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America's Top 5 Family Resorts

America's Top 5 Family Resorts

GAYOT has uncovered America's Top 5 Family Resorts that offer the ideal mix of supervised children's activities along with grown-up indulgences ranging from golf to spa treatments. These properties have excellent facilities, comfy lodgings and a variety of programs so that families have a vacation they won't soon forget.

Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa

Austin, TX

From the Kids Club (6 months to 11 years) to Camp Barton (with activities geared toward various ages and skill levels), Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa will keep your offspring entertained. Swimming, nature trail hikes and miniature golf are just a few of the standard activities, while cooking, science experiments and weekly field trips provide new experiences. During the summer, weeks at the camp are themed — past themes have included Buggin' Out, with an excursion to the Austin Nature & Science Center, and Sports of All Sorts, featuring a day at the Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex. As for mom and dad, relaxation comes in many forms, most notably spa treatments and golf.

Red Jacket Mountain View Resort

North Conway, NH

With its own 40,000-square-foot indoor water park, this wilderness resort has "family vacation" written all over it. Along with water slides and a wave pool that can be enjoyed year-round, this 25-acre property features a range of kid-friendly activities, from bonfires and family story time to movie nights and Xbox tournaments. A variety of accommodations are available: standard hotel guest rooms, two-bedroom townhouses with full kitchens and four-bedroom homes for groups of up to ten (perfect for family reunions). Hiking, whitewater rafting and horseback riding are just a few of the outdoor attractions.

Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa

Las Vegas, NV

While hotels like Circus Circus or Excalibur may seem the obvious choices for a family-friendly Las Vegas escape, we like to think outside the box ... and off the Strip. Just 20 minutes from the action, this resort is also only ten minutes from high desert adventures in Red Rock Canyon — mountain biking, horseback riding, river rafting, hot springs and Native American petroglyphs are just a few of the local draws. As for the resort itself, it has all the usual attractions (a casino with poolside gaming, a 25,000-square-foot spa, fine dining) and then some. Both parents and kids enjoy the three-acre "backyard" pool area, IMAX movie theater and bowling center. When mom and dad want to take in a lounge act or hit the tables, the Kids Quest indoor playground offers supervised games, crafts, a science lab, a climbing maze and themed activities.

Vista Verde

Clark, CO

You gotta love a place that boasts its own Kid Wranglers. These babysitters in boots may not round 'em up and rope 'em in, but they do teach horseback riding basics and fill tiny bellies with nutritious food, while mom and dad enjoy a wine tasting class or dinner for two. From hayrides to marshmallow roasts, Vista Verde's all-inclusive getaways are filled with traditional ranch activities and a few unusual extras, such as gold panning and antique fire truck rides into town for hand-cranked ice cream. The ranch has separate programs for younger children and teens, and wintertime activities include cross-country skiing, snowshoe outings and sleigh rides. Just outside Steamboat Springs, this working ranch offers traditional lodge accommodations and private cabins, multi-course dining events, hands-on cooking classes and outdoor adventures for all ages.

Woodloch Pines Resort

Hawley, PA

At the all-inclusive, all-season Woodloch Pines Resort, every age will feel at home, from wee ones to grandparents, who enjoy their own G3-Generation Grandparent program with little extras like complimentary lunch upon arrival and late check-out. Family-owned and operated since 1958, the resort allows parents to customize every aspect of their stay, including meal plans and accommodation types. It's easy to take advantage of the great outdoors with the help of naturalists who lead classes and nature walks. Fun for everyone includes a rock climbing wall, bumper cars, Broadway-style performances, snowshoeing, ice skating and edible plant walks.

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30 Unique Family Vacation Ideas for a Trip the Kids Won't Forget

The phrase "family vacation" might sound like an oxymoron&mdashespecially after spending more than a year in very close quarters. (Thanks, 2020!) But there are plenty of well-rounded resorts that offers plenty of fun for the whole family, even as we still navigate travel restrictions and social distancing requirements associated with COVID-19.

In many cases, hotels and resorts are open at limited capacity (each and every property below is accepting reservations!). And, according to the CDC, when traveling domestically&mdashsay a Florida beach or the mountains of Maine&mdashany fully vaccinated individual does not have to get tested or quarantine. Non-vaccinated family members should get tested one to three days before travel and get tested three to five days after travel and self-quarantine for seven days&mdash10 days, if not tested. (International travel to places like Europe is a bit trickier, especially if you're not vaccinated, but the CDC does outline various guidelines should you decide to make the trip.) Of course, it's always a good idea to check to see if there are any travel requirements specific to your desired destination, since properties can make their own guidelines.

If your family is more than ready to&mdashsafely&mdashjourney to a new locale for some fun in the sun this summer, consider this as you peruse vacation ideas: All-inclusive resorts, like many of the options on this list, are often the best choice for families, says Beth O'Donnell, travel expert and general manager of Thomson Family Adventures. They not only make it easier to find age-appropriate activities for each person in your crew, but they also keep you contained in one place (a great bonus for your first foray into travel post-pandemic).

Make your great escape, and plenty of amazing memories, at one of these unique family destinations in the US and around the world.

Beloved by families for a reason, this iconic resort in the Bahamas is a hit for all-ages because of its jam-packed menu of activities, plus a Kids Concierge. Take advantage of the outdoor location with the 141-acre water park, which includes marine life encounters, slides, river rides, and snorkeling, plus 11 pools (three for kids!) spread across the property. Numerous kid-friendly restaurants, like Carmine&rsquos Italian and ice cream at Sun & Ice, round out the delights.Atlantis (Bahamas)

Located in the heart of Nashville, this sprawling resort complex has plenty for kids and adults to do. Your steps from iconic highlights like the Grand Ol&rsquo Opry and close to Ryman Auditorium and a quick ride away from the heart of downtown Nashville&mdashbut for families wanting to hunker down on property, that&rsquos possible, too. The resort features SoundWaves, an upscale four-acre indoor/outdoor water attraction including a lazy river, an activity pool complete with a rock wall and basketball hoops, kids splash pad, a multi-level water play structure for all ages, private cabanas, and numerous tubing paths and slides with lights and music for an over-the-top experience. There&rsquos also a spa, nine acres of gardens and waterfalls, and 18 dining options on property, with special menus and activities for kids.

An all-inclusive located directly on the beach in the heart of Cancun, kids can enjoy the Pirate splash park (complete with a life-sized pirate ship), the on-site turtle farm, and guacamole-making classes at the kids and teen clubs. For adults, there&rsquos the Aura Spa, 13 food and beverage options, and nightly activities like karaoke. Rooms are spacious&mdashfamily suites offer bunk and trundle beds&mdashand include balconies, many with ocean views.

At the only all-suite resort in the Adirondacks, families will delight at the bevy of amenities offered by beautiful Whiteface Lodge. Close to Lake Placid&mdasha former winter Olympics village&mdashthe Forbes Four-Star resort is equally spectacular year-round. In the summer, there&rsquos tennis, arts and crafts, s&rsquomores around the fire pit, rental boats, paddle boating, canoes, kayaks, and catch-and-release fishing at the lake. There&rsquos also a kids club, a bowling alley, a game room, ice cream parlor, and movie theater. Suites include jacuzzis, dining-areas, and full kitchens.

On South Carolina&rsquos tiny Kiawah Island&mdasha master-planned community of property owners 21 miles south of Charleston&mdashsits The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island, an oceanfront Forbes Five-Star Resort and one of the most sublimely family-friendly destinations. Offering Kamp Kiawah, with tailored programs for kids from three to 18, the days feel lazier and longer here. Opportunities abound to connect with nature&mdashboating Charleston Harbor, getting up close with dolphins in Kiawah River, going on alligator safaris, bird watching&mdashwhile there&rsquos also family golf and tennis clinics, drive-in movie nights at the pool, a popular oyster roast and BBQ with live music, s&rsquomores, face-painting, and arts and crafts.

An easy drive from Washington D.C., Baltimore, and Richmond, the Shenandoah Valley&rsquos Massanutten Resort&rsquos 6,000 mountain acres are heaven for active families. Highlights include an indoor/outdoor waterpark, a Family Adventure Park including rock climbing and zip lining, a petting zoo, an equestrian center, escape rooms, two 18-hole golf courses, a game room, a playground, and a putting green. There are also twelve restaurants, guaranteeing choice for picky eaters, plus a nightclub for after the littles go to sleep.

With more sun than any other Caribbean island, Aruba is an ideal choice for a family getaway, and this 12-acre waterfront resort provides plenty of beachy fun. While the Palm Beach location and 8,000 square-foot, three-level pool complex are unbeatable&mdashincluding a two-story waterslide and swim-up pool bar&mdashthere&rsquos also a Camp Hyatt for kids with a game room, a casino, and ZoiA Spa. For nature lovers, a visit to nearby Butterfly Farm, with tropical butterflies from around the planet, is a must, while the resort also offers adventures like horseback riding, kite surfing, and diving lessons through Red Sail Sports, plus ten dining options.

Just north of Jacksonville, this beachfront country club-style resort features 36 holes of golf, 15 tennis courts, several pools (including a family pool with an extensive zero-entry splash pad area), cycling, standup paddle boarding, and ocean kayaks. It also contains one of North Florida's largest spas and a fitness center with over 100 weekly classes.

A collection of massive indoor waterpark resorts with 16 locations around the country&mdashincluding Anaheim, Atlanta, Colorado Springs, Chicago, and Boston&mdashGreat Wolf Lodge is kid-friendly aquatic nirvana. Water is kept at 84 degrees, with slides, pools, body surfing, tube rides, a wave pool, and lazy river. There&rsquos also dry fun to be had, including character breakfasts, PJ parties, laser tag, bowling, and mini golf, while special family suites feature bunk beds. Picky eaters can relax: There&rsquos a nut-free kitchen and allergy-friendly menus at the multiple restaurants, including a pizza spot, wood-fired grill, and poolside grill.

Orlando&rsquos best-kept secret, the all-suite, 106-acre lakefront property is only three miles from Disney World, offering an incredible experience&mdashplus complimentary shuttles&mdashat a fraction of the price. (Some rooms even have views of the Disney fireworks.) For non-Disney days, start with the six acre Surfari water park&mdashcomplimentary and exclusive to guests&mdashoffering three swimming pools, two tube slides, a kids&rsquo activity pool, dual-ride surf zone, and a lazy river. The resort also has a 7,000-square-foot Flip Flop Family Fun Center, including glow-in-the-dark mini golf, virtual reality, and 65 arcade and video games. The Lake Austin Pier also provides kayaks, swan paddle boats, and fishing. There are six restaurants to choose from with picky eaters in mind, plus an onsite market, while the suites offer full kitchens, washers, and dryers. And for parents&rsquo downtime, there&rsquos a full-service spa.

Trust us: This spot offers one of the greatest kids' clubs in the history of kids' clubs. At 5,200 square feet, the activity-packed, complimentary Auntie's Beach House is open every day from 8 a.m. until 9 p.m., making it easy to ignore Aulani&rsquos prime 21-acre beachfront location in Oahu&rsquos Ko Olina. (But don&rsquot!) Here are some favorites: a quiet lagoon for paddle boarding, swimming, numerous waterslides, and a lu&rsquoau called Ka&rsquoWa&rsquoA. There&rsquos also a nearby golf course, spa, and all the character breakfasts, Moana meet and greets, and Disney magic your littles could dream of. It&rsquos Disney, aloha-style.

This 10,000-acre ranch just outside the Dutch village of Solvang offers a summer camp-like arrangement of activities, from horseback riding to archery, zip lining, fishing, and an obstacle course. Be sure to stop by the petting zoo and barnyard with daily egg gathering, an arts and crafts room, and corral for children under seven to enjoy pony rides. Bonus for parents: The resort is in the middle of Santa Barbara wine country, with numerous wineries and tasting rooms nearby.

Set on 18 lakefront acres in Michigan, this idyllic resort is located on charming, car-free Mackinac Island, which feels like stepping back in time where horse-and-buggies are regular modes of transportation. Families can explore more than 70 miles of hiking and biking trails, as well as ride horses, take a workshop with a kite master, try croquet and bocce ball, play 18-hole putt-putt, or compete at the video game arcade. Evenings are spent relaxing on the Adirondack chairs on the waterfront great lawn, picnic basket in tow.

This might finally be the place that gets everyone off their phone. Featuring a mile of private beach, five swimming pools, Moke beach cruisers, and a marine center with water activities (think: scuba diving and sunset cruises), the 24-acre resort is sprinkled with tiki huts, fire pits, hammocks, and a beachside grill. A perk? All rooms have views of the Atlantic.

Sitting atop 110 acres of a private peninsula, this locale offers families the choice of Ralph Lauren-designed rooms in the preppy main inn, or spacious private villas with staff. There are two kids' clubs for children of various ages, and adults can enjoy the spa, tennis courts, and an infinity pool where villa-owner Ralph Lauren is regularly spotted with his family. Bonus: Royal aficionados will be thrilled to know that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle stayed here together before their wedding.

Located about an hour outside of San Diego, the adult and kids sleeping areas at this Lego-packed hotel and theme park are separated for comfort (and kid-friendly fun). By day, choose between pool time or early access to the connected Legoland park. At night, kids can burn off steam at DJ-fueled dance parties.

This supremely family-friendly 3,000-acre mountain resort is beloved by both parents and kids. The Forbes Five-Star property which was featured on the last season of the Bachelor, has just about everything you could ever want, including five pools, zip lining, animal safaris, off-roading, rock climbing, ropes courses (separate ones for kids and adults), disc golf, and quick-jumping. There&rsquos also a full gymnasium&mdashcomplete with trampolines, balance beams, uneven bars, and vault&mdashalong with an arcade, carnival, and two kids' clubs for both infants and those between four and 15.

Unlike many Miami hotels, this resort offers a bevy of amenities to entice families to stay. (Pets are welcome, too!) Located directly on the beach, its Loews Loves Families program features a spate of daily activities at the SoBe Kids Club, including an indoor lifeguard hut, craft area, video games, pizza-making classes, scavenger hunts, and evening programs on Friday and Saturday nights. There&rsquos a zero-entry pool, ideal for babies and toddlers, with nearby soda machines and special kids' menus, as well as youth programming for all ages and a partnership with nearby Jungle Island. The weekend Family Happy Hour offers cocktails for parents and lawn toys for kids, while there's also a Teen Scene Social Hour. Oh, and the hotel has a program called Leave It to Loews, which allows families to request everything from toys to baby bathtubs, night lights, and DVD players.

This undeniably pricey slice of paradise includes all the perks you&rsquod expect from a Four Seasons resort: five-star service, exquisite ocean views, and even a Nobu location. Still, it manages to be supremely family-friendly. You can hike, snorkel, try archery, and go horseback riding. There&rsquos also a complimentary Kids For All Seasons Program with everything from arts and crafts to tide pool exploration and lei-making. Little ones can expect complimentary smoothies and popsicles by the family pool, or request bags of fish food to feed the koi.

Located on 23 acres on Maui&rsquos Ma&rsquoanapali Beach, this sprawling destination recently completed a huge renovation. Families can expect treats, such as beachside s&rsquomores, complimentary ukulele lessons, shallow-wading pools for kids, and special kids' menus (plus, kids under 12 eat free). There&rsquos also the Shaka Shack children's area with free hula lessons, lei making, and a fire knife demo. Maui Ocean Center has opened its first off-site location here, and family rooms feature amenities like pull-down wall beds.

Turn to Disney for perfectly curated VIP-style trips across the globe, each led by "Adventure Guides" that know how to keep children engaged. Select from over 30 trips across six continents, with itineraries that explores major European cities like Rome, London, and Paris, or historic U.S. locations like the Grand Canyon.

Situated in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains, the Broadmoor might be America&rsquos longest-running Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five-Diamond resort, but manages to feel low-key and down to earth. Activities are plentiful: there's hiking, canoeing, zip-lining, paddle-boarding, horseback riding, three golf courses, a kids' tennis camp, and three pools (including an 11,000-square-foot infinity pool with waterslides). In addition to 10 restaurants, there&rsquos also a family dining and activity center, complete with bowling, a pool table, shuffle board, a virtual BEAM playground machine, and a variety of video games.

After getting their mini robes and slippers at check-in, children will love Monarch Beach Kids&mdasha games-, crafts-, and activity-packed kids' club for those between five and 12. There&rsquos also an Ocean Institute Program that allows youngsters to get up close with tide pool animals and create marine art. Meanwhile, parents will feel settled thanks to an 18-hole golf course, tennis, a Miraval Life in Balance Spa, Deborah Lippman nail salon, and a Drybar. Three pools and a splash pad complete the equation.

Getting to this eastern part of Maui is half the adventure: guests must either take a helicopter or traverse the infamously twisty 64-mile long Road to Hana, a scenic and legendary drive with numerous kid-friendly stops along the way. At the resort, which offers a summer camp feel with upscale cabins dotting the beachfront green, amenities include swimming, tennis, horseback riding, and standup paddling. Sign up for Hawaiian cultural activities such as lei-making, hula lessons, spear- and throw-net fishing, as well as a tour of Hana Bay on an outrigger canoe.

Known as the Del, this Victorian red-roofed resort has delighted families of all sizes since the 1880s. The main pool is kept at 70 degrees year-round and offers water toys for children, but the various beach-front recreational activities should not be missed, either.

Thanks to this resort's white beaches and the lush gardens surrounding the property, you'll forget you're only minutes from downtown Miami. The 12-acre resort has two swimming pools (including one just for families), a large tennis center, and a luxurious spa. Its Ritz Kids program&mdashwhich partners with Jean-Michel Cousteau&rsquos Ocean Futures Society&mdashgives pint-size travelers the opportunity to learn about the environment through fun, educational activities.

The indoor kids' club at this AAA Five Diamond all-inclusive resort offers Spanish lessons, baking, sand castle building, and a Alebrijes painting workshop inspired by Disney's Coco. The teens' club is set up for karaoke and video games, and family members of all ages can participate in spa treatments and family photo shoots.

Journey to the Caribbean for an all-inclusive experience that includes gourmet food and beverages, a sports club, an expansive water park, and interactions with all of your kids' favorite Nickelodeon characters. Of course, there's plenty of traditional Nick fun, too&mdashlike a daily "mass sliming" at the water park.

The family resort is known for its fine dining, evening dances, and of course, numerous outdoor activities. Try your hand at everything from kayaking on the lake, to hiking to a nearby waterfall, to skeet shooting at a hilltop range.

Nestled on the banks of Lake Champlain in Vermont sits a quaint camp-like resort that promises days of nostalgic family fun coupled with modern amenities. Jump from activity to activity&mdashtennis, boating, golfing, and more&mdashduring the day, then round out the afternoon with dinner at one of three restaurants and a night cap 'round the campfire (with s'mores, of course).


30 Unique Family Vacation Ideas for a Trip the Kids Won't Forget

The phrase "family vacation" might sound like an oxymoron&mdashespecially after spending more than a year in very close quarters. (Thanks, 2020!) But there are plenty of well-rounded resorts that offers plenty of fun for the whole family, even as we still navigate travel restrictions and social distancing requirements associated with COVID-19.

In many cases, hotels and resorts are open at limited capacity (each and every property below is accepting reservations!). And, according to the CDC, when traveling domestically&mdashsay a Florida beach or the mountains of Maine&mdashany fully vaccinated individual does not have to get tested or quarantine. Non-vaccinated family members should get tested one to three days before travel and get tested three to five days after travel and self-quarantine for seven days&mdash10 days, if not tested. (International travel to places like Europe is a bit trickier, especially if you're not vaccinated, but the CDC does outline various guidelines should you decide to make the trip.) Of course, it's always a good idea to check to see if there are any travel requirements specific to your desired destination, since properties can make their own guidelines.

