Whether you are looking to get out of dodge before school starts or you are dreaming of future family vacations, we’ve got some kid-friendly vacation rentals for you. These nearby Airbnb rentals are perfect for families and some are big enough to bring along the grandparents as well. We’ve got rental homes on the beach, pet-friendly rentals and even a train caboose in the redwoods. Pack your bags and book your stay today!
Train Caboose in the Redwoods
How totally cool is this? You can stay in your very own train caboose in the South Bay that comes with three beds and a kitchen. There are lots of nearby hiking and biking trails, as well as other exciting outdoor activities. Being so close to Silicon Valley, yet feeling so far from it all is a truly unique experience unlike anywhere else.
What to do: Check off all the South Bay destinations on this roadside oddities list, like the Facebook thumbs up sign.
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.
Mushroom Dome Cabin in Aptos
For a magical vacation experience, try the beautiful and secluded Mushroom Dome Cabin. This popular hideaway near Santa Cruz treats you to acres of land to explore, a garden full of hummingbirds and incredible night skies.
Grand and Cozy 1920s San Francisco Studio
Head back in time when you step into this classy 1920s studio located in San Francisco at Powhattan Avenue and Prentiss Street in what was once a historic corner store. Now tastefully remodeled, guests can get a taste of life in the city while residing in the comforts of home. Families can find a kitchenette, fireplace, curtained sleeping and living spaces, WiFi, cable, a dining area and more. The studio accommodates four people, has two beds and one bath.
What to do: Take in the sweeping views of The City by the Bay when you walk two blocks down the street to Bernal Park.
Yosemite Mountain Home
Get away from it all with a stay at this lovely mountain home near Yosemite. Only 30 minutes from the south gate of Yosemite, it's the perfect home base for your national park visit. Head to downtown Oakhurst to stock up on snacks and then spend the day in the park or at vBass Lake (only a 12-minute drive). You'll have two kayaks available to use during your stay. Winter visitors can take advantage of the home's proximity to Badger Pass Ski Area.
What to do: Visit the Giant Sequoias at Yosemite, they are amazing to see!
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.
Tahoe Donner Basecamp
You will love the hygge vibe at this cozy cabin in the Tahoe Donner community. You'll find tons of spots for everyone to sleep and a fire pit for nights under the stars. The kitchen has everything you'll need to cook for your crew and there's even extra winter clothes if you've forgotten something. The kids will especially love the game room in the basement.
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.
Dillon Beach Retreat
Spend some time enjoying the grassy sand dunes of the Marin Coast when you visit this private and spacious, 2200-square-foot home. It features three bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms with a spectacular view from Tamales Point to the Bodega Head. This home is Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired, classically designed and thoughtfully furnished. Walk down to see the waves hit the shore and breathe in the fresh, coastal air. Kids will love the ping pong table and foosball table, and there's a BBQ available for you to cook up the local seafood you purchase nearby. Head out at sunset to check out the waves as you walk along the mile-long sandy beach nearby.
What to do: It's all about the seashore here where you can enjoy digging for clams, visiting the tide pools and watching for whales offshore.
The Pearl of Muir Beach
Make sure to snag your reservation for this private and roomy home near Muir Beach, another visitor destination along California’s regal coast. Two queen beds and a pull-out sofa are available in this two-bedroom house just steps from the beach and guests can also find great hiking trails. Those traveling with kids will love the pack n' play, toys and highchair that are on-site (request a toddler bed if you need it). The owners provide a surf board, boogie board and two bikes for you to use during your stay.
Things to do: This area is well known as a gorgeous kayaking destination. Get your life jackets on and get ready to explore!
Deltahouse Waterfront Getaway
Wake up to the calm Delta waves when you stay at this waterfront home in Discovery Bay, the community with a "Live Where You Play" slogan. At this end of Contra Costa County, the people still live the slower-paced lives of more genial times beside rows of crops and open land while remaining in reach of San Francisco and other globally known cities. This spot is a great getaway when grandparents are in town as it has enough room for everyone to spread out with three bedrooms and three bathrooms. Floats and rafts for swimming (as well as life jackets) are available. Kids looking for some play time on-land can dig around in the sandbox.
What to do: Rent a stand-up paddleboard, kayak or jet ski or sail away on a guided cruise tour of the Delta on Captain Morgans Delta Adventures while watching the sun set. In this family-centric community, mostly everything is kid-friendly.
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.
Sea Ranch Stunner
Can't you just picture yourself sitting in the hot tub at this dog-friendly modern home in Sea Ranch? You'll want to cook up a feast in the chef's kitchen and then enjoy your meal on the outdoor deck. Beaches are just a few miles away and seafood spots are plentiful.
Gold Country Round House with Waterfall
This brand-new house is going to be your new favorite family destination. It's unique round shape provides views for miles of the five acres property. You'll find a rushing creek, a pond and waterfall, plus a hot tub on the deck. Cook up a meal in the gourmet kitchen and enjoy all the Gold Country beauty.
Arnold House in the Trees
This spot would be a great option to bring your whole crew as it comfortably sleeps up to 14 people. The two-story deck will be everyone's favorite and the newly renovated kitchen has everything you need. Nearby attractions include the Stanislaus River, quirky town of Murphys, Bear Valley ski area and Big Trees State Park. There are tons of tubing spots nearby in the winter and the cabin has gear you can borrow.
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.
Pescadero Cottage with Ocean Views
Your family will have private access to this two-bedroom cottage surrounded by farmland overlooking the ocean. Just a ten-minute walk to the beach, you can enjoy bird watching, tidepooling and relaxing in Pescadero.
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