When you rent an Airbnb, chances are you’ll snag a great place to stay at a price you can afford. The downside is that while many homes claim to be family-friendly, very few are tricked out especially for kids. Fortunately for you, we’ve done the work to find some of the best vacation rentals across the country that kids will LOVE (and parents will enjoy just as much!). From luxe lodgings to totally unique spots, scroll down to see them all.

Architectural Retreat

Location: Seattle, WA
Coolness Factor: A-frame design, bright colors and LEGO!
Accommodates: Up to eight guests
Size: 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths
Cost: $199 per night
Online: airbnb.com

If you’ve got a little LEGO lover in the fam, he or she is going to think everything about this house is awesome! The bright and funky architectural home (Wendell Lovett) includes LEGO design elements in the kitchen and LEGO wall art (using real bricks!), as well as plenty of open space and light-filled rooms. Parents and kiddos alike will love the A-frame design and spots of bright colors and stylish furnishings around every corner.

Set back on a wooded lot (with an outdoor eating space) the home features three bedrooms, a loft and two and a half bathrooms and feels very open and airy with its high vaulted ceiling and open stairwell. This house has easy access to Matthews Beach and Magnuson Park (two kid faves), as well as the retail shops and restaurants at University Village. It is just far enough away from downtown Seattle to feel private, but also close enough when it’s time to go have fun.

See our other top picks for best Airbnb rentals in Seattle.

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Mediterranean Luxury Villa

Location: La Mesa, CA
Coolness Factor:
Incredibly cool pool
Accommodates:
Up to 16 guests
Size:
5 bedrooms, 5.5 baths
Cost:
$584 per night
Online:
airbnb.com

This private East County villa boasts over 5,000 sq. ft. of living space, which means it's a perfect location for a family reunion, celebrating a big birthday or honoring an anniversary with lots of friends and loved ones. This property boasts every amenity so you may never want to leave! It is as beautiful as it is functional.

Outdoors, the crown jewel is the incredible pool with its own waterfall and slide built into the rockwork. Mom and dad can keep watch in the adjoining hot tub or while relaxing on one of the chaise lounges under an umbrella. If the weather gets too warm, you can also cool off within the cave behind the waterfall. Evening entertaining is simple with the poolside barbecue, stove and bar. The home is surrounded by manicured lawns, fruit trees and rose gardens where the fam can enjoy a game of badminton or croquet.

Inside you’ll find five bedrooms (including the master suite with its own balcony), 5.5 bathrooms, a fully equipped gourmet kitchen and a formal dining area. Little girls will enjoy pretending that they are Cinderella as they step down the circular stairway. The media room with its 65” TV and plush seating will help settle down the young ones for movie night. The baby grand piano just pushes this place over the top.

See our other top picks for family-friendly Airbnb rentals in San Diego.

Chicago Treehouse

Location: Chicago, IL
Coolness Factor: It’s a treehouse!
Accommodates: Up to 3 guests
Size: 1 bedroom, 1 bath
Cost: $195 per night
Online: airbnb.com

Glamp the night away in this cedar treehouse which is outfitted with a fireplace, air conditioning, private deck, kitchenette (with sink, microwave, fridge and coffeemaker), Wi-Fi and hi-def cable TV with premium channels. The treehouse comes with a full-size bed and a twin sleeping loft with feather bed comforters. Bathroom accommodations (somewhat less glamorous, but remember, you’re glamping) include a private RV-type toilet and covered outdoor shower with lots of hot water.

Down below (you can climb down the ladder or take the fireman’s pole shortcut) you’ll find the hot tub situated nearby a waterfall and koi pond. Dine al fresco in the beautiful garden cooking on the gas grill and enjoying your meal on the fire table.

There's no shortage of family activities in Schaumburg, but consider a trip to LEGOLAND Discovery Center which has two rides, 10 LEGO build and play zones, a 4D cinema, impressive LEGO structures to gawk at and more. Sounds like a journal-worthy birthday weekend for some special little one!

See the rest of our top Airbnb picks for Chicago here

Portland Hobbit Hole

Location: Portland, OR
Coolness Factor: Living the Hobbit life
Accommodates: Up to 4 guests
Size: 1 bedroom, 1 bath
Cost: $69 per night
Online: airbnb.com

Surprisingly affordable, this is one of the best Airbnb’s vacation rentals we've seen. Cozy up in this work of art that's designed to make you (and the kids–it’s about the kids, right?) feel like you're part of the Hobbit's epic adventures. From the furniture to the walls and ceilings this handcrafted, sustainable abode is inspired by the Lord of the Rings and is guaranteed to infuse your vacation with magic. It's made from reclaimed clay, tree roots and reclaimed materials, which you'll discover throughout the entire space. There's also a Hobbit-friendly memory foam queen bed, a leather sofa sleeper (also with memory foam), a kitchenette with nearby dining area decked out with Swarovski crystal chandelier and a European-styled bathroom.

Staying in a Hobbit house will thrill any child, but it's extra neat that the owners included a high chair, Pack 'n' Play, children's toys and books, outlet covers and children's dinnerware. There's also a beautiful little yard for youngsters to enjoy.

