Best Family Resort (2021)


These 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

    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

  • Dollywood's DreamMore Resort and Spa

    Dollywood's DreamMore Resort and Spa
    Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

    Inspired by the pillars of togetherness, storytelling and family, Dollywood's DreamMore Resort and Spa offers park goers a welcoming place to kick back and relax in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee just minutes from the theme park. Amenities include an interactive splash pad, zero-entry pool, door-to-door transportation to the park and Dolly touches throughout.
    Photo courtesy of Dollywood

  • 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

  • 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

  • Arrabelle at Vail

    Arrabelle at Vail
    Vail, CO

    There’s a famous saying around Vail of “I came for the winter but stayed for the summer,” which is certainly true for families staying at the Arrabelle at Vail Square. While adults and children can enjoy skiing and snowboarding during the winter, Vail Mountain in the summer months offers hiking, mountain biking, gondola rides (children ride free!), the Forest Flyer Alpine Coaster, water tubing hills, and fly-fishing.
    Photo courtesy of The Arrabelle

  • Big Cypress Lodge

    Big Cypress Lodge
    Memphis, Tennessee

    At Big Cypress Lodge, families will be inspired by the nature-themed activities and attractions and find the ideal place to connect and adventure into the “great outdoors.” Journey 300 feet up the Memphis Pyramid in the largest free-standing elevator in the US, and step onto glass observation decks to see downtown Memphis and the spectacular Mississippi River. Surround yourself with underwater sea creatures as you bowl at the Fishbowl bowling lanes, and spend educational time learning about wetlands, conservation, and native Mississippi fish.
    Photo courtesy of Big Cypress Lodge

  • 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

  • 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

  • Hilton Waikoloa Village

    Hilton Waikoloa Village
    Waikoloa, Hawaii

    Families staying at the Hilton Waikoloa Village on the Big Island of Hawaii could have a full vacation without ever leaving the property. The 62-acre oceanfront resort features three swimming pools, a 175-foot waterslide, four-acre ocean-fed lagoon for snorkeling and water sports, a luau and several restaurants and bars to choose from.
    Photo courtesy of Hilton Waikoloa Village

  • Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort

    Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort

    The Grand Wailea Resort on Maui offers the best of all worlds for a Hawaiian family vacation. A tropical playground features pools for adults and children, waterslides, waterfalls, whirlpools, and saunas. While the adults enjoy a tennis game, round of golf, spa day, or shopping trip, children can visit Camp Grande, where supervised activities include nature walking, t-shirt dyeing, and lei making. With the “Grand Passport” they receive at check-in, children can collect stamps for completing educational activities around the resort.
    Photo courtesy of Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort

The top 10 winners in the category Best Family Resort are as follows:
  1. Woodloch Resort - Hawley, Penn.
  2. Dollywood's DreamMore Resort and Spa - Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
  3. Ludlow's Island Resort - Cook, Minn.
  4. C Lazy U Ranch - Granby, Colo.
  5. Arrabelle at Vail - Vail, CO
  6. Big Cypress Lodge - Memphis, Tennessee
  7. The Breakers - Palm Beach, Fla.
  8. Grand Hotel - Mackinac Island, Mich.
  9. Hilton Waikoloa Village - Waikoloa, Hawaii
  10. Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort - Maui

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 resorts!

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