Living in a fast-paced, technologically advanced world, our expectations of vacations are increasing. Many families expect resorts and hotels to offer a non-exhaustible round of activities that are guaranteed to occupy their children while keeping them safe. And of course, beautiful scenery is a must.
Let’s take a look at nine of the greatest family resorts the U.S. has to offer.
9. Kalahari Resorts and Conventions
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
This themed resort has plenty of activities to keep kids of all ages entertained. It has one of the country’s largest indoor pools. With activities centered on indoor water play, enjoy a game of water basketball in a 3000 square-foot pool at the Crocodile Cove or try out the 570-foot water roller-coaster at the Master Blaster. There is also a 5-foot wave stimulator for bodyboarding or surfing at the Flow Rider. This resort is perfect for kids ages 6-16!
8. Suncadia Resort
Cle Elum, Washington
The 2.2 million acres of this mountain resort is right on the doorstep of Wenatchee, Washington’s National Forest. Suncadia resort offers a wealth of outdoor activities for kids and adults. It is located between 6000 acres of mountain countryside, covered in rich forestry, meadows and meandering rivers. There are miles and miles of biking trails for every enthusiast level.
Try out their varied hiking trails for the whole family. There are 36 golf holes you can enjoy in the warmer months. Also, ladies can enjoy a pamper session or two at the spa. Kids from 4-12 can join the Junior Rangers Outdoor Program.
7. Aulani, Disney Resort and Spa
Ko Olina, Hawaii
What could be more perfect for the ‘kids’ of all ages, than a resort that provides unique trappings, such as Disney character meet-and-greets and Mickey-shaped foods, all packaged in a tropical paradise? Kids can be entertained by Disney movie nights and fire pit storytelling. They even offer ukulele lessons and sunrise yoga.
Watersides, splash zones, a water ‘river’ and a human-made reef for snorkeling are ideal for water enthusiasts. Parents aren’t overlooked; the lomilomi massage at the magnificent spa is a must. Also, there is a ‘quiet pool’ for those that just want to wade away from the noise and bustle.
6. Polynesian Village Disney Resort
Located right on the Seven Seas Lagoon, this resort brings home Polynesia’s feel with tiki torches, koi ponds, and lavish tropical plants. There is no end to the family fun here. You can add kayaking, fishing and sailing trips to the agenda.
There is a 140-foot waterslide and a theatrical faux volcano at the pool, along with a white sand beach for swimming or just relaxing in the sun. Disney World’s monorail makes a stop at this resort, making it a breeze to visit Magic Kingdom and Epcot.
5. Devil’s Thumb Ranch and Resort & Spa
A secluded vacation spot, set in the middle of the Rocky Mountains, situated on 6500 acres of unspoiled wilderness. With a wide variety of seasonal activities to keep everyone in the family happy. You can go cross country skiing and sleigh riding through the winter months, and in the summer months, zip-lining, mountain biking and fishing.
Horseback riding is available for family excursions all year round. And after a long day in the outdoors, there is a heated outdoor swimming pool and a full-service spa to soak away tired muscles.
4. Animal Kingdom Lodge Disney Resort
What makes this resort special is its Africa feel. If you close your eyes, you could almost imagine yourself on a safari in the Serengeti. The resort was inspired by the traditional kraal villages found in Africa and is enclosed by four savannahs.
The lodge has 30 wildlife species, such as zebras, giraffes, flamingos and gazelles. Safaris can be booked, with experts available to answer all the animal questions you have. Evening activities include campfires with s’ mores, outdoor movies and storytelling sessions.
3. Grand Wailea, Waldorf Astoria Resort
The resort is situated on the south shore of Maui, Hawaii. If you are interested in a vacation that is centered around water activities, this one is for you. There are nine separate pools to enjoy! There are caves, waterfalls, a baby beach, a Tarzan swing, a rope bridge and the world’s first water elevator.
For the kids between five and twelve, Camp Grande offers activities in the game room, theater and craft room. Kids can go on nature walks, make leis and partake in ukulele lessons. Kids under five get free breakfast and dinner at selected resort restaurants.
2. Westin Beaver Creek
Nestled in the Beaver Creek Mountain base, this resort was designed to resemble an Alpine village and has majestic views of the Rockies. Seasonal bound pursuits include skiing, snowboarding, tubing and ice-skating in the winter, with a ski-lift out of its back door.
In summer months, there is kayaking, fly-fishing and white water rafting on the Eagle River. The kids can enjoy gem panning, bungee trampolines and mini-golf. The Beaver Creek Summer Rodeo draws crowds all year long.
1. The Grove Resort
This resort is just six miles away from Walt Disney Theme Parks and Universal Studios and has daily shuttle transportation to Walt Disney World for family day-trips. On-site, there are plenty of water activities to keep the kids on the go.
The Surfari Water Park has a Surf Simulator for all surfers and boarders. There are also dual water slides, a 695-foot lazy river, a kid’s activity pool and a zero-entry pool. Come evening; family fun awaits at the Flip Flops Family Fun Center with gaming, activities and prizes.
Most people with families have hectic lives, so it is very important to take a ‘time out’ and create memories at amazing resorts like these. Not only do these resorts offer delightful accommodation, but all are focused on bringing families together.