These Outstanding Florida Resorts Provide Memorable Family Vacations For All Ages

Florida is a popular destination for family reunions and multigenerational vacations. From wholesome fun at world-famous amusement parks to palm-studded sandy shores, Florida offers many activities for bonding and making family memories. When it comes to choosing accommodations at this popular destination, Florida offers a wealth of exceptional resorts perfect for family fun. 

Here are 10 of the best Florida resorts for families, including all-inclusive seaside stays, private sandy beach resorts, and eco-friendly luxury retreats. 

Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island – Amelia Island

Amelia Island is home to 13 miles of lovely Atlantic coast beaches and is known for its rich history. The luxurious Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, has earned an AAA Five Diamond rating and offers a wide variety of restaurants, amenities, and attractions. Families can reserve curated nature experiences through the concierge and participate in other family activities, such as a beach family photoshoot with a professional photographer or private tennis instruction on the Ritz-Carlton’s oceanfront clay courts. Accommodations range from guest rooms with coastal view balconies or a terrace with a fire table and ocean view to suites with separate living areas and private bedrooms.  

The Ritz-Carlton offers twelve different event spaces for large family reunions, and plenty of rooms have coastal panorama views. Ritz-Carlton guests can take surfing or stand-up paddle boarding lessons, explore the island by boat or kayak, and relax at the oceanfront pool or luxury spa. The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, also offers an 18-hole golf course and lessons for all experience levels. The resort’s Ritz Kids programs provide fun-filled activities for children ages 5-12 and are popular with families. All activities focus on nurturing young minds through growing their understanding of Amelia Island’s culture, history and ecology.  The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, also offers a Kid’s Night Out program on Friday and Saturday evenings.

Acqualina Resort & Residences Photo Courtesy of Acqualina Resort & Residences

Acqualina Resort & Residences (Photo Courtesy of Acqualina Resort & Residences)

Acqualina Resort & Residences – Sunny Isles Beach

The luxurious AAA Five-Diamond Acqualina Resort & Residences was named the best resort in the United States in the 2023 U.S. News & World Report rankings. This Mediterranean-style seaside villa resort on 4.5 beachfront acres features three oceanfront pools, a lavish two-story spa, and accommodations with spectacular views. Families can choose from one-bedroom rooms or two- to three-bedroom suites—all of which have balconies. 

Acqualina Resort & Residences features Acqua Experiences, offering various curated experiences — from exploring the diverse culinary scene to scuba diving in the city’s beautiful ocean waters. Acqua Experiences such as Aquamermaid and Curated Childcare by itavi are popular with families. The resort’s AcquaMarine children’s program provides educational adventures for the resort’s youngest guests and is complimentary when booking accommodation. The activities offered may include beach yoga, Spanish lessons, and daytime marine biology programs for children ages 4-12. 

At the Acqualina Resort & Residences, families can enjoy world-class dining from a selection of restaurants, including Italian, Japanese, and Greek cuisine. 

Winter The Dolphin’s Beach Club – Clearwater Beach

Named after rescued bottlenose dolphin Winter, who inspired the story of the popular movie Dolphin Tale, Winter The Dolphin’s Beach Club is an eco-friendly resort located on a private beach. The cost of luxury doesn’t have to come at the planet’s expense. Winter The Dolphin’s Beach Club partnered with local nonprofit Ocean Allies to eliminate single-use plastics and utilize ocean-friendly practices such as sea turtle-safe lighting, to help protect marine life. 

The resort offers marine education twice a week —helping to foster understanding of the environment for young and experienced minds alike. Winter The Dolphin’s Beach Club also provides a rare chance for families to meet rescued marine animals through its alliance with Clearwater Marine Aquarium. Families can also enjoy bike rides along the beach, fishing, boating, island-style outdoor dining at Cabanas Coastal Grill, and relaxing poolside at the resort. 

Winter The Dolphin’s Beach Club offers five different room styles, some of which can accommodate families of six.  

Disney Animal Kingdom Lodge – Orlando

Located within the world-famous Walt Disney World, Disney Animal Kingdom Lodge is surrounded by lush savannas and exotic wildlife. Families can enjoy the thrill of an African safari during their stay. Disney Animal Kingdom Lodge is home to over 30 species of African wildlife, including zebras, giraffes, gazelles, kudu and flamingos. Guests can learn about African animals and ecosystems during programs led by the resort’s Animal Specialists.

Disney Animal Kingdom Lodge’s villas are perfect for large families or reunion gatherings. Some accommodate up to 12 adults. These villas offer separate bedrooms, full kitchens, and in-unit washers and dryers. Resort rooms are designed for four to eight adults. All accommodations provide access to amenities like children’s waterparks, an 11,000-square-foot pool with a water slide, and Disney bus and Lyft services for easy transportation to and from parks. 

At Disney Animal Kingdom Lodge, families can also enjoy restaurants, wine bars, pool bars and lounges where guests can enjoy the flavors of African cuisine and their favorite American dishes.

The Breakers Palm Beach Photo Courtesy of The Breakers Palm Beach

The Breakers Palm Beach (Photo Courtesy of The Breakers Palm Beach)

The Breakers Palm Beach – Palm Beach

The award-winning Breakers Palm Beach features a private beach, four oceanfront pools, a variety of restaurants, and 25 bungalows. The resort offers elegant guest rooms and suites that sleep up to four adults with extra space for kids. Suites boast panoramic ocean views, multiple balconies, private living and dining spaces complete with a bar, and a personal concierge service. 

