Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Kid-Friendly Vacation Resorts in the U.S.

Finding an affordable resort in the U.S. that’s kid-friendly is not as easy as you’d think. Many resorts are looking for couples and singletons who wish to relax in style. Some places are all-inclusive to cater for kids, but that’s not always what the parents want who often prefer more choices at the luxury end of the market. Also, when there’s plenty of activities both on the resort and outside of it, going fully inclusive can get restrictive after a while. Having a little greater flexibility on your vacay is no bad thing either!

Here are a few kid-friendly resorts that offer enough activities for the children and the adults too.

Half Moon Trail, Minnesota

The Half Moon Trail is a family-owned treasure. It is a resort in Minnesota, the state known for copious lakes through the region. The Half Moon Trail resort is no different with Boot Lake right there to go kayaking or fly-fishing depending on your preference for getting wet or staying dry!

The kid-friendly activities at the resort including learning woodworking, going on organized treasure hunts, trying to succeed at Marble Mountain, Minnow Races and various other tournaments. Some activities are kids-only, and others are with the participation of mom or dad. There’s usually a kid activity in the morning and sometimes one in the afternoon too. For parents, there’s a family activity each evening too.

Hawks Cay Resort, Duck Key, Florida

Drive past the 61st mile marker in the Florida Keys and you’ll reach the Haws Cay Resort. For the children, they can join the Coral Cay Kids’ Club with organized activities like snorkeling in the clear waters, participating in a scavenger hunt, or working on arts and crafts. The Haws Cay Resort has four villages with different accommodation spread between them. Whether wishing to stay in a villa or lanais, each have their own unique aspects to recommend them.

For the adults, there’s kayaking on the calm waters, fishing for mahi fish or taking a cruise as the sun sets in the distance. The saltwater lagoon is also interesting to swim in and enjoy fresh ocean water rather than chlorine water.

Carmel Valley Ranch, Monterey Peninsula, California

When the idea of staying on a ranch appeals, then head on over to the Carmel Valley Ranch for a good ‘ole time. Only a 10-20-minute drive from either Monterey or Carmel by the Sea, it has three heated pools available all year and a kids’ pool too. There are also areas for toddlers, young kids and teenagers that are safe to use because the pools are away from the main relaxation areas for safety reasons.

Explore the downtown areas of Monterey or Carmel by the Sea, Cannery Row or Pebble Beach for a good one-day excursion. There are plenty of sporting activities available including swimming, tennis, horseback riding, and golf. For organized fitness, there are classes to keep in gym shape too. And for parents who want a quiet night out, there’s babysitting available for a fee too.

A suitable resort to keep the kids occupied so the adults can get a rest from their role as ‘parent’ is like paradise. Organized activities tailored to children of different ages makes it possible for parents to enjoy themselves more than when trying to organize it all by themselves. As a result, they’re likely to return home far more rested than they would otherwise.

18 travelers' comments:

Masshole Mommy said...

Those all sound like lovely places to visit. Our big family trip this summer is Univeral/Disney coming up next month :)

GiGi EatsCelebrities said...

I guess I need to pay attention to this list because a little one is coming our way this December! :o

Candysfarmhousepantry said...

Never thought about most resorts just catering to couples or singles. Thought many of them were kids friendly. Good to know there are some out there who want entire families. Kids friendly.

AiringMyLaundry said...

Ooo all of these places look fabulous. I'd be happy going to any of them with my family. We tend to just stay in regular hotels when we travel so I don't think much about resorts.

Melissa Chapman said...

You really get around from the Keys to California. I would love to take my kids to any of these places and near the water seems so perfect.

Terri Steffes said...

Such great information for those with youngsters! I haven't been to the Keys yet, so that is on my list!

valmg said...

A vacation sounds great right about now. When traveling as a family we've generally gone to our favorite theme park but it's always nice to know what others are doing.

Lisa Favre said...

These all look like perfect destinations for the family!! I love doing cruises with my loved ones.

Natalie Loves Beauty said...

These sounds like great spots to book for a family vacation! These kinds of trips always make for great memories!

The Super Mom Life said...

These look like awesome spots. I've heard Hawk's Cay is AMAZING!

Unknown said...

Adding these to my list of places I'd love to go! My family loves to travel.

Ricci Ellis said...

This is a great roundup of kid friendly resort across the USA. I will have to pass this on to my sister!!

Madeline said...

These spots looks amazing! I am trying to get back to traveling. It is a lot harder with kids than it used to be!

Farrah Less Gomez said...

Every time I see ocean and white sand always reminds me of Florida. One of the best beach we've ever been.

Marysa said...

It's nice to be able to find places that the whole family can enjoy. All of these look great. My kids are big into swimming, and I know they would love these places!

Six Time Mommy TEST said...

I hadn't heard of some of these so that is really great to know. Love family friendly vacations as I have so many kids so this is a wonderful list I'll hold on to! - Jeanine

Gemille Sleweon said...

What a nice place for a fun family vacation. I never even heard of Duck Keys. Looks like you guys had a great time. Thanks for sharing!

Louisa Moje said...

OMG! I had no idea there was such a great selection of kid friendly vacation resorts in the US. I'm totally obsessing over Duck Keys! I don't even have kids and I want to go there.

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