Simplify your family vacation with some of the best all-inclusive family resorts in the USA! Many of the picks on our list are within a few hours' drive, and each location offers amazing outdoor activities for kids (think zip lining, horseback riding, swimming, sailing, dodgeball, arts & crafts) and various packages to best suit your family and the age of the children you're bringing along for the ride. Our favorite picks can be found in New York State, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Arizona and beyond, and the best part is not worrying about a darn thing when you get there.
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The best all-inclusive family resorts
Rocking Horse Ranch, Highland, NY
Outdoor adventurers of all ages will willingly trade their iPads for old-school fun that feels like they’re away at camp. First and foremost, like the name implies, this spot is a fully-functioning ranch complete with horseback riding and helpful guides to suit all skill levels. Packages, which are available for around $300 per adult per night and $90 per child per night, include three all-you-can-eat meals (and a sundae station!) that offer delicious meals that appeal to both kids and adults. Expect to keep busy with waterfront activities like waterskiing and scaling the outdoor water slide, visiting the indoor water park, and playing family games like shuffleboard and mini golf or sports like softball and volleyball. There are even karaoke nights and children’s performers to keep kiddos busy after dinner. 600 State Rte 44/55, Highland, NY (800-647-2624, rockinghorseranch.com). All-inclusive rates available from $299 per adult per night, children $89 per night. See website for seasonal all-inclusive packages.
Tyler Place, Highgate Springs, VT
Envision a summer where “camp” meets “hotel” and you’ve envisioned Tyler Place, a laid-back, all-inclusive spot that screams “family camp” and offers everything that goes with it. Families can rent a cottage, studio or family suite (with separate bedrooms…woohoo!) to get comfy before setting out to enjoy water sports like kayaking, paddleboating, rowboating, windsurfing and sailing (swimming, too!). Speaking of swimming, Tyler Place offers outdoor and indoor swimming pools and a splash pad for your wee ones to safely play in. Tyler Place’s rates include three meals per day. May–early Sept; All-inclusive rates: $128–$437 per adult per night, children ages 2.5–10th grade $97–$148 per night, special pricing for children under 2.5. 175 Tyler Place, Highgate Springs, VT (802-868-4000, tylerplace.com).
Woodloch Pines Resort, Hawley, PA
Woodloch offers an awesome daily activity schedule that includes things like a rock climbing wall, indoor and outdoor pools, kayaking and bumper cars (among other things), plus there are nightly performances. You’ll also find activities like trivia, kickball, archery, sailing and paddleboating. Snag an all-inclusive stay (3–4 and 7 day packages available, prices vary and meal plans are adjustable). The cheapest option is the Standard American Plan (includes three meals, accommodations and Woodloch activity bracelet). 731 Welcome Lake Rd, Hawley, PA (570-685-8000, woodloch.com).
Pollaces Family Resort, Catskill, NY
This nearly 70-year-old resort caters to all ages—whether you’re looking for some relaxing activities or action-packed experiences for the kids, Pollaces has you covered. Of the options, this is one of the most budget-friendly for New Yorkers (especially for those with young kids)—you can grab week-long summer specials so check Pollaces’ summer rates here. You’ll enjoy three meals per day, comfy accommodations and fun communal sports activities! Guests also have access to a 66-foot outdoor pool and mini golf course. 71 Landon Ave, Catskill, NY (518-943-3710, funinthecatskills.com).
Skytop Lodge, Skytop, PA
This 5,500-acre paradise is perfect for those with kiddos in tow. There are indoor and outdoor pools, amazing hiking trails, a swimmable lake with a beach and a trillion activities on offer to keep busy bees out of trouble. Here, we’d recommend the Summer Fun Package! Summer Fun includes activities like biking, archery tag, fishing and hayrides (prices vary), though there are many exciting packages to choose from. 1 Skytop, Skytop, PA (855-345-7759, skytop.com).
Tanque Verde Ranch, Tucson, AZ
Tanque Verde Ranch offers plenty of amazing all-inclusive packages for your family, and it is truly all-inclusive, offering three hearty meals per day, horseback trail riding and lessons, fun activities like mountain biking, fishing, guided hikes and arts & crafts and a supervised children’s program for kids 4–12. There’s also plenty to explore on the grounds, including indoor and outdoor pools when the weather’s right! See their website for full details, but we’d recommend the All-Inclusive Getaway, which includes 3 meals per day, supervised children’s programming (ages 4–11), horseback riding lessons, cookouts and activities like guided hikes, fishing and nature programs ($349 per night adult double-occupancy). 14301 East Speedway, Tucson, AZ (800-234-3833, tanqueverderanch.com).
Red Mountain Resort, Ivins, UT
Want great views? You’ve got ‘em. This sweet resort comes complete with spectacular views of red rock cliffs and canyons, so prepare for gorgeous sunrises and sunsets! It also offers a wide range of vacation package options, and each one offers luxurious accommodations, three healthy meals and full use of all resort amenities. One of the most popular package picks is the Red Mountain Essential Retreat, which starts at $300 per person per night and offers unlimited fitness classes (for adults), daily guided hikes, complimentary Wi-Fi and use of the resort’s indoor and seasonal pools, bicycles and walking trails. We’d recommend this pick for families with older kids so they can really appreciate the sights. 1275 E. Red Mountain Circle, Ivins, UT (877-264-4453, redmountainresort.com).
More fun activities for kids
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