Family Texas Resorts: Fun-filled Vacations for Kids

Best Family Resorts in Texas for Kids

It’s no surprise that a family vacation in Texas is a popular choice. From the wide-open spaces of West Texas to the bustling metropolitan hubs of San Antonio and Houston, you’re sure to find a region to fit your family’s travel style. If you’re planning a trip to Texas, consider booking a stay at one of these family-friendly hotels.

Texas Beach Resorts for Families

If you’re looking for the perfect family getaway, look no further than a beach resort in Texas. With its mild climate and beaches that range from secluded to vibrant, there is something for every family. Whether you’re looking for a luxurious stay or an affordable option, Texas has a variety of options when it comes to beach resorts.

Galveston is a prime destination for families. With plenty of activities in the area ranging from Moody Gardens and Schlitterbahn Waterpark to historic sites like Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier, this city offers something fun for everyone in the family. South Padre Island is another great spot with lots of beaches and recreational activities like horseback riding on the beach or fishing trips.

Holiday Inn Club Vacations Galveston Beach Resort

family vacation in Galveston, TX

At the Holiday Inn Club Vacations Resort, families will find kid-friendly amenities like horseshoe pits, shuffleboard, and volleyball. The resort is located right on the beach, so sandcastle building is close at hand. Guest rooms include either a kitchenette or a full kitchen, making it easy to eat dinner at your home-away-from-home after a long day in the sun.

 Holiday Inn Club Vacations at Galveston Beach Resort
Holiday Inn Club Vacations at Galveston Beach Resort

Whether you’re traveling with family or friends, there’s something for everyone here. Enjoy some rest and relaxation on your balcony or take advantage of the resort’s many amenities such as an outdoor pool, hot tubs, fitness center, game room and much more. The resort also offers an array of dining options from casual eateries to fine restaurants.

Holiday Inn Club Vacations Galveston Beach Resort, 11743 Termini-San Luis Pass Rd #6293, Galveston, TX 77554; Phone: (409) 737-2339

San Luis Resort

 Texas vacations for families on Galveston Island

Another option in South Texas for water-loving families is the San Luis Resort on Galveston Island. Along with easy access to the beach, this kid-friendly hotel also features a heated pool and a 45-foot waterslide. The guest rooms have private balconies, some of which provide great views of the Gulf of Mexico, and free Wi-Fi. The San Luis Resort is located at 5222 Seawall Boulevard.

 San Luis Resort family vacation in texas
The San Luis Resort in Galveston

The resort offers a wide variety of activities that are sure to please all members of your family. From kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding in the Gulf to swimming in one of their two outdoor pools, you’ll have plenty to do during your stay. And when it’s time to relax, enjoy a massage at their onsite spa or simply lounge around poolside with a refreshing beverage!

The San Luis Resort, Spa and Conference Center, 5222 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX 77551; Phone: (409) 744-1500

Lajitas Resort

kid-friendly resorts in Lajitas, TX

If you are seeking family fun on dry land rather than in the water, try the Lajitas Resort in West Texas, about an hour southwest of Terlingua. Here, families will find an equestrian center, an 18-hole golf course, and stargazing excursions. Plus, the family-friendly resort is situated between Big Bend National Park and Big Bend State Park, so plenty of nearby outdoor adventures await.

Lajitas Resort Texas
Lajitas Golf Resort (Courtesy Lajitas Golf Resort)

Sure it’s an award-winning golf resort, but there’s so much more across the 27,000-acre ranch – from fine dining to zip lines, Rio Grand river rafting, and horseback riding the mesas. West Texas has so much to offer.

Lajitas Resort, HC 70, Lajitas, TX 79852; Phone: (432) 424-5000

JW Marriott Hill Country Resort San Antonio

Central Texas resort for families

Another family-friendly hotel in San Antonio is the Hyatt Wild Oak Ranch, located near SeaWorld and other popular attractions. Amenities for kids include an indoor/outdoor pool with waterslides, a nature trail, and sand volleyball courts. Spacious rooms with kitchenettes make this an ideal accommodation option for families who like to cook their own meals. The Hyatt Wild Oak Ranch is located at 9700 West Military Drive.

