The Best Family-Friendly Hotels to Book in Florida

The five pools at Naples Bay Resort and Marina will keep everyone in the family happy
The five pools at Naples Bay Resort and Marina will keep everyone in the family happy | Courtesy of Naples Bay Resort and Marina / Expedia
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16 December 2021
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A family vacation to Florida is a bucket list trip that can suit a family of any size, age or interest. The beaches and theme parks are a given, but between the waves and rides, you’ll find kid-friendly hotels in Florida that’ll keep everyone happy. Kid- and adult-only pools, children’s activities and spas for mom and dad are just some of the on-property perks you’ll find at these top family hotels in Florida, bookable with Culture Trip.

Naples Bay Resort & Marina, for multiple pools in Naples

An outdoor pool and jacuzzi area perched over the canals at Naples Bay Resort and Marina
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Who said a kid-friendly hotel in Florida can’t be luxurious? Naples Bay Resort gives you and your partner the parental getaway you deserve. Waterway views from private balconies spoil you upstairs, while waterfront dining, a sauna and luxury boat rentals wait just beneath. If that doesn’t put a smile on your face, the beach is only 2mi (3km) away – but we have a feeling that the hotel’s five pools (including an adults-only lap pool) will make you reluctant to leave the premises.

Acqualina, for an extensive children's program in North Miami Beach

Serene room in white and silver with oceanfront balcony at Acqualina Resort and Residences on the Beach in North Miami Beach
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You’ll find the family-friendly Acqualina right on the water, amid the fully clothed sun worshippers of North Miami Beach (no topless sunbathing here!). Adventure awaits your little AcquaMarines as they learn about dolphins, ocean storms and more as part of the immersive children’s program. Looking for more to do before heading back to your suite? Yard games, kite-flying and even private swimming lessons can all be added to the Acqualina agenda. The little ones will be so tired out, you may be able to sneak into the spa while they snooze.

Floridays Resort, for proximity to attractions in Orlando

Large, fully equipped kitchen with full-size fridge, granite countertops, stove and dishwasher at Floridays Resort Orlando.
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Do we really need to tell you that O-town has a kid-friendly hotel designed for a Florida family vacation you’ll never forget? Floridays Resort is right on I-Drive, putting you close to literally every ride, attraction and restaurant that’ll make your kids’ eyes jump out of their heads. Both the two- and three-bedroom suites have full kitchens, dining rooms and living areas just like home. Unlike home, there’s a huge pool deck where you’ll be the one getting drinks hand-delivered to your lounge chair.

Aventura, for Harry Potter adventures in Orlando

Stylish modern rounded glass building with immense lagoon-style pool at its base at Universal’s Aventura Hotel in Orlando
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Want to convince your kids that you studied abroad at Hogwarts? Book a stay at Universal’s Aventura and you’ll get early admission to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter with the flick of a wand. While they’re entranced, casually mention that they can walk to Volcano Bay from your suite whenever they want to – how do the Muggles say it? – “chillax in the pool.” Once they find out all this, plus discover their own area in the hotel suite, they’ll say you’re the best parent in the universe.

Islander, for plenty of outdoor distractions in the Florida Keys

Upscale modern king bedroom with green tufted headboard, light tile floors and chandelier over seating area at Islander Resort
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Islander knows how to get your kids off of their iPads during your stay on Islamorada island: keep them occupied. Their fingers can’t swipe a screen when they’re wrapped around a paddle while standing on a paddleboard. They won’t find a charger on the fishing pier or on the basketball court. Your little ones will forget all about finding a charger because they’ll be too busy cycling, snorkeling or running around the splash pad.

Art Ovation, for art lovers in Sarasota

Stylish rooftop pool area with wide, plush lounge chairs and white umbrellas at Art Ovation in Sarasota, Florida
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Fill your family vacation with vibrance at Art Ovation in Sarasota. This is one of the best family hotels in Florida for parents with older teens. It’s hip – the kind of hip that your kids will appreciate. Revolving art exhibits and performance art fill the lobby, while guest artists arrive each week to create new masterpieces before your eyes. If you don’t have a little Rembrandt or Dalí in your gene pool, let them hang out at the rooftop pool while you join a curator-led art and wine walk.

PGA National Resort, for outdoor sports for kids in Palm Beach Gardens

Relaxing two-bed guest room with tropical mural, curved couch and sliding door to balcony at PGA National Resort
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Your other half may roll their eyes when you insist that the PGA National Resort is one of the best kid-friendly hotels in Florida. We’ll glaze over the obvious: six sensational golf courses, a dreamy spa and private cottages with members’ only access. And for the kiddos? Junior golf and tennis camps, zero-entry pools, a supervised kids’ club, in-room child care and dozens of other activities. It’s enough to tell your spouse: “I told you so” – under your breath, of course.

Sailport, for easy beach access in Tampa

Private beach area with fishing pier and volleyball net at Sailport Waterfront Suites in Tampa
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A two-bedroom waterfront suite is all you’ll need at Sailport, and with a little convincing, it’ll be enough for the kids as well. The private beach area has a pool, fishing pier and perfect place on the patio to watch the sunset. A few serves over the volleyball net is never a bad idea, unless you skip their sand court for the sands of the public swimming beach around the corner. And if they get hungry, you can feed them burgers and fish tacos at the on-site restaurant.

To discover great places to stay for you and a furry friend, check out our pick of the best pet-friendly hotels in Florida, bookable on Culture Trip.

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