If your family is more than ready to&mdashsafely&mdashjourney to a new locale for some fun in the sun this summer, consider this as you peruse vacation ideas: All-inclusive resorts, like many of the options on this list, are often the best choice for families, says Beth O'Donnell, travel expert and general manager of Thomson Family Adventures. They not only make it easier to find age-appropriate activities for each person in your crew, but they also keep you contained in one place (a great bonus for your first foray into travel post-pandemic).

Make your great escape, and plenty of amazing memories, at one of these unique family destinations in the US and around the world.

Beloved by families for a reason, this iconic resort in the Bahamas is a hit for all-ages because of its jam-packed menu of activities, plus a Kids Concierge. Take advantage of the outdoor location with the 141-acre water park, which includes marine life encounters, slides, river rides, and snorkeling, plus 11 pools (three for kids!) spread across the property. Numerous kid-friendly restaurants, like Carmine&rsquos Italian and ice cream at Sun & Ice, round out the delights.Atlantis (Bahamas)

Located in the heart of Nashville, this sprawling resort complex has plenty for kids and adults to do. Your steps from iconic highlights like the Grand Ol&rsquo Opry and close to Ryman Auditorium and a quick ride away from the heart of downtown Nashville&mdashbut for families wanting to hunker down on property, that&rsquos possible, too. The resort features SoundWaves, an upscale four-acre indoor/outdoor water attraction including a lazy river, an activity pool complete with a rock wall and basketball hoops, kids splash pad, a multi-level water play structure for all ages, private cabanas, and numerous tubing paths and slides with lights and music for an over-the-top experience. There&rsquos also a spa, nine acres of gardens and waterfalls, and 18 dining options on property, with special menus and activities for kids.

An all-inclusive located directly on the beach in the heart of Cancun, kids can enjoy the Pirate splash park (complete with a life-sized pirate ship), the on-site turtle farm, and guacamole-making classes at the kids and teen clubs. For adults, there&rsquos the Aura Spa, 13 food and beverage options, and nightly activities like karaoke. Rooms are spacious&mdashfamily suites offer bunk and trundle beds&mdashand include balconies, many with ocean views.

At the only all-suite resort in the Adirondacks, families will delight at the bevy of amenities offered by beautiful Whiteface Lodge. Close to Lake Placid&mdasha former winter Olympics village&mdashthe Forbes Four-Star resort is equally spectacular year-round. In the summer, there&rsquos tennis, arts and crafts, s&rsquomores around the fire pit, rental boats, paddle boating, canoes, kayaks, and catch-and-release fishing at the lake. There&rsquos also a kids club, a bowling alley, a game room, ice cream parlor, and movie theater. Suites include jacuzzis, dining-areas, and full kitchens.

On South Carolina&rsquos tiny Kiawah Island&mdasha master-planned community of property owners 21 miles south of Charleston&mdashsits The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island, an oceanfront Forbes Five-Star Resort and one of the most sublimely family-friendly destinations. Offering Kamp Kiawah, with tailored programs for kids from three to 18, the days feel lazier and longer here. Opportunities abound to connect with nature&mdashboating Charleston Harbor, getting up close with dolphins in Kiawah River, going on alligator safaris, bird watching&mdashwhile there&rsquos also family golf and tennis clinics, drive-in movie nights at the pool, a popular oyster roast and BBQ with live music, s&rsquomores, face-painting, and arts and crafts.

An easy drive from Washington D.C., Baltimore, and Richmond, the Shenandoah Valley&rsquos Massanutten Resort&rsquos 6,000 mountain acres are heaven for active families. Highlights include an indoor/outdoor waterpark, a Family Adventure Park including rock climbing and zip lining, a petting zoo, an equestrian center, escape rooms, two 18-hole golf courses, a game room, a playground, and a putting green. There are also twelve restaurants, guaranteeing choice for picky eaters, plus a nightclub for after the littles go to sleep.

With more sun than any other Caribbean island, Aruba is an ideal choice for a family getaway, and this 12-acre waterfront resort provides plenty of beachy fun. While the Palm Beach location and 8,000 square-foot, three-level pool complex are unbeatable&mdashincluding a two-story waterslide and swim-up pool bar&mdashthere&rsquos also a Camp Hyatt for kids with a game room, a casino, and ZoiA Spa. For nature lovers, a visit to nearby Butterfly Farm, with tropical butterflies from around the planet, is a must, while the resort also offers adventures like horseback riding, kite surfing, and diving lessons through Red Sail Sports, plus ten dining options.

Just north of Jacksonville, this beachfront country club-style resort features 36 holes of golf, 15 tennis courts, several pools (including a family pool with an extensive zero-entry splash pad area), cycling, standup paddle boarding, and ocean kayaks. It also contains one of North Florida's largest spas and a fitness center with over 100 weekly classes.

A collection of massive indoor waterpark resorts with 16 locations around the country&mdashincluding Anaheim, Atlanta, Colorado Springs, Chicago, and Boston&mdashGreat Wolf Lodge is kid-friendly aquatic nirvana. Water is kept at 84 degrees, with slides, pools, body surfing, tube rides, a wave pool, and lazy river. There&rsquos also dry fun to be had, including character breakfasts, PJ parties, laser tag, bowling, and mini golf, while special family suites feature bunk beds. Picky eaters can relax: There&rsquos a nut-free kitchen and allergy-friendly menus at the multiple restaurants, including a pizza spot, wood-fired grill, and poolside grill.

Orlando&rsquos best-kept secret, the all-suite, 106-acre lakefront property is only three miles from Disney World, offering an incredible experience&mdashplus complimentary shuttles&mdashat a fraction of the price. (Some rooms even have views of the Disney fireworks.) For non-Disney days, start with the six acre Surfari water park&mdashcomplimentary and exclusive to guests&mdashoffering three swimming pools, two tube slides, a kids&rsquo activity pool, dual-ride surf zone, and a lazy river. The resort also has a 7,000-square-foot Flip Flop Family Fun Center, including glow-in-the-dark mini golf, virtual reality, and 65 arcade and video games. The Lake Austin Pier also provides kayaks, swan paddle boats, and fishing. There are six restaurants to choose from with picky eaters in mind, plus an onsite market, while the suites offer full kitchens, washers, and dryers. And for parents&rsquo downtime, there&rsquos a full-service spa.

Trust us: This spot offers one of the greatest kids' clubs in the history of kids' clubs. At 5,200 square feet, the activity-packed, complimentary Auntie's Beach House is open every day from 8 a.m. until 9 p.m., making it easy to ignore Aulani&rsquos prime 21-acre beachfront location in Oahu&rsquos Ko Olina. (But don&rsquot!) Here are some favorites: a quiet lagoon for paddle boarding, swimming, numerous waterslides, and a lu&rsquoau called Ka&rsquoWa&rsquoA. There&rsquos also a nearby golf course, spa, and all the character breakfasts, Moana meet and greets, and Disney magic your littles could dream of. It&rsquos Disney, aloha-style.

This 10,000-acre ranch just outside the Dutch village of Solvang offers a summer camp-like arrangement of activities, from horseback riding to archery, zip lining, fishing, and an obstacle course. Be sure to stop by the petting zoo and barnyard with daily egg gathering, an arts and crafts room, and corral for children under seven to enjoy pony rides. Bonus for parents: The resort is in the middle of Santa Barbara wine country, with numerous wineries and tasting rooms nearby.

Set on 18 lakefront acres in Michigan, this idyllic resort is located on charming, car-free Mackinac Island, which feels like stepping back in time where horse-and-buggies are regular modes of transportation. Families can explore more than 70 miles of hiking and biking trails, as well as ride horses, take a workshop with a kite master, try croquet and bocce ball, play 18-hole putt-putt, or compete at the video game arcade. Evenings are spent relaxing on the Adirondack chairs on the waterfront great lawn, picnic basket in tow.

This might finally be the place that gets everyone off their phone. Featuring a mile of private beach, five swimming pools, Moke beach cruisers, and a marine center with water activities (think: scuba diving and sunset cruises), the 24-acre resort is sprinkled with tiki huts, fire pits, hammocks, and a beachside grill. A perk? All rooms have views of the Atlantic.

Sitting atop 110 acres of a private peninsula, this locale offers families the choice of Ralph Lauren-designed rooms in the preppy main inn, or spacious private villas with staff. There are two kids' clubs for children of various ages, and adults can enjoy the spa, tennis courts, and an infinity pool where villa-owner Ralph Lauren is regularly spotted with his family. Bonus: Royal aficionados will be thrilled to know that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle stayed here together before their wedding.

Located about an hour outside of San Diego, the adult and kids sleeping areas at this Lego-packed hotel and theme park are separated for comfort (and kid-friendly fun). By day, choose between pool time or early access to the connected Legoland park. At night, kids can burn off steam at DJ-fueled dance parties.

This supremely family-friendly 3,000-acre mountain resort is beloved by both parents and kids. The Forbes Five-Star property which was featured on the last season of the Bachelor, has just about everything you could ever want, including five pools, zip lining, animal safaris, off-roading, rock climbing, ropes courses (separate ones for kids and adults), disc golf, and quick-jumping. There&rsquos also a full gymnasium&mdashcomplete with trampolines, balance beams, uneven bars, and vault&mdashalong with an arcade, carnival, and two kids' clubs for both infants and those between four and 15.

Unlike many Miami hotels, this resort offers a bevy of amenities to entice families to stay. (Pets are welcome, too!) Located directly on the beach, its Loews Loves Families program features a spate of daily activities at the SoBe Kids Club, including an indoor lifeguard hut, craft area, video games, pizza-making classes, scavenger hunts, and evening programs on Friday and Saturday nights. There&rsquos a zero-entry pool, ideal for babies and toddlers, with nearby soda machines and special kids' menus, as well as youth programming for all ages and a partnership with nearby Jungle Island. The weekend Family Happy Hour offers cocktails for parents and lawn toys for kids, while there's also a Teen Scene Social Hour. Oh, and the hotel has a program called Leave It to Loews, which allows families to request everything from toys to baby bathtubs, night lights, and DVD players.

This undeniably pricey slice of paradise includes all the perks you&rsquod expect from a Four Seasons resort: five-star service, exquisite ocean views, and even a Nobu location. Still, it manages to be supremely family-friendly. You can hike, snorkel, try archery, and go horseback riding. There&rsquos also a complimentary Kids For All Seasons Program with everything from arts and crafts to tide pool exploration and lei-making. Little ones can expect complimentary smoothies and popsicles by the family pool, or request bags of fish food to feed the koi.

Located on 23 acres on Maui&rsquos Ma&rsquoanapali Beach, this sprawling destination recently completed a huge renovation. Families can expect treats, such as beachside s&rsquomores, complimentary ukulele lessons, shallow-wading pools for kids, and special kids' menus (plus, kids under 12 eat free). There&rsquos also the Shaka Shack children's area with free hula lessons, lei making, and a fire knife demo. Maui Ocean Center has opened its first off-site location here, and family rooms feature amenities like pull-down wall beds.

Turn to Disney for perfectly curated VIP-style trips across the globe, each led by "Adventure Guides" that know how to keep children engaged. Select from over 30 trips across six continents, with itineraries that explores major European cities like Rome, London, and Paris, or historic U.S. locations like the Grand Canyon.

Situated in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains, the Broadmoor might be America&rsquos longest-running Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five-Diamond resort, but manages to feel low-key and down to earth. Activities are plentiful: there's hiking, canoeing, zip-lining, paddle-boarding, horseback riding, three golf courses, a kids' tennis camp, and three pools (including an 11,000-square-foot infinity pool with waterslides). In addition to 10 restaurants, there&rsquos also a family dining and activity center, complete with bowling, a pool table, shuffle board, a virtual BEAM playground machine, and a variety of video games.

After getting their mini robes and slippers at check-in, children will love Monarch Beach Kids&mdasha games-, crafts-, and activity-packed kids' club for those between five and 12. There&rsquos also an Ocean Institute Program that allows youngsters to get up close with tide pool animals and create marine art. Meanwhile, parents will feel settled thanks to an 18-hole golf course, tennis, a Miraval Life in Balance Spa, Deborah Lippman nail salon, and a Drybar. Three pools and a splash pad complete the equation.

Getting to this eastern part of Maui is half the adventure: guests must either take a helicopter or traverse the infamously twisty 64-mile long Road to Hana, a scenic and legendary drive with numerous kid-friendly stops along the way. At the resort, which offers a summer camp feel with upscale cabins dotting the beachfront green, amenities include swimming, tennis, horseback riding, and standup paddling. Sign up for Hawaiian cultural activities such as lei-making, hula lessons, spear- and throw-net fishing, as well as a tour of Hana Bay on an outrigger canoe.

Known as the Del, this Victorian red-roofed resort has delighted families of all sizes since the 1880s. The main pool is kept at 70 degrees year-round and offers water toys for children, but the various beach-front recreational activities should not be missed, either.

Thanks to this resort's white beaches and the lush gardens surrounding the property, you'll forget you're only minutes from downtown Miami. The 12-acre resort has two swimming pools (including one just for families), a large tennis center, and a luxurious spa. Its Ritz Kids program&mdashwhich partners with Jean-Michel Cousteau&rsquos Ocean Futures Society&mdashgives pint-size travelers the opportunity to learn about the environment through fun, educational activities.

The indoor kids' club at this AAA Five Diamond all-inclusive resort offers Spanish lessons, baking, sand castle building, and a Alebrijes painting workshop inspired by Disney's Coco. The teens' club is set up for karaoke and video games, and family members of all ages can participate in spa treatments and family photo shoots.

Journey to the Caribbean for an all-inclusive experience that includes gourmet food and beverages, a sports club, an expansive water park, and interactions with all of your kids' favorite Nickelodeon characters. Of course, there's plenty of traditional Nick fun, too&mdashlike a daily "mass sliming" at the water park.

The family resort is known for its fine dining, evening dances, and of course, numerous outdoor activities. Try your hand at everything from kayaking on the lake, to hiking to a nearby waterfall, to skeet shooting at a hilltop range.

Nestled on the banks of Lake Champlain in Vermont sits a quaint camp-like resort that promises days of nostalgic family fun coupled with modern amenities. Jump from activity to activity&mdashtennis, boating, golfing, and more&mdashduring the day, then round out the afternoon with dinner at one of three restaurants and a night cap 'round the campfire (with s'mores, of course).


30 Unique Family Vacation Ideas for a Trip the Kids Won't Forget

The phrase "family vacation" might sound like an oxymoron&mdashespecially after spending more than a year in very close quarters. (Thanks, 2020!) But there are plenty of well-rounded resorts that offers plenty of fun for the whole family, even as we still navigate travel restrictions and social distancing requirements associated with COVID-19.

In many cases, hotels and resorts are open at limited capacity (each and every property below is accepting reservations!). And, according to the CDC, when traveling domestically&mdashsay a Florida beach or the mountains of Maine&mdashany fully vaccinated individual does not have to get tested or quarantine. Non-vaccinated family members should get tested one to three days before travel and get tested three to five days after travel and self-quarantine for seven days&mdash10 days, if not tested. (International travel to places like Europe is a bit trickier, especially if you're not vaccinated, but the CDC does outline various guidelines should you decide to make the trip.) Of course, it's always a good idea to check to see if there are any travel requirements specific to your desired destination, since properties can make their own guidelines.

If your family is more than ready to&mdashsafely&mdashjourney to a new locale for some fun in the sun this summer, consider this as you peruse vacation ideas: All-inclusive resorts, like many of the options on this list, are often the best choice for families, says Beth O'Donnell, travel expert and general manager of Thomson Family Adventures. They not only make it easier to find age-appropriate activities for each person in your crew, but they also keep you contained in one place (a great bonus for your first foray into travel post-pandemic).

Make your great escape, and plenty of amazing memories, at one of these unique family destinations in the US and around the world.

Beloved by families for a reason, this iconic resort in the Bahamas is a hit for all-ages because of its jam-packed menu of activities, plus a Kids Concierge. Take advantage of the outdoor location with the 141-acre water park, which includes marine life encounters, slides, river rides, and snorkeling, plus 11 pools (three for kids!) spread across the property. Numerous kid-friendly restaurants, like Carmine&rsquos Italian and ice cream at Sun & Ice, round out the delights.Atlantis (Bahamas)

Located in the heart of Nashville, this sprawling resort complex has plenty for kids and adults to do. Your steps from iconic highlights like the Grand Ol&rsquo Opry and close to Ryman Auditorium and a quick ride away from the heart of downtown Nashville&mdashbut for families wanting to hunker down on property, that&rsquos possible, too. The resort features SoundWaves, an upscale four-acre indoor/outdoor water attraction including a lazy river, an activity pool complete with a rock wall and basketball hoops, kids splash pad, a multi-level water play structure for all ages, private cabanas, and numerous tubing paths and slides with lights and music for an over-the-top experience. There&rsquos also a spa, nine acres of gardens and waterfalls, and 18 dining options on property, with special menus and activities for kids.

An all-inclusive located directly on the beach in the heart of Cancun, kids can enjoy the Pirate splash park (complete with a life-sized pirate ship), the on-site turtle farm, and guacamole-making classes at the kids and teen clubs. For adults, there&rsquos the Aura Spa, 13 food and beverage options, and nightly activities like karaoke. Rooms are spacious&mdashfamily suites offer bunk and trundle beds&mdashand include balconies, many with ocean views.

At the only all-suite resort in the Adirondacks, families will delight at the bevy of amenities offered by beautiful Whiteface Lodge. Close to Lake Placid&mdasha former winter Olympics village&mdashthe Forbes Four-Star resort is equally spectacular year-round. In the summer, there&rsquos tennis, arts and crafts, s&rsquomores around the fire pit, rental boats, paddle boating, canoes, kayaks, and catch-and-release fishing at the lake. There&rsquos also a kids club, a bowling alley, a game room, ice cream parlor, and movie theater. Suites include jacuzzis, dining-areas, and full kitchens.

On South Carolina&rsquos tiny Kiawah Island&mdasha master-planned community of property owners 21 miles south of Charleston&mdashsits The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island, an oceanfront Forbes Five-Star Resort and one of the most sublimely family-friendly destinations. Offering Kamp Kiawah, with tailored programs for kids from three to 18, the days feel lazier and longer here. Opportunities abound to connect with nature&mdashboating Charleston Harbor, getting up close with dolphins in Kiawah River, going on alligator safaris, bird watching&mdashwhile there&rsquos also family golf and tennis clinics, drive-in movie nights at the pool, a popular oyster roast and BBQ with live music, s&rsquomores, face-painting, and arts and crafts.

An easy drive from Washington D.C., Baltimore, and Richmond, the Shenandoah Valley&rsquos Massanutten Resort&rsquos 6,000 mountain acres are heaven for active families. Highlights include an indoor/outdoor waterpark, a Family Adventure Park including rock climbing and zip lining, a petting zoo, an equestrian center, escape rooms, two 18-hole golf courses, a game room, a playground, and a putting green. There are also twelve restaurants, guaranteeing choice for picky eaters, plus a nightclub for after the littles go to sleep.

