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12 Best Family Resorts in the USA

Written by Carri Wilbanks & Becca Blond
Oct 30, 2019

From experiencing the magic of a Disney resort for the first time in Orlando to learning to ski in Winter Park, Colorado or just relaxing on a gold-sand beach in San Diego, the US is packed with family-friendly resorts and adventures that will keep you entertained year-round.

Resorts in the US know exactly how to cater to families, with amenities like activity-packed kids' clubs, separate family swimming pools, children's menus in restaurants, and interconnecting rooms and suites. Whether your children are five or 15 and whether you are looking for five-star pampering or just good bang for your buck, the resorts listed here offer something for everyone in the family.

Find the best place to stay on your next vacation with our list of the top family resorts in the US.

1. The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs, CO

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A long revered family favorite in Colorado Springs, The Broadmoor is a 5-star property that turned 100 years old recently and might offer more kid-friendly adventures than any resort in America. Set on beautiful grounds in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, The Broadmoor has a number of family-focused activities on offer.

Young guests can sign up for horseback riding, junior tennis camp, or ziplining on two separate courses. There is also a bowling alley on-site, and kids under 12 can play golf for free with an adult after 2pm on the resort's two award-winning 18-hole golf courses.

If parents need some alone time (maybe relaxing in the delightful spa on-site), there is an immersive camp program for an extra fee. It is available to kids between the ages of three and 12 and includes field trips, arts and crafts, and even lunch and dinner.

And then there is the property itself, with nearly 800 rooms and suites, all of which come with 5-star service and are poshly decorated (think monogrammed bath towels and thick robes). There are no less than 10 restaurants on the grounds, as well as multiple swimming pools and even a lake.

Address: 1 Lake Avenue, Colorado Springs, Colorado

Accommodation: The Broadmoor

2. Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Orlando, FL

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If you are going to take the kids to the Magic Kingdom in Orlando, then Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa is the top place to stay. Walt Disney World's flagship property, this four-star hotel is just a three-minute tram ride from the theme park's gates. It is also close to EPCOT, Hollywood Studios, and Disney's Animal Kingdom.

The resort boasts more than 800 rooms, suites, and villas in all shapes and sizes. All are luxe and comfortable with ornate detailing and lots of royal red and gold accents.

The property sits on 40 acres and caters to families with events like Kids Nite Out that give parents a break. In-room babysitting can also be arranged.

There are multiple restaurants on-site including one done up like a 1900s carousel that offers character-themed breakfasts.

Address: 4401 Floridian Way, Orlando, Florida

Accommodation: Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

3. Vintage Resort Hotel & Conference Center, Winter Park, CO

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Winter Park Resort is one of Colorado's most family-friendly ski and snowboard mountains, and at the Vintage Resort Hotel & Conference Center, you can sign the kids up for ski school right from the hotel. The Vintage is located just 300 yards from the Cabriolet Lift, which takes you down to the Village where you can catch a number of chairlifts up the mountain. Once on the ski slopes, you'll find a mix of terrain, from easy to expert.

The 3-star vintage is also affordably priced, which makes it all the better for a family vacation. There are 114 rooms, suites, and studios, and most come with kitchenettes and fireplaces.

On-site amenities include a kid-friendly restaurant serving pizza, burgers, and sandwiches, as well as a heated swimming pool and hot tub facing the slopes. The Vintage is also right next to the Coca-Cola Tubing Hill, which is another favorite winter activity for little ones.

Address: 100 Winter Park Drive, Winter Park, Colorado

Accommodation: The Vintage Resort Hotel & Conference Center

4. Four Seasons Resort Lanai, Lanai, HI

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If you're looking for a luxury family vacation in a gorgeous tropical location then check out the Four Seasons Resort Lanai. Located on the tiny island of Lanai, which is about 45 minutes by boat from Maui, this 5-star property overlooks beautiful Hulopoe Bay.

The Four Seasons is known for its child-friendly amenities, which include everything from a kids' club to child-specific welcome amenities and a lagoon-style family swimming pool with ocean views. The beach in front of the resort is part of a protected marine park, and you will find great snorkeling just offshore that will appeal to families with slightly older children.

Other amenities include a few different dining options with kids' menus and a Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course that adults will appreciate.

Address: 1 Manele Bay Road, Lanai City, Lanai, Hawaii

Accommodation: Four Seasons Resort Lanai

5. Legoland California Hotel, Carlsbad, CA

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Right by the entrance to the Legoland California theme park, this hotel is about an hour outside of San Diego. If your kids are into Lego, they will love the bold Lego-themed rooms and suites. There are separate sleeping areas for kids with bunk beds, and parents will appreciate the extra space.

Guests at the Legoland California Hotel can access the theme park before the general public in the morning, which is a perk. Breakfast is also included in the rate and at night, older kids will love the age-appropriate DJ dance parties. Other amenities include an outdoor swimming pool, gym, and two restaurants.

Address: 1 Legoland Drive, Carlsbad, California

Accommodation: Legoland California Hotel

6. Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island, MI

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The Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island in Michigan can only be accessed by ferry boat or plane. The car free island is a great place for families, and staying at this 5-star hotel feels like stepping back in time to the late 1800s when it initially opened.