Kid's Eye View at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa
Kid’s Eye View at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa

JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa, 23808 Resort Pkwy, San Antonio, TX 78261; Phone: (210) 276-2500

Hyatt Wild Oak Ranch

kid-friendly resorts in San Antonio

Another family-friendly hotel in San Antonio is the Hyatt Wild Oak Ranch, located near SeaWorld and other popular attractions. Amenities for kids include an indoor/outdoor pool with waterslides, a nature trail, and sand volleyball courts. Spacious rooms with kitchenettes make this an ideal accommodation option for families who like to cook their own meals. The Hyatt Wild Oak Ranch is located at 9700 West Military Drive.

Texas Hyatt Wild Oak Ranch
Hyatt Wild Oak Ranch (Courtesy Hyatt)

At this impeccable resort with one of my favorite Lazy Rivers, the Rattlesnake River, and an indoor pool, San Antonio guests can choose from 1-3 bedroom suites, some with kitchenettes.

Hyatt Residence Club San Antonio, Wild Oak Ranch, 9700 Military Dr W, San Antonio, TX 78251; Phone: (210) 647-9300

The Woodlands Resort and Conference Center

Family-Friendly Hotel near Houston

Located in a suburban area north of Houston, The Woodlands Resort features a large pool with a waterslide and a newly added lazy river. The property’s location makes it an ideal spot from which to explore eastern and southern Texas with kids. The resort is located at 2301 North Millbend Drive.

Woodlands Resort and Conference Center
Woodlands Resort and Conference Center (Courtesy Woodlands Resort)

The Woodlands Resort is home to numerous recreational facilities that make it ideal for families with children. From putting greens and tennis courts to mini golfing and paddle boating, there’s something here to keep everyone entertained. Plus, there are special programs like Camp Waterway that provide kid-friendly activities every day of the week during peak season.

The Woodlands Resort, 2301 N Millbend Dr, The Woodlands, TX 77380; Phone: (281) 367-1100

Margaritaville Lake Resort

Houston Texas family resorts

Margaritaville is a luxury resort on Lake Conroe, about an hour north of Houston. Kid-friendly amenities include swimming pools with fun, colorful water features, a lazy river, an arcade, and an on-site miniature golf course. Parents will appreciate the spacious rooms and the views of Lake Conroe. Margaritaville is located at 600 La Torretta Boulevard.

Texas La Torretta Lake Resort
Margaritaville Lake Resort (Courtesy La Torretta)

Whether you’re looking for a relaxing day spent fishing or swimming in our pool, Margaritaville Lake Resort is ready to provide it. With four different lodges ranging from standard rooms to villas, there’s something for everyone. And don’t forget about our delicious eats! We offer a restaurant with fine dining options as well as an outdoor bar & grill that makes the perfect spot for enjoying some local Texas flavors with friends and family.

Margaritaville Lake Resort, 600 Margaritaville Parkway, Montgomery, TX 77356; Phone: (936) 448-4400

Beach Resort At South Padre Island

Beach Park at Isla Blanca – South Padre Island Waterpark

Located on South Padre Island, the Schlitterbahn Resort puts families at the heart of the action. This family-friendly hotel is adjacent to the popular Beach Park at Isla Blanca  (formerly Schlitterbahn Waterpark).

Beach Resort At South Padre Island
Beach Resort At South Padre Island

The resort’s beachfront location, on-site restaurants, and seaside pool make it a convenient, kid-friendly option. Consider booking the property’s Unlimited Stay and Play Package, which includes admission to the waterpark. Beach Resort At South Padre Island (former Schlitterbahn Beach Resort) is located at 100 Padre Boulevard.

The centerpiece of Isla Blanca is our massive waterpark area. With five different slides and two lazy rivers winding through it, you can choose your own adventure as you explore this tropical wonderland. You can even brave Big Kahuna’s Wave Pool for some serious surf action! There are also plenty of poolside cabanas where you can rest and enjoy snacks from our on-site eatery.

Beach Resort At South Padre Island; 100 Padre Blvd., South Padre Island, TX 78597; Phone: (956) 426-9066

Horseshoe Bay Resort

Austin area Family Resort

Horseshoe Bay Resort is a resort near Austin Texas, with swimming pools, restaurants, a spa, tennis, golf, lake activities (such as sunset cruises), and group activities. There is also family programming, such as a kids’ club for ages 4 to 12 and meet-and-greets with the resort’s mascot.

