From shoreline resorts to fun boutique hotels, you’ll find the perfect vacation spot for your family in New Jersey. These excellent hotels and resorts are designed specifically with children in mind, allowing families of all sizes the options they need for a safe, fun, and affordable getaway. Here are the 10 best!
One of the most luxurious accommodations on our list, Grand Cascades Lodge at Crystal Springs Resort is one to splurge on if you’re going on a first-time family getaway. This resort has got you covered with an abundance of activities, with something for everyone in the family. Activities for families include pony rides, movies on the lawn (only offered in the summer), weekly evening entertainment suitable for children, golf, a basketball court, and swimming. The incredible Biosphere Pool Complex will be the highlight of any stay, with its underground aquarium, 140-foot water slide, café, great views, and landscaped surroundings.
The Beach Shack is the best option for large families, as the numerous room options can accommodate up to ten people. Little ones might delight in the Bunk Shack room option (sleeps six), which features a king size bed, sleeper sofa, and separate area with built-in bunk beds. This room option also includes a kitchenette, making it ideal for families who’d like to save by preparing light meals at their home-away-from-home. The Beach Shack also allows dogs to stay with prior notification.
This smoke free resort offers guests oceanfront views and a variety of room configurations fit for families. Parties of four or five might be interested in room type 5, which offers two double beds, a living room with a sleeper sofa, and a kitchenette. Amenities are close at hand, with two on-site pools, a restaurant, free Wi-Fi, and cable TV. The Wildwood Boardwalk and Morey’s Amusement Piers are within walking distance.
Located right in downtown Wildwood, this resort offers convenient access to the beach, boardwalk, and other amenities. Blue Palm’s Hotel offers an excellent Family Suite, accommodating five, which features a queen size pull-out couch and bunk bed fit for three. The room also includes a kitchenette, dining space, a private bathroom, and a TV. In addition to the excellent location, Blue Palm’s Hotel offers numerous on-site amenities including free Wi-Fi, complementary bikes, beach chairs, and boogie board rentals, two pools, parking, board games, and more.
This mega resort is excellent for parents traveling with tweens or teens as they’ll never have the chance to get bored with so many amenities close at hand. Guests will find 25 restaurants and shops, an iMax theater, an arcade, indoor pool, and family-friendly shows. Numerous room types are also available in the different towers at Tropicana Resort, and the rooms in the Havana Tower have even been recently renovated for added comfort.
Starlux Boutique is another great resort located along New Jersey’s pleasant shoreline. This funky resort offers retro furnishings such as 70s-inspired wall paper, painted exposed brick, lava lamps, and pop art decorating the walls. By staying here, guests will gain access to a hot tub, free continental breakfast (only seasonally), bikes, a pool, a games room, and more. The Starlux Mini Golf Course, beach, and boardwalk are all within walking distance too.
Delight in a kid-centric stay at the Compass Motel. Offering on-site amenities such as mini golf, ping pong, billiards, video arcade games, and of course, two pools (one kiddie), this motel will give parents a chance to relax while kids are entertained with ample free activities. Additionally, guests will find free Wi-Fi, barbecue grills, crib and stroller rentals, and even babysitters available here. All rooms are smoke-free and the largest rooms can fit up to six people.
Located directly on the beach, the Pan American offers beach bums super easy access to one of the best beaches on the New Jersey shore. Splurge on a stay in the Oceanfront Efficiency Suite for a pampering getaway with plenty of space for the whole family. This suite option includes two queen size beds, a separate sleeper sofa, a kitchenette, seating area, private balcony, and walls decked out in a giant map of North America. On-site amenities include a restaurant, adult and kiddie pool, children’s activities, and a poolside snack bar.
Spend quality time with your family while hiking, roasting marshmallows, and telling spooky stores around a campfire at the High Point State Park Campground. This very cost effective stay is the perfect option for families seeking a break yet who are on a tight budget. Opt to camp in your own tent along Sawmill Lake, or rent a furnished cabin for an enjoyable glamping experience on Steenykill Lake. And for your convenience, bookings can be made online for campsites and cabins.
Small families will enjoy a spick-and-span stay in one of the several room configurations available at Fleur de Lis Beach Resort. On-site amenities include a large pool with a kiddie section, pool slide, grilling area, lounge area, and free Wi-Fi. The convenient location also provides access to the beach, which is just beside the resort.