You can see our other top Portland Airbnb spots here 

Llama Luxury Cottage

Location: Atlanta, GA
Coolness Factor: Live with Llamas
Accommodates: Up to 5 Guests
Size: 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom
Cost: $117 per night
Online: airbnb.com

Just a few minutes away from downtown Atlanta you’ll find this luxury cottage “guarded” by alpacas and the beautiful Dali Llama. Image waking up in a super comfy memory foam bed to real roosters instead of an alarm clock. Then, make breakfast with farm-fresh eggs in a beautiful granite kitchen. Afterward, you can feed the llamas, play a board game or two or travel into town. Enjoy the garden from the cottage patio.  The home is equipped with children’s toys, TVs, Wi-Fi too. The place is a mixture of casual comfort and elegant touches. Get a sense of what it’s like to live on a farm without having to leave the city.

See our other top picks for family-friendly Airbnb stays in Atlanta.

Grand Silo Tower Suite

Location: Tyringham, MA
Coolness Factor: Fairytale wonderland
Accommodates: Up to 4 guests
Size: 1 bedroom, 1 bath
Cost: $250 per night + additional guest fee
Online: airbnb.com

What little Rapunzel wouldn’t like to sleep high above in a tower overlooking the magical Santarella gardens with wandering paths, a babbling brook, stone bridges, a lily pond, two acres of woods with loop trail and a nearby swimming hole?

The unique accommodations within the Silo Tower feature a spiral staircase up to a canopy queen bed and large bath with double vanity sinks. Downstairs sits the ample kitchenette (with microwave, fridge, toaster oven and coffee maker) and a connected studio space with sitting area, fully automatic wood pellet stove, TV and ping-pong table. (The couch converts to a full-size bed for two additional guests, for which there is an additional charge.)

Santarella is located near the area attractions and towns such as Tanglewood, Great Barrington, the Norman Rockwell Museum, Lenox and more.

Check out the rest of our top Airbnb spots in the Northeast.

Mid-Century Modern

Location: Los Angeles, CA
Coolness Factor: Private backyard and sandbox
Accommodates: Up to 6 guests
Size: 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms
Cost: $200 per night
Online: airbnb.com

This lovely, mid-century home, in a family-friendly area, is minutes from the beach and the owners graciously provide beach towels, umbrella, beach blanket and snorkeling gear. Hiking trails and the shopping village is also nearby, so you won't run out of anything to do. Recently remodeled, it has three bedrooms, two bathrooms and loads of light. It’s bright, open and airy and the gourmet kitchen is just screaming for easy California-style gatherings. Better yet, breakfast is included with your stay! There is a fireplace in the living room and a TV too, though you probably won't need it. This home also boasts a large backyard with barbecue grill and a sandbox to boot.

Here's where you'll find the rest of our favorite Los Angeles Airbnb rentals for families.

Southampton Village Classic

Location: Southampton, NY
Coolness Factor: No car needed
Accommodates: Up to 11 guests
Size: 6 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms
Cost: $295 per night
Online: airbnb.com

Talk about your home away from home. This historic Southampton home is in mint condition and placed smack dab in the middle of the village just walking distance to locals shops, restaurant and the Southampton LIRR train station with trains running directly from New York City. Of course, it may be hard to get the kids out of the large private heated pool to do so. Oozing with old world charm (but equipped with modern amenities) the property features a main house with four bedrooms and three bathrooms as well as an additional two-bedroom cottage. It has everything you’ll need for the perfect getaway in comfort including a fully-stocked kitchen, air conditioning, outdoor barbecue, cable TV and Wi-Fi.

Scandinavian African Mishmash

Location: Washington D.C.
Coolness Factor: Incredible play area
Accommodates: Up to 8 guests
Size: 4 bedrooms, 1.5 bathrooms
Cost: $325 per night
Online: airbnb.com

Kids won’t appreciate the fact that this home is actually over 100 years old because they will be too busy playing in the ball pit located in the attic room which is also stocked with puppets, LEGO, Wii games and lots of other toys.

The home is based on a Scandinavian design but decorated with African art—and surprisingly, it works well. Although beautiful, the owners claim that nothing here is too precious to use. The home features a king-size bed in the master bedroom, a queen-sized bed in the loft bedroom and a pullout queen-sized bed in the study.

Located in D.C.’s Mt. Pleasant neighborhood, it is situated near fun spots for the entire family, including Rock Creek Park, the National Zoo, the White House and National Mall that are two miles away.

See our other picks for best D.C. Airbnb stays for families here

Dog Bark Park Inn

Location: Cottonwood, UT
Coolness Factor: Stay inside a giant dog
Accommodates: Up to 4 guests
Size: 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom
Cost: $132 per night
Online: airbnb.com

Finally, sleeping in the doghouse is a good thing! Everything is dog-themed within the giant beagle-shaped B&B, from the bedframes to the books and games stored within. The dog features a small kitchenette with microwave and fridge. Located in rural Idaho nearby Hells Canyon Gorge and the Snake River, the beagle is surrounded by mountains. You can enjoy star-gazing on the porch, and thanks to the air conditioning, there’s no hot dogs here.

