The 10 Best Family-Friendly Resorts

10. Nickelodeon Family Suites by Holiday Inn, Orlando

The Nickelodeon Family Suites by Holiday Inn offers many opportunities -- interactive teas, breakfasts, and meet-and-greets -- for resort guests to mingle with characters. But that may not be what kids remember most fondly. Two admission-worthy water parks that are free for all guests feature seven slides or flumes, a four-story interactive water tower, and a 400-gallon dump tank. Toddlers will enjoy a sandy area with a slide and a shaded play space with a splash zone. The parks are both staffed by lifeguards, and life jackets, offered at no charge, are required for kids less than 4' tall when using certain water slides.

Accommodations:

On 26 acres a mile from Walt Disney World, this all-suite resort has semi-private Nickelodeon-character-themed kids' bedrooms that can only be accessed via the common living room; most of the 777 suites are 485 sq. ft., and all are nonsmoking and equipped with a refrigerator and microwave

Family Features:

Camp for kids 5 to 12 four evenings per week; two swimming pools, one with a shallow entry, both staffed by lifeguards; dive-in movies; playground; free meals for kids 12 and under at certain eateries

Parents' Perks:

Nick@Night Adult Lounge; lap pool; free shuttle buses to area theme parks

  • Will host Nick Jr. month in September with activities and characters from TV shows for preschoolers; last year's programming included storytime with Joe and Blue from Blue's Clues and a Dora the Explorer fiesta with arts and crafts
  • Offers spa treatments, such as hair-braiding and manicures, for kids as young as 2
  • Schedules live shows nightly during which families compete against each other in Nick-style games; if desired -- and most kids are eager -- the child of the winning family gets slimed at the end of the show with much fanfare

Parents Are Talking

Add a Comment