Top 10 North American Family Hotels & Resorts
Port Severn, Ontario
For over 150 years the magnificent beauty and serentiy of the idyllic Muskoka lake country has attracted vacationers seeking refuge from their daily routine. The No. 8 pick on our list, Severn Lodge, is one of the premier family resorts in this picturesque area, offering a range of activities that every age will enjoy!
The lodge is located in the southern part of the Mukoka Lake District and encompasses over 100 acres of property with 2,000 feet of pristine waterfront. The main lodge was originally built in the mid-1800's when it served as area headquarters for the Georgian Bay Lumber Company. Today, Severn Lodge offers the ideal all-inclusive family getaway with activities including basketball, volleyball, horseshoes, badminton, shuffleboard, swimming, and fishing. Explore the beauty of Lake Muskoka at your own pace by canoe, pedal boat, kayak, or jet ski. You can also spend your day soaking up some sun on the sandy shore. Make sure to plan your getaway during the summer months and the kids can enjoy supervised activities during the day, while the whole family enjoys live entertainment in the evenings! Accommodations at Severn Lodge feature lake view rooms, two-room suites, and lakefront cottages, all of which cater to all of your travel needs. Color satellite television and WiFi internet access allow you to stay connected with the outside world during your vacation while a lakeside deck, patio, or balcony is the perfect place to enjoy a Muskoka sunset. Don't complicate your next vacation planning decision. Give your family everything they are looking for (and then some) at Severn Lodge!
116 Gloucester Trail Port Severn, Ontario, Canada LOK 1S0
Severn Lodge offers a host of resort recreation facilities including an outdoor heated swimming pool, whirlpool spa, sandy beach & lake water swimming, water trampoline, tennis, shuffleboard, volleyball, basketball, horseshoes, games room, 100 acres of wooded hiking trails, and more. In addition, you can enjoy a variety of waterfront sports & recreation including water skiing & tubing, boating, sailing, canoeing, pedal boating, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, fishing, outboard boat/motor & jet-ski rentals, mountain biking, and boat cruises in the historic 1922 Ditchburn motor launch!
Ontario was logged over a 30 year period beginning in the 1840’s, and after the logging era ended, the property was sold to a wealthy social club from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania that used it as a family vacation retreat. In the early 1920’s a group of investors purchased the resort and opened it to the public under the name of Severn Lodge. To fulfill demand for the increasing number of tourists coming to Muskoka in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, a number of Ontario resorts were built. Severn Lodge helped fill that demand, and continues to this day catering to family vacations, romantic getaways, meetings & conferences, weddings and more.close
Rocking Horse Ranch
Highland, New York
Hang on! We’re going to zip back to New York, home to our No. 1 family resort. This destination is packed with so much fun that kids have been known to choose it over Disneyland. This could only be one place- Rocking Horse Ranch in Highland, New York.
Rocking Horse Ranch is a truly wonderful family destination, where the Owner/President guarantees that you won’t find another Family Resort in the U.S. with the same quality of attractions, entertainment, and dining all included in the price of your stay. Yes, that’s right! Rocking Horse Ranch is all-inclusive, so forget about all of those pesky extra fees. Let your kids let loose their inner cowboy and cowgirl. Rocking Horse Ranch offers unlimited horseback riding and trail rides for kids 7 years and older, plus pony rides and hayrides for the little ones! Get out and breathe the fresh air. The resort has its own private lake so you can go kayaking, fishing, or even take water skiing lessons. If the lake isn’t your family’s thing, enjoy splashing around in the outdoor heated pool with a giant waterslide and poolside bar. You’ll also find tennis, beach volleyball, rock climbing walls, mini golf, and an exotic wildlife exhibit on the resort property. And that’s just what you can do outside. Inside Rocking Horse Ranch there’s an entire waterpark- plus an archery range, video arcade, plenty of organized activities. And did we mention that there’s always amazing live entertainment going on? What more could you ask for?
600 State Route 44/55, Highland, New York 12528
Three delicious, all-you-can-eat meals, prepared by their award winning team of chefs, are served daily and included in the price of your stay.
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Rocking Horse has everything you need to make your group event memorable. Plan your next family reunion, group retreat, or school trip here!close
The Whiteface Lodge
Lake Placid, New York
Hidden in the seemingly endless lush forests that sprawl over the Adirondack Mountains, you’ll find the ultimate in luxury family destinations, The Whiteface Lodge.