Next door is the Dog Bark visitor center, gift shop and artist studio where the owners, Dennis and Frances, create canine carvings. Best of all, your stay comes complete with light snacks and an “In-the-dog breakfast.”

The Luxe Loft

Location: Nashville, TN
Coolness Factor: Retro loft
Accommodates: Up to 6 guests
Size: 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom
Cost: $129 per night
Online: airbnb.com

While the kids might not be impressed, you will. This unique boutique loft sits closes to “everything” but is also tucked away for privacy. The two bedroom home features a full kitchen with Italian appliances, a private deck, memory foam mattresses and designer bedding, over-sized spa shower, designer fixtures, hickory floor, vintage Persian rugs and HDTVs. This place is loved by families and comes highly recommended as it is equipped with a travel crib, books and toys and more.

The Disney House

Location: Davenport, FL
Coolness Factor: Disney bedrooms
Accommodates: Up to 10 guests
Size: 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms
Cost: $135 per night
Online: airbnb.com

Located just one exit away from Disney World, your kids won’t complain when it’s time to go back and rest up. There’s the 101 Dalmatians room with spotted walls, twin beds and stuffed dogs everywhere. The Frozen room is decked out with floor to ceiling decorations from the movie and stuffed Olaf and friends on the twin beds. Mom and Dad will appreciate the Mary Poppins master suite. The house’s game room is themed with Star Wars and features a space-age ping pong table, a conventional pool table and foosball table game. In case the kids didn’t burn off enough energy at the theme parks, there will be pretty of time to do so in the home’s private indoor pool.

The home also comes with a full kitchen, dining room that seats 10, living room, air conditioning and TVs in every bedroom. A grocery store and fast food options are only a mile away too.

Northern Retreat

Location: Nisswa, MN
Coolness Factor: Indoor Movie Theater
Accommodates: Up to 16 guests
Size: 8 bedrooms, 9 bathrooms
Cost: $975 per night
Online: airbnb.com

Perfect for a family reunion, the Northern Retreat sits on the edge of Roy Lake and contains three buildings over five acres. Here you’ll find eight bedrooms with 11 beds, nine bathrooms, a private tennis court, two exercise rooms, two screen-in porches, three decks, a barrel sauna, hot tub, a game room (that features a pool table, ping pong, foosball and a popcorn machine) and a most impressive movie theater room with nine reclining and a big screen movie wall.

Outside you’ll find a walking trail, two fire pits and 32-foot long dock. The house is located just a mile from the town of Nisswa that has a number of fun shops, restaurants and activities and the Paul Bunyon Trail.

Blue Reflections

Location: Santa Rosa Beach, FL
Coolness Factor: Bike to the beach
Accommodates: Up to 10 guests
Size: 4 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms
Cost: $185 per night
Online: airbnb.com

Located in the heart of Dune Allen Beach right off 30A and just blocks from Gulf Place Town Center, this brand new home beckons beach lovers with a communal pool located right across the street. The beach is only about a 5-7 minute walk, but you can use the four adult beach cruiser bikes to make the trip faster. Enjoy the cool evening breezes on the outdoor patio while you cook up some burgers on the barbecue grill or cook up something fantastic in the fully-stocked kitchen. The kids will love having a room all to themselves with twin beds, TV and their own bathroom. Come to think of it, mom and dad will appreciate that too!

Austin’s Blue House of Fun

Location: Austin, TX
Coolness Factor:
Awesome game room
Accommodates:
Up to 12 guests
Size:
4 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms
Cost:
$89 per night
Online:
airbnb.com

One of the best deals out there, this rental lives in downtown Austin and is nearby tons of family-friendly fun. It is within walking distance to Lady Bird Lake where guests are encouraged to kayak or try out the paddle boats. In the other direction, you’ll find coffee shops, movie theaters, museums and more. While parents will appreciate the home’s high ceilings, modern kitchen and super comfortable living spaces, the kids will go crazy with the two arcade games, foosball table, ping pong and fenced backyard to run around in.

Redwood Treehouse in the Santa Cruz Mountains

Location: Watsonville, CA
Coolness Factor: It’s a treehouse!
Accommodates: Up to 4 Guests
Size: 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom
Cost: $145 per night
Online: airbnb.com

Give your family the experience of a lifetime once you climb into the boughs of this unique destination. Located in Watsonville just south of Santa Cruz, the redwoods surround the treehouse Airbnb, which is fully equipped with a kitchen, bed and bath and only 25 minutes from the ocean. Visitors can enjoy a scenic walk along a dirt path before reaching the treehouse. Soak in the nearby hot tub while also soaking up a relaxing, rejuvenating experience surrounded by nature’s bounty. Bonus for cat lovers as the treehouse comes with “Grey” a friendly outdoor feline!

See the rest of our top picks for Bay Area family-friendly Airbnb stays here

Do you know of a great Airbnb home that we missed? Let us know in the comments below!

—Jeffrey Totey

 

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