Satisfy your wanderlust and indulge your childhood dreams with a magical treehouse rental for your family. California is full of whimsical treehouses where you can sleep closer to the stars from deep in the forest or right in the heart of a city. Read on for a bird’s eye view of where to book an airbnb treehouse for your next family vacation.
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Private Room in San Diego Treehouse
This private room in a treehouse is a charming retreat for a mom & me or dad & me adventure. Here you'll be perched six blocks from The San Diego Bay, three blocks to the Village of Little Italy, and six blocks from the world famous Balboa Park and San Diego Zoo. Fun features include an outdoor shower, a shaded outdoor living room and bbq grill, access to a fully equipped gourmet kitchen and three outdoor decks. The upper deck has a fireplace and boasts views of the San Diego skyline and San Diego Bay.
Sleeps: 2 guests
Luxurious Julian Treehouse
Not only will you get the thrill of staying in this luxury treehouse that's just minutes from the quaint mountain town of Julian, you'll also get a 1.25 acre private forest all to yourself. This treehouse is nestled in the trees overlooking Lake Cuyamaca where you'll have beautiful panoramic views of three mountain peaks and a national forest. Although you're in the depths of nature, you'll have state of the art amenities including: a new outdoor spa, a gourmet kitchen and bath, and a six foot 4K ultra-HDTV Home Theater with 5.1 Dolby/DTS surround sound to name a few. Your family will love the forest outlook and observatory area where you can stargaze with the provided telescope. There's also a treehouse deck supported by pine trees––and in non-Covid-19 times there's even an option of sleeping in suspended Tree Tents on the property.
Sleeps: 6 guests
Escape into nature in Idyllwild at this large 12-sided cabin that has a giant tree holding up its center! This stunning rental is situated in a quiet neighborhood that's just minutes away from the heart of town. There's an expansive back and front porch, perfect for reading, outdoor dining or doing yoga as well as a pond filled with fish and a large outdoor hot tub. There's also an entertainment system featuring all your favorite streaming services, and you can broadcast music from your phone throughout the house speakers. The natural decor throughout the home makes you feel like you're truly sleeping in the trees.
Good to know: Infant/Toddler beds, furnishings and protections are available upon request.
Sleeps: 8 guests
San Diego Golden Hill Treehouse
This haven is touted as an "urban oasis" since it's located in the bustling Golden Hill neighborhood of San Diego. The "cozy eclectic Southern California version of a tree house is elevated between two mature 30 foot trees." Enjoy the soaker tub and unwind in the reading nook before strolling to some great nearby restaurants. The elevated vantage point from the bedroom offers 180° views that include downtown, the Coronado Strand and even parts of Mexico on a clear day. Cap off the day with a good selection of board games or by watching the smart TV.
Good to know: The host advises, the bathroom is on the floor below the bedroom, so night-time urges can be an inconvenient trip.
Sleeps: 4 guests
Treehouse Adventure near Disneyland
Looking for a magical spot to stay near Disneyland (when it reopens, of course)? This treehouse is just 11 miles from the theme park, in the historic neighborhood of of Brea. Tucked in a residential backyard, it's completely private and has almost all the comforts of home—think Direct TV, Wi-fi , AC and more. Don't want to take the ladder down? No problem. There's a slide that kids are sure to love.
Good to know: The full-size private bathroom is located next to the treehouse.
The Flying Pig Treehouse Oasis
Nestled in the hills of LA's Topanga Canyon, this bohemian treehouse-for-two is built in an old oak tree overlooking a seasonal waterfall. Escape here for a romantic getaway (sans kids), or for a parent-and-me glamping adventure. It's the perfect chance to unplug (from all those Zooms!) and get back to nature.
Fillmore Treehouse with Farm Stay
Drive about an hour north of LA and you'll discover this secluded treehouse in an orchard of orange and avocado trees. It's located on a working farm, complete with chickens, goats, ducks and more—which makes it an ideal spot for a parent-kid getaway (only two guests are allowed). The recently built treehouse boasts a comfy queen bed, cute kitchenette and a full-size shower. Watch the sunset from the large deck, complete with a fire pit to satisfy your s'mores fix. After dark, you and your little one can enjoy some stargazing far from the city lights.
Lifeguard Tower Treehouse
Although not a treehouse exactly, this authentic lifeguard tower has been converted into a treehouse-style room that's sure to delight kiddos. Beneath the tower is a play fort, swings, relaxation pod and slides. But that's not all: There's also a trampoline that can be used with parents' supervision. While kids may not want to leave, you are just 10 minutes from the ocean and downtown Pismo Beach.
Good to know: When you rent the Lifeguard Tower, you also get the Boathouse, a studio with a queen bed, full kitchen, full bath, and sleeper sofa.
Silicon Valley Treehouse
This treehouse in San Jose has the most gorgeous view of the Bay Area from the lofted beds. You'll have sycamore trees poking through your living space that includes a kitchenette with cooking stove and mini fridge. The treehouse has its own bathroom. Make sure you arrive in time to catch the gorgeous sunset over the valley. Head to our San Jose guide for things to do in the area with your family.
You'll get the best of both worlds with this Airbnb rental that comes with both a house and a treehouse. The house has three floors with a bedroom and bathroom on each level. It also has a full kitchen with a commercial chef's stove and large dining table. The house is surrounded by large redwood decks overlooking California's infamous 100 year old redwood trees great for lounging as well as entertaining. There's a hot tub to enjoy the stars on cool nights.
The treehouse is accessible by a pirate ladder and suspension bridge and contains king size bed on the top level plus space for an air mattress on the bottom level.
Aptos Treehouse with Ocean View
Can't you just feel the chill vibe from this Aptos treehouse rental? Close to New Brighton State Beach, this rental offers nearby hiking trails and beach days galore. Mid-Century furniture fills the rooms where you can curl up for a good read after a day outdoors. Heated floors, Smart TV and a gorgeous kitchen will make your visit that much more comfortable. Read our Santa Cruz guide for ideas on what to do in the area.
Treehouse in the Mendocino Redwoods
Get a taste of mountain living at this treehouse in gorgeous Mendocino. This cabin is built in a cluster of Redwood trees on a huge redwood tree stump. approx. 12' off the ground. The cabin has railed decks and a main vaulted beam ceiling living area that includes a full kitchen and dining area. The sleeping area with loft above is only accessible by ladder, one king size bed is in the loft. Downstairs you will find a separate bedroom with a queen bed and an outdoor sitting/dining area on the deck. Featuring an amazing outdoor shower, tub and old fashioned outhouse toilet; this treehouse is country/mountain living at its best! Check out our Mendocino guide for ideas on what to do with kids in the area.
Redwood Treehouse in the Santa Cruz Mountains
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. This spot is best for families with older kids.
COMING SOON: Sonoma Treehouse and Zipline Adventure
This one of a kind overnight treehouse stay and eco tour includes fourteen zip-lines covering well over a mile, two spiral staircases, eight sky bridges and a rappel back down to the forest floor. In addition, your tour will consist of a guided hike, gourmet dinner and breakfast and memories that will last a lifetime. Start with the forest flight zipline tour and then take a short hike to your treehouse where your bags have been delivered. Dinner and breakfast will be brought to your treehouse and then you'll end the day ziplining from the treehouse complex right into the biggest and fastest ziplines on the Tree Tops Tour.
Sonoma Canopy Tours
Minimum age: 10
Cost: $550/guest (first two guests), $275/additional guest (up to 2)
—Beth Shea, Kate Loweth & Shannan Rouss