You might picture the turquoise waters of Mexico or the sandy beaches of the Caribbean when you think of all-inclusive family resorts, but there are plenty of closer-to-home all-inclusive (or nearly all-inclusive) options in the United States, too. Many of the best all-inclusive resorts in the U.S. also offer outdoor activities and private cabins to go along with full-service luxury. And with fantastic kids clubs that go above and beyond, America’s best all-inclusive resorts are tailor-made for families.
The Best All-Inclusive Resorts in the U.S.
From coast to coast, here are the best fully inclusive and mostly all-inclusive resorts in the U.S. that cater equally to the needs of kids, teens, and parents.
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1. Migis Lodge on Sebego Lake
South Casco, Maine
While there’s a lot to love about Migis Lodge, it could be argued that the resort’s best feature is its location, which is both scenic—it sits on Sebago Lake in Southern Maine—and convenient, since it’s within an hour’s drive of Portland, Kennebunkport, and other well-loved coastal villages and scenic lakes in New England. But what truly sets Migis Lodge apart from other family resorts in the northeast is the fact that that it’s practically all-inclusive.
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When you opt for the Full American Plan, the resort packages your accommodations, three meals per day, and most activities and amenities—including access to a private island—into one inclusive rate. Drinks from the bar and personal use of motorboats are not included.
2. The Lodge on Little St. Simons Island
St. Simons Island, Georgia
Speaking of private islands, did you know you can vacation on an all-inclusive private island in Georgia? Only accessible by boat, The Lodge on Little St. Simons Island is located in Georgia’s Golden Isles, where you and your family you can enjoy seven miles of unspoiled beaches, 8,000 acres of salt marshes, 3,000 acres of upland, and naturalist-led activities such as bird watching, fishing, hiking, and kayaking.
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Boat transfers, three meals per day, non-alcoholic beverages, use of recreational equipment, guided excursions, and accommodations are all included in nightly rates, and the Instagram-worthy cottages and 32-guest occupancy limit make it feel like you have the island to yourselves. (In fact, you can have it all to yourself: packages are available for cottages, a single room, or the entire island.)
3. Club Med Sandpiper Bay
Port St. Lucie, Florida
Perhaps the most well-known all-inclusive resort in the United States, Club Med Sandpiper Bay is located in Port St. Lucie, Florida, and is the famous brand’s only U.S. location. At this classic Florida beach resort, families enjoy a bona fide all-inclusive experience, with kids’ clubs, pools, water and land sports galore (including golf), a spa, and private beach access.
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Club Med Sandpiper Bay is located about an hour’s drive from Palm Beach and about two hours from the Orlando theme parks. It’s one of several Florida all-inclusive resorts to consider if you’re planning a family vacation in the Sunshine State.
4. Mohonk Mountain House
New Paltz, New York
A bucket list New York vacation destination in the Hudson River Valley, Mohonk Mountain House‘s stunning location on a mountaintop above glistening Lake Mohonk affords opportunities for kayaking, row boating, and swimming, and its 40,000 pristine acres of forest means countless trails for hiking and picnicking. Kids love the Victorian castle resort’s old-fashioned soda fountain and glow-in-the-dark disc golf at night.
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Mohonk Mountain House’s rates include most activities and three farm-to-table meals per day. Spa treatments, horseback riding, and rock climbing are available at an extra cost. While Mohonk Mountain House is a four-season resort, it’s especially beautiful during the fall foliage season. The resort is listed as a National Historic Landmark (it was built in 1869) and is located just 90 miles from New York City.
5. Red Mountain Resort
Opt for one of the Adventure Retreat packages at Red Mountain Resort and you’ll get accommodations, three meals daily, and use of resort facilities (which include indoor and outdoor pools) covered in one inclusive rate. Plus, you can easily upgrade to a villa—perfect for families—and complement your stay with a visit to Zion National Park, located just an hour from Red Mountain Resort.
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Situated on 55 acres, the resort boasts 82 rooms and 24 villas. Other amenities offered in the Adventure Retreat price include fitness classes, daily guided hikes, and use of indoor and outdoor swimming pools. If you do not book a special package, a $25 per day resort fee is added to the standard rate.
6. Woodloch Resort
With outdoor activities year-round, the Pennsylvania’s Poconos Mountains are already an ideal place for a family vacation. But did you know there are all-inclusive resorts in the area, too? One of the very best for families is Woodloch Resort (also called Woodloch Pines), a lakeside getaway that offers a plethora of activities included in its daily rate, along with meals and lodging. Be sure to check out Woodloch’s seasonal packages and discounts, too.
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Traveling without kids? Consider a stay at the neighboring The Lodge at Woodloch. More upscale than its sister property (with prices to match), the lodge is well-known for its spa with 27 treatment rooms, heavenly soaking pools with Hydromassage WaterWalls, and an outdoor hot tub.
7. Rocking Horse Ranch Resort
Highland, New York
The all-inclusive Rocking Horse Ranch Resort dude ranch (just 30 minutes from another resort on this list, Mohonk Mountain House) offers a full roster of varied activities each season, from ice skating and snow tubing in the winter to banana boat rides and super bungee jumping in the summer. There’s also an indoor water park and outdoor pools with waterslides.
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Even with all those other activities, though, horseback riding is at the center of all the action at Rocking Horse Ranch, with trail rides and barn tours front and center during your stay. Visit during a holiday weekend or week for themed events. Meals, snacks, and activities are included in the regular resort rate.
