From Teresa Plowright, former About.com Guide
Resorts by Region
Head to popular spots: Caribbean, Mexico, Northeast US, Florida, Southeast, Southwest, Hawaii, and more.
All Inclusive Resorts
Parents love the convenience of one-price-includes all. Kids can sample activities (or not), help themselves to drinks when they please, have fun at the kids clubs. Most families head to AI's in Mexico and the Caribbean, but there are choices within the US as well.
More Beach Resort Destinations
Mexico and the Caribbean are top spots thanks in large part to their many inclusive resorts (above), but there are other great places for a beach resort getaway. Try the southeast US or in Florida, or go west to California or the beautiful Hawaiian islands.
Resorts with Water Parks
Resorts with indoor water parks let you thumb your nose at nasty winter weather: drive to a place with giant waterslides, giant dumping buckets, wave pool, kiddie play zones, and more. Many of these indoor water park resorts have huge outdoor water parks in summer, too. Meanwhile, other resorts have been augmenting their swimming pools and adding lazy rivers and other water park features.
- Great Wolf Lodge - Water Park Resorts, Multiple Locations
- Wisconsin Dells Indoor Water Park Resorts
- Sandusky Ohio - Resorts with Indoor Water Parks
- NY: Six Flags Great Escape Lodge and Indoor Waterpark
- Many More Indoor Water Park Resorts
- Resorts with Lazy Rivers
Special Interest Resorts: Ski Resorts, Golf, Horse-Riding
Some resort vacations are all about enjoying a favorite sport.
More Resort Vacation Ideas
More ideas about resorts that offer fun on the property plus special features for families: a ranch resort, an all-inclusive eco-resort where kids get a nanny or buddy during their stay, a luxury resort that highlights native culture in New Mexico...
Check out hotel chains - from luxury to budget-friendly- that welcome families with features such as suites, "kids stay free", kids clubs and other kids programs.