The Victorian-era, grand dame property has 397 rooms and suites, all of which are charming and comfortable. They also come in a range of sizes, from standard rooms to four-bedroom cottages.

Activities abound here, and many have an old fashioned Americana feel-play some lawn games, croquet, or bocce ball or sign up for arts and crafts, Quidditch matches, or horseback riding. Kids will also love the free snow cones served at the 220-foot-long swimming pool. The front porch, complete with rocking chairs, is another great place to just hang out.

Address: 286 Grand Avenue P.O. Box 286, Mackinac Island, Michigan

Accommodation: Grand Hotel

7. Ponte Vedra Inn & Club, Jacksonville, FL

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Located just southeast of Jacksonville, the beachfront Ponte Vedra Inn & Club is a beachfront property with an upscale country club vibe and lots of family-focused activities.

The Kids Camp has a long list of programs that cater to children of various ages. Little ones can enjoy afternoon PJ and pizza parties, while teenagers can sign up for a Junior Lifeguard Camp. There are also activities that you can do as a family. These include taking out ocean kayaks, stand up paddleboarding, or just hanging out in the zero-entry family swimming pool.

The resort features a range of floor plans. The suites are great for families since they come with at least kitchenettes and also add separate living space.

There are multiple on-site restaurants, as well as a giant spa and fitness center running more than 100 classes per week. There are also 36 holes of golf to play and 15 tennis courts. Basically it is hard to run out of things to do here, which is another reason it is perfect for active families.

Address: 200 Ponte Vedra Blvd, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida

Accommodation: Ponte Vedra Inn & Club

8. The Phoenician, A Luxury Collection Resort, Scottsdale, AZ

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The Phoenician is a landmark five-diamond, five-star resort in Scottsdale. It is set on 250 acres of gorgeous grounds at the base of Camelback Mountain. The property is very family friendly with an on-site kids' club with scheduled activities that change daily. They also have a Kids Zone in their nine-swimming-pool complex that features a waterslide and treehouse.

Families will love the suites or casitas at The Phoenician, which have enough space to move around and plenty of posh amenities.

For dining, choose from eight restaurants, including a number with children's menus. Other amenities include a spa and 27-hole golf course.

Address: 6000 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale, Arizona

Accommodation: The Phoenician, A Luxury Collection Resort

9. Disney's Hilton Head Island Resort, Hilton Head, SC

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On a private 15-acre island estuary on Hilton Head, this Disney resort is another kid-focused beach resort. Created to resemble a fishing lodge from the 1940s, this resort has a kids' club with organized daily activities and a family swimming pool with a waterslide.

The accommodation is also made for families with studios and one- or two-bedroom villas that can sleep up to 10 people and are perfect for multi-generation vacations. All units come with contemporary decor; comfy beds; and perks parents appreciate, like mini-fridges, microwaves, and pullout couches in the living rooms. The bigger villas have full kitchens and washer/dryer combos.

Other resort amenities include multiple restaurants and a free shuttle to the Disney Beach House, which is right on the sand and has its own pool.

Address: 22 Harbourside Ln, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

Accommodation: Disney's Hilton Head Island Resort

10. InterContinental San Juan, San Juan, Puerto Rico

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Fronting beautiful palm-lined Isla Verde Beach in Puerto Rico's capital city of San Juan, the InterContinental San Juan is a family-friendly Caribbean beach resort that doesn't require a passport for Americans to visit. For children there is a kids' club with an outdoor playground and a lagoon-style swimming pool complete with a waterfall.

The 4-star hotel boasts just under 400 rooms and suites. The latter have enough space for families to move around. Many rooms also feature ocean views, and all come with floor-to-ceiling windows and super comfy beds with high-quality linens.

There are four restaurants to choose from on-site, as well as a hot tub, spa, and fitness room.

Address: 5961 Avienda Isla Verde, Isla Verde, Carolina

Accommodation: InterContinental San Juan

11. The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, FL

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The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne is a Miami-area resort that runs a fun kids' club. At Ritz Kids, your little ones between the ages of five and 12 will have an opportunity to engage in a number of environmentally focused activities involving the ocean.

Beyond its kids' program, the 5-star property on a barrier island features luxe rooms and suites that are spacious and comfortable. It also has a number of on-site restaurants, a spa, and access to a beautiful (and less crowded) stretch of beachfront.

Address: 455 Grand Bay Drive, Key Biscayne, Florida

Accommodation: The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne

12. Hotel del Coronado, San Diego, CA

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Kids will love building sandcastles on the long, gold-sand beach fronting the Hotel del Coronado on San Diego's Coronado Island. The island is connected to the mainland by a bridge, just a five-minute drive from the city.

The historic hotel (it is rumored to be haunted) is San Diego's grand dame property and an impressive Victorian-era affair that was built in 1888. When it opened its doors, it was the world's biggest hotel and also the first (in 1904) to boast an outdoor electric Christmas tree.

Families will love the themed rooms here that come with bunk beds. There are also family suites. If you need more space, try one of the beach cottages, which have direct beach access and a more secluded location, slightly removed from the main building and with their own amenities.

The Del also has seven on-site restaurants, two swimming pools, a hot tub and spa, and a gym. Live music plays some nights in the on-site lounge.

Address: 1500 Orange Ave., Coronado, California

Accommodation: Hotel del Coronado

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