8. Skytop Lodge
Family-friendly Skytop Lodge‘s location on 5,500 sprawling acres in the Poconos means myriad outdoor activities for families ranging from hiking, biking, and kayaking to zip lining, paintball, and archery tag (a game that combines dodgeball, paintball, and archery with foam-tipped arrows) at the action-packed Skytop Adventure Center.
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While Skytop Lodge isn’t a traditional all-inclusive resort, you can typically find inclusive packages that allow you to combine accommodations and some meals in one rate. When you’re done playing in the Great Outdoors, head to The Nest for a relaxing spa treatment.
9. Miraval Arizona Resort
There’s no better place for an all-inclusive wellness-focused escape than Miraval Arizona Resort in Tucson, Arizona. Best suited to adult families and couples, the resort’s inclusive Miraval Unlimited Package covers all meals, snacks, smoothies, and non-alcoholic beverages; unlimited wellness activities like fitness classes, yoga, and hiking; access to the resort’s Body Mindfulness Center and Life in Balance Spa; and five night’s accommodations for the price of four. When you book the inclusive package, you also get a $175 nightly credit.
10. White Stallion Ranch
A more kid-friendly all-inclusive resort option right in the heart of Tucson is White Stallion Ranch, one of the best dude ranches in Arizona with activities for all ages and interests. And it’s not just a full-service dude ranch, either. Beyond horseback riding, rodeos, and a shooting range, White Stallion Ranch offers a spa, pools, hot tubs, petting zoo, movie theater, rock climbing, archery, and even e-bikes.
White Stallion’s all-inclusive rates cover meals, accommodations, and most activities. Kids under age five stay free. Horseback riding lessons are for different skill levels (ages five and up) are offered several times per day. You can add private lessons for an extra fee. An Activity Concierge and a helpful phone app help keep everyone in the family busy and on schedule.
11. Blackberry Farm
Kid-friendly Blackberry Farm is the creme de la creme of all-inclusive resorts in the U.S. (especially for toddlers), so much so that past guests have included Carrie Underwood, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, and Neil Patrick Harris. Located in Great Smoky Mountain National Park, this over-the-top luxurious resort features unique programming for kids, including kids’ clubs and youth discovery classes that focus on geocaching, stream ecology, acrylic painting, and textile arts.
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While the kids go for a naturalist-led hike, adults have the opportunity to enjoy a food tasting or artisan cooking demonstration at the Farmstead Field School. Guests can stay in cottages and multi-bedroom houses, as well as traditional guestrooms and suites.
12. Grand Hotel
Mackinac Island, Michigan
Since its opening in 1887, the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island has been a popular Midwest vacation destination for families. Known as “America’s Summer Place,” the historic hotel transports guests to yesteryear from the moment they arrive by ferry (the only way to get there) with activities including lawn games (think croquet and bocce) and afternoon tea.
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The Grand Hotel is nearly all-inclusive, too, as most packages include breakfast and dinner, as well as accommodations (no two guest rooms are alike) and all resort amenities (including complimentary kids’ programming, a golf course, swimming pool, tennis courts, lawn games, and carriage tours).
13. The Ranch at Rock Creek
Escape to Montana for an all-inclusive resort experience at The Ranch at Rock Creek. This high-end family-friendly glamping resort offers luxury cabins and homes—ideal for a little extra privacy—as well as lodge rooms and a historic barn.
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Unique activities (covered in the rates) include sapphire mining, learning frontier skills, and taking a photography class. Off-ranch excursions such as ATV tours and float trips are available for an additional fee.
14. Canyon Ranch Lenox
Teenagers 14 and older are welcome at Canyon Ranch Lenox, a wellness retreat in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts. With daily activities (think snowshoeing in the winter and canoeing in the summer), indoor and outdoor pools, and even airport transfers included in rates, it’s a nearly all-inclusive option for a family vacation with teenagers.
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Be sure to book a treatment at the spa for added pampering during your stay, and take advantage of the retreat’s unique wellness features like aerial yoga classes and ashiatsu massages. The glorious Berkshire mountains and a bevy of fun college towns are nearby if you want to go off-property and explore.
15. Tyler Place Family Resort
For a lakefront resort where you can enjoy a classic summer vacation with the kids, head to Tyler Family Place Resort on the shores of Lake Champlain in Vermont. The resort’s all-inclusive rates cover nightly accommodations (think cozy cottages or family suites with a separate bedroom for parents), most activities (land and water sports), and three meals per day (plus snacks).
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One of the resort’s unique perks is separate dining for parents and kids at dinner. Children are encouraged to bond with other kids while parents enjoy some much-needed peace and quiet. But it’s not only the dining options that set Tyler Place apart. The resort also has nine different kids programs for children as young as infants all the way to teenagers.
16. Aulani, A Disney Resort and Spa
You may not find any true all-inclusive resorts in Hawaii, but you can get pretty close with a stay at Aulani, A Disney Resort and Spa, a favorite among Disney Vacation Club members. Located on the island of Oahu, Aulani’s nightly rates cover quite a few resort activities and offerings, including access to a private beach, kids’ clubs, live entertainment, and a daily schedule of kid-friendly events.
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17. Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Puerto Rico Golf and Beach Resort
Rio Grande, Puerto Rico
There are only a few Puerto Rico all-inclusive or semi all-inclusive resorts, but they all pack in the family-friendly fun. The Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Puerto Rico Golf and Beach Resort is a family favorite, with three sparkling pools, plenty of kids’ activities, spa treatments for parents, onsite dining, and ease of access to offsite excursions.
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Posted: January 2021
Updated: August 2022