Family Friendly Resorts

By: Jill Martin

Family-friendly resorts aren’t just all about the kids.

Certainly, they offer value, excitement, unique experiences, learning opportunities and just plain fun for your family. Children can partake in activities like cooking, Wii tournaments, marine explorations, and way-cool arts & crafts.

But these resorts also provide downtime for mom or dad to just read a book, lounge on the beach or relax in the spa. And “Kids’ Night Out” equates to a “Parents’ Night Out,” too. While your child spends the evening watching movies and eating popcorn, you and yours can enjoy dinner or a movie and popcorn, as well.

Kid-Tested, Parent-Approved

Let your kids call the shots at these family-friendly resorts.

Holiday Inn Resort, Panama City Beach

This award-winning Splash the Dolphin’s Kids’ Club is for ages 5-12. Start times vary, and some days includes lunch. Pirate-themed lunches are another option, part of the themed lunches from May to August. The best part? A lot of the fun is free: face painting, arts and crafts, carnival day, fun with Splash (the dolphin mascot) and more.

Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach, Sunny Isles Beach

With daily ocean-based themes like Wonderful World of Whales or City Under the Sea, and arts and crafts and activities to match, this is like sending your child to marine biology camp for the day.

Omni Amelia Island Plantation

Kids Camp Amelia is for ages 4-12, and it’s available March-October, daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Junior Adventurers is for ages 9-15, and it offers pre-teens and teens fun activities and trips. Programs range in price from $55 to $70 per child, per day. They also offer recreation for the whole family, such as movie nights and seasonal beach fires, games and crafts.

Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress, Orlando

Kids already love Orlando, and here’s another reason: Camp Hyatt at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress has active programs for guests ages 3-12 which focus on the flora, fauna and culture of this unique part of the Sunshine State. Events are priced from $45 to $90 per kid, per day.

Holiday Inn Resort, Panama City Beach

It’s a Polynesian paradise on Florida’s Emerald Coast. Sip cocktails poolside by the cascading waterfall, enjoy breakfast each morning and fine dining at The View each night. Head to the SeaWatch Lounge to watch the big game or take in fiery sunsets and enjoy one of the seasonal entertainers, such as master illusionist Noah Wells.

Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach, Sunny Isles Beach

Spend the day at the luxurious 20,000-square-foot Acqualina Spa by ESPA spa with quiet lounges, Finnish saunas, crystal steam rooms and more. Dine in the acclaimed Il Mulino New York (Zagat-rated best restaurant for 20 years in a row). Enjoy panoramic views from your oceanfront balcony. It’s 4.5 acres on Florida’s Riviera, pure indulgence and worth every penny.

Omni Amelia Island Plantation

Relax in harmony with nature at this 1,350-acre resort that overlooks the blue Atlantic to the east and the green marshlands to the west. Be spoiled by championship golf, renowned tennis, fine oceanfront dining, casual poolside eateries, fine boutiques and The Spa, which unlike anywhere else, offers yoga classes and retreats in tree houses.

Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress, Orlando

Ready for a resort experience? Sitting on 1,500 acres, this place defines luxury. As you sip your welcome champagne, you’ll be awed by manicured grounds, a half-acre lagoon pool with waterfalls, five restaurants, three lounges, a 21-acre lake with water sports, Jack Nicklaus golf and a salon. Wow!

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