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. We know the 2020 vacation season looks a little different this year, but nonetheless these resorts are open and taking several precautions to ensure you and your family are safe. 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, even in the age of COVID-19. Please call ahead to discuss their safety measures and precautions before your stay.

featured image via Crystal Springs Resort

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1. Crystal Springs Resort

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Take it the beautiful landscape and scenery of 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 getaway. With so many outdoor games and activities, you can take a quick weekend trip, or enjoy a more extended weeklong stay. Kids and their parents will have a ball taking part in the daily roster of resort activities, like a life-size chess board, bonfire, bicycle rental, spa services, trapeze, golf, fishing, horseback riding, and swimming in natural surroundings. The resort is adhering to COVID-19 state guidelines, so all indoor activities and dining have been suspended for the time being, but all outdoor dining is open as well as golf courses, spas, and outdoor fitness classes (keeping a 6-foot distance!). They are also requesting face masks through the resort and frequently cleaning and disinfecting all areas. Before arrival, you will be asked to complete a health form.
1 Wild Turkey Way,
Hamburg, NJ 07419
(855) 977-6473

2. Congress Hall

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Beat the heat in your own cabana at Congress Hall in Cape May via @congresshall

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 resort has it all: Spend your day at a cabana on the beach with lunch served on the sand, splash around in the swimming pool, sip tea in a rocker on the porch, and bike around the charming town or head out to the sister property, Beach Plum Farm for a day of nature hikes and special activities (if farm living is more your family’s thing, you can stay there in a cottage too) The resort has put in place enhanced safety and cleaning protocols as well as signs to remind guests to social distance and wear a mask. Prior to arrival, you will be asked to fill out a health questionnaire.
200 Congress Place
Cape May, NJ 08204
(609) 884-8421

3. Ocean Place Resort & Spa

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Transport yourself to a tropical paradise right here in NJ at Ocean Place Resort and Spa via @oceanplaceresort

Ocean Place Resort & Spa is the ultimate vacation spot for you and your family, nestled on the Jersey Shore. Located in beautiful Long Branch, New Jersey, Ocean Place Resort & Spa boasts private balconies that look over the ocean, a spa with herbal soaking tubs and tons of pampering services, a relaxed atmosphere, and so much more. The resort has enhanced sanitization procedures and implemented additional measures for safe social distancing.  Face masks are required while in public spaces, temperature check is required upon arrival, and floor markings are in place to help you do so. Indoor dining, indoor pool, and fitness center are temporarily closed. Sit back, have a drink, take in the beautiful ocean views, and listen to live music at the Tiki Bar from 5PM-9PM Thursdays to Sundays.
1 Ocean Blvd
Long Branch, NJ 07740
(732) 571-4000

Related: Waterparks in New Jersey

4. Woodloch Pines Family Resort

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Relax out by the pool or decompress among the trees via Woodloch Pine Family Resort

The Woodloch Pines Family Resort is not only a place to have fun but also to reconnect with the most important people in your life. Family-friendly activities are the focus of this picturesque location including archery, biking, disc golf, fishing, geocaching, kayaking, and stand-up paddleboarding. Right now, these activities are open anytime. Please sign up for scheduled activities in advance including fitness walks, Pilates, pen & ink drawing, yoga, hiking, birdhouse decorating, cooking demonstrations, storytime, watercolor painting, and so much more! This resort is committed to keeping you and your littles safe with aggressive cleaning protocols, health assessments, social distance guidelines, hand washing stations, and a full-time safety department to oversee guest and staff safety. The resort asks all guests wear masks in all public locations and any outdoor locations where safe social distancing cannot be maintained.
109 River Birch Lane
Hawley, PA 18428

5. Great Wolf Lodge

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There’s something for everyone at via 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, Northern Lights Arcade and Lunch Time Line Up. To keep your “pack” safe, the Great Wolf Lodge is actively enforcing 6 feet of social distancing at all times, increasing the frequency of enhanced cleaning and sanitization protocols with hospital grade cleaning products, implementing contactless procedures, and ensuring all have access to personal protection throughout the lodge. While visiting the resort, all ages 5 and up must wear a face mask that covers their nose and mouth. Did we mention Build-a-Bear is a part of the lodge too?
1 Great Wolf Drive
Scotrun, PA 18355
(800) 768-9653

6. Camelback Resort

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Choose from 13 different waterslides via Camelback 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. All activities are available while following the safety protocols, so please wear a mask in all public areas, all indoor areas, and at food and beverage spots. In addition to enhanced cleaning protocols, Camelback Resort is now a cashless facility and requires a health screening upon arrival. Camelbeach Outdoor Water Park will be limited to 50% occupancy. Stay safe and get to splashin’!
193 Resort Drive
Tannersville, PA 18372
(855) 515-1283

