10 Best Hotels and Resorts for Families in the U.S.

It's time for a vacation. Whether you're traveling with toddlers or teenagers, finding accommodations and activities to please everyone is key. It doesn't matter if you're seeking water parks and horseback riding or cross-country skiing and cozy fireplaces, the dream accommodation awaits you. From renowned Disney resorts to bucolic hotels in the mountains, it's all about striking the perfect balance and these places do it best. Here are our favorite hotels and resorts for families in the U.S.   

Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, Lake Buena Vista, FL

If you're traveling with youngsters, Disney's Art of Animation Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, is a dream destination. It's no secret that Disney is renowned for its family-oriented hotels and resorts, but there's something particularly special about this place. The resort features themed pools, including the largest pool in Walt Disney World Resort. The family suites can sleep up to six people and are themed after some of the classic animated Disney movies including "The Little Mermaid," "The Lion King," "Cars," and "Finding Nemo."  

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Great Wolf Lodge, Anaheim, CA

If your family likes water parks, Great Wolf Lodge in Anaheim, California, is your place. Accommodations include over 600 suites, ranging from a family-style suite with two queen beds and a full-size soda sleeper to the Deluxe Wolf Den King Suite which features an in-suite cave-themed sleeping area. Fun kid-friendly activities include mini bowling, glow golf, an arcade, a 3D movie theater, and of course a world-class indoor water park that your kids will want to play in for hours. The water park has 14 water slides, four pools, and maintains an 84-degree temperature all year round.  

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The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs, CO

Always wanted to explore out West? Colorado Springs is a prime vacation spot and a good place to start. If you are seeking both a luxury overnight experience but also something your whole family can enjoy, the Broadmoor is our pick. During the day, go zip lining through the South Cheyenne Canyon and take a trip on the Pikes Peak Cog Railway. If Mom and Dad want to unwind, they can stop into the spa for a Swedish massage or a premium facial. Practice your swing at one of the two wonderfully-maintained golf courses right at the resort. You'll never want to leave the Broadmoor. 

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Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz, NY

Escape to the Mohonk Mountain House for a rustic retreat. On a warm night, sit out on the front porch in one of their many rocking chairs to soak up the spectacular lakeside views. Explore the hiking trails in the area and cool off in the indoor pool. If you're visiting during the winter, Mohonk has great opportunities for ice skating, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and tubing. Cozy up by the fireplace to end the day. If you can, book your stay in one of the charming Victorian rooms which feature wood-burning fireplaces and private balconies. 

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Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island, MI

As a member of the Historic Hotels of America, the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island is utterly majestic. This 19th century hotel claims to have "the world's largest porch," stretching 660 feet. A restriction of motorized vehicles on Mackinac Island evokes an old-time feel and a rare tranquility. During your stay, fill up your family's day with activities like golfing, swimming, lawn games, biking, and horseback riding. 

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Smugglers' Notch Resort, Jeffersonville, VT

While visions of a wintery landscape may come to mind when you picture Smugglers' Notch, this resort is idyllic every season of the year. If you're visiting during the summer, bring the family to the water parks and playgrounds. Check out their Family Splash Down Party which is hosted on Monday from 7 to 8 p.m. which includes music, dancing, and prizes. If you're visiting during the winter, enroll your kids in Smugglers' top-rated ski camp which includes skiing lessons and great social time with children their age. Be sure to pay a visit the Fun Zone 2.0 which is a 26,000-square-foot indoor playground that's ideal for both kids and their parents. 

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Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa, Lost Pines, TX

This resort makes for a blissful getaway. With a prime location on 405 acres along the Colorado River, the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines affords wonderful waterfront activities. Kayak in the Colorado River by day and snuggle up at the fire pit by night. If you want to lounge, mosey down the lazy river. Don't miss the dreamy butterfly garden. It'll transport you to a fairytale. 

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Jekyll Island Club Resort, Jekyll Island, GA

Coastal Georgia is one of the greatest treasures of the Southeastern United States and at Jekyll Island Club Resort, you can get the full experience. The location has been around since the late 1880s and hosted the likes of the Vanderbilts and the Rockefellers as a reprieve from city life. For family activities, splash around at the water park or practice your putt at the mini golf course. If you feel like being closer to nature, soak up 10 miles of flawless beaches. Bike rentals bring guests the chance to do a little of their own exploring around the island. When you visit Jekyll Island, you will feel like you're in a whole other world. 

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Big Cedar Lodge, Ridgedale, MO

Ridgedale's Big Cedar Lodge sits glowing, tucked away in the rugged Ozark Mountains. Aside from its picturesque natural wonder, Big Cedar Lodge offers kid-friendly activities including go carting, a 40-foot-tall ropes course, bowling, laser tag, and more. If you want to spend time on the water, rent a boat for some wakeboarding, tubing, and water skiing. If you're looking for a more rustic overnight experience, book one of their luxury camping spots with options ranging from one-bedroom camp cabins to 280-square-foot glamping units. 

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Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa, Kapolei, HI

Once again, Disney shows why they're the best of the best. Book a stay at the Aulani, a Disney resort in Kapolei, Hawaii. Kick off your morning with one of their Character Breakfasts where your little ones will enjoy their breakfast and get a chance at a photo-op with Minnie Mouse. Activities at the resort range from pool parties with dancing, music, and Disney characters to catamaran excursions with the opportunity to see dolphins up close and in person. 

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