The Lake Placid area is known for its breathtaking vistas, rich history and its staggering amount of activities for families like yours to enjoy. For over a decade The Whiteface Lodge has been providing luxury accommodations and unmatched customer service to all its visitors. As soon as you set eyes on the lodge you’ll be taken back by its rustic elegance. The hand milled timbers mixed with the classic lodge design make this resort stunning mountain escape. The hand milled timber theme is on display throughout the resort. The accommodations reflect the same top tier design and craftsmanship as the rest of the resort. Whether your family is large or small the lodge has the perfect room for you with 94 guest rooms that range in size from 700 to 2,300 square feet. Each room is fully equipped, loaded with handcrafted furnishings and decorated with rustic luxury in mind. They feature a extensive list of amenities that your family will love including fireplaces, housekeeping, slate floors, flat screen TVs, plush beds and private patios to soak in the majestic views of the local wilderness. When you decide to leave the cozy confines of your room, your family will love the assortment of on-site activities such as 56 seat movie theater, family game room loaded with fun games, nightly family campfires with s'mores, hot tubs, indoor/outdoor pool and much more. The Whiteface Lodge is the ideal location for families with their selection of children's programs and babysitting services. Make your family's next getaway one that they will remember forever by staying at the Whiteface Lodge.
The Whiteface Lodge 7 Whiteface Inn Lodge Lake Placid, New York 12946
Lake Placid is an outdoor sports lovers paradise. No matter the time of year you visit there will be plenty of activities and destinations for your family. During the winter, your family can ski the downhill slopes or take to the extensive cross country trails. In the warmer months you'll love the hiking, biking, kayaking and sigh seeing.
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Another great perk of The Whiteface Lodge is the spa. This award winning spa features an extensive list of treatments that include massages, facials, skin treatments, manicures and pedicures. Don't miss out on this top tier spa experience and reserve your spot when you make your reservation.close
Bavarian Inn of Frankenmuth
Experience true European flavor along the Cass River at Bavarian Inn of Frankenmuth. A truly family fun experience is to be expected during your stay. The whole family will enjoy the Inn’s four pools with water slides and other attractions as well as the Family Fun Center. Kids will love the two-story Children’s Village and 18-hole miniature golf course. And, after a day of endless fun, the whole family will feel cozy and comfortable in Bavarian Inn’s many accomodating choices. During your stay at Bavarian Inn of Frankenmuth, take advantage of the surrounding beauty of the Cass River during a Bavarian Riverboat Cruise. Round up the whole family for a stroll over the Holz Brucke wooden covered bridge to the famous Bavarian Inn Restaurant for chicken and noodles or a browse through the shops and boutiques. There’s fun for everyone around every corner!
One Covered Bridge Lane, Frankenmuth, MI 48734
Glockenspiel is the German term for "bells play" or "musical bells." The Bavarian Inn Glockenspiel is a 35-bell carillon and illuminated clock all from Germany!
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Bavarian Inn Frankenmuth and the restaurant are happy to welcome to helping you host groups and meetings. The Inn easily accommodates up to 500 guests and the restaurants comfortably sits up to 375 guests.close
Villa Roma Resort
Callicoon, New York
Our next resort is a splendid Catskills family destination. You will find Villa Roma in The Catskills of New York, a beautiful place where you’ll discover something to do in every season.
Winter, spring, summer, or fall- Villa Roma will keep your family active and entertained with their endless array of facilities and programs. In the summer months, their complimentary activities include tennis, basketball, volleyball, softball and more! There’s also horseback riding, a rock-climbing wall, and go-carts for an additional fee. In the winter, take advantage of Villa Roma’s Ski Area where you can go ice skating, skiing, snowboarding, and there’s even a Ski School for beginners. Younger kids will have a blast sledding and making snow angels, or stay warm and cozy indoors in the resort’s pool, Jacuzzi, and sauna. And if you’d like to escape for a while to enjoy some peace and quiet without the little ones, Villa Roma’s Kid’s Program will keep them entertained all day with a long list of fun activities that are just for them like Color Wars, Bumper Boats, and Face Painting. There are also fun events like Magicians, Wildlife Shows, and Circus Events. With so much to do, you will never hear those dreaded two words, “I’m bored.” At Villa Roma, you’ll have a few room types to choose from. Their new Two-Bedroom Suites can accommodate 4-8 people and features a separate living area and kitchen facility. They also have spacious Guest Rooms available that can comfortably sleep 2-4 people. And you don’t need to leave the resort to have a delicious meal. The Main Dining Room serves breakfast and dinner for your convenience. You’ll also find additional eateries around the resort including a poolside grill and Ronnie’s Deli. Pack your bags and escape with your family to Villa Roma!
