One of the best parts about living in New Jersey is having easy access to the beach, cities, or mountains when you need a quick getaway with the fam. Whether you want to disconnect from nature, splash around at a waterpark, get pampered at the spa, or lay on the Jersey Shore, there are family resorts in New Jersey and nearby for every age and adventure type. Scroll down for our favorites that don’t need a long car ride or plane ticket. And if you are looking for an adults-only getaway, we have you covered too. (featured photo credit: Crystal Springs Resort).
Here are the Best (Close to Home) Family Resorts in New Jersey and nearby
If your family loves being active outdoors and spending time in nature, then Crystal Springs Resort may be the perfect place for your next getaway. Kids and their parents will have a ball taking part in the daily roster of resort activities, like goat yoga, ax throwing, spa services, hiking, golf, fishing, horseback riding, and swimming in three pools, including the tropical Biosphere. Also within the same complex, The Minerals Hotel is a budget-friendly option, with an indoor pool and other amenities. Both all-season spots are close to the Mountain Creek ski resort and waterpark.
1 Wild Turkey Way, Hamburg, NJ 07419
Spend sunny days and balmy nights at the chic seaside resort of Congress Hall, which has been entertaining vacationers in Cape May for over 200 years. This expansive Victorian-style family resort in New Jersey has plenty of family activities to keep your crew busy and hosts special events around holidays and the season. When the weather permits, hang out at a cabana on the beach with lunch served on the sand and splash around in the swimming pool. Regardless of the season, you can sip tea in a rocker on the porch, bike around the charming town, or head out to the sister property, Beach Plum Farm, for a day of nature hikes and special activities.
200 Congress Place, Cape May, NJ 08204
With a beach-front location, Ocean Place Resort rooms have private balconies that look over the ocean with gorgeous views. There are indoor and outdoor pools and a game room when the weather looks gloomy. Beyond the resort, families will love the location at Pier Village, with restaurants, boardwalk-style games, a carousel, and seasonal events.
1 Ocean Blvd., Long Branch, NJ 07740
Family-friendly activities are the focus of this award-winning resort, surrounded by the Pocono Mountains in PA. Kids will love riding on the bumper cars, playing bocce, sliding down slides in the indoor playground, and participating in seasonal outside activities, including a petting zoo, mini-golf, and outdoor games like archery. There are also scheduled shows the whole family will love, including magicians, live music, and comedians.
109 River Birch Lane, Hawley, PA 18428
Great Wolf Lodge, located in the Poconos, is jam-packed with activities and attractions kids will love. The Indoor Waterpark includes 18 different sections for family members of all ages and thrill-seeking levels. Parents can also bliss out in the Hot Springs while the kids enjoy Story Time with character visits, Northern Lights Arcade and Lunch Time Line Up. Did we mention Build-a-Bear is a part of the lodge too?
1 Great Wolf Drive, Scotrun, PA 18355
With ski mountains in the Poconos and a waterpark, you can’t go wrong with a family vacation to the Camelback Resort. The Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark boasts a tropical 84 degrees 365 days a year and has 13 waterslides to splash around in. The water fun moves outside to the Camelbeach Waterpark, a mountain coaster, UTV tours, and ziplines in the summer.
193 Resort Drive, Tannersville, PA 18372
Surrounded by the Poconos, Skytop has season-specific activities for every skill and thrill level. In every season, there are activities like crafts and trivia games. In the summer, get active by biking, boating, fishing, and swimming in the outdoor pool. You and your littles can hike beautiful trails to a view that overlooks 5,500 beautiful acres. Check out their ski mountain (great for beginners) and skating rink in winter.
One Skytop Lodge Road, Skytop, PA 18357
This iconic Victorian castle resort has tons of active activities to enjoy with the fam, including rock scrambling, hiking, nature walks, swimming, kayaking, canoeing, paddle-boarding, and rowboats. Mohonk aims to make families feel welcome in any season with daily activities that feature kid-centric things to do, like crafts, campfires with s’mores, and rousing bingo games.
