Top 10 Family Resorts
1. Walt Disney World Resorts Hotels: Orlando, FL (Score: 92)
With more than 15 themed hotels whose whimsical styles range from African safari (Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge) to old New England seaside (Disney's Yacht Club Resort), the World offers something for every taste and budget. Extravagant pools, lush landscaping, and, of course, quick and easy access to the parks make for an unrivaled family experience. In the words of one Alabama mom, "As soon as you see the welcome sign, the magic begins."
2. Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort: Honolulu, HI (Score: 89)
This 22-acre oceanfront compound sits right on the legendary white sands of Duke Kahanamoku Beach, the widest in Waikiki and a perennial top 10 beach in America. Families love the Hilton's gentle, salt-water lagoon, five swimming pools (including a spectacular 5,000-square-foot activity pool dotted with waterfalls and slides), and surfing instruction. Then there's Waikiki's only outdoor luau, which opens with a conch-shell summons followed by hula lessons. "No stress, no worries," wrote a Washington State family. "The kids had a great time, and so did Mommy and Daddy!"
3. Loews Coronado Bay: San Diego, CA (Score: 87)
Unexpected recreational opportunities at swanky, seaside Coronado Bay include an on-site surfing school. Guests not quite ready to hang ten might opt instead for a gondola cruise through the romantic canals of the Coronado cays (complete with serenading gondolier). The 439-room property also offers three outdoor swimming pools and bicycle, paddleboard, and wave-runner rentals. Families singled out as special the direct access to several miles of ocean and bay beaches at adjacent Silver Strand State Park. Cowabunga!
4. Smugglers' Notch Resort: Smugglers' Notch, VT (Score: 87) 5. The Hotel Hershey: Hershey, PA (Score: 87) 6. Kalahari Resort: Sandusky, OH (Score 84) 7. Northstar California Resort: Truckee, CA (Score 84) 8. Great Wolf Lodge: Wisconsin Dells, WI (Score 84) 9. Omni Mount Washington Resort: Bretton Woods, NH (Score 83) & Callaway Gardens Pine Mountain, GA (Score 83) 10. Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa San Antonio, TX (Score 83)