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25 BEST FAMILY RESORTS in America

Have we stayed at every great Family Resort in America? NO. Have we stayed at Over 170 Resorts in America? YES. So how exactly do we quantify What Makes Resorts "the Best"? (Glad you asked.)


(Top of the Rock at Big Cedar Resort by @MobileGolfer)


PANEL and RATINGS CRITERIA: FIVE of us (ages 12 - 42) rate each hotel/resort we stay on a scale of 1 to 20 in FIVE Categories (Lodging, Dining, Amenities, Hospitality and Family Friendliness) then add those numbers together to get a Score Out of 100. We then apply the percent score to an Academic Grading Scale to give our Final Grades. (100-98=A+, 97-93=A, 92-90 = A-, 89-88=B+,87-83=B, 82-80=B-, 79-78=C+, 77-73=C, etc.) If you're interested into what Specific Criteria is evaluated in each of the FIVE categories, see the paragraphs AFTER our Top 20 Rankings.


(Photo Courtesy of Omni Amelia Island Plantation, FL)


25 BEST FAMILY RESORTS IN AMERICA

(Categories: Lodging/Dining/Amenities/Hospitality/Family Friendly)


1. Omni Amelia Island Plantation (Florida) (19/20/20/20/20) 99 (A+)

2. Hilton Waikoloa Village (Big Island, HI) (20/19/20/20/20) 99 (A+)

3. Fairmont Scottsdale Princess (Arizona) (19/20/20/20/20) 99 (A+)

4. Nemacolin Woodlands (Pennsylvania) (20/18/20/20/20) 98 (A+)

5. Big Cedar Lodge (Branson, Missouri) (19/19/20/19/20) 97 (A)

6. Pebble Beach Resorts (Monterey, CA) (20/20/19/19/19) 97 (A)

7. American Club (Kohler, WI) (20/20/18/20/18) 96 (A)

8. Crystal Springs (New Jersey) (20/17/20/19/20) 96 (A)

9. Wilderness Resort (Wisconsin Dells, WI) (20/17/20/19/20) 96 (A)

10. Okemo Mountain Resort (Vermont) (20/17/20/19/20) 96 (A)


(Categories: Lodging/Dining/Amenities/Hospitality/Family Friendly)


11. Four Seasons Hualalai (Big Island, HI) (19/19/19/20/19) 96 (A)

12. Watercolor Inn (Panama City Beach, FL) (19/19/20/19/19) 96 (A)

13. Disney's Grand Floridian (Orlando, FL) (19/19/20/18/20) 96 (A)

14. Sunday River Resort (Sunday River, ME) (19/19/20/18/20) 96 (A)

15. Ritz Carlton Dove Mountain (Arizona) (20/20/18/19/19) 96 (A)

16. Disney's Grand Californian (Anaheim, CA) (19/19/20/18/20) 96 (A)

17. Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge (Orlando) (19/19/20/18/20) 96 (A)

18. Boyne Mountain Resort (Boyne, MI) (20/18/20/18/20) 96 (A)

19. Mission Point Resort (Mackinac Isl, MI) (19/19/19/19/19) 95 (A)

20. SanDestin Resort (Destin, FL) (18/19/20/18/20) 95 (A)



(Categories: Lodging/Dining/Amenities/Hospitality/Family Friendly)


21. Disney's Polynesian Resort (Orlando, FL) (19/18/20/18/20) 95 (A)

22. Madden's on Gull Lake (Brainerd, MN) (20/17/19/19/20) 95 (A)

23. Hammock Beach Resort (Florida) (19/19/19/18/19) 94 (A)

24. Loews Hotel de Coronado (San Diego, CA) (19/19/18/19/19) 94 (A)

25. Sea Pines Resort (Hilton Head, SC) (20/18/18/19/18) 93 (A)



(Photo Courtesy of Grand Wailea Resort, Maui)


TOP 10 U.S. Resorts We Most Want to Visit

1. Grand Wailea (Maui, HI)

2. Aulani, a Disney Resort (Ko Olina, HI)

3. Hyatt Regency Maui (Maui, HI)

4. Kauai Marriott (Kauai, HI)

5. Grand Hyatt Kauai (Kauai, HI)

6. Kiawah Island Resort (Kiawah Island, SC)

7. JW Marriott San Antonio (San Antonio, TX)

8. Coeur D'Alene Resort (Idaho)

9. Park City Resort (Park City, UT)

10. The Cloister at Sea Island Resort (Sea Island, GA)