1000 Mountain Rest Road, New Paltz, NY 12561
What could be better than a destination centered around chocolate? Hershey Park has two exclusive family resorts to enjoy during your trip to Hershey Park. Hershey Lodge is geared towards families who want entertainment beyond the parks with an indoor pool offering lots of water play, including slides and adventures. The Hotel Hershey is known for its refined elegance, a sumptuous spa, a sports and fitness complex for active families, and a roster of activities kid activities like chocolate bingo.
100 W. Hersheypark Drive, Hershey, PA 17033
This beachside resort is an escape from reality—lay out your towel, lather on the sunscreen, and enjoy the private beach. Decorated by celebrity designer Blanche Garcia, Icona provides a luxurious and serene atmosphere for guests and families like it for the quiet spot that’s close to Cape May and the Wildwoods.
9701 Atlantic Avenue, Diamond Beach, NJ 08260
Experience Nantucket-inspired architecture at a coastal hotel in south Jersey. There is so much to do in and around this hotel, from beautiful beaches to fishing charters, mini-golf, dolphin watching, and parasailing. There is something for everyone with restaurants like Shimmers Bistro and The Sandbar Village. Whether you are looking for a studio, suite, or classic hotel room, Icona Avalon has plenty of options for everyone.
7849 Dune Drive, Avalon, NJ 08202
Both parents and kiddos will have a blast at Kalahari Waterparks & Resorts. Photo Credit: Kalahari Resorts & Conventions
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 restaurants.
250 Kalahari Blvd., Pocono Manor, PA 18349
This retro resort in Wildwood, New Jersey channels the glory days with classic Americana accents, Doo Wop-inspired rooms, a pool promenade, and an 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. Kids will love the outdoor pool, mini-golf, complimentary beach cruiser bicycles, beach chairs, and proximity to Morey’s Piers.
305 East Rio Grande Ave, Wildwood, NJ 08260
Take a swim in an indoor and outdoor pool that adapts to the climate, get a bite to eat at the famous Wahlburgers or swing at the Topgolf Swing Suite at this Atlantic City resort located on the AC boardwalk. If you go beyond the resort, check out family activities like Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Museum, the Absecon Lighthouse, and Lucy the Elephant in nearby Margate.
500 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ 08401
At the Asbury Hotel, don’t miss a visit to the 4,300 square foot rooftop space on the 6th floor of the hotel. Use the space as a quiet sanctuary to read and relax or visit at night when the Baronet turns into an outdoor cinema showing various movies projected on a 20-foot movie wall. The hotel is surrounded by delicious restaurants, rich culture, mini-golf spots, and the boardwalk when the kids want to take a stroll.
210 5th Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ 07712
This new resort boasts the largest indoor waterpark in New York, and the luxury lodge is full of suites with ample space for big families. And it feels like an island escape—thanks to the world’s largest Texlon transparent roof over the waterpark, you can catch rays even in the dead of winter. Slide on the Krakken, try the Flowrider, or let the littles loose in Later Gator Crossing. Beyond the water activities, check out the calendar filled with events like paint and sip, kid’s night out, and movie night.
555 Resorts World Drive, Monticello, NY 12701
With four seasons of fun with ice skating in the winter, banana boat rides in the summer, and the indoor Big Splash complex, Rocking Horse Ranch has something for all ages. Try your luck at the Lucky Horseshoe Arcade or get galactic with Laser Tag—there are daily activities for teens, adults, and children. And, of course, with over 500 acres of trails and 119 horses, there is horseback riding and pony rides for all levels.
600 State Route 44/55, Highland, NY 12528
The popular park with locations in CA and FL has come up East, providing LEGO fun for the whole family (no plane ticket required). Lego-centric kids will love the themed rooms like Pirate, Kingdom, LEGO NINJAGO, and LEGO Friends. There’s plenty to keep you busy when you’re not at the park—kids can work on building with a master-builder, play on a castle playscape, or pal around with characters. There is also nightly entertainment and a resort-style pool during the summer.
One LEGOLAND Blvd., Goshen, NY 10924
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