Finding a hotel that works for you can be difficult. Finding a hotel that works for both you and your children is even more difficult. When traveling with kids you want to make sure you pick a hotel that is kid-friendly and a great fit for the entire family. To help you out, here are 10 kid-friendly hotels in the United States.
Aulani, the Disney resort located on the beautiful lagoons of Ko Olina on the island of Oahu, Hawaii, is one of the most kid-friendly hotels in the United States. It has all of the staple Disney favorites, including character meet and greets, character dining, and pin collecting.
On top of all of that, the Disney Aulani also embraces the fun from the Hawaiian Islands. With basically a miniature waterpark on the property – including a couple of slides, a lazy river, pool parties, the rainbow reef, and the Keiki cove splash zone – your kids will spend a ton of time in the water, just like a true Hawaii local! That doesn’t even include the time they will want to spend in the lagoon itself, where you and your little ones will have the opportunity to kayak, stand-up paddleboard, and even take a tour on a traditional Hawaiian canoe!
If you’ve got a couple of swimmers on your hands, the Grand Wailea on the island of Maui, Hawaii may be the perfect choice for you. With nine pools, five slides, a lazy river, and a Tarzan swing, your kids will be begging to stay in the water all day!
If you’re looking to spend some time outside of the water, there are three separate kids’ clubs for kids of different ages, as well as an additional club for family time. Also, the island of Maui is extremely kid-friendly, boasting everything from short waterfall hikes to mountain top sunsets to the Hawaiian Islands’ most delicious shave ice.
Orlando, in general, is high up on the list of the most kid-friendly cities in the U.S. After all, it is the home of basically every theme park in the country.
This kid-friendliness does not just reserve itself to the theme parks, but it expands itself to many of the hotels in the area as well, including the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World. Not only is this resort in a prime location, but it also boasts a five-acre water park, complete with pools, splash zones, interactive fountains, and waterslides! Plus, staying at this resort gives you and your family access to the Extra Magic Hours and Disney Fastpass+ Benefits.
Nestled in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, Dunton Hot Springs may not be your first thought for a kid-friendly hotel. Because it is a cell phone-free establishment, your little adventurers are bound to be in the moment and enjoy the nature around them. From horseback riding to snowshoeing to fly fishing to hiking to river rafting to kayaking and more, there are so many outdoor activities for your family to do together and bond over.
As a note, if the cell phone-free environment is a turn-off, Dunton Hot Springs does provide wireless internet access in every cabin.
There are so many activities to do at Mohonk Mountain House for adults and children alike. Slurp on a root beer float from their old-fashioned soda fountain, ice skate on their award-winning skating rink (and enjoy a mug of hot chocolate by the fireplace afterward), take on one of the six hikes in the area, or spend a day on the lake in the summer! Mohonk Mountain House even has a junior naturalist program, which will allow your little ones to explore hikes, track animals, find fossils, and so much more!
Spend some family time at Martha’s Vineyard’s only beachside hotel. The Winnetu Oceanside Resort offers six different types of children’s programs, including children’s day programs, children’s evening programs, parent/toddler programs, teen activities, fun family activities, and babysitting. During these experiences, your little ones may even get a chance to ride on an antique firetruck!
As for the more practical side of things, the Winnetu Oceanside Resort offers many family-friendly amenities, including cribs, kitchenettes, laundry, and refrigerators.
At the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea, have your children join a torchbearer as they run to light the many torches around the resort each night, learn how to make a traditional Hawaiian lei (flower necklace), or simply enjoy the beautiful sands of Wailea Beach.
The Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea also has many complimentary family amenities, including strollers, playpens, baby monitors, high chairs, bottle warmers, pop-up tents, and more.
If you’re from the South and you’re looking for a relatively close family getaway, Sea Pines Resort in Hilton Head, South Carolina is a great choice! With activities like the future stars golf program, family pool nights, and craft cove activities, there is something that every child will enjoy!
Located on the Big Island of Hawaii, the Hilton Waikoloa Village is self-described as “a spectacular oceanfront playground.” That sounds quite kid-friendly, doesn’t it? Your kids will be able to enjoy boat rides, water slides, and tram rides. And that’s in addition to two pools, a stunning beach, a kayaking lagoon, a dolphin encounter experience, and the Legends of Hawaii Luau.
The original hub of the empire of Disney, Disneyland in Anaheim, California, has made itself one of the most kid-friendly places in the entire United States. Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel embodies this kid-friendliness. With Disney Princess breakfast adventures, themed pools with waterslides, and early admission into Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park, your children will have the times of their lives here.