With more sun than any other Caribbean island, Aruba is an ideal choice for a family getaway, and this 12-acre waterfront resort provides plenty of beachy fun. While the Palm Beach location and 8,000 square-foot, three-level pool complex are unbeatable&mdashincluding a two-story waterslide and swim-up pool bar&mdashthere&rsquos also a Camp Hyatt for kids with a game room, a casino, and ZoiA Spa. For nature lovers, a visit to nearby Butterfly Farm, with tropical butterflies from around the planet, is a must, while the resort also offers adventures like horseback riding, kite surfing, and diving lessons through Red Sail Sports, plus ten dining options.

Just north of Jacksonville, this beachfront country club-style resort features 36 holes of golf, 15 tennis courts, several pools (including a family pool with an extensive zero-entry splash pad area), cycling, standup paddle boarding, and ocean kayaks. It also contains one of North Florida's largest spas and a fitness center with over 100 weekly classes.

A collection of massive indoor waterpark resorts with 16 locations around the country&mdashincluding Anaheim, Atlanta, Colorado Springs, Chicago, and Boston&mdashGreat Wolf Lodge is kid-friendly aquatic nirvana. Water is kept at 84 degrees, with slides, pools, body surfing, tube rides, a wave pool, and lazy river. There&rsquos also dry fun to be had, including character breakfasts, PJ parties, laser tag, bowling, and mini golf, while special family suites feature bunk beds. Picky eaters can relax: There&rsquos a nut-free kitchen and allergy-friendly menus at the multiple restaurants, including a pizza spot, wood-fired grill, and poolside grill.

Orlando&rsquos best-kept secret, the all-suite, 106-acre lakefront property is only three miles from Disney World, offering an incredible experience&mdashplus complimentary shuttles&mdashat a fraction of the price. (Some rooms even have views of the Disney fireworks.) For non-Disney days, start with the six acre Surfari water park&mdashcomplimentary and exclusive to guests&mdashoffering three swimming pools, two tube slides, a kids&rsquo activity pool, dual-ride surf zone, and a lazy river. The resort also has a 7,000-square-foot Flip Flop Family Fun Center, including glow-in-the-dark mini golf, virtual reality, and 65 arcade and video games. The Lake Austin Pier also provides kayaks, swan paddle boats, and fishing. There are six restaurants to choose from with picky eaters in mind, plus an onsite market, while the suites offer full kitchens, washers, and dryers. And for parents&rsquo downtime, there&rsquos a full-service spa.

Trust us: This spot offers one of the greatest kids' clubs in the history of kids' clubs. At 5,200 square feet, the activity-packed, complimentary Auntie's Beach House is open every day from 8 a.m. until 9 p.m., making it easy to ignore Aulani&rsquos prime 21-acre beachfront location in Oahu&rsquos Ko Olina. (But don&rsquot!) Here are some favorites: a quiet lagoon for paddle boarding, swimming, numerous waterslides, and a lu&rsquoau called Ka&rsquoWa&rsquoA. There&rsquos also a nearby golf course, spa, and all the character breakfasts, Moana meet and greets, and Disney magic your littles could dream of. It&rsquos Disney, aloha-style.

This 10,000-acre ranch just outside the Dutch village of Solvang offers a summer camp-like arrangement of activities, from horseback riding to archery, zip lining, fishing, and an obstacle course. Be sure to stop by the petting zoo and barnyard with daily egg gathering, an arts and crafts room, and corral for children under seven to enjoy pony rides. Bonus for parents: The resort is in the middle of Santa Barbara wine country, with numerous wineries and tasting rooms nearby.

Set on 18 lakefront acres in Michigan, this idyllic resort is located on charming, car-free Mackinac Island, which feels like stepping back in time where horse-and-buggies are regular modes of transportation. Families can explore more than 70 miles of hiking and biking trails, as well as ride horses, take a workshop with a kite master, try croquet and bocce ball, play 18-hole putt-putt, or compete at the video game arcade. Evenings are spent relaxing on the Adirondack chairs on the waterfront great lawn, picnic basket in tow.

This might finally be the place that gets everyone off their phone. Featuring a mile of private beach, five swimming pools, Moke beach cruisers, and a marine center with water activities (think: scuba diving and sunset cruises), the 24-acre resort is sprinkled with tiki huts, fire pits, hammocks, and a beachside grill. A perk? All rooms have views of the Atlantic.

Sitting atop 110 acres of a private peninsula, this locale offers families the choice of Ralph Lauren-designed rooms in the preppy main inn, or spacious private villas with staff. There are two kids' clubs for children of various ages, and adults can enjoy the spa, tennis courts, and an infinity pool where villa-owner Ralph Lauren is regularly spotted with his family. Bonus: Royal aficionados will be thrilled to know that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle stayed here together before their wedding.

Located about an hour outside of San Diego, the adult and kids sleeping areas at this Lego-packed hotel and theme park are separated for comfort (and kid-friendly fun). By day, choose between pool time or early access to the connected Legoland park. At night, kids can burn off steam at DJ-fueled dance parties.

This supremely family-friendly 3,000-acre mountain resort is beloved by both parents and kids. The Forbes Five-Star property which was featured on the last season of the Bachelor, has just about everything you could ever want, including five pools, zip lining, animal safaris, off-roading, rock climbing, ropes courses (separate ones for kids and adults), disc golf, and quick-jumping. There&rsquos also a full gymnasium&mdashcomplete with trampolines, balance beams, uneven bars, and vault&mdashalong with an arcade, carnival, and two kids' clubs for both infants and those between four and 15.

Unlike many Miami hotels, this resort offers a bevy of amenities to entice families to stay. (Pets are welcome, too!) Located directly on the beach, its Loews Loves Families program features a spate of daily activities at the SoBe Kids Club, including an indoor lifeguard hut, craft area, video games, pizza-making classes, scavenger hunts, and evening programs on Friday and Saturday nights. There&rsquos a zero-entry pool, ideal for babies and toddlers, with nearby soda machines and special kids' menus, as well as youth programming for all ages and a partnership with nearby Jungle Island. The weekend Family Happy Hour offers cocktails for parents and lawn toys for kids, while there's also a Teen Scene Social Hour. Oh, and the hotel has a program called Leave It to Loews, which allows families to request everything from toys to baby bathtubs, night lights, and DVD players.

This undeniably pricey slice of paradise includes all the perks you&rsquod expect from a Four Seasons resort: five-star service, exquisite ocean views, and even a Nobu location. Still, it manages to be supremely family-friendly. You can hike, snorkel, try archery, and go horseback riding. There&rsquos also a complimentary Kids For All Seasons Program with everything from arts and crafts to tide pool exploration and lei-making. Little ones can expect complimentary smoothies and popsicles by the family pool, or request bags of fish food to feed the koi.

Located on 23 acres on Maui&rsquos Ma&rsquoanapali Beach, this sprawling destination recently completed a huge renovation. Families can expect treats, such as beachside s&rsquomores, complimentary ukulele lessons, shallow-wading pools for kids, and special kids' menus (plus, kids under 12 eat free). There&rsquos also the Shaka Shack children's area with free hula lessons, lei making, and a fire knife demo. Maui Ocean Center has opened its first off-site location here, and family rooms feature amenities like pull-down wall beds.

Turn to Disney for perfectly curated VIP-style trips across the globe, each led by "Adventure Guides" that know how to keep children engaged. Select from over 30 trips across six continents, with itineraries that explores major European cities like Rome, London, and Paris, or historic U.S. locations like the Grand Canyon.

Situated in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains, the Broadmoor might be America&rsquos longest-running Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five-Diamond resort, but manages to feel low-key and down to earth. Activities are plentiful: there's hiking, canoeing, zip-lining, paddle-boarding, horseback riding, three golf courses, a kids' tennis camp, and three pools (including an 11,000-square-foot infinity pool with waterslides). In addition to 10 restaurants, there&rsquos also a family dining and activity center, complete with bowling, a pool table, shuffle board, a virtual BEAM playground machine, and a variety of video games.

After getting their mini robes and slippers at check-in, children will love Monarch Beach Kids&mdasha games-, crafts-, and activity-packed kids' club for those between five and 12. There&rsquos also an Ocean Institute Program that allows youngsters to get up close with tide pool animals and create marine art. Meanwhile, parents will feel settled thanks to an 18-hole golf course, tennis, a Miraval Life in Balance Spa, Deborah Lippman nail salon, and a Drybar. Three pools and a splash pad complete the equation.

Getting to this eastern part of Maui is half the adventure: guests must either take a helicopter or traverse the infamously twisty 64-mile long Road to Hana, a scenic and legendary drive with numerous kid-friendly stops along the way. At the resort, which offers a summer camp feel with upscale cabins dotting the beachfront green, amenities include swimming, tennis, horseback riding, and standup paddling. Sign up for Hawaiian cultural activities such as lei-making, hula lessons, spear- and throw-net fishing, as well as a tour of Hana Bay on an outrigger canoe.

Known as the Del, this Victorian red-roofed resort has delighted families of all sizes since the 1880s. The main pool is kept at 70 degrees year-round and offers water toys for children, but the various beach-front recreational activities should not be missed, either.

Thanks to this resort's white beaches and the lush gardens surrounding the property, you'll forget you're only minutes from downtown Miami. The 12-acre resort has two swimming pools (including one just for families), a large tennis center, and a luxurious spa. Its Ritz Kids program&mdashwhich partners with Jean-Michel Cousteau&rsquos Ocean Futures Society&mdashgives pint-size travelers the opportunity to learn about the environment through fun, educational activities.

The indoor kids' club at this AAA Five Diamond all-inclusive resort offers Spanish lessons, baking, sand castle building, and a Alebrijes painting workshop inspired by Disney's Coco. The teens' club is set up for karaoke and video games, and family members of all ages can participate in spa treatments and family photo shoots.

Journey to the Caribbean for an all-inclusive experience that includes gourmet food and beverages, a sports club, an expansive water park, and interactions with all of your kids' favorite Nickelodeon characters. Of course, there's plenty of traditional Nick fun, too&mdashlike a daily "mass sliming" at the water park.

The family resort is known for its fine dining, evening dances, and of course, numerous outdoor activities. Try your hand at everything from kayaking on the lake, to hiking to a nearby waterfall, to skeet shooting at a hilltop range.

Nestled on the banks of Lake Champlain in Vermont sits a quaint camp-like resort that promises days of nostalgic family fun coupled with modern amenities. Jump from activity to activity&mdashtennis, boating, golfing, and more&mdashduring the day, then round out the afternoon with dinner at one of three restaurants and a night cap 'round the campfire (with s'mores, of course).


30 Unique Family Vacation Ideas for a Trip the Kids Won't Forget

The phrase "family vacation" might sound like an oxymoron&mdashespecially after spending more than a year in very close quarters. (Thanks, 2020!) But there are plenty of well-rounded resorts that offers plenty of fun for the whole family, even as we still navigate travel restrictions and social distancing requirements associated with COVID-19.

In many cases, hotels and resorts are open at limited capacity (each and every property below is accepting reservations!). And, according to the CDC, when traveling domestically&mdashsay a Florida beach or the mountains of Maine&mdashany fully vaccinated individual does not have to get tested or quarantine. Non-vaccinated family members should get tested one to three days before travel and get tested three to five days after travel and self-quarantine for seven days&mdash10 days, if not tested. (International travel to places like Europe is a bit trickier, especially if you're not vaccinated, but the CDC does outline various guidelines should you decide to make the trip.) Of course, it's always a good idea to check to see if there are any travel requirements specific to your desired destination, since properties can make their own guidelines.

If your family is more than ready to&mdashsafely&mdashjourney to a new locale for some fun in the sun this summer, consider this as you peruse vacation ideas: All-inclusive resorts, like many of the options on this list, are often the best choice for families, says Beth O'Donnell, travel expert and general manager of Thomson Family Adventures. They not only make it easier to find age-appropriate activities for each person in your crew, but they also keep you contained in one place (a great bonus for your first foray into travel post-pandemic).

Make your great escape, and plenty of amazing memories, at one of these unique family destinations in the US and around the world.

Beloved by families for a reason, this iconic resort in the Bahamas is a hit for all-ages because of its jam-packed menu of activities, plus a Kids Concierge. Take advantage of the outdoor location with the 141-acre water park, which includes marine life encounters, slides, river rides, and snorkeling, plus 11 pools (three for kids!) spread across the property. Numerous kid-friendly restaurants, like Carmine&rsquos Italian and ice cream at Sun & Ice, round out the delights.Atlantis (Bahamas)

Located in the heart of Nashville, this sprawling resort complex has plenty for kids and adults to do. Your steps from iconic highlights like the Grand Ol&rsquo Opry and close to Ryman Auditorium and a quick ride away from the heart of downtown Nashville&mdashbut for families wanting to hunker down on property, that&rsquos possible, too. The resort features SoundWaves, an upscale four-acre indoor/outdoor water attraction including a lazy river, an activity pool complete with a rock wall and basketball hoops, kids splash pad, a multi-level water play structure for all ages, private cabanas, and numerous tubing paths and slides with lights and music for an over-the-top experience. There&rsquos also a spa, nine acres of gardens and waterfalls, and 18 dining options on property, with special menus and activities for kids.

An all-inclusive located directly on the beach in the heart of Cancun, kids can enjoy the Pirate splash park (complete with a life-sized pirate ship), the on-site turtle farm, and guacamole-making classes at the kids and teen clubs. For adults, there&rsquos the Aura Spa, 13 food and beverage options, and nightly activities like karaoke. Rooms are spacious&mdashfamily suites offer bunk and trundle beds&mdashand include balconies, many with ocean views.

At the only all-suite resort in the Adirondacks, families will delight at the bevy of amenities offered by beautiful Whiteface Lodge. Close to Lake Placid&mdasha former winter Olympics village&mdashthe Forbes Four-Star resort is equally spectacular year-round. In the summer, there&rsquos tennis, arts and crafts, s&rsquomores around the fire pit, rental boats, paddle boating, canoes, kayaks, and catch-and-release fishing at the lake. There&rsquos also a kids club, a bowling alley, a game room, ice cream parlor, and movie theater. Suites include jacuzzis, dining-areas, and full kitchens.

On South Carolina&rsquos tiny Kiawah Island&mdasha master-planned community of property owners 21 miles south of Charleston&mdashsits The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island, an oceanfront Forbes Five-Star Resort and one of the most sublimely family-friendly destinations. Offering Kamp Kiawah, with tailored programs for kids from three to 18, the days feel lazier and longer here. Opportunities abound to connect with nature&mdashboating Charleston Harbor, getting up close with dolphins in Kiawah River, going on alligator safaris, bird watching&mdashwhile there&rsquos also family golf and tennis clinics, drive-in movie nights at the pool, a popular oyster roast and BBQ with live music, s&rsquomores, face-painting, and arts and crafts.

An easy drive from Washington D.C., Baltimore, and Richmond, the Shenandoah Valley&rsquos Massanutten Resort&rsquos 6,000 mountain acres are heaven for active families. Highlights include an indoor/outdoor waterpark, a Family Adventure Park including rock climbing and zip lining, a petting zoo, an equestrian center, escape rooms, two 18-hole golf courses, a game room, a playground, and a putting green. There are also twelve restaurants, guaranteeing choice for picky eaters, plus a nightclub for after the littles go to sleep.

With more sun than any other Caribbean island, Aruba is an ideal choice for a family getaway, and this 12-acre waterfront resort provides plenty of beachy fun. While the Palm Beach location and 8,000 square-foot, three-level pool complex are unbeatable&mdashincluding a two-story waterslide and swim-up pool bar&mdashthere&rsquos also a Camp Hyatt for kids with a game room, a casino, and ZoiA Spa. For nature lovers, a visit to nearby Butterfly Farm, with tropical butterflies from around the planet, is a must, while the resort also offers adventures like horseback riding, kite surfing, and diving lessons through Red Sail Sports, plus ten dining options.

Just north of Jacksonville, this beachfront country club-style resort features 36 holes of golf, 15 tennis courts, several pools (including a family pool with an extensive zero-entry splash pad area), cycling, standup paddle boarding, and ocean kayaks. It also contains one of North Florida's largest spas and a fitness center with over 100 weekly classes.

A collection of massive indoor waterpark resorts with 16 locations around the country&mdashincluding Anaheim, Atlanta, Colorado Springs, Chicago, and Boston&mdashGreat Wolf Lodge is kid-friendly aquatic nirvana. Water is kept at 84 degrees, with slides, pools, body surfing, tube rides, a wave pool, and lazy river. There&rsquos also dry fun to be had, including character breakfasts, PJ parties, laser tag, bowling, and mini golf, while special family suites feature bunk beds. Picky eaters can relax: There&rsquos a nut-free kitchen and allergy-friendly menus at the multiple restaurants, including a pizza spot, wood-fired grill, and poolside grill.

Orlando&rsquos best-kept secret, the all-suite, 106-acre lakefront property is only three miles from Disney World, offering an incredible experience&mdashplus complimentary shuttles&mdashat a fraction of the price. (Some rooms even have views of the Disney fireworks.) For non-Disney days, start with the six acre Surfari water park&mdashcomplimentary and exclusive to guests&mdashoffering three swimming pools, two tube slides, a kids&rsquo activity pool, dual-ride surf zone, and a lazy river. The resort also has a 7,000-square-foot Flip Flop Family Fun Center, including glow-in-the-dark mini golf, virtual reality, and 65 arcade and video games. The Lake Austin Pier also provides kayaks, swan paddle boats, and fishing. There are six restaurants to choose from with picky eaters in mind, plus an onsite market, while the suites offer full kitchens, washers, and dryers. And for parents&rsquo downtime, there&rsquos a full-service spa.

Trust us: This spot offers one of the greatest kids' clubs in the history of kids' clubs. At 5,200 square feet, the activity-packed, complimentary Auntie's Beach House is open every day from 8 a.m. until 9 p.m., making it easy to ignore Aulani&rsquos prime 21-acre beachfront location in Oahu&rsquos Ko Olina. (But don&rsquot!) Here are some favorites: a quiet lagoon for paddle boarding, swimming, numerous waterslides, and a lu&rsquoau called Ka&rsquoWa&rsquoA. There&rsquos also a nearby golf course, spa, and all the character breakfasts, Moana meet and greets, and Disney magic your littles could dream of. It&rsquos Disney, aloha-style.

This 10,000-acre ranch just outside the Dutch village of Solvang offers a summer camp-like arrangement of activities, from horseback riding to archery, zip lining, fishing, and an obstacle course. Be sure to stop by the petting zoo and barnyard with daily egg gathering, an arts and crafts room, and corral for children under seven to enjoy pony rides. Bonus for parents: The resort is in the middle of Santa Barbara wine country, with numerous wineries and tasting rooms nearby.

Set on 18 lakefront acres in Michigan, this idyllic resort is located on charming, car-free Mackinac Island, which feels like stepping back in time where horse-and-buggies are regular modes of transportation. Families can explore more than 70 miles of hiking and biking trails, as well as ride horses, take a workshop with a kite master, try croquet and bocce ball, play 18-hole putt-putt, or compete at the video game arcade. Evenings are spent relaxing on the Adirondack chairs on the waterfront great lawn, picnic basket in tow.

This might finally be the place that gets everyone off their phone. Featuring a mile of private beach, five swimming pools, Moke beach cruisers, and a marine center with water activities (think: scuba diving and sunset cruises), the 24-acre resort is sprinkled with tiki huts, fire pits, hammocks, and a beachside grill. A perk? All rooms have views of the Atlantic.

Sitting atop 110 acres of a private peninsula, this locale offers families the choice of Ralph Lauren-designed rooms in the preppy main inn, or spacious private villas with staff. There are two kids' clubs for children of various ages, and adults can enjoy the spa, tennis courts, and an infinity pool where villa-owner Ralph Lauren is regularly spotted with his family. Bonus: Royal aficionados will be thrilled to know that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle stayed here together before their wedding.

