12 Top-Rated Family Resorts in Texas
Texas - aka, the "Lone Star State" - offers no end of fun for those seeking great family vacations, thanks to its many world-class cities, vast parklands, and countless attractions, all waiting to be explored. As a result, numerous great family-friendly hotels and resorts have sprung up across the state to meet the demand. From world-class luxury locations, such as the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa and Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa, to destinations like The Resort at Schlitterbahn and The San Luis Resort, you'll have no problem finding the perfect place to spend a great getaway with our list of the top-rated family resorts in Texas.
1 JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort and Spa, San Antonio
It's certainly fitting that the elegant and luxurious JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort and Spa should be considered the top family-friendly resort in Texas. Set amid 600 acres of magnificent hill country, the resort is home to the superb River Bluff Water Experience, a huge water park boasting an 1,100-foot-long lazy river, as well as a thrilling 650-foot rapid-river ride. Other activities the whole family can enjoy include golf (lessons are available) on two championship courses, table tennis, dining, and movies.
A great accommodation option for family groups are the roomy two-bedroom executive suites. Consisting of a king and two double beds, these spacious units come with a furnished balcony, large bathroom with separate shower and bathtub (plus bathrobes), and plenty of living space.
Accommodation: JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort and Spa
2 Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa, San Antonio
Another great luxury option for families wanting to enjoy a country-style vacation in Texas is the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa, also in San Antonio. Built on a magnificent 300-acre former ranch (this part of Texas is very green), the resort has a total of 27 holes of golf (lessons and kids' programs available) and a five-acre water park with waterslides and a lazy river. Other on-site amenities include the full-service Windflower Spa, kids' programs, and great restaurants including healthy children's menu options.
Popular accommodation choices for families include the spacious and well-appointed one- and two-bedroom units. Notable features include large master bedrooms plus ensuite bathrooms with stand-alone bathtubs and showers, separate dining and living areas, kitchenettes, full-second bathrooms, and balconies. While the one-bedroom can sleep five comfortably, thanks to its rollaway bed, the two-bedroom can handle up to nine guests. Some pet-friendly units are available.
Accommodation: Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa
3 The Woodlands Resort, The Woodlands
A huge draw for families to The Woodlands Resort is the property's location in the midst of the 28,000 unspoiled acres of Piney Woods. Here, you'll find much to do, from enjoying a fun family game on one of the resort's two championship golf courses, or playing doubles at the tennis center (lessons and kids' programs are available for both), or hanging out together at one of the swimming pools. Better still, have fun at the resort's water park, with its waterslide and lazy river, and catch a poolside movie afterwards. For grown-ups, there's plenty of fun at the on-site spa and restaurants.
Some of the most popular guest room options at The Woodlands include direct walkouts to the swimming pools. Featuring either single king or two queen beds, these spacious rooms come with mini-fridges and coffee makers. A great upgrade offers the chance to stay in a club level room with its private lounge.
Accommodation: The Woodlands Resort
4 La Cantera Resort & Spa, San Antonio
Another great location to consider when planning your next family vacation is San Antonio's La Cantera Resort & Spa. There's plenty for young and old alike to do, including enjoying the full-service spa, golfing on one (or both) of the resort's championship golf courses, or lounging around any of the five swimming pools or hot tubs. For a real treat, be sure to sample the poolside dining experience. And when the youngsters are busy at the kids' pool, with its waterslides and splash zones, head to the adults-only pool with its cozy cabanas. Other amenities include a shuttle bus; fitness center and spa; jogging trails; and a shop selling the resort's own unique brand of sweet treats, the delectable La Cantera Bonbon.
Popular accommodation options for those traveling as a family include the 1,700-square-foot luxury suites featuring king and queen bedrooms, a large parlor with a dining table, plus a living room, work desk, and wet bar. Whatever size room you book, you'll enjoy bright décor, custom finishes, large bathrooms with stand-alone bathtubs and showers (and bathrobes), HDTVs, and free bottled water. Those traveling with infants can request equipment such as strollers and cribs if needed, too.
Accommodation: La Cantera Resort & Spa
5 Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa, Cedar Creek
Built in the style of a classic 19th-century Texan farmhouse, the elegant Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa near Austin offers a degree of luxury that's sure to impress everyone in the family. The resort is set amid a lovely 400-acre tract of rolling countryside near the Colorado River, and there's plenty of exploring to be done on-site and along the 18 miles of trails on the nearby McKinney Roughs Nature Park. Popular activities include hiking and biking, educational nature tours, and fireside singalongs. Other on-site amenities include eight different places to eat, a water park with a 1,000-foot lazy river, fitness center, spa, business center, and tennis courts.
When it's time to hunker down for the night, there are 491 rooms and suites to choose from, all of which come with such standard features as mini-fridges, HDTVs, and bathrobes. A good choice for families is the huge "Governors Suite." In addition to its tall, vaulted ceilings, this spacious unit features a separate king bedroom, two bathrooms, an office area, living and dining rooms, and its own library. Some pet-friendly units are available, so check ahead when booking to ensure availability.
Accommodation: Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa
6 The San Luis Resort, Galveston Island
Offering young and old alike an unforgettable beach vacation, The San Luis Resort on Galveston Island in the Gulf of Mexico is a safe bet for a great family getaway. In addition to easy beach access, guests can enjoy spending time sunbathing by the resort's large, heated swimming pool or nearby plunge pool (private cabanas are available, complete with mini-fridges). In addition to great on-site dining (there are 10 restaurants to choose from), there's fun to be had toasting marshmallows at one of the fire pits, enjoying a spa treatment, or working out in the fitness center.
