1. Your own magic kingdom in Kissimmee
Just three miles from Walt Disney World (arguably the ultimate kid destination), you’ll find Mickey’s Oasis. Nope, it’s not a hideaway for a vagabond mouse, but a 7-bedroom, 6-bathroom parent-pleasing, kid-mesmerizing vacation home. Little ones will play king or queen of the castle in the castle-themed bunk beds and delight in the Monsters Inc. and Mickey Mouse–themed bedrooms. Adults will want to lounge in the lanai area or barbecue on the grill while watching kids frolic on the splash pad or paddle in the Mickey-shaped kiddie pool. And everyone will be impressed by the home theater with raised theater seating and expansive video library—perfect for family movie night.
2. Enchanted chalet near Sunday River
Hobbit holes and fairy houses beckon at this rustic mountain retreat that sleeps ten adults and eight kids. Summer vacationers can explore the nearby hiking and biking trails, jump off the waterfalls at Frenchman’s Hole, and go tubing and fishing on the Androscoggin River. But be warned: Kids may not want to leave the house, where they can play horseshoes on the lawn, spend hours in the hobbit hole playhouse, and make s’mores by the outdoor fire pit. During the winter, the whole family can enjoy the local skiing, the inviting hot tub on the deck, cozy days in the open kitchen, and puzzles in the game room.
3. Pamper the family on Lake Pend Oreille
For adventurous youngsters, the Point at Sandpoint is heaven on earth with woods, water, and private sandy beaches. Explore Lake Pend Oreille by kayak, canoe, or stand-up paddleboard; fish from the private dock; build sand castles on the beach; and hike or bike Schweitzer Mountain—just 11 miles away. Or spend a lazy afternoon playing croquet on the large grassy lawn. Inside, kids will flock to the family room pavilion, stocked with games, toys, a 60-inch plasma HDTV, a PS4 game console, and a surround-sound theater system. Bedtime turns into a slumber party with bunks and twin beds built into the window seat of the bunkroom.
4. Playful house in picturesque Poconos
Walking distance from Lake Wallenpaupack, this charming cabin with wraparound deck is a haven for kids of all ages. Inside amusements include an epic game room with a pool table, poker table, arcade games, ping pong, and a karaoke machine. Outside, a horseshoe pit, mountain bikes, and kayaks will keep kids busy until dinner time. Grownups will enjoy relaxing on the deck or reading in the hammock, and the whole family will love sitting by the fire pit roasting marshmallows. This Poconos gem offers year-round fun, from skiing, snowboarding, and tubing during the winter to warmer-weather pursuits like swimming, boating, fishing, and hiking.
5. Water wonderland in the Canadian Rockies
Overlooking a private beach on Shuswap Lake, this delightful two-story house with six bedrooms boasts enough activities to compete with any waterpark. Kids can bounce on the water trampoline, take turns on the water seesaw, or make a splash down the waterslide. Add paddleboards, kayaks, a pontoon boat, paddle boat, and dinghy, and you have the ultimate water activity resort. Get the kids outside to explore the lake, hike at Margaret Falls, or raft down the Adams River. Dine alfresco by the fire pit and backyard rock cliffs, followed by a soak in the hot tub. Inside, gather in the rec room around foosball and the fireplace, and send kids off for sweet dreams in the playful bunkroom.
6. Dream house near Disneyland Park
A stone’s throw from Walt Disney’s original park, this SoCal vacation home will enchant everyone in the family. Spend playtime together in the game room—outfitted with a billiard table and foosball—or in the large heated pool. While kids frolic outside, adults can supervise from couches on the covered outdoor living room, which also serves as an alfresco dining area. Later, kids can drift off to dreamland in bunk beds themed for Star Wars heroes and fairytale princesses. Bonus: Besides being neighbors with Mickey and friends, this property is also freeway close to Knott’s Berry Farm, Santiago Oaks Regional Park’s miles of trails, and some of SoCal’s best beaches.
7. Rustic luxury near Zion National Park
Kids might beg for bedtime as they climb into the canyon-themed bunk beds each night at this desert retreat nestled in Coral Ridge Resort. Add a 60-inch TV on the wall for their favorite games and movies, a second gaming nook, and two master suites, and this Utah house becomes an ideal getaway for up to 16 people. Kids will love that they have not one, but two pools to choose from at the resort, as well as a basketball court and playground, while adults will love relaxing in the hot tubs. Kid-friendly outdoor adventures are all around: river rafting, hiking, biking, ATV trails, and exploring Zion National Park and Sand Hollow State Park near St. George.