Located about an hour outside of San Diego, the adult and kids sleeping areas at this Lego-packed hotel and theme park are separated for comfort (and kid-friendly fun). By day, choose between pool time or early access to the connected Legoland park. At night, kids can burn off steam at DJ-fueled dance parties.

This supremely family-friendly 3,000-acre mountain resort is beloved by both parents and kids. The Forbes Five-Star property which was featured on the last season of the Bachelor, has just about everything you could ever want, including five pools, zip lining, animal safaris, off-roading, rock climbing, ropes courses (separate ones for kids and adults), disc golf, and quick-jumping. There&rsquos also a full gymnasium&mdashcomplete with trampolines, balance beams, uneven bars, and vault&mdashalong with an arcade, carnival, and two kids' clubs for both infants and those between four and 15.

Unlike many Miami hotels, this resort offers a bevy of amenities to entice families to stay. (Pets are welcome, too!) Located directly on the beach, its Loews Loves Families program features a spate of daily activities at the SoBe Kids Club, including an indoor lifeguard hut, craft area, video games, pizza-making classes, scavenger hunts, and evening programs on Friday and Saturday nights. There&rsquos a zero-entry pool, ideal for babies and toddlers, with nearby soda machines and special kids' menus, as well as youth programming for all ages and a partnership with nearby Jungle Island. The weekend Family Happy Hour offers cocktails for parents and lawn toys for kids, while there's also a Teen Scene Social Hour. Oh, and the hotel has a program called Leave It to Loews, which allows families to request everything from toys to baby bathtubs, night lights, and DVD players.

This undeniably pricey slice of paradise includes all the perks you&rsquod expect from a Four Seasons resort: five-star service, exquisite ocean views, and even a Nobu location. Still, it manages to be supremely family-friendly. You can hike, snorkel, try archery, and go horseback riding. There&rsquos also a complimentary Kids For All Seasons Program with everything from arts and crafts to tide pool exploration and lei-making. Little ones can expect complimentary smoothies and popsicles by the family pool, or request bags of fish food to feed the koi.

Located on 23 acres on Maui&rsquos Ma&rsquoanapali Beach, this sprawling destination recently completed a huge renovation. Families can expect treats, such as beachside s&rsquomores, complimentary ukulele lessons, shallow-wading pools for kids, and special kids' menus (plus, kids under 12 eat free). There&rsquos also the Shaka Shack children's area with free hula lessons, lei making, and a fire knife demo. Maui Ocean Center has opened its first off-site location here, and family rooms feature amenities like pull-down wall beds.

Turn to Disney for perfectly curated VIP-style trips across the globe, each led by "Adventure Guides" that know how to keep children engaged. Select from over 30 trips across six continents, with itineraries that explores major European cities like Rome, London, and Paris, or historic U.S. locations like the Grand Canyon.

Situated in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains, the Broadmoor might be America&rsquos longest-running Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five-Diamond resort, but manages to feel low-key and down to earth. Activities are plentiful: there's hiking, canoeing, zip-lining, paddle-boarding, horseback riding, three golf courses, a kids' tennis camp, and three pools (including an 11,000-square-foot infinity pool with waterslides). In addition to 10 restaurants, there&rsquos also a family dining and activity center, complete with bowling, a pool table, shuffle board, a virtual BEAM playground machine, and a variety of video games.

After getting their mini robes and slippers at check-in, children will love Monarch Beach Kids&mdasha games-, crafts-, and activity-packed kids' club for those between five and 12. There&rsquos also an Ocean Institute Program that allows youngsters to get up close with tide pool animals and create marine art. Meanwhile, parents will feel settled thanks to an 18-hole golf course, tennis, a Miraval Life in Balance Spa, Deborah Lippman nail salon, and a Drybar. Three pools and a splash pad complete the equation.

Getting to this eastern part of Maui is half the adventure: guests must either take a helicopter or traverse the infamously twisty 64-mile long Road to Hana, a scenic and legendary drive with numerous kid-friendly stops along the way. At the resort, which offers a summer camp feel with upscale cabins dotting the beachfront green, amenities include swimming, tennis, horseback riding, and standup paddling. Sign up for Hawaiian cultural activities such as lei-making, hula lessons, spear- and throw-net fishing, as well as a tour of Hana Bay on an outrigger canoe.

Known as the Del, this Victorian red-roofed resort has delighted families of all sizes since the 1880s. The main pool is kept at 70 degrees year-round and offers water toys for children, but the various beach-front recreational activities should not be missed, either.

Thanks to this resort's white beaches and the lush gardens surrounding the property, you'll forget you're only minutes from downtown Miami. The 12-acre resort has two swimming pools (including one just for families), a large tennis center, and a luxurious spa. Its Ritz Kids program&mdashwhich partners with Jean-Michel Cousteau&rsquos Ocean Futures Society&mdashgives pint-size travelers the opportunity to learn about the environment through fun, educational activities.

The indoor kids' club at this AAA Five Diamond all-inclusive resort offers Spanish lessons, baking, sand castle building, and a Alebrijes painting workshop inspired by Disney's Coco. The teens' club is set up for karaoke and video games, and family members of all ages can participate in spa treatments and family photo shoots.

Journey to the Caribbean for an all-inclusive experience that includes gourmet food and beverages, a sports club, an expansive water park, and interactions with all of your kids' favorite Nickelodeon characters. Of course, there's plenty of traditional Nick fun, too&mdashlike a daily "mass sliming" at the water park.

The family resort is known for its fine dining, evening dances, and of course, numerous outdoor activities. Try your hand at everything from kayaking on the lake, to hiking to a nearby waterfall, to skeet shooting at a hilltop range.

Nestled on the banks of Lake Champlain in Vermont sits a quaint camp-like resort that promises days of nostalgic family fun coupled with modern amenities. Jump from activity to activity&mdashtennis, boating, golfing, and more&mdashduring the day, then round out the afternoon with dinner at one of three restaurants and a night cap 'round the campfire (with s'mores, of course).


30 Unique Family Vacation Ideas for a Trip the Kids Won't Forget

The phrase "family vacation" might sound like an oxymoron&mdashespecially after spending more than a year in very close quarters. (Thanks, 2020!) But there are plenty of well-rounded resorts that offers plenty of fun for the whole family, even as we still navigate travel restrictions and social distancing requirements associated with COVID-19.

In many cases, hotels and resorts are open at limited capacity (each and every property below is accepting reservations!). And, according to the CDC, when traveling domestically&mdashsay a Florida beach or the mountains of Maine&mdashany fully vaccinated individual does not have to get tested or quarantine. Non-vaccinated family members should get tested one to three days before travel and get tested three to five days after travel and self-quarantine for seven days&mdash10 days, if not tested. (International travel to places like Europe is a bit trickier, especially if you're not vaccinated, but the CDC does outline various guidelines should you decide to make the trip.) Of course, it's always a good idea to check to see if there are any travel requirements specific to your desired destination, since properties can make their own guidelines.

If your family is more than ready to&mdashsafely&mdashjourney to a new locale for some fun in the sun this summer, consider this as you peruse vacation ideas: All-inclusive resorts, like many of the options on this list, are often the best choice for families, says Beth O'Donnell, travel expert and general manager of Thomson Family Adventures. They not only make it easier to find age-appropriate activities for each person in your crew, but they also keep you contained in one place (a great bonus for your first foray into travel post-pandemic).

Make your great escape, and plenty of amazing memories, at one of these unique family destinations in the US and around the world.

Beloved by families for a reason, this iconic resort in the Bahamas is a hit for all-ages because of its jam-packed menu of activities, plus a Kids Concierge. Take advantage of the outdoor location with the 141-acre water park, which includes marine life encounters, slides, river rides, and snorkeling, plus 11 pools (three for kids!) spread across the property. Numerous kid-friendly restaurants, like Carmine&rsquos Italian and ice cream at Sun & Ice, round out the delights.Atlantis (Bahamas)

Located in the heart of Nashville, this sprawling resort complex has plenty for kids and adults to do. Your steps from iconic highlights like the Grand Ol&rsquo Opry and close to Ryman Auditorium and a quick ride away from the heart of downtown Nashville&mdashbut for families wanting to hunker down on property, that&rsquos possible, too. The resort features SoundWaves, an upscale four-acre indoor/outdoor water attraction including a lazy river, an activity pool complete with a rock wall and basketball hoops, kids splash pad, a multi-level water play structure for all ages, private cabanas, and numerous tubing paths and slides with lights and music for an over-the-top experience. There&rsquos also a spa, nine acres of gardens and waterfalls, and 18 dining options on property, with special menus and activities for kids.

An all-inclusive located directly on the beach in the heart of Cancun, kids can enjoy the Pirate splash park (complete with a life-sized pirate ship), the on-site turtle farm, and guacamole-making classes at the kids and teen clubs. For adults, there&rsquos the Aura Spa, 13 food and beverage options, and nightly activities like karaoke. Rooms are spacious&mdashfamily suites offer bunk and trundle beds&mdashand include balconies, many with ocean views.

At the only all-suite resort in the Adirondacks, families will delight at the bevy of amenities offered by beautiful Whiteface Lodge. Close to Lake Placid&mdasha former winter Olympics village&mdashthe Forbes Four-Star resort is equally spectacular year-round. In the summer, there&rsquos tennis, arts and crafts, s&rsquomores around the fire pit, rental boats, paddle boating, canoes, kayaks, and catch-and-release fishing at the lake. There&rsquos also a kids club, a bowling alley, a game room, ice cream parlor, and movie theater. Suites include jacuzzis, dining-areas, and full kitchens.

On South Carolina&rsquos tiny Kiawah Island&mdasha master-planned community of property owners 21 miles south of Charleston&mdashsits The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island, an oceanfront Forbes Five-Star Resort and one of the most sublimely family-friendly destinations. Offering Kamp Kiawah, with tailored programs for kids from three to 18, the days feel lazier and longer here. Opportunities abound to connect with nature&mdashboating Charleston Harbor, getting up close with dolphins in Kiawah River, going on alligator safaris, bird watching&mdashwhile there&rsquos also family golf and tennis clinics, drive-in movie nights at the pool, a popular oyster roast and BBQ with live music, s&rsquomores, face-painting, and arts and crafts.

An easy drive from Washington D.C., Baltimore, and Richmond, the Shenandoah Valley&rsquos Massanutten Resort&rsquos 6,000 mountain acres are heaven for active families. Highlights include an indoor/outdoor waterpark, a Family Adventure Park including rock climbing and zip lining, a petting zoo, an equestrian center, escape rooms, two 18-hole golf courses, a game room, a playground, and a putting green. There are also twelve restaurants, guaranteeing choice for picky eaters, plus a nightclub for after the littles go to sleep.

With more sun than any other Caribbean island, Aruba is an ideal choice for a family getaway, and this 12-acre waterfront resort provides plenty of beachy fun. While the Palm Beach location and 8,000 square-foot, three-level pool complex are unbeatable&mdashincluding a two-story waterslide and swim-up pool bar&mdashthere&rsquos also a Camp Hyatt for kids with a game room, a casino, and ZoiA Spa. For nature lovers, a visit to nearby Butterfly Farm, with tropical butterflies from around the planet, is a must, while the resort also offers adventures like horseback riding, kite surfing, and diving lessons through Red Sail Sports, plus ten dining options.

Just north of Jacksonville, this beachfront country club-style resort features 36 holes of golf, 15 tennis courts, several pools (including a family pool with an extensive zero-entry splash pad area), cycling, standup paddle boarding, and ocean kayaks. It also contains one of North Florida's largest spas and a fitness center with over 100 weekly classes.

A collection of massive indoor waterpark resorts with 16 locations around the country&mdashincluding Anaheim, Atlanta, Colorado Springs, Chicago, and Boston&mdashGreat Wolf Lodge is kid-friendly aquatic nirvana. Water is kept at 84 degrees, with slides, pools, body surfing, tube rides, a wave pool, and lazy river. There&rsquos also dry fun to be had, including character breakfasts, PJ parties, laser tag, bowling, and mini golf, while special family suites feature bunk beds. Picky eaters can relax: There&rsquos a nut-free kitchen and allergy-friendly menus at the multiple restaurants, including a pizza spot, wood-fired grill, and poolside grill.

Orlando&rsquos best-kept secret, the all-suite, 106-acre lakefront property is only three miles from Disney World, offering an incredible experience&mdashplus complimentary shuttles&mdashat a fraction of the price. (Some rooms even have views of the Disney fireworks.) For non-Disney days, start with the six acre Surfari water park&mdashcomplimentary and exclusive to guests&mdashoffering three swimming pools, two tube slides, a kids&rsquo activity pool, dual-ride surf zone, and a lazy river. The resort also has a 7,000-square-foot Flip Flop Family Fun Center, including glow-in-the-dark mini golf, virtual reality, and 65 arcade and video games. The Lake Austin Pier also provides kayaks, swan paddle boats, and fishing. There are six restaurants to choose from with picky eaters in mind, plus an onsite market, while the suites offer full kitchens, washers, and dryers. And for parents&rsquo downtime, there&rsquos a full-service spa.

Trust us: This spot offers one of the greatest kids' clubs in the history of kids' clubs. At 5,200 square feet, the activity-packed, complimentary Auntie's Beach House is open every day from 8 a.m. until 9 p.m., making it easy to ignore Aulani&rsquos prime 21-acre beachfront location in Oahu&rsquos Ko Olina. (But don&rsquot!) Here are some favorites: a quiet lagoon for paddle boarding, swimming, numerous waterslides, and a lu&rsquoau called Ka&rsquoWa&rsquoA. There&rsquos also a nearby golf course, spa, and all the character breakfasts, Moana meet and greets, and Disney magic your littles could dream of. It&rsquos Disney, aloha-style.

This 10,000-acre ranch just outside the Dutch village of Solvang offers a summer camp-like arrangement of activities, from horseback riding to archery, zip lining, fishing, and an obstacle course. Be sure to stop by the petting zoo and barnyard with daily egg gathering, an arts and crafts room, and corral for children under seven to enjoy pony rides. Bonus for parents: The resort is in the middle of Santa Barbara wine country, with numerous wineries and tasting rooms nearby.

Set on 18 lakefront acres in Michigan, this idyllic resort is located on charming, car-free Mackinac Island, which feels like stepping back in time where horse-and-buggies are regular modes of transportation. Families can explore more than 70 miles of hiking and biking trails, as well as ride horses, take a workshop with a kite master, try croquet and bocce ball, play 18-hole putt-putt, or compete at the video game arcade. Evenings are spent relaxing on the Adirondack chairs on the waterfront great lawn, picnic basket in tow.

This might finally be the place that gets everyone off their phone. Featuring a mile of private beach, five swimming pools, Moke beach cruisers, and a marine center with water activities (think: scuba diving and sunset cruises), the 24-acre resort is sprinkled with tiki huts, fire pits, hammocks, and a beachside grill. A perk? All rooms have views of the Atlantic.

Sitting atop 110 acres of a private peninsula, this locale offers families the choice of Ralph Lauren-designed rooms in the preppy main inn, or spacious private villas with staff. There are two kids' clubs for children of various ages, and adults can enjoy the spa, tennis courts, and an infinity pool where villa-owner Ralph Lauren is regularly spotted with his family. Bonus: Royal aficionados will be thrilled to know that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle stayed here together before their wedding.

Located about an hour outside of San Diego, the adult and kids sleeping areas at this Lego-packed hotel and theme park are separated for comfort (and kid-friendly fun). By day, choose between pool time or early access to the connected Legoland park. At night, kids can burn off steam at DJ-fueled dance parties.

This supremely family-friendly 3,000-acre mountain resort is beloved by both parents and kids. The Forbes Five-Star property which was featured on the last season of the Bachelor, has just about everything you could ever want, including five pools, zip lining, animal safaris, off-roading, rock climbing, ropes courses (separate ones for kids and adults), disc golf, and quick-jumping. There&rsquos also a full gymnasium&mdashcomplete with trampolines, balance beams, uneven bars, and vault&mdashalong with an arcade, carnival, and two kids' clubs for both infants and those between four and 15.

Unlike many Miami hotels, this resort offers a bevy of amenities to entice families to stay. (Pets are welcome, too!) Located directly on the beach, its Loews Loves Families program features a spate of daily activities at the SoBe Kids Club, including an indoor lifeguard hut, craft area, video games, pizza-making classes, scavenger hunts, and evening programs on Friday and Saturday nights. There&rsquos a zero-entry pool, ideal for babies and toddlers, with nearby soda machines and special kids' menus, as well as youth programming for all ages and a partnership with nearby Jungle Island. The weekend Family Happy Hour offers cocktails for parents and lawn toys for kids, while there's also a Teen Scene Social Hour. Oh, and the hotel has a program called Leave It to Loews, which allows families to request everything from toys to baby bathtubs, night lights, and DVD players.

This undeniably pricey slice of paradise includes all the perks you&rsquod expect from a Four Seasons resort: five-star service, exquisite ocean views, and even a Nobu location. Still, it manages to be supremely family-friendly. You can hike, snorkel, try archery, and go horseback riding. There&rsquos also a complimentary Kids For All Seasons Program with everything from arts and crafts to tide pool exploration and lei-making. Little ones can expect complimentary smoothies and popsicles by the family pool, or request bags of fish food to feed the koi.

Located on 23 acres on Maui&rsquos Ma&rsquoanapali Beach, this sprawling destination recently completed a huge renovation. Families can expect treats, such as beachside s&rsquomores, complimentary ukulele lessons, shallow-wading pools for kids, and special kids' menus (plus, kids under 12 eat free). There&rsquos also the Shaka Shack children's area with free hula lessons, lei making, and a fire knife demo. Maui Ocean Center has opened its first off-site location here, and family rooms feature amenities like pull-down wall beds.

Turn to Disney for perfectly curated VIP-style trips across the globe, each led by "Adventure Guides" that know how to keep children engaged. Select from over 30 trips across six continents, with itineraries that explores major European cities like Rome, London, and Paris, or historic U.S. locations like the Grand Canyon.

Situated in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains, the Broadmoor might be America&rsquos longest-running Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five-Diamond resort, but manages to feel low-key and down to earth. Activities are plentiful: there's hiking, canoeing, zip-lining, paddle-boarding, horseback riding, three golf courses, a kids' tennis camp, and three pools (including an 11,000-square-foot infinity pool with waterslides). In addition to 10 restaurants, there&rsquos also a family dining and activity center, complete with bowling, a pool table, shuffle board, a virtual BEAM playground machine, and a variety of video games.

After getting their mini robes and slippers at check-in, children will love Monarch Beach Kids&mdasha games-, crafts-, and activity-packed kids' club for those between five and 12. There&rsquos also an Ocean Institute Program that allows youngsters to get up close with tide pool animals and create marine art. Meanwhile, parents will feel settled thanks to an 18-hole golf course, tennis, a Miraval Life in Balance Spa, Deborah Lippman nail salon, and a Drybar. Three pools and a splash pad complete the equation.

Getting to this eastern part of Maui is half the adventure: guests must either take a helicopter or traverse the infamously twisty 64-mile long Road to Hana, a scenic and legendary drive with numerous kid-friendly stops along the way. At the resort, which offers a summer camp feel with upscale cabins dotting the beachfront green, amenities include swimming, tennis, horseback riding, and standup paddling. Sign up for Hawaiian cultural activities such as lei-making, hula lessons, spear- and throw-net fishing, as well as a tour of Hana Bay on an outrigger canoe.

