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Family friendly lodging in Connecticut is ideal for children and parents

FAMILYFRIENDLY Family friendly lodging is just what the name implies: lodgings -- for example, beach and ocean resorts, that understand the (sometimes) loud and messy needs of kids and parents on an exciting family vacation.

The lodgings have thought of all the angles to help make a family welcome and well served with features and suggestions for all kinds of family activities and great things to do on a family vacation.

74 Interlaken Road (Route 112) Lakeville, CT, 06039 Phone: 860-435-9878 Toll-Free: 800-222-2909

A special family place in the southern Berkshires

Bring the family to this scenic resort in the southern Berkshires/Litchfield Hills of Connecticut. Set on 30 acres of lawns and gardens and up against beautiful spring-fed Lake Wonoscopomuc, you’ll find lots of room in 85 guestrooms, suites with fireplaces, townhouses, and a lakeside cottage with a screened-in porch and outdoor fire pit. All rooms have A/C, digital cable, flat screen TV, WIFI, phone and private bath. Savor locally grown farm-to-table cuisine at Morgan’s restaurant on site. There’s a full-service spa and fitness center, an outdoor heated pool, game room, canoes and kayaks, tennis and golf. Head out and hike or bike on dozens of trails and forest paths. Nearby is all the Berkshires culture, entertainment and year round fun.

253 Greenmanville Avenue Mystic, CT, 06355 Phone: 860-536-2654 Toll-Free: 800-446-4656

Take the family back to the 19th century in 20th century comfort

First things first. The whole family will love it here. Friendly staff, a heated indoor swimming pool, a fitness room, and right out the door Mystic Seaport, a 19th century coastal village brimming with fun, excitement and adventure. You’re within shouting distance of lots of local family activities, the arts and museums, entertainment and great food. Nearby are the Mystic Aquarium and Olde Mistick Village with over 40 stores and great restaurants. Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun casinos and the USS Nautilus Museum are minutes away by car. If you must rest, the spacious guest rooms feature one king or two queen size beds, high-speed wireless internet access, in-room safes, coffeemakers, a microwave and a refrigerator. The hotel is handicapped accessible and children under 17 stay free.

7 Main Street Middletown, CT, 06457 Phone: 860-854-6300 Toll-Free: 800-637-9851

From castle explorations to water play, the Inn sends your family out for fun

Your family will feel right at home when you spend your vacation time at the Inn at Middletown. Amenities in our rooms include 37-inch flat screen HDTVs with HBO, complimentary wireless Internet, coffee makers, hair dryers, and black-out drapes. Roll-away beds are available. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served at our on-site Tavern at the Armory restaurant, featuring classic American cuisine. Your kids will love our indoor heated swimming pool. And there's so much to do here. In winter months hit the slopes at Powder Ridge ski area. Head to Brownstone Exploration and Discovery Park for swimming, kayaking, and wakeboarding. Empower Leadership Adventure Center offers fully-guided zip line tours of the forest at treetop level.

20 Coogan Boulevard Mystic, CT, 06355 Phone: 860-572-0731

Step out the door and explore!

Bring the family to enchanting Mystic and settle in at this popular address. Out the door are the Mystic Aquarium, the Institute for Exploration and Olde Mistick Village with quaint shops set in historic surroundings. Cozy guest rooms, suites and accessible rooms offer cable TV, coffeemakers and high speed internet plus cribs and high hairs. There’s a 24-hour market, gift shop and laundry service. Relax in the heated indoor pool and fitness room then head out and learn about 19th century life on the coast. Enjoy complimentary shuttle service within a five-mile radius and surrounding destinations. There’s a continental breakfast daily, an evening menu at the lobby bar and creative locally sourced dishes and a children’s menu at the Irons.