The whole family can stay active this vacation with access to daily fitness classes at the fitness center, tennis courts and tennis instruction, and 36 holes of golf and golf instruction. The resort’s Family Entertainment Center features an indoor play space, arcade, outdoor playground, basketball court, a nine-hole mini golf course and bicycle rentals. After a long day of family fun, parents can relax at The Breakers’ luxurious spa. Guests can also use the resort’s shuttle or private chauffeur service for easy transportation from the property to the city’s main attractions. 

Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort and Spa – Miramar Beach

Located on a stunning white sand beach fronting the Gulf of Mexico, the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort and Spa features three pools, whirlpools, and an expansive sunbathing deck. Adults can relax at the award-winning full-service spa and salon, or continue their fitness regime at the 24-hour fitness center. Guests also have access to four award-winning championship golf courses at Sandestin. 

From jet skiing to beach volleyball to shopping at antique stores in the vibrant downtown, the resort boasts an array of fun for a carefree vacation.  Perfect for a family stay, Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort and Spa has room options that feature bunk beds for the kids. The resort also accommodates families with infants and toddlers by providing cribs and other equipment upon request.

Hawks Cay Resort Photo Courtesy of Hawks Cay Resort

Hawks Cay Resort (Photo Courtesy of Hawks Cay Resort)

Hawks Cay Resort – Duck Key

Escape to this secluded island in the Florida Keys. Hawks Cay Resort offers a variety of accommodations, including multi-bedroom units, perfect for family reunions and multigenerational groups. Hawks Cay Resort has been recognized as a AAA Four Diamond resort—an award only granted to approximately six percent of AAA Diamond properties.
Families can choose from spacious resort rooms or private villas complete with their own kitchens, living and dining areas, a private pool and yard perfect for playing games together. Family groups can also enjoy water sports or swimming with dolphins as part of the resort’s Dolphin Connection program. Hawks Cay Resort offers a massive saltwater lagoon, kids and teens programs, as well as on-site pickleball and tennis courts. 

Hawks Cay Resort features a wide array of dining options. All six resort restaurants incorporate fresh local ingredients into dishes prepared by world-renowned chefs.

Reunion Resort and Golf Club – Kissimmee 

Located in Kissimmee just south of Orlando, Reunion Resort and Golf Club offers spacious rooms and plenty of activities for family fun. Families enjoy Reunion’s water park and its proximity to the Walt Disney World and Universal Studios Florida amusement parks. The family can also have fun fishing at Lake Tohopekaliga and dining together at restaurants along the lakeshore.

Reunion’s accommodations range from private villas perfect for small families to massive 15-bedroom vacation rentals. In addition to full kitchens, many villas include washing machines and dryer units. Families can choose from seven restaurants, with something to satisfy everyone’s cravings. 

Reunion has tons of features for family fun, including Footgolf—played with a soccer ball and large holes on a golf course, tennis, bocce ball, pickleball, regular golf and miniature golf, pools, playgrounds, water parks, and bike rentals. Children will have fun at the Kids Crew day camp, offering activities for young guests ages 4 to 12. Families can also purchase tickets to major theme parks and use Reunion’s complimentary shuttle as reliable transportation to all the parks.

Island Grand Beach Resort Photo Courtesy of Island Grand Beach Resort, Steven P. Widoff, photographer

Island Grand Beach Resort (Photo Courtesy of Island Grand Beach Resort, Steven P. Widoff, photographer)

Island Grand Beach Resort – St. Pete Beach

The Island Grand Beach Resort offers many benefits for families, such as multiple dining options and kids’ clubs. The resort’s wealth of all-inclusive options eliminates the stress of planning the minute details of a multigenerational trip or family reunion. The Island Grand is set on a nationally ranked white sand beach along the Gulf of Mexico, and it also features five pools and hundreds of cabanas. Accommodations range from standard rooms to entire multi-bedroom villa suites—perfect for small and large family groups. 

The Island Grand Beach Resort is one of two connected TradeWinds resorts on St. Pete Beach, and guests can enjoy RumFish Beach Resort’s amenities as well. The two resorts feature water parks – one with a three-story water slide – restaurants and bars, and daily water activities like paddle boating. Families can snorkel in RumFish Beach Resort’s 33,000-gallon aquarium as part of the property’s “Swim with the Fishes” experience, go for a ride on a three-story zipline, play together at TradeWinds’ Floating Water Park in the Gulf of Mexico, or trade stories by a campfire while making s’mores. Island Grand’s KONK Club Drop-off Camps offer fun activities for kids aged 5-12.  

Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa – Fort Lauderdale

From Fort Lauderdale Beach to Port Everglades, a wide variety of entertainment and attractions are available near this luxury resort and spa. For families, the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort has its own “Kids Surf Club” for guests ages 5-12 and offers watersports, beach games, arts and crafts and video games. This resort has suites with oceanfront views and private balconies overlooking the golden beaches of the Atlantic coast and Fort Lauderdale’s saltwater rivers and canals. 

Activities and amenities at the resort include a massive lagoon-style pool, poolside cabanas and lounge beds, and a spa offering therapies tailored to the body, mind, and spirit. There are numerous dining options available at the property, including three family-friendly restaurants and a Starbucks and HB Fresh cafe for quick pick-me-ups.

By Grace Condon 

Header photo courtesy of Island Grand Beach Resort, Steven P. Widoff, photographer