10 Kid-Friendly Resorts Around NJ

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One of the most exciting benefits of living in New Jersey is the easy access to beach, city or mountains within about an hour drive of where you live. Whether you want to disconnect in nature, splash around at a waterpark, get pampered at the spa, or lay on the Jersey Shore, there are hot spots in and around New Jersey for every age and adventure type.

Here are the Best {Close to Home} Resorts for New Jersey Families:

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1. Crystal Springs Resort

If your family loves being active outdoors and spending time in nature, then Crystal Springs Resort may be the perfect place for your next family getaway. With so many outdoor games and activities, your fam can take a quick weekend trip, or enjoy a longer weeklong stay. A life-size chess board, family bon fires, bicycle rentals, spa services, trapeze, golf, fishing, horseback riding, the indoor biosphere pool and several scenic areas for swimming are just a fraction of the fun adventures available for families at Crystal Springs Resort.
1 Wild Turkey Way, Hamburg, NJ 07419 | 855-977-6473

2. Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City

If you’ve never considered bringing the kids on a trip to Atlantic City, think again. There are countless family-friendly activities and dining options in this bustling beachfront city, and if you stay at Harrah’s Resort, you may never even have to leave the building. What makes this resort unique for families is its fourth floor Family Fun Center, complete with a family pool and hot tub, 18-hole miniature golf course, water balloon games, shuffleboard, an outdoor tanning deck and a state-of-the-art arcade with over 25 games.
777 Harrah’s Blvd, Atlantic City, NJ 08401 | (609) 441-5000

3. Kalahari Waterparks & Resorts

Plan your summer getaway with the family at the Kalahari Resort in Pocono Manor, Pennsylvania. At the Resort, you will find three parks including an outdoor pool, indoor waterpark and entertaining arcade. While the kids are partaking in the adventurous fun, mom can unwind and enjoy one of the spa packages available. After the fun-filled day, dine at one of the Resort’s nine restaurants including a buffet, bar and cafe.
250 Kalahari Blvd., Pocono Manor, PA 18349 | 570-580-6000

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4. Woodloch Pines Family Resort

Named the #1 family resort in the United States by TripAdvisor, the Woodloch Pines Family Resort is not only a place to have fun but also to re-connect with the most important people in your life. Family-friendly activities are the focus of this picturesque location. Get the whole family together and participate in Bakery Wars with other families to see whose baking skills are the best. For the more sporty family, work together at the ‘Olympics’ and create memories that will last a lifetime.
109 River Birch Lane Hawley, PA 18428 | 1-800-WOODLOCH

5. Great Wolf Lodge

Great Wolf Lodge, located in the Poconos, is jam packed with activities and attractions the whole family will enjoy. The Indoor Waterpark includes 18 different sections for family members of all ages and thrill seeking levels. Parents can also enjoy two Hot Springs together for a little rest and relaxation while the kids enjoy Story Time with character visits, The Forest Friends Show and Lunch Time Line Up.
1 Great Wolf Drive, Scotrun, PA 18355 | 800-768-9653

6. Camelback Mountain Resort

With 13 water slides to choose from, you can’t get wrong with a family vacation to the Camelback Resort. The Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark is open year round and allows you to enjoy 84 degree water in the middle of the winter! You can also spend your day at one of the five indoor activities such as Mini-Golf, Rock Climbing and Laser Tag.
193 Resort Drive, Tannersville, PA 18372 | 855-515-1283

7. StarLux Boutique Hotel

This retro resort in Wildwood, New Jersey channels the glory days with classic Americana couture, Doo Wop inspired rooms, pool promenade, and all-glass lounge. Take a step back in time by opting to stay in one of two vintage Airstream trailers for an unforgettable beach resort experience. The year-round hot tub, game room, complimentary beach cruiser bicycles, complimentary barbecue usage, and proximity to Morey’s Piers are all reasons in themselves to book this getaway for your family.
305 East Rio Grande Ave. Wildwood, NJ 08260 | (609) 522-7412

8. Skytop Lodge

Another Poconos destination, Skytop Lodge has season specific activities for every skill level and thrill level. In the summer, families can enjoy biking, boating, fishing, and swimming in the outdoor pool. The Skytop Stables is bringing back the enjoyment of horseback riding to the lodge. Families can ride the horses to the top of the trail that overlooks 5,500 beautiful acres. Chose from the Lodge’s handful of restaurants that are all delicious and have something for everyone to enjoy.
One Skytop, Skytop, PA 18357 | 855-345-7759

9. The Official Resorts of Hershey Park

What could be better than a destination centered around chocolate? Hershey Park boasts three exclusive family resorts to enjoy during your trip to Hershey Park. Hershey Lodge is the perfect resort for families with their brand new indoor pool, welcoming environment, and kids activities. The Hotel Hershey is known for its refined elegance, signature service, and abundant amenities. For a little adventure, rent a cabin or bring your RV to Hershey Park Camping Resort for a year-round family camping experience on 55 acres and over 300 sites.
100 W. Hersheypark Drive, Hershey, PA 17033 | 844-330-1813

1. Icona Resorts Diamond Beach

Lay out your towel, lather on the sunscreen and enjoy the private beach while you visit the Icona in Diamond Beach. Decorated by celebrity designer Blanche Garcia, Icona provides a luxurious and serene atmosphere for guests. Not far from Cape May, you can easily visit the historic town and take in the small shops, cafes and landmarks.
9701 Atlantic Avenue, Diamond Beach, NJ 08260 | 609-729-6600

What is your family’s favorite resort in the New Jersey area? Help us plan our next getaway by leaving a comment below.

Don’t forget to hashtag #NJMOM and tag @njmomhq and your little cuties could be featured in our next photo round-up.

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Karen lives in South Jersey with her three dogs, husband and 4 year old daughter Olivia. Graduating from Seton Hall University with a B.A. in Journalism and Public Relations, she was a staff writer for the Setonian and a Public Affairs Intern at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. One of her proudest moments as a writer so far has been interviewing Tim Gunn from 'Project Runway' and subsequently winning Honorable Mention in NJ for Feature Writing. When she is not busy as a stay-at-home-mom she enjoys reading, going to the boardwalk in Ocean City and watching the Real Housewives. She is very excited for the opportunity to write for NJ Mom and share her love of being a mom and finding fun things to do with her family in New Jersey.

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