14+ Best Kid-Friendly Resorts in Florida

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There are so many kid-friendly attractions in Florida, so it is no surprise that many of the resorts in the Sunshine State cater to the needs and wants of families. There are several ways to enjoy these great resorts, whether it be with activities for the whole family together, or opportunities for parents to get a little kid-free time. 

 

When there is so much to do in Florida, it is nice to know there are resorts available for those days when you need to relax from being out all day at the parks or beaches. Just staying at the resort can also be the entire vacation itself! 

 

Here are a few of the best kid-friendly resorts in Florida. Check out the Gowhee App for more kid-friendly locations recommended by local and traveling parents.

Best kid friendly resorts in Florida the Crane's beach house beach front
Walk to the beach from the Crane's beach house boutique resort

1. The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami

The luxurious Ritz-Carlton is a great place to stay on your family vacation. It’s one of Florida’s premier luxury resorts and has an amazing kids club to keep the little ones entertained. The suites have ocean views, and the resort hosts the renowned Cliff Drysdale Tennis Center. The hotel is also known for its Caribbean-inspired spa.

Key Information: Suites start at $518 – 24 hour room service – cribs and rollaway beds available 

Good To Know: There are two swimming pools at this resort– the North Pool is adults-only, while the South Pool is for the whole family.

 

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2. South Seas Island Resort Captiva Island

The South Seas Island Resort on Captiva is a paradise waiting for you! You can relax by the pool or the white sand beach, or participate in more active adventures like sailing school and jet skiing. There are plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy together, and some that are just for kids, like the Sanibel Sea School.

Key Information: Rooms start at $349 – trolley service throughout resort – lots of dining options

Good To Know: The easiest way to get around Captiva and neighboring Sanibel Island is by bicycle, and the hotel offers bike rentals.

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3. Islander Resort Florida Keys

Play the day away at the Islander Resort in the Florida Keys. With two saltwater pools, a splash pad, a dog park, a butterfly garden, and much more, this resort is great for both active families and families who like to relax. If you want to get out of the sun, the Islander Resort is home to its own museum and coral reef aquarium, which are perfect for avoiding sunburn!

Key Information: Rooms start around $600 – pet friendly – salt and freshwater pools

Good To Know: The resort has snorkeling equipment to borrow if you want to take a look at the underwater life in the Gulf of Mexico.

 

4. Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

At Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, you can meet and greet exotic animals and enjoy a view of the African savanna from your hotel room in Orlando, Florida! When you come back from enjoying the Walt Disney World parks, the resort’s theming will make it seem like you’re on two vacations at once. From the lobby decor to the African restaurant menus, you’ll feel like you’re worlds away on safari at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge.

Key Information: Rooms start at $590 – babysitting available – laundry rooms onsite

Good To Know: For the ultimate animal experience, take the Sense of Africa tour– you’ll get to taste traditional African cuisine and have up-close encounters with many of the savanna animals.

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Waterfront at the Islander resort.

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5. Isla Bella Beach Resort

Kids come first at Isla Bella Beach Resort. They have activities for toddlers to teens to enjoy themselves, as well as all kinds of family activities. Their beautiful beaches are not to be missed, nor are the unique activities like the candy happy hour and the hermit crab races! You can borrow the resorts’ bikes to go on a ride or play mini-golf as a family. No matter what your family wants to do on vacation, Isla Bella is a fun place to make memories together.

Key Information: Rooms start at $303 – ADA accessible pools – watersports marina

Good To Know: Get your kid excited about your upcoming vacation here by introducing them to Isla Bella, the resort’s adopted manatee!

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6. Hawks Cay Resort

While there are plenty of entertaining options at Hawks Cay Resort, your kids will only be talking about one thing: the dolphins. Hawks Cay Resort is the only resort in the continental US that has its own pod of dolphins on-site. You and your kids can meet the dolphins, play with them, and even swim with them! 

Go saltwater fishing, snorkeling, play in the pirate-themed pool, and maybe even go boating along the beautiful sandy beaches of Duck Key. And if Mom and Dad want some time to themselves, your kids can meet mermaids, make shark tooth necklaces, and play fun games under the watchful eye of the resort’s caring staff. There is lots to do here, and your family will want to experience it all.