7. Skytop Lodge

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Take in the stunning Pocono views via 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. You and your littles can hike beautiful trails to a view that overlooks 5,500 beautiful acres. Choose from the Lodge’s handful of restaurants that are all delicious and have something for everyone to enjoy. The Skytop Lodge has made significant efforts to deep clean all guestrooms, public spaces, and high-touch spaces, enforce social distancing, and mask-wearing, and limiting in-door dining to 25% capacity. Play all day at The Adventure Center, book a daily estate hayride, and enjoy marshmallows around the campfire with your crew. Ahh, sounds like summer!
One Skytop
Skytop, PA 18357
(855) 345-7759

8. Mohonk Mountain House

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Have a nature filled adventure with the fam at Mohonk Mountain House via @mohonkmountainhouse

Mohonk Mountain House is Hudson Valley’s most iconic Victorian castle resort, nestled 90 miles north of New York City. At Mohonk, you’ll have a great view over Mohonk Lake and tons of activities to enjoy with the fam including rock scrambling, hiking, nature walks, swimming, kayaking, canoeing, paddle-boarding, rowboats, and so much more. Your littles will have access to scavenger hunts, intro to fishing, putting tournaments, flight school, hiking, disc golf, a naturalist program, rocks scrambling, boating, feeding the lake’s fish, exploring the garden, and more during the summer season. Watch an outdoor movie, listen to live movies, and gather around the campfire for yummy s’mores. Mohonk Mountain House is dedicated to keeping you safe with increased cleaning and sanitization, requiring masks and social distancing, limiting capacity with indoor dining, and enforcing health screenings. There are so many kid-friendly activities at this picturesque resort in NY, ensuring your littles will have fun and stay safe while doing them.
1000 Mountain Rest Road
New Paltz, NY 12561
(855) 883-3798

9. The Official Resorts of Hershey Park

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With three resorts to enjoy, there’s tons to do with the fam at The Offical 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 an 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. Hershey Park has focused on the safety and enjoyment of their guests for 110 years now, and this year is no different: The park has increased cleaning and sanitization, uses a guest reservation system to limit capacity and face-to-face interactions, implemented social distance standards, requires face coverings for all guests over the age of 2, and is actively assessing ride safety for the health of each guest. These resorts are not only serving up our favorite chocolate, but tons of rides, games, and fun too.
100 W. Hersheypark Drive
Hershey, PA 17033
(844) 330-1813

10. StarLux Boutique Hotel

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Visit this 1950’s inspired boutique family hotel and resort via 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. The resort is committed to ensuring a safe, fun experience for you and your littles with increased frequency of cleaning and disinfection, the elimination of breakfast buffets, social distancing, wearing masks in all indoor spaces, limiting interactions with guests and employees, as well as implementing a health screening prior to each guests arrival. With just a two minute walk from the beach, we know you and your fam will love the blast from the past at Starlux.
305 East Rio Grande Ave.
Wildwood, NJ 08260
(609) 522-7412

More kid-friendly resorts around New Jersey:

Icona Resorts Diamond Beach

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Feel like you’re far, far away at Icona Resorts Diamond Beach

Layout 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 with your family. Icona Resorts has enhanced cleaning protocols and training for team members and requires masks for everyone in all indoor areas as well as areas where safe social distancing cannot be maintained. Restaurants are currently open for takeout and outdoor dining.
9701 Atlantic Avenue
Diamond Beach, NJ 08260
(609) 729-6600

Kalahari Waterparks & Resorts

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Both parents and kiddos will have a blast at Kalahari Waterparks & Resorts via Macaroni Kid

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, which are now limiting capacity dictated by local governance. Kalahari is taking extensive precautions to keep you and your family safe while visiting: Handwashing stations and hand sanitizer are always available, safe social distancing is mandatory, and a new Wellness Concierge is monitoring all safety standards.
250 Kalahari Blvd.
Pocono Manor, PA 18349
(570) 580-6000

Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City

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This resort is an Atlantic City fave for NJ families via Harrah’s Resort

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. All indoor dining is currently suspended, visit this list to see which restaurants are offering takeout and outdoor dining. Harrah’s Resort is committed to creating a safe, fun environment for all visitors and has increased cleaning and is abiding by social distancing and mask-wearing orders in all indoor spaces and outdoors where a safe distance cannot be maintained.
777 Harrah’s Blvd
Atlantic City, NJ 08401
(609) 441-5000

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

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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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