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Best resort for families? Readers vote Woodloch Resort

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This Poconos all-inclusive wins big with kids

These 10 American resorts cater to families with a host of awesome amenities, including programming just for kids, childproofed rooms (with multiple bedrooms), gourmet dining with child-approved kids menus and access to essentials, like cribs and baby swings, while on the road.

  • Woodloch Resort
    Hawley, Penn.

    The Woodloch Resort welcomes families to the Poconos with accommodations ranging from single rooms to two-bedroom suites. Meals are served family-style, and guests enjoy access to a range of activities daily, with amenities like a rock climbing wall, indoor and outdoor pools, go karts, bumper cars and boats, kayaks and snow tubing in the winter.
    Photo courtesy of Woodloch Resort

  • Hawks Cay Resort
    Duck Key, Fla.

    Hawks Cay Resort caters to both families with kids and adults looking for a peaceful escape. Families have plenty of space to spread out, with access to four swimming pools (including the popular Pirate Ship pool) and an enclosed saltwater lagoon. The Coral Cay activity and adventure center caters to families with programs for kids ages 5 to 17. The newly re-opened Hawks Cay Marina serves as a base for aquatic sports of all varieties.
    Photo courtesy of Hawks Cay Resort

  • Great Wolf Lodge Southern California
    Garden Grove, Calif.

    Located a stone's throw from Disneyland, this Great Wolf Lodge property in Anaheim is California's only indoor water park resort. Spacious suites give families plenty of room to spread out and make themselves at home, while young guests enjoy bonuses like character appearances, lunchtime activities, story time and PJ parties.
    Photo courtesy of Great Wolf Resorts

  • Ludlow's Island Resort
    Cook, Minn.

    This family-operated resort on Lake Vermillion occupies its own private island, where vacationing families can spend their days swimming, kayaking, canoeing, fishing, hydrobiking, paddle boating, rock climbing or scaling a giant floating "iceberg." Kids enjoy a range of guided activities, and cabins range in size from one to five bedrooms to accommodate even the biggest families.
    Photo courtesy of Ludlow's Island Resort

  • Snowpine Lodge
    Alta, Utah

    Built in 1938, The Snowpine Lodge was the first ski shelter in the Alta and Snowbird area. Today, the lodge offers ski-in, ski-out service and recently renovated accommodations to fit a range of budgets and family sizes. Each guest starts the day with a warm skier's breakfast and finishes it with a gourmet dinner. An outdoor whirlpool tub, spa treatment room and fire pit offer plenty of options for relaxation off the slopes.
    Photo courtesy of Snowpine Lodge

  • Fairmont Kea Lani
    Maui

    At the Fairmont Kea Lani, families enjoy three swimming pools (including one just for mom and dad), a Hawaiian cultural program, water sports, beach activities and the Keiki Lani Kids Club – a state-of-the-art facility for children between the ages of 5 and 12.
    Photo courtesy of Fairmont Kea Lani

  • Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
    Scottsdale, Ariz.

    Six separate pools create a giant outdoor playground in the Scottsdale desert for visitors of all ages. At the heart of the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess pool complex, the 6,000-square-foot Sonoran Splash features two waterslides, a zero entry pool deck and a sandbox play area, perfect for families with young children. The Trailblazers Family Adventure Center offers a host of activities for kids ages 5 to 12.
    Photo courtesy of Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

  • Club Med Sandpiper Bay
    Port St Lucie, Fla.

    One of the country’s only truly all-inclusive resorts, Club Med Sandpiper Bay caters to active families. It’s located in between Miami and Orlando along the St. Lucie River where beach and swimming activities are available. Expert pros in the resort’s multi-sport Club Med Academy are on hand to coach beach volleyball, tennis, golf and fitness for those who want to improve techniques. Parents may also take advantage of the age-appropriate child care and supervised activities.
    Photo courtesy of Club Med

  • Smugglers' Notch Resort
    Smugglers' Notch, Vt.

    Non-stop activities at Smugglers’ Notch Vermont are diverse so plan to stay awhile in one of their spacious, full-service condos. The resort is famous for being one of the best skiing venues for families. However, other outdoor fun includes llama treks, geocaching, mountain biking, zip-lining, tennis and more. Young kids can enjoy the million-dollar child center, while older kids can participate in special interest camps that take advantage of the resort’s natural setting. Teens have their own programming, too.
    Photo courtesy of Smugglers' Notch Resort

  • Four Seasons at Walt Disney World Resort
    Orlando

    The Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort may be a mouthful to say, but it's a pleasure to stay, whether you're traveling with family or not! Smack in the middle of Walt Disney World Resort's beautiful Golden Oak community, the FS Orlando's gorgeous zero-entry pool, incredible castle-themed water park and lazy river and complimentary Kids' Camp (not to mention character breakfasts with Goofy and pals!) make this a sumptuous stay with all the right Disney touches.
    Photo courtesy of Don Riddle / Four Seasons Resort Orlando

The top 10 winners in the category Best Family Resort are as follows:

  1. Woodloch Resort - Hawley, Penn.
  2. Hawks Cay Resort - Duck Key, Fla.
  3. Great Wolf Lodge Southern California - Garden Grove, Calif.
  4. Ludlow's Island Resort - Cook, Minn.
  5. Snowpine Lodge - Alta, Utah
  6. Fairmont Kea Lani - Maui
  7. Fairmont Scottsdale Princess - Scottsdale, Ariz.
  8. Club Med Sandpiper Bay - Port St Lucie, Fla.
  9. Smugglers' Notch Resort - Smugglers' Notch, Vt.
  10. Four Seasons at Walt Disney World Resort - Orlando

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote.

Congratulations to all these winning resorts!

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