White Stallion Ranch, an authentic dude ranch in northwest Tucson, makes for a fun, rugged family-friendly destination. — Photo courtesy of White Stallion Ranch
Owned and operated by the True Family since 1965, White Stallion Ranch is perfect for a family vacation full of quality time and outdoor activity. This authentic Western dude ranch is located on 3,000-acres of pristine desert adjoining Saguaro National Park in northwest Tucson. Trail rides, campfire cookouts, and spectacular desert sunsets are just some of the pleasures at this ruggedly beautiful destination. Children will also enjoy the petting zoo, movie theatre, sport courts, and game room.
Marco Island sand castle — Photo courtesy of david burn Hilton Beach Resort Marco Island is fun for teens, with a wide menu of exciting water sports options. Guided ecological waverunner tours give a thrilling sense of freedom, while participants explore the Ten Thousand Islands. Shelling excursions, and dolphin and manatee eco-tours get guests up close to southwest Florida wildlife and marine life. The hotel's Everglades Adventures tour showcases everything from alligator habitats to rare birds. Just short drive from Naples, sun-baked Marco Island has beautiful beaches and the Hilton's pool is another draw for kids and teens.
Copper King Lodge, Red River, NM — Photo courtesy of Copper King Lodge Red River, New Mexico is a favorite family getaway for skiing, fishing, hiking, and just hanging out together in a beautiful mountain setting. At Copper King Lodge, the trout-filled Red River and Copper Chair Ski Lift are right behind the property, and year-round outdoor adventure is literally feet from your door. Kids will love the grassy backyard and woods to explore, and parents will love the hot tub right on the river. Copper King Lodge is easy walking distance from the shops and restaurants in charming Red River.
Kids have fun while parents relax at the water park of the La Costa Hotel & Spa in San Diego County. — Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBonaThe La Costa Hotel & Spa, located in San Diego’s picturesque North County coastal area, is already famous for its luxurious spa and health programs. What is perhaps not so well known is the fact that it is one of the most kid-friendly hotels in San Diego County. The hotel boasts its very own water park–Splash Landing–featuring three water slides, fountain play zones, and a sandy beach pool for toddlers. Parents can relax in a cabana at the resort pool, unwind in a bubbling jacuzzi, and enjoy a snack at a waterside restaurant while they watch their kids play. This is an entire water-park experience included in the cost of your nightly stay!