356 Villa Roma Road, Callicoon, NY 12723
Villa Roma has over 30 activities just for kids!
Villa Roma's Golf Course is one of the newest in the Catskills and Golf Digest has called it, "A little slice of heaven."close
The Lodge at Arrow Lakes
Nakusp, British Columbia
The Lodge at Arrow Lakes has just enough of everything to make it an elite North American family vacation.
Whether your idea of fun is late-night drinks at the bar or exploring a stunning landscape, The Lodge will be able to accommodate. The Nakusp area is as vast as is it beautiful. Just steps outside, you’ll free yourself in the wild, where there is more terrain to trek through than you can find in a lifetime. The Arrow Lakes themself offer fishing, sailing, and paddleboard opportunities in the shadow of the Selkirk Mountains. After a long day, a cold drink at the tavern onsite will be the perfect remedy to reminisce about your day and recover. Discover welcoming surprises when you visit today!
515 Broadway, Nakusp, BC, V0G 1R0
Don’t leave your furry family member at home for this trip-- The Lodge at Arrow Lakes offers pet-friendly accommodations so you can explore the Selkirk Mountains together!
The Selkirk Mountains are a large part of the Columbia Mountains and extends for 200 miles across British Columbia and into part of the United States.close
TradeWinds Island Resorts
St. Pete Beach, Florida
Pack up your sunscreen and beach towels! We’re heading south now to Florida- St. Pete Beach to be specific. Here, you and your family will be able to dig your toes into the white sand and feel the saltwater breeze on your face. Our No. 5 destination is TradeWinds Island Resort!
When you vacation at TradeWinds Island Resort, you’ll be able to experience the beach at its best. Stay in a newly renovated hotel room or suite and enjoy custom-made dark wood furnishings and décor reminiscent of a British West Indies plantation. Sure, your kids may not care about how your room is styled, but they will love the flat screen high definition televisions and in-room movies. And everyone is sure to get a great nights sleep on the resort’s pillow top beds, which is important because you’ll be needing a lot of energy for the next day’s activities. At TradeWinds Island Resort, your young buccaneers can spend the day hanging out and making shark tooth necklaces with the swash-buckling pirate, Captain RedBeard. They’ll also get to meet RedBeard’s trusty companion, Bones the parrot. Spend the day in the warm Gulf waters at Splash Island Water Park, home to inflatable water slides, floating trampolines, and splash mats. Parents don’t worry- lifeguards are on duty at all times and all guests are required to wear life jackets. If you want to escape to the spa, take your kids to the KONK’S Club, where experience counselors create fun, supervised programs they’re sure to love. Grab your beach chair, an umbrella, and an ice cold drink. Your family is sure to go home with great tales to tell after an exciting beach vacation at TradeWinds Island Resort!
5500 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach, FL 33706
Take a deep breath, close your eyes, and plummet down the three-story High Tide Water Slide!
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Learn to swim at TradeWinds! The resort provides a fun introduction of swimming basics and water safety with a certified Red Cross instructor who has experience working with kids.close
Moody Gardens Hotel Spa & Convention Center
Make the most out of your stay; a prime location helps you to enjoy the best Galveston attractions within easy reach.
Moody Gardens Hotel is located right in the heart of Galveston's family entertainment, for instance, you know you will have so much fun when you visit the aquarium, rainforest and the 3D or 4D theater. If you prefer outdoor activities, you can zip through the air on a zip line course, or splash in the sun at the waterpark. And, don't forget about the Bands on the Sand concert that takes place on the beachfront. Moody Gardens Hotel is without a doubt the best family destination of all!
One Hope Boulevard Galveston, TX 77554 US
Moody Gardens features the only white-sand beach in Galveston. You can enjoy a lazy river, wave pool, and water slides in Palm Beach!
After a $25 million enhancement in 2011, visitors can experience more rainforest life from around the world, including Africa, Asia, and the Americas.close
High Hampton Inn & Country Club
Cashiers, North Carolina
If you are looking for a way to bring your family closer together, a trip to High Hampton Inn & Country Club might just be it!
Grab the family and drag them away from the televisions, video games, and cell phones and bring them to the rustic and secluded High Hampton Inn and Country Club in Cashiers, North Carolina! Surrounded by the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains, this resort will provide your family with the quality time together you need! Don’t worry, even without all the electronics, the family will have a blast with everything there is to do at this resort! With the near perfect weather and loads of planned activities you will be able to truly enjoy the outdoors. If you are looking to do your own thing you can find yourself golfing, playing a game of tennis, getting pampered in the spa or swimming, boating or fishing in the private mountain lake. A few things are certain, not only will you leave this vacation fully relaxed and rejuvenated, but you will also feel more connected as a family.