Known as the Del, this Victorian red-roofed resort has delighted families of all sizes since the 1880s. The main pool is kept at 70 degrees year-round and offers water toys for children, but the various beach-front recreational activities should not be missed, either.

Thanks to this resort's white beaches and the lush gardens surrounding the property, you'll forget you're only minutes from downtown Miami. The 12-acre resort has two swimming pools (including one just for families), a large tennis center, and a luxurious spa. Its Ritz Kids program&mdashwhich partners with Jean-Michel Cousteau&rsquos Ocean Futures Society&mdashgives pint-size travelers the opportunity to learn about the environment through fun, educational activities.

The indoor kids' club at this AAA Five Diamond all-inclusive resort offers Spanish lessons, baking, sand castle building, and a Alebrijes painting workshop inspired by Disney's Coco. The teens' club is set up for karaoke and video games, and family members of all ages can participate in spa treatments and family photo shoots.

Journey to the Caribbean for an all-inclusive experience that includes gourmet food and beverages, a sports club, an expansive water park, and interactions with all of your kids' favorite Nickelodeon characters. Of course, there's plenty of traditional Nick fun, too&mdashlike a daily "mass sliming" at the water park.

The family resort is known for its fine dining, evening dances, and of course, numerous outdoor activities. Try your hand at everything from kayaking on the lake, to hiking to a nearby waterfall, to skeet shooting at a hilltop range.

Nestled on the banks of Lake Champlain in Vermont sits a quaint camp-like resort that promises days of nostalgic family fun coupled with modern amenities. Jump from activity to activity&mdashtennis, boating, golfing, and more&mdashduring the day, then round out the afternoon with dinner at one of three restaurants and a night cap 'round the campfire (with s'mores, of course).


30 Unique Family Vacation Ideas for a Trip the Kids Won't Forget

The phrase "family vacation" might sound like an oxymoron&mdashespecially after spending more than a year in very close quarters. (Thanks, 2020!) But there are plenty of well-rounded resorts that offers plenty of fun for the whole family, even as we still navigate travel restrictions and social distancing requirements associated with COVID-19.

In many cases, hotels and resorts are open at limited capacity (each and every property below is accepting reservations!). And, according to the CDC, when traveling domestically&mdashsay a Florida beach or the mountains of Maine&mdashany fully vaccinated individual does not have to get tested or quarantine. Non-vaccinated family members should get tested one to three days before travel and get tested three to five days after travel and self-quarantine for seven days&mdash10 days, if not tested. (International travel to places like Europe is a bit trickier, especially if you're not vaccinated, but the CDC does outline various guidelines should you decide to make the trip.) Of course, it's always a good idea to check to see if there are any travel requirements specific to your desired destination, since properties can make their own guidelines.

If your family is more than ready to&mdashsafely&mdashjourney to a new locale for some fun in the sun this summer, consider this as you peruse vacation ideas: All-inclusive resorts, like many of the options on this list, are often the best choice for families, says Beth O'Donnell, travel expert and general manager of Thomson Family Adventures. They not only make it easier to find age-appropriate activities for each person in your crew, but they also keep you contained in one place (a great bonus for your first foray into travel post-pandemic).

Make your great escape, and plenty of amazing memories, at one of these unique family destinations in the US and around the world.

Beloved by families for a reason, this iconic resort in the Bahamas is a hit for all-ages because of its jam-packed menu of activities, plus a Kids Concierge. Take advantage of the outdoor location with the 141-acre water park, which includes marine life encounters, slides, river rides, and snorkeling, plus 11 pools (three for kids!) spread across the property. Numerous kid-friendly restaurants, like Carmine&rsquos Italian and ice cream at Sun & Ice, round out the delights.Atlantis (Bahamas)

Located in the heart of Nashville, this sprawling resort complex has plenty for kids and adults to do. Your steps from iconic highlights like the Grand Ol&rsquo Opry and close to Ryman Auditorium and a quick ride away from the heart of downtown Nashville&mdashbut for families wanting to hunker down on property, that&rsquos possible, too. The resort features SoundWaves, an upscale four-acre indoor/outdoor water attraction including a lazy river, an activity pool complete with a rock wall and basketball hoops, kids splash pad, a multi-level water play structure for all ages, private cabanas, and numerous tubing paths and slides with lights and music for an over-the-top experience. There&rsquos also a spa, nine acres of gardens and waterfalls, and 18 dining options on property, with special menus and activities for kids.

An all-inclusive located directly on the beach in the heart of Cancun, kids can enjoy the Pirate splash park (complete with a life-sized pirate ship), the on-site turtle farm, and guacamole-making classes at the kids and teen clubs. For adults, there&rsquos the Aura Spa, 13 food and beverage options, and nightly activities like karaoke. Rooms are spacious&mdashfamily suites offer bunk and trundle beds&mdashand include balconies, many with ocean views.

At the only all-suite resort in the Adirondacks, families will delight at the bevy of amenities offered by beautiful Whiteface Lodge. Close to Lake Placid&mdasha former winter Olympics village&mdashthe Forbes Four-Star resort is equally spectacular year-round. In the summer, there&rsquos tennis, arts and crafts, s&rsquomores around the fire pit, rental boats, paddle boating, canoes, kayaks, and catch-and-release fishing at the lake. There&rsquos also a kids club, a bowling alley, a game room, ice cream parlor, and movie theater. Suites include jacuzzis, dining-areas, and full kitchens.

On South Carolina&rsquos tiny Kiawah Island&mdasha master-planned community of property owners 21 miles south of Charleston&mdashsits The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island, an oceanfront Forbes Five-Star Resort and one of the most sublimely family-friendly destinations. Offering Kamp Kiawah, with tailored programs for kids from three to 18, the days feel lazier and longer here. Opportunities abound to connect with nature&mdashboating Charleston Harbor, getting up close with dolphins in Kiawah River, going on alligator safaris, bird watching&mdashwhile there&rsquos also family golf and tennis clinics, drive-in movie nights at the pool, a popular oyster roast and BBQ with live music, s&rsquomores, face-painting, and arts and crafts.

An easy drive from Washington D.C., Baltimore, and Richmond, the Shenandoah Valley&rsquos Massanutten Resort&rsquos 6,000 mountain acres are heaven for active families. Highlights include an indoor/outdoor waterpark, a Family Adventure Park including rock climbing and zip lining, a petting zoo, an equestrian center, escape rooms, two 18-hole golf courses, a game room, a playground, and a putting green. There are also twelve restaurants, guaranteeing choice for picky eaters, plus a nightclub for after the littles go to sleep.

With more sun than any other Caribbean island, Aruba is an ideal choice for a family getaway, and this 12-acre waterfront resort provides plenty of beachy fun. While the Palm Beach location and 8,000 square-foot, three-level pool complex are unbeatable&mdashincluding a two-story waterslide and swim-up pool bar&mdashthere&rsquos also a Camp Hyatt for kids with a game room, a casino, and ZoiA Spa. For nature lovers, a visit to nearby Butterfly Farm, with tropical butterflies from around the planet, is a must, while the resort also offers adventures like horseback riding, kite surfing, and diving lessons through Red Sail Sports, plus ten dining options.

Just north of Jacksonville, this beachfront country club-style resort features 36 holes of golf, 15 tennis courts, several pools (including a family pool with an extensive zero-entry splash pad area), cycling, standup paddle boarding, and ocean kayaks. It also contains one of North Florida's largest spas and a fitness center with over 100 weekly classes.

A collection of massive indoor waterpark resorts with 16 locations around the country&mdashincluding Anaheim, Atlanta, Colorado Springs, Chicago, and Boston&mdashGreat Wolf Lodge is kid-friendly aquatic nirvana. Water is kept at 84 degrees, with slides, pools, body surfing, tube rides, a wave pool, and lazy river. There&rsquos also dry fun to be had, including character breakfasts, PJ parties, laser tag, bowling, and mini golf, while special family suites feature bunk beds. Picky eaters can relax: There&rsquos a nut-free kitchen and allergy-friendly menus at the multiple restaurants, including a pizza spot, wood-fired grill, and poolside grill.

Orlando&rsquos best-kept secret, the all-suite, 106-acre lakefront property is only three miles from Disney World, offering an incredible experience&mdashplus complimentary shuttles&mdashat a fraction of the price. (Some rooms even have views of the Disney fireworks.) For non-Disney days, start with the six acre Surfari water park&mdashcomplimentary and exclusive to guests&mdashoffering three swimming pools, two tube slides, a kids&rsquo activity pool, dual-ride surf zone, and a lazy river. The resort also has a 7,000-square-foot Flip Flop Family Fun Center, including glow-in-the-dark mini golf, virtual reality, and 65 arcade and video games. The Lake Austin Pier also provides kayaks, swan paddle boats, and fishing. There are six restaurants to choose from with picky eaters in mind, plus an onsite market, while the suites offer full kitchens, washers, and dryers. And for parents&rsquo downtime, there&rsquos a full-service spa.

Trust us: This spot offers one of the greatest kids' clubs in the history of kids' clubs. At 5,200 square feet, the activity-packed, complimentary Auntie's Beach House is open every day from 8 a.m. until 9 p.m., making it easy to ignore Aulani&rsquos prime 21-acre beachfront location in Oahu&rsquos Ko Olina. (But don&rsquot!) Here are some favorites: a quiet lagoon for paddle boarding, swimming, numerous waterslides, and a lu&rsquoau called Ka&rsquoWa&rsquoA. There&rsquos also a nearby golf course, spa, and all the character breakfasts, Moana meet and greets, and Disney magic your littles could dream of. It&rsquos Disney, aloha-style.

This 10,000-acre ranch just outside the Dutch village of Solvang offers a summer camp-like arrangement of activities, from horseback riding to archery, zip lining, fishing, and an obstacle course. Be sure to stop by the petting zoo and barnyard with daily egg gathering, an arts and crafts room, and corral for children under seven to enjoy pony rides. Bonus for parents: The resort is in the middle of Santa Barbara wine country, with numerous wineries and tasting rooms nearby.

Set on 18 lakefront acres in Michigan, this idyllic resort is located on charming, car-free Mackinac Island, which feels like stepping back in time where horse-and-buggies are regular modes of transportation. Families can explore more than 70 miles of hiking and biking trails, as well as ride horses, take a workshop with a kite master, try croquet and bocce ball, play 18-hole putt-putt, or compete at the video game arcade. Evenings are spent relaxing on the Adirondack chairs on the waterfront great lawn, picnic basket in tow.

This might finally be the place that gets everyone off their phone. Featuring a mile of private beach, five swimming pools, Moke beach cruisers, and a marine center with water activities (think: scuba diving and sunset cruises), the 24-acre resort is sprinkled with tiki huts, fire pits, hammocks, and a beachside grill. A perk? All rooms have views of the Atlantic.

Sitting atop 110 acres of a private peninsula, this locale offers families the choice of Ralph Lauren-designed rooms in the preppy main inn, or spacious private villas with staff. There are two kids' clubs for children of various ages, and adults can enjoy the spa, tennis courts, and an infinity pool where villa-owner Ralph Lauren is regularly spotted with his family. Bonus: Royal aficionados will be thrilled to know that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle stayed here together before their wedding.

Located about an hour outside of San Diego, the adult and kids sleeping areas at this Lego-packed hotel and theme park are separated for comfort (and kid-friendly fun). By day, choose between pool time or early access to the connected Legoland park. At night, kids can burn off steam at DJ-fueled dance parties.

This supremely family-friendly 3,000-acre mountain resort is beloved by both parents and kids. The Forbes Five-Star property which was featured on the last season of the Bachelor, has just about everything you could ever want, including five pools, zip lining, animal safaris, off-roading, rock climbing, ropes courses (separate ones for kids and adults), disc golf, and quick-jumping. There&rsquos also a full gymnasium&mdashcomplete with trampolines, balance beams, uneven bars, and vault&mdashalong with an arcade, carnival, and two kids' clubs for both infants and those between four and 15.

Unlike many Miami hotels, this resort offers a bevy of amenities to entice families to stay. (Pets are welcome, too!) Located directly on the beach, its Loews Loves Families program features a spate of daily activities at the SoBe Kids Club, including an indoor lifeguard hut, craft area, video games, pizza-making classes, scavenger hunts, and evening programs on Friday and Saturday nights. There&rsquos a zero-entry pool, ideal for babies and toddlers, with nearby soda machines and special kids' menus, as well as youth programming for all ages and a partnership with nearby Jungle Island. The weekend Family Happy Hour offers cocktails for parents and lawn toys for kids, while there's also a Teen Scene Social Hour. Oh, and the hotel has a program called Leave It to Loews, which allows families to request everything from toys to baby bathtubs, night lights, and DVD players.

This undeniably pricey slice of paradise includes all the perks you&rsquod expect from a Four Seasons resort: five-star service, exquisite ocean views, and even a Nobu location. Still, it manages to be supremely family-friendly. You can hike, snorkel, try archery, and go horseback riding. There&rsquos also a complimentary Kids For All Seasons Program with everything from arts and crafts to tide pool exploration and lei-making. Little ones can expect complimentary smoothies and popsicles by the family pool, or request bags of fish food to feed the koi.

Located on 23 acres on Maui&rsquos Ma&rsquoanapali Beach, this sprawling destination recently completed a huge renovation. Families can expect treats, such as beachside s&rsquomores, complimentary ukulele lessons, shallow-wading pools for kids, and special kids' menus (plus, kids under 12 eat free). There&rsquos also the Shaka Shack children's area with free hula lessons, lei making, and a fire knife demo. Maui Ocean Center has opened its first off-site location here, and family rooms feature amenities like pull-down wall beds.

Turn to Disney for perfectly curated VIP-style trips across the globe, each led by "Adventure Guides" that know how to keep children engaged. Select from over 30 trips across six continents, with itineraries that explores major European cities like Rome, London, and Paris, or historic U.S. locations like the Grand Canyon.

Situated in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains, the Broadmoor might be America&rsquos longest-running Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five-Diamond resort, but manages to feel low-key and down to earth. Activities are plentiful: there's hiking, canoeing, zip-lining, paddle-boarding, horseback riding, three golf courses, a kids' tennis camp, and three pools (including an 11,000-square-foot infinity pool with waterslides). In addition to 10 restaurants, there&rsquos also a family dining and activity center, complete with bowling, a pool table, shuffle board, a virtual BEAM playground machine, and a variety of video games.

After getting their mini robes and slippers at check-in, children will love Monarch Beach Kids&mdasha games-, crafts-, and activity-packed kids' club for those between five and 12. There&rsquos also an Ocean Institute Program that allows youngsters to get up close with tide pool animals and create marine art. Meanwhile, parents will feel settled thanks to an 18-hole golf course, tennis, a Miraval Life in Balance Spa, Deborah Lippman nail salon, and a Drybar. Three pools and a splash pad complete the equation.

Getting to this eastern part of Maui is half the adventure: guests must either take a helicopter or traverse the infamously twisty 64-mile long Road to Hana, a scenic and legendary drive with numerous kid-friendly stops along the way. At the resort, which offers a summer camp feel with upscale cabins dotting the beachfront green, amenities include swimming, tennis, horseback riding, and standup paddling. Sign up for Hawaiian cultural activities such as lei-making, hula lessons, spear- and throw-net fishing, as well as a tour of Hana Bay on an outrigger canoe.

Known as the Del, this Victorian red-roofed resort has delighted families of all sizes since the 1880s. The main pool is kept at 70 degrees year-round and offers water toys for children, but the various beach-front recreational activities should not be missed, either.

Thanks to this resort's white beaches and the lush gardens surrounding the property, you'll forget you're only minutes from downtown Miami. The 12-acre resort has two swimming pools (including one just for families), a large tennis center, and a luxurious spa. Its Ritz Kids program&mdashwhich partners with Jean-Michel Cousteau&rsquos Ocean Futures Society&mdashgives pint-size travelers the opportunity to learn about the environment through fun, educational activities.

The indoor kids' club at this AAA Five Diamond all-inclusive resort offers Spanish lessons, baking, sand castle building, and a Alebrijes painting workshop inspired by Disney's Coco. The teens' club is set up for karaoke and video games, and family members of all ages can participate in spa treatments and family photo shoots.

Journey to the Caribbean for an all-inclusive experience that includes gourmet food and beverages, a sports club, an expansive water park, and interactions with all of your kids' favorite Nickelodeon characters. Of course, there's plenty of traditional Nick fun, too&mdashlike a daily "mass sliming" at the water park.

The family resort is known for its fine dining, evening dances, and of course, numerous outdoor activities. Try your hand at everything from kayaking on the lake, to hiking to a nearby waterfall, to skeet shooting at a hilltop range.

Nestled on the banks of Lake Champlain in Vermont sits a quaint camp-like resort that promises days of nostalgic family fun coupled with modern amenities. Jump from activity to activity&mdashtennis, boating, golfing, and more&mdashduring the day, then round out the afternoon with dinner at one of three restaurants and a night cap 'round the campfire (with s'mores, of course).


30 Unique Family Vacation Ideas for a Trip the Kids Won't Forget

The phrase "family vacation" might sound like an oxymoron&mdashespecially after spending more than a year in very close quarters. (Thanks, 2020!) But there are plenty of well-rounded resorts that offers plenty of fun for the whole family, even as we still navigate travel restrictions and social distancing requirements associated with COVID-19.

In many cases, hotels and resorts are open at limited capacity (each and every property below is accepting reservations!). And, according to the CDC, when traveling domestically&mdashsay a Florida beach or the mountains of Maine&mdashany fully vaccinated individual does not have to get tested or quarantine. Non-vaccinated family members should get tested one to three days before travel and get tested three to five days after travel and self-quarantine for seven days&mdash10 days, if not tested. (International travel to places like Europe is a bit trickier, especially if you're not vaccinated, but the CDC does outline various guidelines should you decide to make the trip.) Of course, it's always a good idea to check to see if there are any travel requirements specific to your desired destination, since properties can make their own guidelines.

If your family is more than ready to&mdashsafely&mdashjourney to a new locale for some fun in the sun this summer, consider this as you peruse vacation ideas: All-inclusive resorts, like many of the options on this list, are often the best choice for families, says Beth O'Donnell, travel expert and general manager of Thomson Family Adventures. They not only make it easier to find age-appropriate activities for each person in your crew, but they also keep you contained in one place (a great bonus for your first foray into travel post-pandemic).

Make your great escape, and plenty of amazing memories, at one of these unique family destinations in the US and around the world.

Beloved by families for a reason, this iconic resort in the Bahamas is a hit for all-ages because of its jam-packed menu of activities, plus a Kids Concierge. Take advantage of the outdoor location with the 141-acre water park, which includes marine life encounters, slides, river rides, and snorkeling, plus 11 pools (three for kids!) spread across the property. Numerous kid-friendly restaurants, like Carmine&rsquos Italian and ice cream at Sun & Ice, round out the delights.Atlantis (Bahamas)

Located in the heart of Nashville, this sprawling resort complex has plenty for kids and adults to do. Your steps from iconic highlights like the Grand Ol&rsquo Opry and close to Ryman Auditorium and a quick ride away from the heart of downtown Nashville&mdashbut for families wanting to hunker down on property, that&rsquos possible, too. The resort features SoundWaves, an upscale four-acre indoor/outdoor water attraction including a lazy river, an activity pool complete with a rock wall and basketball hoops, kids splash pad, a multi-level water play structure for all ages, private cabanas, and numerous tubing paths and slides with lights and music for an over-the-top experience. There&rsquos also a spa, nine acres of gardens and waterfalls, and 18 dining options on property, with special menus and activities for kids.