This luxurious resort offers something for everyone in your group, whether you’re looking for a romantic weekend getaway or an exciting vacation spot with the kids. Boasting amazing amenities that include three golf courses and a world-class spa, Horseshoe Bay is an ideal destination for families of all sizes and ages.

In addition to its unbeatable onsite attractions, Horseshoe Bay is surrounded by a variety of activities that are perfect for both adults and children alike. Enjoy fishing trips on Lake LBJ or explore one of many nearby parks including Enchanted Rock State Natural Area and Inks Lake State Park. Plus, with downtown Austin just 45 minutes away, there are endless opportunities for shopping, dining, and entertainment!

Horseshoe Bay Resort, 200 Hi Cir N, Horseshoe Bay, TX 78657; Phone: (877) 611-0112

Gaylord Texan Resort

Dallas Resorts for Families

While there is so much to do in Grapevine, you may never leave the premises of this enjoyable resort! From waterpark fun to endless indoor activities for kids, including a great dance party in the evening, the hardest part of your vacation may be saying goodbye.

The Gaylord Texan Resort is one of the top Dallas resorts for families. Located just a few miles from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and nestled beside sprawling Lake Grapevine, this resort has something for everyone. Whether you’re looking to spend time relaxing in their luxurious spa or have an adventure with some of their water activities, the Gaylord Texan has it all.

A stay at the Gaylord Texan will make your family feel right at home with amenities like complimentary Wi-Fi, restaurants offering kid-friendly menus, and shopping options nearby. Plus, they offer a range of fun activities designed to keep your little ones entertained; think mini golfing and rock climbing walls!

Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center, 1501 Gaylord Trail, Grapevine, TX 76051, Phone: (817) 778-1000

Pearl South Padre Resort

South Padre Beachfront Family Resort

Upper-middle-class The Pearl South Padre is a pet-friendly beach resort with 256 rooms, all of which have partial or full ocean views. The hotel also rents out condos with kitchens and up to three bedrooms, but the decor is inconsistent. There is a special kids’ pool next to the resort’s enormous main resort pool, as well as a kids’ camp accessible during summer vacation. There is also a main restaurant and a seasonal restaurant by the main pool, which has a swim-up bar.

Pearl South Padre Resort has been a popular beachfront family resort in South Padre for years. However, recent reports suggest that the resort’s standards have dropped significantly over the past few months. Guests have reported issues such as inadequate customer service, unclean facilities, and a lack of modern amenities.

The resort’s once-stellar reputation as a safe and family-friendly destination is beginning to suffer due to these reports. The staff appears uninterested in addressing any of the guests’ concerns and inquiries are often met with indifference or frustration. Furthermore, many of the promised amenities such as swimming pools and hot tubs are either closed due to disrepair or too crowded to enjoy – causing even more disappointment among visitors.

Pearl South Padre Beachfront Resort Hotel, 310 Padre Blvd, South Padre Island, TX 78597;  (956) 761-6551

More Texas Resorts for Families

La Cantera, San Antonio – Families will enjoy the Kids Pool, which includes cabanas to relax in while the kids play! It is located on San Antonio’s Northwest side, close to Six Flags Fiesta Texas and numerous hiking trails.

Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort – The first thing you’ll notice is that this isn’t your typical resort. Its location on the Colorado River’s shores makes it ideal for kayaking or simply dipping your toes in the water. Play a round of golf, go horseback riding, make s’mores in the fire pit, or simply unwind.

Great Wolf Lodge Resort, Grapevine – Inside the hotel, kids will enjoy the indoor and outdoor waterpark, rope obstacle course, and games. There are also kids’ activities planned by the hotel each day.

Kalahari Resort, Round Rock – This new resort has a fun African safari theme, a huge arcade with escape rooms, zip-lines, and climbing walls, several eateries, outdoor pools, an open-air stage, and an open market, and a wonderful family-friendly experience! The Grotto, an indoor swim-up bar, is a must-see for adults.

Moody Gardens Hotel, Galveston – This hotel, situated next to the Moody Garden pyramids, has a fantastic pool, golf course, activities, and restaurant. Although it is not on the beach, it is close to Schlitterbahn Galveston.

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