1525 Highway 107 South Cashiers, North Carolina 28717 | Reservations: (800) 334-2551
High Hampton Inn resides at a 3,600-foot elevation in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Cashiers, North Carolina.
There are no electronic devices, like telephones or televisions, in the guestrooms and many activities are nature-driven. Also, while there are many planned daytime and evening activities and much to do, there are no neon lights or crowded casinos. Commercialism is not part of High Hampton's beauty. This resort is a place to go to get away from it all!close
The second destination to kick off our list is not only regarded as one of America’s “Best All-Inclusive Family Resorts,” but it has also been owned and operated by the same family since 1958. With over 30 activities scheduled daily and an endless list of amenities, it’s no mystery why Woodloch easily grabs the No. 2 spot.
Located in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains, Woodloch sits in a pristine mountain lake setting. It doesn’t matter what time of year your family can manage to get away because this destination offers tons of year-round fun and entertainment. Bring the whole crew- there are activities for all ages, whether you’re 2 or 92. And Woodloch is all-inclusive, so you don’t have to worry about a lot of extra costs. Just pack your suitcases and come enjoy everything this expansive resort has to offer. And oh man, where do we begin? Woodloch’s list of things to do is longer than any other we’ve seen. All of their daily planned activities are family-friendly and focused on fun. Jump into a popular game show spin-off, participate in fun competitions, or search for clues on an interactive scavenger hunt. Your younger children will have a ball creating something special for mom and dad in the Arts & Crafts area or feeding the animals at the Petting Zoo. Older kids will love Woodloch’s Paintball Adventures, Zip Line, and Go Carts. Get the whole family together for some quality bonding time on a Hayride or exploring the area on a Nature Trail. Other great activities include the Climbing Wall, Batting Cages, Mini Golf, and the Shooting Barn. And keep in mind, this is just a glimpse into what you’ll find at Woodloch. We’ll leave the rest for you to discover! As we mentioned earlier, Woodloch is all-inclusive so your accommodations and meals are included in the price of your stay. There are a variety of room types to choose from, so you’ll be sure to find the perfect fit for your family. Stay in a Classic or Deluxe Hotel Room, or opt for something more spacious like a Two-Bedroom Country Suite. If you’re vacationing with the entire family and need private accommodations, Woodloch also offers Guest Homes with two- to five-bedrooms. So what are you waiting for? Start planning your unforgettable family vacation to Woodloch now!
731 Welcome Lake Rd., Hawley, PA 18428
Woodloch has been called, "One of the world's best all-inclusive resorts" by Family Circle Magazine and "One of America's best family resorts" by Better Homes & Gardens.
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In the winter months, go ice skating, snowmobiling, snow tubing, or participate in Woodloch's Winter Olympics!close
Blue Harbor Resort
We’re now going to take you to America’s Heartland, where you’ll find Blue Harbor Resort on the shores of beautiful Lake Michigan in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.
Defy the winter weather and book a trip to Blue Harbor Resort, home to Breaker Bay ™ Waterpark where it’s always a balmy 84 degrees. This 54,000 square-foot indoor waterpark is the perfect destination for kids and adults alike. At the center of the park sits the four-story-tall Breaker Bay water activity center, an interactive lighthouse fort with a 1,000-gallon tipping water ship. Have fun on 12 levels of interconnected suspension bridges, cargo nets, web crawls, and water features. Breaker Bay has seven slides, but watch out! When the water ship tips, all that water splashes down on everyone below. So be sure to hold onto your shorts! Even the little tykes will love this waterpark. They can splash in S.S. Minnow, the baby recreations pool. Parents, you’ll enjoy floating down Molly’s Moat, a 3,600 square-foot leisure river. While your kids play a game of water basketball, you can relax in Turtle Tub, a gigantic whirlpool. Breaker Bay is one of the nation’s best water parks, but in the summer months, don’t forget about the great outdoor recreation that can be enjoyed right outside your front door on Lake Michigan. Blue Harbor now has all new guest rooms! After a fun-filled day with family, return to your lavish guest suite or condominium. There are a variety of room configurations to choose from. And families will love the casual and comfortable kid-friendly bunk suite!
725 Blue Harbor Drive Sheboygan, WI 53081 US
Parents, if you can find time to escape, take advantage of Blue Harbor's golf course and spa.
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Blue Harbor offers Splash and Stay Packages, complete with snacks and story time in addition to passes to Breaker Bay Waterpark.close