An all-inclusive located directly on the beach in the heart of Cancun, kids can enjoy the Pirate splash park (complete with a life-sized pirate ship), the on-site turtle farm, and guacamole-making classes at the kids and teen clubs. For adults, there&rsquos the Aura Spa, 13 food and beverage options, and nightly activities like karaoke. Rooms are spacious&mdashfamily suites offer bunk and trundle beds&mdashand include balconies, many with ocean views.

At the only all-suite resort in the Adirondacks, families will delight at the bevy of amenities offered by beautiful Whiteface Lodge. Close to Lake Placid&mdasha former winter Olympics village&mdashthe Forbes Four-Star resort is equally spectacular year-round. In the summer, there&rsquos tennis, arts and crafts, s&rsquomores around the fire pit, rental boats, paddle boating, canoes, kayaks, and catch-and-release fishing at the lake. There&rsquos also a kids club, a bowling alley, a game room, ice cream parlor, and movie theater. Suites include jacuzzis, dining-areas, and full kitchens.

On South Carolina&rsquos tiny Kiawah Island&mdasha master-planned community of property owners 21 miles south of Charleston&mdashsits The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island, an oceanfront Forbes Five-Star Resort and one of the most sublimely family-friendly destinations. Offering Kamp Kiawah, with tailored programs for kids from three to 18, the days feel lazier and longer here. Opportunities abound to connect with nature&mdashboating Charleston Harbor, getting up close with dolphins in Kiawah River, going on alligator safaris, bird watching&mdashwhile there&rsquos also family golf and tennis clinics, drive-in movie nights at the pool, a popular oyster roast and BBQ with live music, s&rsquomores, face-painting, and arts and crafts.

An easy drive from Washington D.C., Baltimore, and Richmond, the Shenandoah Valley&rsquos Massanutten Resort&rsquos 6,000 mountain acres are heaven for active families. Highlights include an indoor/outdoor waterpark, a Family Adventure Park including rock climbing and zip lining, a petting zoo, an equestrian center, escape rooms, two 18-hole golf courses, a game room, a playground, and a putting green. There are also twelve restaurants, guaranteeing choice for picky eaters, plus a nightclub for after the littles go to sleep.

With more sun than any other Caribbean island, Aruba is an ideal choice for a family getaway, and this 12-acre waterfront resort provides plenty of beachy fun. While the Palm Beach location and 8,000 square-foot, three-level pool complex are unbeatable&mdashincluding a two-story waterslide and swim-up pool bar&mdashthere&rsquos also a Camp Hyatt for kids with a game room, a casino, and ZoiA Spa. For nature lovers, a visit to nearby Butterfly Farm, with tropical butterflies from around the planet, is a must, while the resort also offers adventures like horseback riding, kite surfing, and diving lessons through Red Sail Sports, plus ten dining options.

Just north of Jacksonville, this beachfront country club-style resort features 36 holes of golf, 15 tennis courts, several pools (including a family pool with an extensive zero-entry splash pad area), cycling, standup paddle boarding, and ocean kayaks. It also contains one of North Florida's largest spas and a fitness center with over 100 weekly classes.

A collection of massive indoor waterpark resorts with 16 locations around the country&mdashincluding Anaheim, Atlanta, Colorado Springs, Chicago, and Boston&mdashGreat Wolf Lodge is kid-friendly aquatic nirvana. Water is kept at 84 degrees, with slides, pools, body surfing, tube rides, a wave pool, and lazy river. There&rsquos also dry fun to be had, including character breakfasts, PJ parties, laser tag, bowling, and mini golf, while special family suites feature bunk beds. Picky eaters can relax: There&rsquos a nut-free kitchen and allergy-friendly menus at the multiple restaurants, including a pizza spot, wood-fired grill, and poolside grill.

Orlando&rsquos best-kept secret, the all-suite, 106-acre lakefront property is only three miles from Disney World, offering an incredible experience&mdashplus complimentary shuttles&mdashat a fraction of the price. (Some rooms even have views of the Disney fireworks.) For non-Disney days, start with the six acre Surfari water park&mdashcomplimentary and exclusive to guests&mdashoffering three swimming pools, two tube slides, a kids&rsquo activity pool, dual-ride surf zone, and a lazy river. The resort also has a 7,000-square-foot Flip Flop Family Fun Center, including glow-in-the-dark mini golf, virtual reality, and 65 arcade and video games. The Lake Austin Pier also provides kayaks, swan paddle boats, and fishing. There are six restaurants to choose from with picky eaters in mind, plus an onsite market, while the suites offer full kitchens, washers, and dryers. And for parents&rsquo downtime, there&rsquos a full-service spa.

Trust us: This spot offers one of the greatest kids' clubs in the history of kids' clubs. At 5,200 square feet, the activity-packed, complimentary Auntie's Beach House is open every day from 8 a.m. until 9 p.m., making it easy to ignore Aulani&rsquos prime 21-acre beachfront location in Oahu&rsquos Ko Olina. (But don&rsquot!) Here are some favorites: a quiet lagoon for paddle boarding, swimming, numerous waterslides, and a lu&rsquoau called Ka&rsquoWa&rsquoA. There&rsquos also a nearby golf course, spa, and all the character breakfasts, Moana meet and greets, and Disney magic your littles could dream of. It&rsquos Disney, aloha-style.

This 10,000-acre ranch just outside the Dutch village of Solvang offers a summer camp-like arrangement of activities, from horseback riding to archery, zip lining, fishing, and an obstacle course. Be sure to stop by the petting zoo and barnyard with daily egg gathering, an arts and crafts room, and corral for children under seven to enjoy pony rides. Bonus for parents: The resort is in the middle of Santa Barbara wine country, with numerous wineries and tasting rooms nearby.

Set on 18 lakefront acres in Michigan, this idyllic resort is located on charming, car-free Mackinac Island, which feels like stepping back in time where horse-and-buggies are regular modes of transportation. Families can explore more than 70 miles of hiking and biking trails, as well as ride horses, take a workshop with a kite master, try croquet and bocce ball, play 18-hole putt-putt, or compete at the video game arcade. Evenings are spent relaxing on the Adirondack chairs on the waterfront great lawn, picnic basket in tow.

This might finally be the place that gets everyone off their phone. Featuring a mile of private beach, five swimming pools, Moke beach cruisers, and a marine center with water activities (think: scuba diving and sunset cruises), the 24-acre resort is sprinkled with tiki huts, fire pits, hammocks, and a beachside grill. A perk? All rooms have views of the Atlantic.

Sitting atop 110 acres of a private peninsula, this locale offers families the choice of Ralph Lauren-designed rooms in the preppy main inn, or spacious private villas with staff. There are two kids' clubs for children of various ages, and adults can enjoy the spa, tennis courts, and an infinity pool where villa-owner Ralph Lauren is regularly spotted with his family. Bonus: Royal aficionados will be thrilled to know that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle stayed here together before their wedding.

Located about an hour outside of San Diego, the adult and kids sleeping areas at this Lego-packed hotel and theme park are separated for comfort (and kid-friendly fun). By day, choose between pool time or early access to the connected Legoland park. At night, kids can burn off steam at DJ-fueled dance parties.

This supremely family-friendly 3,000-acre mountain resort is beloved by both parents and kids. The Forbes Five-Star property which was featured on the last season of the Bachelor, has just about everything you could ever want, including five pools, zip lining, animal safaris, off-roading, rock climbing, ropes courses (separate ones for kids and adults), disc golf, and quick-jumping. There&rsquos also a full gymnasium&mdashcomplete with trampolines, balance beams, uneven bars, and vault&mdashalong with an arcade, carnival, and two kids' clubs for both infants and those between four and 15.

Unlike many Miami hotels, this resort offers a bevy of amenities to entice families to stay. (Pets are welcome, too!) Located directly on the beach, its Loews Loves Families program features a spate of daily activities at the SoBe Kids Club, including an indoor lifeguard hut, craft area, video games, pizza-making classes, scavenger hunts, and evening programs on Friday and Saturday nights. There&rsquos a zero-entry pool, ideal for babies and toddlers, with nearby soda machines and special kids' menus, as well as youth programming for all ages and a partnership with nearby Jungle Island. The weekend Family Happy Hour offers cocktails for parents and lawn toys for kids, while there's also a Teen Scene Social Hour. Oh, and the hotel has a program called Leave It to Loews, which allows families to request everything from toys to baby bathtubs, night lights, and DVD players.

This undeniably pricey slice of paradise includes all the perks you&rsquod expect from a Four Seasons resort: five-star service, exquisite ocean views, and even a Nobu location. Still, it manages to be supremely family-friendly. You can hike, snorkel, try archery, and go horseback riding. There&rsquos also a complimentary Kids For All Seasons Program with everything from arts and crafts to tide pool exploration and lei-making. Little ones can expect complimentary smoothies and popsicles by the family pool, or request bags of fish food to feed the koi.

Located on 23 acres on Maui&rsquos Ma&rsquoanapali Beach, this sprawling destination recently completed a huge renovation. Families can expect treats, such as beachside s&rsquomores, complimentary ukulele lessons, shallow-wading pools for kids, and special kids' menus (plus, kids under 12 eat free). There&rsquos also the Shaka Shack children's area with free hula lessons, lei making, and a fire knife demo. Maui Ocean Center has opened its first off-site location here, and family rooms feature amenities like pull-down wall beds.

Turn to Disney for perfectly curated VIP-style trips across the globe, each led by "Adventure Guides" that know how to keep children engaged. Select from over 30 trips across six continents, with itineraries that explores major European cities like Rome, London, and Paris, or historic U.S. locations like the Grand Canyon.

Situated in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains, the Broadmoor might be America&rsquos longest-running Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five-Diamond resort, but manages to feel low-key and down to earth. Activities are plentiful: there's hiking, canoeing, zip-lining, paddle-boarding, horseback riding, three golf courses, a kids' tennis camp, and three pools (including an 11,000-square-foot infinity pool with waterslides). In addition to 10 restaurants, there&rsquos also a family dining and activity center, complete with bowling, a pool table, shuffle board, a virtual BEAM playground machine, and a variety of video games.

After getting their mini robes and slippers at check-in, children will love Monarch Beach Kids&mdasha games-, crafts-, and activity-packed kids' club for those between five and 12. There&rsquos also an Ocean Institute Program that allows youngsters to get up close with tide pool animals and create marine art. Meanwhile, parents will feel settled thanks to an 18-hole golf course, tennis, a Miraval Life in Balance Spa, Deborah Lippman nail salon, and a Drybar. Three pools and a splash pad complete the equation.

Getting to this eastern part of Maui is half the adventure: guests must either take a helicopter or traverse the infamously twisty 64-mile long Road to Hana, a scenic and legendary drive with numerous kid-friendly stops along the way. At the resort, which offers a summer camp feel with upscale cabins dotting the beachfront green, amenities include swimming, tennis, horseback riding, and standup paddling. Sign up for Hawaiian cultural activities such as lei-making, hula lessons, spear- and throw-net fishing, as well as a tour of Hana Bay on an outrigger canoe.

Known as the Del, this Victorian red-roofed resort has delighted families of all sizes since the 1880s. The main pool is kept at 70 degrees year-round and offers water toys for children, but the various beach-front recreational activities should not be missed, either.

Thanks to this resort's white beaches and the lush gardens surrounding the property, you'll forget you're only minutes from downtown Miami. The 12-acre resort has two swimming pools (including one just for families), a large tennis center, and a luxurious spa. Its Ritz Kids program&mdashwhich partners with Jean-Michel Cousteau&rsquos Ocean Futures Society&mdashgives pint-size travelers the opportunity to learn about the environment through fun, educational activities.

The indoor kids' club at this AAA Five Diamond all-inclusive resort offers Spanish lessons, baking, sand castle building, and a Alebrijes painting workshop inspired by Disney's Coco. The teens' club is set up for karaoke and video games, and family members of all ages can participate in spa treatments and family photo shoots.

Journey to the Caribbean for an all-inclusive experience that includes gourmet food and beverages, a sports club, an expansive water park, and interactions with all of your kids' favorite Nickelodeon characters. Of course, there's plenty of traditional Nick fun, too&mdashlike a daily "mass sliming" at the water park.

The family resort is known for its fine dining, evening dances, and of course, numerous outdoor activities. Try your hand at everything from kayaking on the lake, to hiking to a nearby waterfall, to skeet shooting at a hilltop range.

Nestled on the banks of Lake Champlain in Vermont sits a quaint camp-like resort that promises days of nostalgic family fun coupled with modern amenities. Jump from activity to activity&mdashtennis, boating, golfing, and more&mdashduring the day, then round out the afternoon with dinner at one of three restaurants and a night cap 'round the campfire (with s'mores, of course).


30 Unique Family Vacation Ideas for a Trip the Kids Won't Forget

The phrase "family vacation" might sound like an oxymoron&mdashespecially after spending more than a year in very close quarters. (Thanks, 2020!) But there are plenty of well-rounded resorts that offers plenty of fun for the whole family, even as we still navigate travel restrictions and social distancing requirements associated with COVID-19.

In many cases, hotels and resorts are open at limited capacity (each and every property below is accepting reservations!). And, according to the CDC, when traveling domestically&mdashsay a Florida beach or the mountains of Maine&mdashany fully vaccinated individual does not have to get tested or quarantine. Non-vaccinated family members should get tested one to three days before travel and get tested three to five days after travel and self-quarantine for seven days&mdash10 days, if not tested. (International travel to places like Europe is a bit trickier, especially if you're not vaccinated, but the CDC does outline various guidelines should you decide to make the trip.) Of course, it's always a good idea to check to see if there are any travel requirements specific to your desired destination, since properties can make their own guidelines.

If your family is more than ready to&mdashsafely&mdashjourney to a new locale for some fun in the sun this summer, consider this as you peruse vacation ideas: All-inclusive resorts, like many of the options on this list, are often the best choice for families, says Beth O'Donnell, travel expert and general manager of Thomson Family Adventures. They not only make it easier to find age-appropriate activities for each person in your crew, but they also keep you contained in one place (a great bonus for your first foray into travel post-pandemic).

Make your great escape, and plenty of amazing memories, at one of these unique family destinations in the US and around the world.

Beloved by families for a reason, this iconic resort in the Bahamas is a hit for all-ages because of its jam-packed menu of activities, plus a Kids Concierge. Take advantage of the outdoor location with the 141-acre water park, which includes marine life encounters, slides, river rides, and snorkeling, plus 11 pools (three for kids!) spread across the property. Numerous kid-friendly restaurants, like Carmine&rsquos Italian and ice cream at Sun & Ice, round out the delights.Atlantis (Bahamas)

Located in the heart of Nashville, this sprawling resort complex has plenty for kids and adults to do. Your steps from iconic highlights like the Grand Ol&rsquo Opry and close to Ryman Auditorium and a quick ride away from the heart of downtown Nashville&mdashbut for families wanting to hunker down on property, that&rsquos possible, too. The resort features SoundWaves, an upscale four-acre indoor/outdoor water attraction including a lazy river, an activity pool complete with a rock wall and basketball hoops, kids splash pad, a multi-level water play structure for all ages, private cabanas, and numerous tubing paths and slides with lights and music for an over-the-top experience. There&rsquos also a spa, nine acres of gardens and waterfalls, and 18 dining options on property, with special menus and activities for kids.

An all-inclusive located directly on the beach in the heart of Cancun, kids can enjoy the Pirate splash park (complete with a life-sized pirate ship), the on-site turtle farm, and guacamole-making classes at the kids and teen clubs. For adults, there&rsquos the Aura Spa, 13 food and beverage options, and nightly activities like karaoke. Rooms are spacious&mdashfamily suites offer bunk and trundle beds&mdashand include balconies, many with ocean views.

At the only all-suite resort in the Adirondacks, families will delight at the bevy of amenities offered by beautiful Whiteface Lodge. Close to Lake Placid&mdasha former winter Olympics village&mdashthe Forbes Four-Star resort is equally spectacular year-round. In the summer, there&rsquos tennis, arts and crafts, s&rsquomores around the fire pit, rental boats, paddle boating, canoes, kayaks, and catch-and-release fishing at the lake. There&rsquos also a kids club, a bowling alley, a game room, ice cream parlor, and movie theater. Suites include jacuzzis, dining-areas, and full kitchens.

On South Carolina&rsquos tiny Kiawah Island&mdasha master-planned community of property owners 21 miles south of Charleston&mdashsits The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island, an oceanfront Forbes Five-Star Resort and one of the most sublimely family-friendly destinations. Offering Kamp Kiawah, with tailored programs for kids from three to 18, the days feel lazier and longer here. Opportunities abound to connect with nature&mdashboating Charleston Harbor, getting up close with dolphins in Kiawah River, going on alligator safaris, bird watching&mdashwhile there&rsquos also family golf and tennis clinics, drive-in movie nights at the pool, a popular oyster roast and BBQ with live music, s&rsquomores, face-painting, and arts and crafts.

An easy drive from Washington D.C., Baltimore, and Richmond, the Shenandoah Valley&rsquos Massanutten Resort&rsquos 6,000 mountain acres are heaven for active families. Highlights include an indoor/outdoor waterpark, a Family Adventure Park including rock climbing and zip lining, a petting zoo, an equestrian center, escape rooms, two 18-hole golf courses, a game room, a playground, and a putting green. There are also twelve restaurants, guaranteeing choice for picky eaters, plus a nightclub for after the littles go to sleep.

With more sun than any other Caribbean island, Aruba is an ideal choice for a family getaway, and this 12-acre waterfront resort provides plenty of beachy fun. While the Palm Beach location and 8,000 square-foot, three-level pool complex are unbeatable&mdashincluding a two-story waterslide and swim-up pool bar&mdashthere&rsquos also a Camp Hyatt for kids with a game room, a casino, and ZoiA Spa. For nature lovers, a visit to nearby Butterfly Farm, with tropical butterflies from around the planet, is a must, while the resort also offers adventures like horseback riding, kite surfing, and diving lessons through Red Sail Sports, plus ten dining options.

Just north of Jacksonville, this beachfront country club-style resort features 36 holes of golf, 15 tennis courts, several pools (including a family pool with an extensive zero-entry splash pad area), cycling, standup paddle boarding, and ocean kayaks. It also contains one of North Florida's largest spas and a fitness center with over 100 weekly classes.

A collection of massive indoor waterpark resorts with 16 locations around the country&mdashincluding Anaheim, Atlanta, Colorado Springs, Chicago, and Boston&mdashGreat Wolf Lodge is kid-friendly aquatic nirvana. Water is kept at 84 degrees, with slides, pools, body surfing, tube rides, a wave pool, and lazy river. There&rsquos also dry fun to be had, including character breakfasts, PJ parties, laser tag, bowling, and mini golf, while special family suites feature bunk beds. Picky eaters can relax: There&rsquos a nut-free kitchen and allergy-friendly menus at the multiple restaurants, including a pizza spot, wood-fired grill, and poolside grill.

Orlando&rsquos best-kept secret, the all-suite, 106-acre lakefront property is only three miles from Disney World, offering an incredible experience&mdashplus complimentary shuttles&mdashat a fraction of the price. (Some rooms even have views of the Disney fireworks.) For non-Disney days, start with the six acre Surfari water park&mdashcomplimentary and exclusive to guests&mdashoffering three swimming pools, two tube slides, a kids&rsquo activity pool, dual-ride surf zone, and a lazy river. The resort also has a 7,000-square-foot Flip Flop Family Fun Center, including glow-in-the-dark mini golf, virtual reality, and 65 arcade and video games. The Lake Austin Pier also provides kayaks, swan paddle boats, and fishing. There are six restaurants to choose from with picky eaters in mind, plus an onsite market, while the suites offer full kitchens, washers, and dryers. And for parents&rsquo downtime, there&rsquos a full-service spa.

