spots available so we had to come up with another plan. We drove just North of Santa Fe and there were two developed campgrounds. We had already stayed at one of them and it didn’t have a pool. We figured since we were going to need to stay in a developed campground we might as well enjoy a pool. When we arrived we were a little concerned about the dirt roads as they were a bit washed out. We decided to go for it anyways and I’m so glad we did. The dirt roads turned out to be just fine for the camper and plenty of trees helped us to not feel so sad about having to change our plans.
The check-in process was easy and the staff was very friendly. They guided us to our site and helped us to pull in. Our campsite had water and electric and a nice fire pit. There are also full hook up sites as well as camping cabins available.
As soon as we were settled we headed off to the pool. There were a few pool noodles available and the kids had a blast. The pool was very cold so I didn’t last long but the kids didn’t care. When we were done swimming they headed over to the playground. It had a really tall medal slide. These are so hard to find and my kids adore them. The rest of the equipment was in good shape and great for all ages. There was a picnic table at the playground as well.
They had an area showing kid friendly movies every evening. The bathrooms were clean and well maintained with plenty of hot water. All of the washers and dryers were in good order.
Overall the resort was clean and very family friendly. It was only about 10 min. from Santa Fe so we could check out Meow Wolf (https://www.trekaroo.com/activities/meow-wolf-santa-fe-new-mexico?r_id=56242), the community center (https://www.trekaroo.com/activities/genoveva-chavez-community-center-santa-fe-new-mexico?r_id=54530) and other local attractions. We had an excellent time and plan on going back soon.
The Alt Hotel is located directly in front of the Halifax Stanfield International Airport. It is connected to the airport by an indoor pedway so that you do not need to go outside again when you leave the hotel to board your plane. It also gives you indoor access to the restaurants and services in the airport. The rooms with two queen beds are a good size for a family and come with a full bath. The pool is small but not used by the many business travelers so we had it all to ourselves and it was warm. There is an exercise room. The lobby is large and modern with a business center, pool table and lounge area beside the Altcetera café. The Altcetera café has hot and cold to go items available at all meal times such as sandwiches, fruit, yoghurt, eggs, sweets, coffee, juice, wine and beer. Inside the airport there is a Tim Hortons, Chicken Burger and Alehouse restaurant, small convenience stores as well as a small game room. We slept soundly on the comfortable beds and didn't hear a plane all night long! The only thing missing is a free breakfast and fridge in the room. The Alt Hotel offers an undefined check out time. You can check out whenever you want by letting the front desk know you need to sleep in.
Disclosure: I was given a complimentary room at the Alt Hotel in order to write this review. All opinions are my own.