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Best Family Resort (2020)

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  • Hawks Cay 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 Hawks Cay Marina serves as a base for aquatic sports of all varieties.
    Photo courtesy of Hawks Cay Resort

  • Woodloch Resort

    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

  • Ludlow's Island Resort

    Ludlow's Island Resort
    Cook, Minn.

    This family-operated resort on Lake Vermillion occupies its own private island, where guests can spend their days swimming, kayaking, canoeing, fishing, hydrobiking, paddle boating, rock climbing or scaling a giant floating "iceberg." 
    Photo courtesy of Ludlow's Island Resort

  • Grand Hotel

    Grand Hotel
    Mackinac Island, Mich.

    Guests at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island might find themselves on rocking chairs on the world's longest porch overlooking the Straits of Mackinac. There's a lot for families to love as well: a 220-foot heated swimming pool, biking and horseback riding, lawn games in the gardens and Family Added Value Days in the summer months with additional activities and savings.
    Photo courtesy of Grand Hotel

  • Four Seasons Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort

    Four Seasons Orlando 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 Four Seasons Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort

  • Smugglers' Notch Resort

    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

  • The Breakers

    The Breakers
    Palm Beach, Fla.

    The Breakers, a legendary resort in Palm Beach on Florida’s Atlantic Coast, blends and Italian-Renaissance ambiance with modern amenities. In addition to a gorgeous white sand beach, water sports and tennis, The Breakers also boasts a self-contained family entertainment center with an arcade, outdoor sports courts and toddler playground that all ages will love. Glamorous offerings continue with championship golf and spa – including one for kids!
    Photo courtesy of The Breakers

  • C Lazy U Ranch

    C Lazy U Ranch
    Granby, Colo.

    The traditions of the American West are alive and well at C Lazy U Ranch in Colorado. This luxury guest ranch offers 43 rooms of varying sizes, including three bedroom cabins ideal for families. Visitors to this four seasons property can go horseback riding, practice cattle pushing, hike, mountain bike, cross country ski or go snowshoeing between hearty, family-style meals.
    Photo courtesy of C Lazy U Ranch

  • The Resort at Paws Up

    The Resort at Paws Up
    Greenough, Mont.

    This Montana resort sits on a 37,000-acre working cattle ranch with a range of accommodations (from luxe private homes to glamping sites) and activities for families with kids of all ages. Horseback riding is the signature experience, but guests can also mountain bike, fly fish, geocache or partake in an authentic Montana ranch activity. The Kids Corps of Discovery immersion program has something for everyone – toddlers to teens!
    Photo courtesy of The Resort at Paws Up

  • Club Med Sandpiper Bay

    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 Sandpiper Bay

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.

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

  1. Hawks Cay Resort - Duck Key, Fla.
  2. Woodloch Resort - Hawley, Penn.
  3. Ludlow's Island Resort - Cook, Minn.
  4. Grand Hotel - Mackinac Island, Mich.
  5. Four Seasons Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort - Orlando
  6. Smugglers' Notch Resort - Smugglers' Notch, Vt.
  7. The Breakers - Palm Beach, Fla.
  8. C Lazy U Ranch - Granby, Colo.
  9. The Resort at Paws Up - Greenough, Mont.
  10. Club Med Sandpiper Bay - Port St Lucie, Fla.

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

Congratulations to all these winning hotels!

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