Key Information: Rooms start at $340 – kids’ club – five swimming pools onsite

Good To Know: The resort’s Swashbuckling Pirate Show is a time-tested kid’s favorite activity in the evenings.

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7. Crane’s Beach House, Delray Beach

Enjoy all the amenities of a traditional resort, without the crowds and the hefty price tag. Crane’s beach house is on of the best kid friendly resorts in Florida with a boutique flare. It offers spacious rooms with kitchen and living rooms, within walking distance of a beautiful beach, and two pools for kids to splash. 

Key Information: Rooms start at $200s – Cribs are provided on demand and rooms have suites layout for privacy. – Tikki bar on site for the adults.

Good To Know: You can find tons of restaurants a short walking distance from the hotel and local parents recommend the Duck Donuts a few blocks away.

Crane's Beach House rooms with kitchen.
Crane's Beach House rooms with kitchen.

8. Leows Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Orlando

Staying at Leows Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Orlando is like stepping into an island paradise. Even though Orlando is in central Florida, the hotel’s pool has its own white sand beach, bringing the ‘Gulfside feel’ to you. The resort is also within walking distance of Universal’s own water park.

Key Information: Rooms start at $184- free transportation around resort and theme parks – game room for teens and tweens

Good To Know: Staying at Leows Sapphire Falls gets you early admission to the Universal Orlando theme parks.

 

9. Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort

Experience the tropical lifestyle at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort. Splash and swim in the pools, or get adventurous on the high seas with a kids’ pirate cruise. 

Key Information: Rooms start at $340 – supervised kids’ activities – walkable Disney World theme park access

Good To Know: Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort has pirate-themed rooms with ship-shaped beds- ask about them when you book.

10. Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort

If your kids love Disney movies, this is the perfect resort for them. Each section is themed after beloved family classics like 101 Dalmatians, Toy Story, and Fantasia, and kids can splash and play in themed pools and playgrounds. This resort is great for families with very young children as well, and if Mom and Dad want a night out, you can even get in-room babysitting services.

Key Information: Rooms start at $210 – themed playgrounds and pool – bus transportation to Disney parks

Good To Know: The resort’s food court is in a replica theater lobby– don’t miss the popcorn!

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11. Club Med Sandpiper Bay

Enjoy a worry-free family vacation with this all-inclusive kid-friendly resorts in Florida, the Club Med Sandpiper Bay. This fun resort is situated on the picturesque St. Lucie River and is all-inclusive so you don’t have to worry about anything! Even the littlest kids can enjoy Baby Club Med and Mini Club Med– the whole family can have a great time playing, enjoying sports, and relaxing in the tropical breezes.

 

Key Information: Rooms start at $120 a night per adult – kids’ club – many dining options

 

Good To Know: While there’s all kinds of sporting activities available, your active kids can’t miss Circus School, where they’ll learn how to fly on a trapeze!

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12. Reunion Resort & Golf Club

Reunion Resort aims to be a home away from home for its guests. When you stay here, you have the choice to stay in a luxuriously appointed suite or a villa that can fit your whole family. The resort offers many activities, including a golf club and tennis courts you can book. Kids will really enjoy the resort’s private water park.

Key Information: Suites start at $357; villas start at $327 – all suites and villas have full kitchens – seven swimming pools onsite

Good To Know: If your kids aren’t tall enough (or patient enough!) for eighteen holes of grown-up golf, the resort has three mini-golf courses for guests to play on.

 

13. Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa

The Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa in Bonita Springs sits right on the Gulf of Mexico near Naples. The resort offers its own private island, as well as several pools and water slides for the entertainment of guests of all ages. Kids particularly love the lazy river and the five exciting water slides, while adults can enjoy the resort’s spa. 

Key Information: Rooms start at $474- kids’ club – pet friendly

Good To Know: You can get steep discounts on your stay here if you’re a Hyatt Rewards member.

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14. Margaritaville Beach Resort

Kiss your worries goodbye at Margaritaville Beach Resort in Hollywood Beach. The evenings are filled with live music and entertainment, while the pools and beach invite you to relax or play during the day. The resort’s private beach area has room for all kinds of fun activities, including beach volleyball, Frisbee, and sandcastle building.

Key Information: Rooms start at $269 – kids’ club – lots of dining options

Good To Know: The resort is well known for its “Broadwalk” beach boardwalk, and kids really enjoy riding bikes on it.

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