Trust us: This spot offers one of the greatest kids' clubs in the history of kids' clubs. At 5,200 square feet, the activity-packed, complimentary Auntie's Beach House is open every day from 8 a.m. until 9 p.m., making it easy to ignore Aulani&rsquos prime 21-acre beachfront location in Oahu&rsquos Ko Olina. (But don&rsquot!) Here are some favorites: a quiet lagoon for paddle boarding, swimming, numerous waterslides, and a lu&rsquoau called Ka&rsquoWa&rsquoA. There&rsquos also a nearby golf course, spa, and all the character breakfasts, Moana meet and greets, and Disney magic your littles could dream of. It&rsquos Disney, aloha-style.

This 10,000-acre ranch just outside the Dutch village of Solvang offers a summer camp-like arrangement of activities, from horseback riding to archery, zip lining, fishing, and an obstacle course. Be sure to stop by the petting zoo and barnyard with daily egg gathering, an arts and crafts room, and corral for children under seven to enjoy pony rides. Bonus for parents: The resort is in the middle of Santa Barbara wine country, with numerous wineries and tasting rooms nearby.

Set on 18 lakefront acres in Michigan, this idyllic resort is located on charming, car-free Mackinac Island, which feels like stepping back in time where horse-and-buggies are regular modes of transportation. Families can explore more than 70 miles of hiking and biking trails, as well as ride horses, take a workshop with a kite master, try croquet and bocce ball, play 18-hole putt-putt, or compete at the video game arcade. Evenings are spent relaxing on the Adirondack chairs on the waterfront great lawn, picnic basket in tow.

This might finally be the place that gets everyone off their phone. Featuring a mile of private beach, five swimming pools, Moke beach cruisers, and a marine center with water activities (think: scuba diving and sunset cruises), the 24-acre resort is sprinkled with tiki huts, fire pits, hammocks, and a beachside grill. A perk? All rooms have views of the Atlantic.

Sitting atop 110 acres of a private peninsula, this locale offers families the choice of Ralph Lauren-designed rooms in the preppy main inn, or spacious private villas with staff. There are two kids' clubs for children of various ages, and adults can enjoy the spa, tennis courts, and an infinity pool where villa-owner Ralph Lauren is regularly spotted with his family. Bonus: Royal aficionados will be thrilled to know that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle stayed here together before their wedding.

Located about an hour outside of San Diego, the adult and kids sleeping areas at this Lego-packed hotel and theme park are separated for comfort (and kid-friendly fun). By day, choose between pool time or early access to the connected Legoland park. At night, kids can burn off steam at DJ-fueled dance parties.

This supremely family-friendly 3,000-acre mountain resort is beloved by both parents and kids. The Forbes Five-Star property which was featured on the last season of the Bachelor, has just about everything you could ever want, including five pools, zip lining, animal safaris, off-roading, rock climbing, ropes courses (separate ones for kids and adults), disc golf, and quick-jumping. There&rsquos also a full gymnasium&mdashcomplete with trampolines, balance beams, uneven bars, and vault&mdashalong with an arcade, carnival, and two kids' clubs for both infants and those between four and 15.

Unlike many Miami hotels, this resort offers a bevy of amenities to entice families to stay. (Pets are welcome, too!) Located directly on the beach, its Loews Loves Families program features a spate of daily activities at the SoBe Kids Club, including an indoor lifeguard hut, craft area, video games, pizza-making classes, scavenger hunts, and evening programs on Friday and Saturday nights. There&rsquos a zero-entry pool, ideal for babies and toddlers, with nearby soda machines and special kids' menus, as well as youth programming for all ages and a partnership with nearby Jungle Island. The weekend Family Happy Hour offers cocktails for parents and lawn toys for kids, while there's also a Teen Scene Social Hour. Oh, and the hotel has a program called Leave It to Loews, which allows families to request everything from toys to baby bathtubs, night lights, and DVD players.

This undeniably pricey slice of paradise includes all the perks you&rsquod expect from a Four Seasons resort: five-star service, exquisite ocean views, and even a Nobu location. Still, it manages to be supremely family-friendly. You can hike, snorkel, try archery, and go horseback riding. There&rsquos also a complimentary Kids For All Seasons Program with everything from arts and crafts to tide pool exploration and lei-making. Little ones can expect complimentary smoothies and popsicles by the family pool, or request bags of fish food to feed the koi.

Located on 23 acres on Maui&rsquos Ma&rsquoanapali Beach, this sprawling destination recently completed a huge renovation. Families can expect treats, such as beachside s&rsquomores, complimentary ukulele lessons, shallow-wading pools for kids, and special kids' menus (plus, kids under 12 eat free). There&rsquos also the Shaka Shack children's area with free hula lessons, lei making, and a fire knife demo. Maui Ocean Center has opened its first off-site location here, and family rooms feature amenities like pull-down wall beds.

Turn to Disney for perfectly curated VIP-style trips across the globe, each led by "Adventure Guides" that know how to keep children engaged. Select from over 30 trips across six continents, with itineraries that explores major European cities like Rome, London, and Paris, or historic U.S. locations like the Grand Canyon.

Situated in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains, the Broadmoor might be America&rsquos longest-running Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five-Diamond resort, but manages to feel low-key and down to earth. Activities are plentiful: there's hiking, canoeing, zip-lining, paddle-boarding, horseback riding, three golf courses, a kids' tennis camp, and three pools (including an 11,000-square-foot infinity pool with waterslides). In addition to 10 restaurants, there&rsquos also a family dining and activity center, complete with bowling, a pool table, shuffle board, a virtual BEAM playground machine, and a variety of video games.

After getting their mini robes and slippers at check-in, children will love Monarch Beach Kids&mdasha games-, crafts-, and activity-packed kids' club for those between five and 12. There&rsquos also an Ocean Institute Program that allows youngsters to get up close with tide pool animals and create marine art. Meanwhile, parents will feel settled thanks to an 18-hole golf course, tennis, a Miraval Life in Balance Spa, Deborah Lippman nail salon, and a Drybar. Three pools and a splash pad complete the equation.

Getting to this eastern part of Maui is half the adventure: guests must either take a helicopter or traverse the infamously twisty 64-mile long Road to Hana, a scenic and legendary drive with numerous kid-friendly stops along the way. At the resort, which offers a summer camp feel with upscale cabins dotting the beachfront green, amenities include swimming, tennis, horseback riding, and standup paddling. Sign up for Hawaiian cultural activities such as lei-making, hula lessons, spear- and throw-net fishing, as well as a tour of Hana Bay on an outrigger canoe.

Known as the Del, this Victorian red-roofed resort has delighted families of all sizes since the 1880s. The main pool is kept at 70 degrees year-round and offers water toys for children, but the various beach-front recreational activities should not be missed, either.

Thanks to this resort's white beaches and the lush gardens surrounding the property, you'll forget you're only minutes from downtown Miami. The 12-acre resort has two swimming pools (including one just for families), a large tennis center, and a luxurious spa. Its Ritz Kids program&mdashwhich partners with Jean-Michel Cousteau&rsquos Ocean Futures Society&mdashgives pint-size travelers the opportunity to learn about the environment through fun, educational activities.

The indoor kids' club at this AAA Five Diamond all-inclusive resort offers Spanish lessons, baking, sand castle building, and a Alebrijes painting workshop inspired by Disney's Coco. The teens' club is set up for karaoke and video games, and family members of all ages can participate in spa treatments and family photo shoots.

Journey to the Caribbean for an all-inclusive experience that includes gourmet food and beverages, a sports club, an expansive water park, and interactions with all of your kids' favorite Nickelodeon characters. Of course, there's plenty of traditional Nick fun, too&mdashlike a daily "mass sliming" at the water park.

The family resort is known for its fine dining, evening dances, and of course, numerous outdoor activities. Try your hand at everything from kayaking on the lake, to hiking to a nearby waterfall, to skeet shooting at a hilltop range.

Nestled on the banks of Lake Champlain in Vermont sits a quaint camp-like resort that promises days of nostalgic family fun coupled with modern amenities. Jump from activity to activity&mdashtennis, boating, golfing, and more&mdashduring the day, then round out the afternoon with dinner at one of three restaurants and a night cap 'round the campfire (with s'mores, of course).


30 Unique Family Vacation Ideas for a Trip the Kids Won't Forget

The phrase "family vacation" might sound like an oxymoron&mdashespecially after spending more than a year in very close quarters. (Thanks, 2020!) But there are plenty of well-rounded resorts that offers plenty of fun for the whole family, even as we still navigate travel restrictions and social distancing requirements associated with COVID-19.

In many cases, hotels and resorts are open at limited capacity (each and every property below is accepting reservations!). And, according to the CDC, when traveling domestically&mdashsay a Florida beach or the mountains of Maine&mdashany fully vaccinated individual does not have to get tested or quarantine. Non-vaccinated family members should get tested one to three days before travel and get tested three to five days after travel and self-quarantine for seven days&mdash10 days, if not tested. (International travel to places like Europe is a bit trickier, especially if you're not vaccinated, but the CDC does outline various guidelines should you decide to make the trip.) Of course, it's always a good idea to check to see if there are any travel requirements specific to your desired destination, since properties can make their own guidelines.

If your family is more than ready to&mdashsafely&mdashjourney to a new locale for some fun in the sun this summer, consider this as you peruse vacation ideas: All-inclusive resorts, like many of the options on this list, are often the best choice for families, says Beth O'Donnell, travel expert and general manager of Thomson Family Adventures. They not only make it easier to find age-appropriate activities for each person in your crew, but they also keep you contained in one place (a great bonus for your first foray into travel post-pandemic).

Make your great escape, and plenty of amazing memories, at one of these unique family destinations in the US and around the world.

Beloved by families for a reason, this iconic resort in the Bahamas is a hit for all-ages because of its jam-packed menu of activities, plus a Kids Concierge. Take advantage of the outdoor location with the 141-acre water park, which includes marine life encounters, slides, river rides, and snorkeling, plus 11 pools (three for kids!) spread across the property. Numerous kid-friendly restaurants, like Carmine&rsquos Italian and ice cream at Sun & Ice, round out the delights.Atlantis (Bahamas)

Located in the heart of Nashville, this sprawling resort complex has plenty for kids and adults to do. Your steps from iconic highlights like the Grand Ol&rsquo Opry and close to Ryman Auditorium and a quick ride away from the heart of downtown Nashville&mdashbut for families wanting to hunker down on property, that&rsquos possible, too. The resort features SoundWaves, an upscale four-acre indoor/outdoor water attraction including a lazy river, an activity pool complete with a rock wall and basketball hoops, kids splash pad, a multi-level water play structure for all ages, private cabanas, and numerous tubing paths and slides with lights and music for an over-the-top experience. There&rsquos also a spa, nine acres of gardens and waterfalls, and 18 dining options on property, with special menus and activities for kids.

An all-inclusive located directly on the beach in the heart of Cancun, kids can enjoy the Pirate splash park (complete with a life-sized pirate ship), the on-site turtle farm, and guacamole-making classes at the kids and teen clubs. For adults, there&rsquos the Aura Spa, 13 food and beverage options, and nightly activities like karaoke. Rooms are spacious&mdashfamily suites offer bunk and trundle beds&mdashand include balconies, many with ocean views.

At the only all-suite resort in the Adirondacks, families will delight at the bevy of amenities offered by beautiful Whiteface Lodge. Close to Lake Placid&mdasha former winter Olympics village&mdashthe Forbes Four-Star resort is equally spectacular year-round. In the summer, there&rsquos tennis, arts and crafts, s&rsquomores around the fire pit, rental boats, paddle boating, canoes, kayaks, and catch-and-release fishing at the lake. There&rsquos also a kids club, a bowling alley, a game room, ice cream parlor, and movie theater. Suites include jacuzzis, dining-areas, and full kitchens.

On South Carolina&rsquos tiny Kiawah Island&mdasha master-planned community of property owners 21 miles south of Charleston&mdashsits The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island, an oceanfront Forbes Five-Star Resort and one of the most sublimely family-friendly destinations. Offering Kamp Kiawah, with tailored programs for kids from three to 18, the days feel lazier and longer here. Opportunities abound to connect with nature&mdashboating Charleston Harbor, getting up close with dolphins in Kiawah River, going on alligator safaris, bird watching&mdashwhile there&rsquos also family golf and tennis clinics, drive-in movie nights at the pool, a popular oyster roast and BBQ with live music, s&rsquomores, face-painting, and arts and crafts.

An easy drive from Washington D.C., Baltimore, and Richmond, the Shenandoah Valley&rsquos Massanutten Resort&rsquos 6,000 mountain acres are heaven for active families. Highlights include an indoor/outdoor waterpark, a Family Adventure Park including rock climbing and zip lining, a petting zoo, an equestrian center, escape rooms, two 18-hole golf courses, a game room, a playground, and a putting green. There are also twelve restaurants, guaranteeing choice for picky eaters, plus a nightclub for after the littles go to sleep.

With more sun than any other Caribbean island, Aruba is an ideal choice for a family getaway, and this 12-acre waterfront resort provides plenty of beachy fun. While the Palm Beach location and 8,000 square-foot, three-level pool complex are unbeatable&mdashincluding a two-story waterslide and swim-up pool bar&mdashthere&rsquos also a Camp Hyatt for kids with a game room, a casino, and ZoiA Spa. For nature lovers, a visit to nearby Butterfly Farm, with tropical butterflies from around the planet, is a must, while the resort also offers adventures like horseback riding, kite surfing, and diving lessons through Red Sail Sports, plus ten dining options.

Just north of Jacksonville, this beachfront country club-style resort features 36 holes of golf, 15 tennis courts, several pools (including a family pool with an extensive zero-entry splash pad area), cycling, standup paddle boarding, and ocean kayaks. It also contains one of North Florida's largest spas and a fitness center with over 100 weekly classes.

A collection of massive indoor waterpark resorts with 16 locations around the country&mdashincluding Anaheim, Atlanta, Colorado Springs, Chicago, and Boston&mdashGreat Wolf Lodge is kid-friendly aquatic nirvana. Water is kept at 84 degrees, with slides, pools, body surfing, tube rides, a wave pool, and lazy river. There&rsquos also dry fun to be had, including character breakfasts, PJ parties, laser tag, bowling, and mini golf, while special family suites feature bunk beds. Picky eaters can relax: There&rsquos a nut-free kitchen and allergy-friendly menus at the multiple restaurants, including a pizza spot, wood-fired grill, and poolside grill.

Orlando&rsquos best-kept secret, the all-suite, 106-acre lakefront property is only three miles from Disney World, offering an incredible experience&mdashplus complimentary shuttles&mdashat a fraction of the price. (Some rooms even have views of the Disney fireworks.) For non-Disney days, start with the six acre Surfari water park&mdashcomplimentary and exclusive to guests&mdashoffering three swimming pools, two tube slides, a kids&rsquo activity pool, dual-ride surf zone, and a lazy river. The resort also has a 7,000-square-foot Flip Flop Family Fun Center, including glow-in-the-dark mini golf, virtual reality, and 65 arcade and video games. The Lake Austin Pier also provides kayaks, swan paddle boats, and fishing. There are six restaurants to choose from with picky eaters in mind, plus an onsite market, while the suites offer full kitchens, washers, and dryers. And for parents&rsquo downtime, there&rsquos a full-service spa.

Trust us: This spot offers one of the greatest kids' clubs in the history of kids' clubs. At 5,200 square feet, the activity-packed, complimentary Auntie's Beach House is open every day from 8 a.m. until 9 p.m., making it easy to ignore Aulani&rsquos prime 21-acre beachfront location in Oahu&rsquos Ko Olina. (But don&rsquot!) Here are some favorites: a quiet lagoon for paddle boarding, swimming, numerous waterslides, and a lu&rsquoau called Ka&rsquoWa&rsquoA. There&rsquos also a nearby golf course, spa, and all the character breakfasts, Moana meet and greets, and Disney magic your littles could dream of. It&rsquos Disney, aloha-style.

This 10,000-acre ranch just outside the Dutch village of Solvang offers a summer camp-like arrangement of activities, from horseback riding to archery, zip lining, fishing, and an obstacle course. Be sure to stop by the petting zoo and barnyard with daily egg gathering, an arts and crafts room, and corral for children under seven to enjoy pony rides. Bonus for parents: The resort is in the middle of Santa Barbara wine country, with numerous wineries and tasting rooms nearby.

Set on 18 lakefront acres in Michigan, this idyllic resort is located on charming, car-free Mackinac Island, which feels like stepping back in time where horse-and-buggies are regular modes of transportation. Families can explore more than 70 miles of hiking and biking trails, as well as ride horses, take a workshop with a kite master, try croquet and bocce ball, play 18-hole putt-putt, or compete at the video game arcade. Evenings are spent relaxing on the Adirondack chairs on the waterfront great lawn, picnic basket in tow.

This might finally be the place that gets everyone off their phone. Featuring a mile of private beach, five swimming pools, Moke beach cruisers, and a marine center with water activities (think: scuba diving and sunset cruises), the 24-acre resort is sprinkled with tiki huts, fire pits, hammocks, and a beachside grill. A perk? All rooms have views of the Atlantic.

Sitting atop 110 acres of a private peninsula, this locale offers families the choice of Ralph Lauren-designed rooms in the preppy main inn, or spacious private villas with staff. There are two kids' clubs for children of various ages, and adults can enjoy the spa, tennis courts, and an infinity pool where villa-owner Ralph Lauren is regularly spotted with his family. Bonus: Royal aficionados will be thrilled to know that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle stayed here together before their wedding.

Located about an hour outside of San Diego, the adult and kids sleeping areas at this Lego-packed hotel and theme park are separated for comfort (and kid-friendly fun). By day, choose between pool time or early access to the connected Legoland park. At night, kids can burn off steam at DJ-fueled dance parties.

This supremely family-friendly 3,000-acre mountain resort is beloved by both parents and kids. The Forbes Five-Star property which was featured on the last season of the Bachelor, has just about everything you could ever want, including five pools, zip lining, animal safaris, off-roading, rock climbing, ropes courses (separate ones for kids and adults), disc golf, and quick-jumping. There&rsquos also a full gymnasium&mdashcomplete with trampolines, balance beams, uneven bars, and vault&mdashalong with an arcade, carnival, and two kids' clubs for both infants and those between four and 15.

Unlike many Miami hotels, this resort offers a bevy of amenities to entice families to stay. (Pets are welcome, too!) Located directly on the beach, its Loews Loves Families program features a spate of daily activities at the SoBe Kids Club, including an indoor lifeguard hut, craft area, video games, pizza-making classes, scavenger hunts, and evening programs on Friday and Saturday nights. There&rsquos a zero-entry pool, ideal for babies and toddlers, with nearby soda machines and special kids' menus, as well as youth programming for all ages and a partnership with nearby Jungle Island. The weekend Family Happy Hour offers cocktails for parents and lawn toys for kids, while there's also a Teen Scene Social Hour. Oh, and the hotel has a program called Leave It to Loews, which allows families to request everything from toys to baby bathtubs, night lights, and DVD players.

