Here’s Why Smugglers Notch Resort is the #1 Family Friendly Resort in USA

Smugglers Notch Resort, vermont

Many places that my family and I visit claim to be top notch family resorts. But only a few truly can defend that title. Smugglers’ Notch Resort is considered the number one Family Resort in the USA and after visiting there and testing it out for ourselves, I can definitely tell you – IT’S TRUE!

Judging from their website, you can kind of expect to see a place with tons of activities and plenty of things to do either on the property or in very close proximity. However, it definitely doesn’t prepare you for ALL there is to do and see here.

Why Smugglers Notch Resort is So Family Friendly

Smugglers Notch is actually a village, with a main area that has all the restaurants, info and during the winter years – the ski center as well.

Village at Smugglers Notch Resort, vermont

To begin with the village is not your typical styled resort. It is not a hotel with different styled rooms, instead it is spread out over acres and acres of land with houses, town houses and condominiums. The staff at Smugglers Notch even go as far as to call the different parts of the resort neighborhoods. And after you drive around, you understand why that is.

Pools and Water Parks 

Each ‘neighborhood’ has its own pool area. But some of the pools are full-on water parks with multi levels and obstacle courses and slides.

waterpark - Smugglers Notch Resort, vermont

Kids Programs

Smuggler’s Notch is not only popular with the guests staying at the resort, but with the local area and camps.

It has one of the top child care programs where they have day care starting from 6 weeks all the way up to teens with structured programs for all ages.

The daycare is better than any I have ever seen period.

day care center at Smugglers Notch Resort, vermont

Special Needs Program

This is one of the only resorts that has a program for special needs children and adults. They have specialists working with special needs people so that the parents can enjoy their time independently knowing that they are in the best hands possible.

FunZone

This is a new addition to property and is located inside the old inner tennis court. And it’s literally just that – a FunZone. And it’s not only for kids. Plenty of adults were enjoying it as well.

unzone - Smugglers Notch Resort, vermont

Outdoor Group Activities

Being in Vermont, practically everything is outdoors, however it’s the structured activities that make all the difference.

Besides great kids programs, they also specialize in family oriented activities where you get to explore and play with your kids.

outdoor activities at Smugglers Notch Resort, vermont

To me the whole point of travel is to bond with my family, and luckily my kids don’t want to go to the different kids programs but prefer to spend time with us. So when it is structured in a fun way that captivates the kids and keeps adults interested to me this is the best of all worlds.

brotherly love - Smugglers Notch Resort, vermont

Make sure to inquire about all they offer. They literally have an entire book on the type of activities and programs for everyone. Great reading before and during your trip.

Below I have listed a few of the activities and centers you can find here.

Dining at Smuggler’s Notch Resort and Village

How can a resort that has been named the most family oriented place to stay not have a bunch of kid friendly restaurants to choose from?

Smugglers’ features café-style eateries and full-service restaurants with award winning children’s menus.

kids menu - Smugglers Notch Resort, vermont

We had lunch at Morse Mountain Grill. What I loved most about this restaurant, is all the local styled food options.

Here’s a little taste to whet your appetite:

Vermont Flatbread – Local Cheeses from Nearby Farms

vermont flat bread - Smugglers Notch Resort, vermont

Vermont Sustain – a- burger – 100% local from the cheese to the grass fed beef, with maple baked beans

local vermont food - Smugglers Notch Resort, vermont

Three Cheese Artichoke Dip – best dip ever!

artichoke dip - Smugglers Notch Resort, vermont

Video Fun

Information for Visiting Smuggler’s Notch Resort

Staying at the resort in one of the homes as a vacation rental is definitely the best option. However, if you are staying in a nearby hotel or resort they offer a day pass so you can enjoy all the activities they offer.

Here’s a quick glimpse at some of the things going on. Make sure to get the book for the full run down and up to date info:

  • The Clubhouse – Daily 9:00 am – 9:00 pm – Ping-pong, pool, and video games.
  • Nature Center – Daily 9:00 am – 4:00 pm – Live animals and plants, hands-on displays, educational exhibits, and loads of nature games and books.
  • Morse MiningSmuggs Mining Company – Daily 9:00 am – 7:00 pm, weather permitting – A educational and fun mining operation where you’ll shift and shake your panning tray as the water from our sluice box rinses away sediment and reveals nature’s treasures.
  • Smuggs Eurobungy – Sunday – Friday, 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm and Saturday, 12:00 noon – 4:00 pm – A giant trampoline with bungee cords and a harness that helps you fly and do tricks.
  • Farmer’s Market – Monday, 8:30 am – 11:30 am
  • Giant Swing – Monday – Thursday 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, & Saturday 12:00 noon – 4:00 pm – There is a 100-foot swing located at Notchville Park. Included with the Adventure Connection Package.
  • Survival Basics 101 – Tuesday, 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm – A wike into the Smuggs wilderness where you will learn basic survival techniques.
  • Gold Panning  – Wednesday, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm – Learn how to pan for placer gold with the guides from Green Mountain Gold.
  • Smuggs-a-thon Family Challenge  – Friday, 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm – Obstacle challenge race around and through the village.
  • Creative Sock Puppets – Sunday 10:00 am – 11:00 am – Build your own Sock Puppet.
  • Village Scavenger Hunt – Sunday & Thursday 10:00 am – 11:30 am – A journey around the village following clues.
  • Bigger is Better… Lifesize Games – Sunday 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm – Check out Sticks & Stones, Giant Tic Tac Toe, Square Peg in a Round Hole, 5-n-2 Puzzle, or the Snappin’ Alligator.
  • Family Kickball – Sunday 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm –
  • Family Tennis Social – Sunday & Thursday 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm – A social introduction to tennis.
  • Family Foosball Game – Monday 10:00 am – 11:00 am & Saturday 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm – Play in a life size Foosball game?
  • Sand Daze – Monday 10:00 am – 11:00 am – Let your creativity take over while you build your own sand castle.
  • Family Soccer – Monday 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
  • Smuggs I-Did-A-Cart – Monday 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm – Join the Big Air Dummy Derby using an assortment of supplies such as duct tape, balloons, paints, and cardboard – all supplemented by your imagination – to build your derby dummy and then take it to the Morse I-Did-A-Cart ramp
  • Family Stand Up Paddleboard Intro – Monday & Friday 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm – Join a guide for an intro class on stand up paddleboarding.
  • Pool Games at Notchville Park – Tuesday 10:00 am – 11:00 am – Join them at Notchville Park in the lower pool and splash pad for some water based fun. Games, contests and more.
  • Tie-dyeTie Dye Smuggs Style – Tuesday & Friday 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm –
  • Liquid Fun – Tuesday & Saturday 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm – Soak each other with some water balloon battles, challenge your family with our new hydro blaster or simply soak your mom and dad with the splash blaster dunk machine.
  • Friendly Pirate Family Sing-Along – Tuesday 4:30 pm – 5:15 pm & Friday 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm – Rockin’ Ron the Friendly Pirate presents pirate songs and lore for ALL ages. History, geography, nautical themes, and boatloads of word play.
  • Awesome Arts and Crafts – Wednesday & Saturday 10:00 am – 11:30 am
  • Story Time – Wednesday 10:00 am – 11:00 am
  • The Friendly Pirate’s Raingutter Regatta – Wednesday 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm – Create your own ship from materials provided by the Activities Crew. See who has the fastest seafarin’ ship to sail down the raingutters.
  • In it to Win It – Wednesday 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm & Saturday 10:00 am – 11:30 am – Challenge the whole family to some fun and exciting games of skill and chance.
  • 802 Disc Dogs – Wednesday 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Show of high flying discs and dogs by 802 Disc Dogs.
  • The Great Reservoir Adventure  – Thursday 10:00 am – 11:30 am – Learn some fun facts from the guides about the local ecosystem, then hike to the Village Reservoir to hopefully see frogs and tadpoles up close.
  • Ancient Forest Investigation – Thursday 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm – Hike with your guides to a nearby ancient forest. Along the way you will learn about the natural habitat around you and what creatures might call this area home.
  • Family Volleyball – Thursday & Saturday 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
  • Family Creature Feature  – Friday 10:00 am – 11:00 am – Their resident professor brings an exotic animal to visit for a unique learning experience.

Website – www.smuggs.com

Phone# 877-327-2695

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Marina Kuperman Villatoro CEO of TravelExperta.com, a travel resource site to inspire families to travel with kids of all ages. Marina has been an expat 10+ years in Central America raising 2 boys in a multicultural, trilingual household. She travels all over the world with her family to give first hand experiences of where to eat, stay and play with kids. Needless to say, it’s never boring! Join Marina on Facebook and Twitter for more unique and boutique family travel!

5 Responses to Here’s Why Smugglers Notch Resort is the #1 Family Friendly Resort in USA

  1. What a fun place! I’d love to visit…
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  2. Larissa says:

    Looks like a great place to take the family–and I can personally vouch for American Flatbread–great pizza & a great dining experience!
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  3. A lot of family places in Europe could learn from this.
    It all looks like great fun!
    Elle x
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  4. Dariece says:

    That has to be the most family friendly resort I’ve ever seen. I don’t have any kids, but I know my nieces would LOVE this place. Thanks for all of the useful information 🙂

    Cheers.
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  5. Lillie says:

    So interesting! I live just three hours away in Boston and have heard people talk about Smugglers Notch all the time, but it’s never been on my radar… until now! I think my little guy would love it, as would we!
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