Each of the resort's 250 rooms are bright and well decorated, many boasting sunset views over the water from their spacious balconies. Whatever size you opt for, you can expect to enjoy complimentary bottled water, newspaper delivery, Keurig coffee makers, comfy bathrobes, HDTVs, mini-fridges, and microwaves. Super-luxurious penthouse suites and larger stand-alone villas are also available.
Accommodation: The San Luis Resort
7 The Westin Stonebriar Hotel & Golf Club, Frisco
Located in rugged northern Texas, The Westin Stonebriar Hotel & Golf Club is a great place for families to kick back and enjoy quality time together. Notable amenities on this large resort are a championship 18-hole golf course with pro shop and professional instruction, a huge lagoon-style swimming pool complete with waterfalls, and a spa (in-room services available), to name but a few of the many fun things to do here. There's also on-site dining, a fitness center, business center, and multiple function rooms.
A variety of accommodations are available, including the popular executive king rooms. A favorite with family groups, these spacious suites include a large separate seating area, HDTVs, and mini-fridges. Better still are the presidential suites, which comprise a separate bedroom, large main bathroom with a separate shower and bathtub, a second bathroom, plus a family room.
Accommodation: The Westin Stonebriar Hotel & Golf Club
8 The Resort at Schlitterbahn, New Braunfels
One of five popular resorts owned and operated by the Schlitterbahn brand, Schlitterbahn New Braunfels is a great getaway for families who enjoy their water parks. The resort is spread over a 70-acre parcel of land. Highlights include two separate water parks with a lazy river, tubing river, and water "coasters," along with surfing rides and wave rivers… all of them fun for all ages. Best of all, admission to the parks and their many attractions is included in the price of your stay. Other on-site amenities include dining, heated outdoor swimming pools, a volleyball court, tennis and basketball courts, fishing, hiking, and barbecue pits.
A great way to keep the family happy come bedtime is to book one of the luxurious "Treehaus" suites with their exquisite custom-made furniture and fantasy-inspired décor (an added bonus is their location close to the water parks). A variety of other suites are available, sleeping between two to six guests, as well as a number of funky stand-alone, one-bedroom cabins. Larger still are the two-bedroom lofts with their additional pullout couches, or the deluxe three- and four-bedroom homes capable of sleeping up to 14 comfortably.
Accommodation: The Resort at Schlitterbahn
9 Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center, Grapevine
One of the larger resort's in Texas, the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center is equally well-suited to family fun as it is for those on business. Located midway between Dallas and Fort Worth, the resort sprawls across 4.5 acres overlooking Lake Grapevine and offers plenty of fun activities for all ages. A highlight for families is the resort's large water park, along with its heated indoor and outdoor swimming pools, plus a games room. Adult fun includes spending time at the spa or dining in one of the resort's many restaurants.
A variety of room options are available, with larger configurations possible by combining two or more rooms. Standard features include a choice of king and queen beds, good-sized furnished balconies, mini-fridges, and seating areas. Alternatively, opt for one of the larger one-bedroom suites complete with separate living and dining rooms.
Accommodation: Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center
10 Isla Grand Beach Resort, South Padre Island
Built overlooking the beach on South Padre Island, the Isla Grand Beach Resort's Gulf of Mexico location makes it the perfect place for families to enjoy a great seaside vacation. The resort is set amid 10 acres of lush vegetation, and there's plenty of fun activities here. Highlights include relaxing on the beach, getting in some water sports aboard a kayak or paddleboard, or lounging around one of the two heated outdoor swimming pools (hot tubs are also available). Other on-site amenities include tennis and volleyball courts, a fitness center, restaurants, plus a coffee shop and gift shop. There's also plenty of great programs and activities for kids, from sports to creative pastimes.
A popular choice of room that's large enough to host the whole family, the "Beachfront Cabanas" sleep up to four guests comfortably thanks to their pullout sofa beds. Other features include large bathrooms, separate seating areas, HDTVs, private balconies, and handy mini-fridges.
Accommodation: Isla Grand Beach Resort
11 Lajitas Golf Resort, Lajitas
Located near two national and state parks in the beautiful Big Bend area of Texas, Lajitas Golf Resort and Spa is a great choice for those traveling with kids. Thanks to its massive 27,000-acre setting, the resort is very much about adventure holidays. Fun things to do include playing a round of golf on the resort's 18-hole course (kids classes available), getting in some clay pigeon shooting, trying out the zipline, or saddling up at the equestrian center and hitting the trails. There's also on-site dining, a spa, fitness center, swimming pools, plus a fun outdoor theater.
In addition to having a number of standard sized hotel rooms with a choice of king or queen beds, the resort offers family-sized options, including the spacious
Boardwalk Condos. These well-appointed units consist of two good-sized bedrooms, a full kitchen, three bathrooms, separate dining and living rooms with fireplaces, plus large furnished terraces. (Some pet-friendly units are available.)
Accommodation: Lajitas Golf Resort
12 Lakeway Resort and Spa, Lakeway
Set overlooking Lake Travis in the heart of Texas Hill Country, Lakeway Resort and Spa is about as family-friendly as it gets. Those with younger kids will appreciate the fun kids' zone with its many immersive activities, including arts and crafts, games, as well as regular movies. Older kids and adults alike who are into water-based activities such as boating, sailing, and kayaking can grab a rental from the resort's marina, while landlubbers can have fun on the golf course. Other amenities of note include three heated outdoor swimming pools (one with a great kids' slide), a hot tub, spa, fitness center, and a Southern-style restaurant.
A great room choice for those traveling with kids and in need of a little more space are the nearly 1,000-square-foot suites. Highlights of these spacious and bright accommodations include full-kitchens with modern appliances, separate living and dining areas with a fireplace, a work desk, HDTVS, and balcony (or patio) seating.
Accommodation: Lakeway Resort and Spa