This undeniably pricey slice of paradise includes all the perks you&rsquod expect from a Four Seasons resort: five-star service, exquisite ocean views, and even a Nobu location. Still, it manages to be supremely family-friendly. You can hike, snorkel, try archery, and go horseback riding. There&rsquos also a complimentary Kids For All Seasons Program with everything from arts and crafts to tide pool exploration and lei-making. Little ones can expect complimentary smoothies and popsicles by the family pool, or request bags of fish food to feed the koi.

Located on 23 acres on Maui&rsquos Ma&rsquoanapali Beach, this sprawling destination recently completed a huge renovation. Families can expect treats, such as beachside s&rsquomores, complimentary ukulele lessons, shallow-wading pools for kids, and special kids' menus (plus, kids under 12 eat free). There&rsquos also the Shaka Shack children's area with free hula lessons, lei making, and a fire knife demo. Maui Ocean Center has opened its first off-site location here, and family rooms feature amenities like pull-down wall beds.

Turn to Disney for perfectly curated VIP-style trips across the globe, each led by "Adventure Guides" that know how to keep children engaged. Select from over 30 trips across six continents, with itineraries that explores major European cities like Rome, London, and Paris, or historic U.S. locations like the Grand Canyon.

Situated in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains, the Broadmoor might be America&rsquos longest-running Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five-Diamond resort, but manages to feel low-key and down to earth. Activities are plentiful: there's hiking, canoeing, zip-lining, paddle-boarding, horseback riding, three golf courses, a kids' tennis camp, and three pools (including an 11,000-square-foot infinity pool with waterslides). In addition to 10 restaurants, there&rsquos also a family dining and activity center, complete with bowling, a pool table, shuffle board, a virtual BEAM playground machine, and a variety of video games.

After getting their mini robes and slippers at check-in, children will love Monarch Beach Kids&mdasha games-, crafts-, and activity-packed kids' club for those between five and 12. There&rsquos also an Ocean Institute Program that allows youngsters to get up close with tide pool animals and create marine art. Meanwhile, parents will feel settled thanks to an 18-hole golf course, tennis, a Miraval Life in Balance Spa, Deborah Lippman nail salon, and a Drybar. Three pools and a splash pad complete the equation.

Getting to this eastern part of Maui is half the adventure: guests must either take a helicopter or traverse the infamously twisty 64-mile long Road to Hana, a scenic and legendary drive with numerous kid-friendly stops along the way. At the resort, which offers a summer camp feel with upscale cabins dotting the beachfront green, amenities include swimming, tennis, horseback riding, and standup paddling. Sign up for Hawaiian cultural activities such as lei-making, hula lessons, spear- and throw-net fishing, as well as a tour of Hana Bay on an outrigger canoe.

Known as the Del, this Victorian red-roofed resort has delighted families of all sizes since the 1880s. The main pool is kept at 70 degrees year-round and offers water toys for children, but the various beach-front recreational activities should not be missed, either.

Thanks to this resort's white beaches and the lush gardens surrounding the property, you'll forget you're only minutes from downtown Miami. The 12-acre resort has two swimming pools (including one just for families), a large tennis center, and a luxurious spa. Its Ritz Kids program&mdashwhich partners with Jean-Michel Cousteau&rsquos Ocean Futures Society&mdashgives pint-size travelers the opportunity to learn about the environment through fun, educational activities.

The indoor kids' club at this AAA Five Diamond all-inclusive resort offers Spanish lessons, baking, sand castle building, and a Alebrijes painting workshop inspired by Disney's Coco. The teens' club is set up for karaoke and video games, and family members of all ages can participate in spa treatments and family photo shoots.

Journey to the Caribbean for an all-inclusive experience that includes gourmet food and beverages, a sports club, an expansive water park, and interactions with all of your kids' favorite Nickelodeon characters. Of course, there's plenty of traditional Nick fun, too&mdashlike a daily "mass sliming" at the water park.

The family resort is known for its fine dining, evening dances, and of course, numerous outdoor activities. Try your hand at everything from kayaking on the lake, to hiking to a nearby waterfall, to skeet shooting at a hilltop range.

Nestled on the banks of Lake Champlain in Vermont sits a quaint camp-like resort that promises days of nostalgic family fun coupled with modern amenities. Jump from activity to activity&mdashtennis, boating, golfing, and more&mdashduring the day, then round out the afternoon with dinner at one of three restaurants and a night cap 'round the campfire (with s'mores, of course).


30 Unique Family Vacation Ideas for a Trip the Kids Won't Forget

The phrase "family vacation" might sound like an oxymoron&mdashespecially after spending more than a year in very close quarters. (Thanks, 2020!) But there are plenty of well-rounded resorts that offers plenty of fun for the whole family, even as we still navigate travel restrictions and social distancing requirements associated with COVID-19.

In many cases, hotels and resorts are open at limited capacity (each and every property below is accepting reservations!). And, according to the CDC, when traveling domestically&mdashsay a Florida beach or the mountains of Maine&mdashany fully vaccinated individual does not have to get tested or quarantine. Non-vaccinated family members should get tested one to three days before travel and get tested three to five days after travel and self-quarantine for seven days&mdash10 days, if not tested. (International travel to places like Europe is a bit trickier, especially if you're not vaccinated, but the CDC does outline various guidelines should you decide to make the trip.) Of course, it's always a good idea to check to see if there are any travel requirements specific to your desired destination, since properties can make their own guidelines.

If your family is more than ready to&mdashsafely&mdashjourney to a new locale for some fun in the sun this summer, consider this as you peruse vacation ideas: All-inclusive resorts, like many of the options on this list, are often the best choice for families, says Beth O'Donnell, travel expert and general manager of Thomson Family Adventures. They not only make it easier to find age-appropriate activities for each person in your crew, but they also keep you contained in one place (a great bonus for your first foray into travel post-pandemic).

Make your great escape, and plenty of amazing memories, at one of these unique family destinations in the US and around the world.

Beloved by families for a reason, this iconic resort in the Bahamas is a hit for all-ages because of its jam-packed menu of activities, plus a Kids Concierge. Take advantage of the outdoor location with the 141-acre water park, which includes marine life encounters, slides, river rides, and snorkeling, plus 11 pools (three for kids!) spread across the property. Numerous kid-friendly restaurants, like Carmine&rsquos Italian and ice cream at Sun & Ice, round out the delights.Atlantis (Bahamas)

Located in the heart of Nashville, this sprawling resort complex has plenty for kids and adults to do. Your steps from iconic highlights like the Grand Ol&rsquo Opry and close to Ryman Auditorium and a quick ride away from the heart of downtown Nashville&mdashbut for families wanting to hunker down on property, that&rsquos possible, too. The resort features SoundWaves, an upscale four-acre indoor/outdoor water attraction including a lazy river, an activity pool complete with a rock wall and basketball hoops, kids splash pad, a multi-level water play structure for all ages, private cabanas, and numerous tubing paths and slides with lights and music for an over-the-top experience. There&rsquos also a spa, nine acres of gardens and waterfalls, and 18 dining options on property, with special menus and activities for kids.

An all-inclusive located directly on the beach in the heart of Cancun, kids can enjoy the Pirate splash park (complete with a life-sized pirate ship), the on-site turtle farm, and guacamole-making classes at the kids and teen clubs. For adults, there&rsquos the Aura Spa, 13 food and beverage options, and nightly activities like karaoke. Rooms are spacious&mdashfamily suites offer bunk and trundle beds&mdashand include balconies, many with ocean views.

At the only all-suite resort in the Adirondacks, families will delight at the bevy of amenities offered by beautiful Whiteface Lodge. Close to Lake Placid&mdasha former winter Olympics village&mdashthe Forbes Four-Star resort is equally spectacular year-round. In the summer, there&rsquos tennis, arts and crafts, s&rsquomores around the fire pit, rental boats, paddle boating, canoes, kayaks, and catch-and-release fishing at the lake. There&rsquos also a kids club, a bowling alley, a game room, ice cream parlor, and movie theater. Suites include jacuzzis, dining-areas, and full kitchens.

On South Carolina&rsquos tiny Kiawah Island&mdasha master-planned community of property owners 21 miles south of Charleston&mdashsits The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island, an oceanfront Forbes Five-Star Resort and one of the most sublimely family-friendly destinations. Offering Kamp Kiawah, with tailored programs for kids from three to 18, the days feel lazier and longer here. Opportunities abound to connect with nature&mdashboating Charleston Harbor, getting up close with dolphins in Kiawah River, going on alligator safaris, bird watching&mdashwhile there&rsquos also family golf and tennis clinics, drive-in movie nights at the pool, a popular oyster roast and BBQ with live music, s&rsquomores, face-painting, and arts and crafts.

An easy drive from Washington D.C., Baltimore, and Richmond, the Shenandoah Valley&rsquos Massanutten Resort&rsquos 6,000 mountain acres are heaven for active families. Highlights include an indoor/outdoor waterpark, a Family Adventure Park including rock climbing and zip lining, a petting zoo, an equestrian center, escape rooms, two 18-hole golf courses, a game room, a playground, and a putting green. There are also twelve restaurants, guaranteeing choice for picky eaters, plus a nightclub for after the littles go to sleep.

With more sun than any other Caribbean island, Aruba is an ideal choice for a family getaway, and this 12-acre waterfront resort provides plenty of beachy fun. While the Palm Beach location and 8,000 square-foot, three-level pool complex are unbeatable&mdashincluding a two-story waterslide and swim-up pool bar&mdashthere&rsquos also a Camp Hyatt for kids with a game room, a casino, and ZoiA Spa. For nature lovers, a visit to nearby Butterfly Farm, with tropical butterflies from around the planet, is a must, while the resort also offers adventures like horseback riding, kite surfing, and diving lessons through Red Sail Sports, plus ten dining options.

Just north of Jacksonville, this beachfront country club-style resort features 36 holes of golf, 15 tennis courts, several pools (including a family pool with an extensive zero-entry splash pad area), cycling, standup paddle boarding, and ocean kayaks. It also contains one of North Florida's largest spas and a fitness center with over 100 weekly classes.

A collection of massive indoor waterpark resorts with 16 locations around the country&mdashincluding Anaheim, Atlanta, Colorado Springs, Chicago, and Boston&mdashGreat Wolf Lodge is kid-friendly aquatic nirvana. Water is kept at 84 degrees, with slides, pools, body surfing, tube rides, a wave pool, and lazy river. There&rsquos also dry fun to be had, including character breakfasts, PJ parties, laser tag, bowling, and mini golf, while special family suites feature bunk beds. Picky eaters can relax: There&rsquos a nut-free kitchen and allergy-friendly menus at the multiple restaurants, including a pizza spot, wood-fired grill, and poolside grill.

Orlando&rsquos best-kept secret, the all-suite, 106-acre lakefront property is only three miles from Disney World, offering an incredible experience&mdashplus complimentary shuttles&mdashat a fraction of the price. (Some rooms even have views of the Disney fireworks.) For non-Disney days, start with the six acre Surfari water park&mdashcomplimentary and exclusive to guests&mdashoffering three swimming pools, two tube slides, a kids&rsquo activity pool, dual-ride surf zone, and a lazy river. The resort also has a 7,000-square-foot Flip Flop Family Fun Center, including glow-in-the-dark mini golf, virtual reality, and 65 arcade and video games. The Lake Austin Pier also provides kayaks, swan paddle boats, and fishing. There are six restaurants to choose from with picky eaters in mind, plus an onsite market, while the suites offer full kitchens, washers, and dryers. And for parents&rsquo downtime, there&rsquos a full-service spa.

Trust us: This spot offers one of the greatest kids' clubs in the history of kids' clubs. At 5,200 square feet, the activity-packed, complimentary Auntie's Beach House is open every day from 8 a.m. until 9 p.m., making it easy to ignore Aulani&rsquos prime 21-acre beachfront location in Oahu&rsquos Ko Olina. (But don&rsquot!) Here are some favorites: a quiet lagoon for paddle boarding, swimming, numerous waterslides, and a lu&rsquoau called Ka&rsquoWa&rsquoA. There&rsquos also a nearby golf course, spa, and all the character breakfasts, Moana meet and greets, and Disney magic your littles could dream of. It&rsquos Disney, aloha-style.

This 10,000-acre ranch just outside the Dutch village of Solvang offers a summer camp-like arrangement of activities, from horseback riding to archery, zip lining, fishing, and an obstacle course. Be sure to stop by the petting zoo and barnyard with daily egg gathering, an arts and crafts room, and corral for children under seven to enjoy pony rides. Bonus for parents: The resort is in the middle of Santa Barbara wine country, with numerous wineries and tasting rooms nearby.

Set on 18 lakefront acres in Michigan, this idyllic resort is located on charming, car-free Mackinac Island, which feels like stepping back in time where horse-and-buggies are regular modes of transportation. Families can explore more than 70 miles of hiking and biking trails, as well as ride horses, take a workshop with a kite master, try croquet and bocce ball, play 18-hole putt-putt, or compete at the video game arcade. Evenings are spent relaxing on the Adirondack chairs on the waterfront great lawn, picnic basket in tow.

This might finally be the place that gets everyone off their phone. Featuring a mile of private beach, five swimming pools, Moke beach cruisers, and a marine center with water activities (think: scuba diving and sunset cruises), the 24-acre resort is sprinkled with tiki huts, fire pits, hammocks, and a beachside grill. A perk? All rooms have views of the Atlantic.

Sitting atop 110 acres of a private peninsula, this locale offers families the choice of Ralph Lauren-designed rooms in the preppy main inn, or spacious private villas with staff. There are two kids' clubs for children of various ages, and adults can enjoy the spa, tennis courts, and an infinity pool where villa-owner Ralph Lauren is regularly spotted with his family. Bonus: Royal aficionados will be thrilled to know that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle stayed here together before their wedding.

Located about an hour outside of San Diego, the adult and kids sleeping areas at this Lego-packed hotel and theme park are separated for comfort (and kid-friendly fun). By day, choose between pool time or early access to the connected Legoland park. At night, kids can burn off steam at DJ-fueled dance parties.

This supremely family-friendly 3,000-acre mountain resort is beloved by both parents and kids. The Forbes Five-Star property which was featured on the last season of the Bachelor, has just about everything you could ever want, including five pools, zip lining, animal safaris, off-roading, rock climbing, ropes courses (separate ones for kids and adults), disc golf, and quick-jumping. There&rsquos also a full gymnasium&mdashcomplete with trampolines, balance beams, uneven bars, and vault&mdashalong with an arcade, carnival, and two kids' clubs for both infants and those between four and 15.

Unlike many Miami hotels, this resort offers a bevy of amenities to entice families to stay. (Pets are welcome, too!) Located directly on the beach, its Loews Loves Families program features a spate of daily activities at the SoBe Kids Club, including an indoor lifeguard hut, craft area, video games, pizza-making classes, scavenger hunts, and evening programs on Friday and Saturday nights. There&rsquos a zero-entry pool, ideal for babies and toddlers, with nearby soda machines and special kids' menus, as well as youth programming for all ages and a partnership with nearby Jungle Island. The weekend Family Happy Hour offers cocktails for parents and lawn toys for kids, while there's also a Teen Scene Social Hour. Oh, and the hotel has a program called Leave It to Loews, which allows families to request everything from toys to baby bathtubs, night lights, and DVD players.

This undeniably pricey slice of paradise includes all the perks you&rsquod expect from a Four Seasons resort: five-star service, exquisite ocean views, and even a Nobu location. Still, it manages to be supremely family-friendly. You can hike, snorkel, try archery, and go horseback riding. There&rsquos also a complimentary Kids For All Seasons Program with everything from arts and crafts to tide pool exploration and lei-making. Little ones can expect complimentary smoothies and popsicles by the family pool, or request bags of fish food to feed the koi.

Located on 23 acres on Maui&rsquos Ma&rsquoanapali Beach, this sprawling destination recently completed a huge renovation. Families can expect treats, such as beachside s&rsquomores, complimentary ukulele lessons, shallow-wading pools for kids, and special kids' menus (plus, kids under 12 eat free). There&rsquos also the Shaka Shack children's area with free hula lessons, lei making, and a fire knife demo. Maui Ocean Center has opened its first off-site location here, and family rooms feature amenities like pull-down wall beds.

Turn to Disney for perfectly curated VIP-style trips across the globe, each led by "Adventure Guides" that know how to keep children engaged. Select from over 30 trips across six continents, with itineraries that explores major European cities like Rome, London, and Paris, or historic U.S. locations like the Grand Canyon.

Situated in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains, the Broadmoor might be America&rsquos longest-running Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five-Diamond resort, but manages to feel low-key and down to earth. Activities are plentiful: there's hiking, canoeing, zip-lining, paddle-boarding, horseback riding, three golf courses, a kids' tennis camp, and three pools (including an 11,000-square-foot infinity pool with waterslides). In addition to 10 restaurants, there&rsquos also a family dining and activity center, complete with bowling, a pool table, shuffle board, a virtual BEAM playground machine, and a variety of video games.

After getting their mini robes and slippers at check-in, children will love Monarch Beach Kids&mdasha games-, crafts-, and activity-packed kids' club for those between five and 12. There&rsquos also an Ocean Institute Program that allows youngsters to get up close with tide pool animals and create marine art. Meanwhile, parents will feel settled thanks to an 18-hole golf course, tennis, a Miraval Life in Balance Spa, Deborah Lippman nail salon, and a Drybar. Three pools and a splash pad complete the equation.

Getting to this eastern part of Maui is half the adventure: guests must either take a helicopter or traverse the infamously twisty 64-mile long Road to Hana, a scenic and legendary drive with numerous kid-friendly stops along the way. At the resort, which offers a summer camp feel with upscale cabins dotting the beachfront green, amenities include swimming, tennis, horseback riding, and standup paddling. Sign up for Hawaiian cultural activities such as lei-making, hula lessons, spear- and throw-net fishing, as well as a tour of Hana Bay on an outrigger canoe.

Known as the Del, this Victorian red-roofed resort has delighted families of all sizes since the 1880s. The main pool is kept at 70 degrees year-round and offers water toys for children, but the various beach-front recreational activities should not be missed, either.

Thanks to this resort's white beaches and the lush gardens surrounding the property, you'll forget you're only minutes from downtown Miami. The 12-acre resort has two swimming pools (including one just for families), a large tennis center, and a luxurious spa. Its Ritz Kids program&mdashwhich partners with Jean-Michel Cousteau&rsquos Ocean Futures Society&mdashgives pint-size travelers the opportunity to learn about the environment through fun, educational activities.

The indoor kids' club at this AAA Five Diamond all-inclusive resort offers Spanish lessons, baking, sand castle building, and a Alebrijes painting workshop inspired by Disney's Coco. The teens' club is set up for karaoke and video games, and family members of all ages can participate in spa treatments and family photo shoots.

Journey to the Caribbean for an all-inclusive experience that includes gourmet food and beverages, a sports club, an expansive water park, and interactions with all of your kids' favorite Nickelodeon characters. Of course, there's plenty of traditional Nick fun, too&mdashlike a daily "mass sliming" at the water park.

The family resort is known for its fine dining, evening dances, and of course, numerous outdoor activities. Try your hand at everything from kayaking on the lake, to hiking to a nearby waterfall, to skeet shooting at a hilltop range.

Nestled on the banks of Lake Champlain in Vermont sits a quaint camp-like resort that promises days of nostalgic family fun coupled with modern amenities. Jump from activity to activity&mdashtennis, boating, golfing, and more&mdashduring the day, then round out the afternoon with dinner at one of three restaurants and a night cap 'round the campfire (with s'mores, of course).


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