When it comes to finding a rental for a family vacation, a spot with tons of kid perks is kind of like finding the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow—practically impossible. Since it’s our mission to give you every advantage to a smooth travel experience, we scoured the web for homes that don’t just have Wi-Fi, but a score of other kid perks: think sandbox, kiddie pool, the ultimate game room and more. Keep reading to see them all.
Farm Stay at African Hoofstock Preserve | Point Arena, CA
The kids will be delighted when you bring them to stay at one of the cottages at B. Bryan Preserve. African antelope, zebra and giraffe, along with eclectic lodging await you in Point Arena on the beautiful Mendocino coast. Take a tour to meet the animals and then enjoy your time in the cottage or hot tub. Read all about B. Bryan and other Mendocino activities here.
Adventure Treehouse in Paradise - Mt. View, HI
If your idea of a vacation means starry night skies and the soothing sounds of the jungle all around you, this cozy Hawaiian eco-cottage is the place to be. Designed to be as off-grid as possible while still maintaining a sense of luxury (meaning there's running water, wifi and electricity but the whole place has a tiny ecological "footprint" and is solar-powered), this small home was featured on HGTV's "Tiny Paradise" and boasts unique (and repurposed) features in every nook and cranny. Perched eight feet above the ground, the home comes complete with a full kitchen, bathroom, living room and loft space bedroom—as well as a swinging bridge that leads to a quiet sitting area in the trees. There's also a jungle zip line (!), outdoor shower and ground-level hangout space. The entire place may be small, but with two doors and 18 windows overlooking the surrounding Ohia and Hapu'u forest, you'll have plenty of space in the views.
Note: This home is recommended for kids seven and up because of the inherent risks associated with the loft, swinging bridge and zip line.
Sleeps: 4 guests
Cost: $99/night and up
The Disney House—Davenport, FL
Located just one exit away from Disney World, your kids won’t complain when it’s time to go back and rest. 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 a foosball table game. If the kids didn’t burn off enough energy at the theme parks, there will be pretty much 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.
Cost: $135 per night
Castle Falkenstein—Burnet County, TX
Everything is bigger in Texas and this castle is no exception. Spend the weekend in this 14,000 sq. ft. castle that's fit for a king (and queen!). Whether it's the majestic scenic view from the balcony, the oversized master bathroom or a game room complete with pool table and darts, you will feel like royalty. Check out the bubbling stream outside and then bust out the Oculus Quest VR system for some family game time.
The Mecca of Fun—Des Moines, IA
If the photo of this home's game room doesn't convince you that it's a totally awesome place to stay, check this out. Sitting on over an acre of land, this home has a hot tub and the best game room you've ever seen with ping pong, pool table, arcade games and more. Bike paths connecting you to Des Moines extensive trail system are minutes away with bikes available for use.
The Kiddie Pool—Arlington, VA
This large home in the heart of Clarendon in North Arlington offers a wading pool perfect for pint-sized swimmers. Before or after your dip, don't forget to roast marshmallows in the outdoor fire pit. Feel free to leave your car at home; this house is conveniently located near a metro stop.
Architectural Retreat—Seattle, WA
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.
Cost: $260 per night
Pirate Ship Adventure Cabin—Lyndon Station, WI
Ahoy, me hearties! Pirate-loving littles will definitely want to spend a night aboard the “Passing Wind,” outside of Wisconsin Dells. The unbelievable Pirate Ship Adventure Cabin has room for six and is guaranteed to make memories. A slide, swing set and tons of pirate décor add to the fun. Parents should know that the ship’s two bedrooms are separated by a short 15-foot walk across an outdoor lower deck, and bathrooms are a short walk away.
The Silos at Prairie Vale | Green Ridge, MO
Come experience silo-style tiny home living on a family owned Missouri Farm ... complete with Nigerian Dwarf goats, miniature donkeys, cows, chickens and more. Cook dinner on the outside fire pit and borrow some bikes to tool around the property.
Just a 9-minute drive from Disneyland, this Anaheim abode is tailor made for families and Disney fanatics alike. With a heated pool and spa area decorated with Disney characters and a game room filled with arcade machines, foosball, a ping pong table, basketball shooter and even a free claw machine, this is pretty much kid heaven.
The Depot - Joseph, OR
Wake up to this gorgeous view in your green caboose. The caboose is located behind an original Train Depot built in 1906 which used to be located in Enterprise, Oregon. It was moved in 1980 to its present location, one mile north of the town of Joseph, to serve as a residence. The caboose is completely self-contained with a small fridge, electric stove top burners, table and stools, a shower with rainfall shower head, linens and towels, cooking utensils, and an RV style toilet room. There is one main bedroom with a full size bed with a memory foam mattress. There are two twin bunk beds which are separated from the main bedroom with drapery.
Treetop Houses at East Zion Resort—Orderville, UT
If you want to sleep in the trees with the comfort of a resort, this is the spot for you. These brand-new treetop houses have stunning views in all directions and breathtaking sunsets every night. Each treetop house is designed with its own private bathroom, kitchenette, fire pit, gas grill and air conditioning. Cool off at the on-site pool. There are other treetop homes on the resort property are available to rent if you have a big group.
Stay in an Historic Lighthouse | Cape Cod, MA
For a true New England vacation with a killer view, you can have this entire historic lighthouse and its adjacent home all to yourself. Located at the tip of Wings Neck Point along the western coast of Cape Cod, the lighthouse was built in 1849 and completely renovated in 2003. Formerly a U.S. Coast Guard lighthouse, the light tower still stands next to the original three-bedroom keepers home. Kids will love climbing the whirling stairs and subsequent ladder to reach the glass top of the lighthouse, where they'll get a 360-degree view of the Atlantic Ocean and the adjacent rocky shores. And, when just looking at the water isn't enough, there is a private sandy beach nearby where kids can swim in the gentle waves of the bay.
Olympic Equestrian Estate | Olympia, WA
You’ll have the whole farm to yourself in this wonderful Olympia estate. The five bedroom home offers an animal sanctuary, horses to ride, walking trails and a large pool. The pool is not heated, so you might want to warm up in the adjoining hot tub. In the barn you’ll find a foosball table, air hockey, a karaoke machine and even a piano. With ten beds and room to sleep up to 16 people, you can bring the whole extended family! We love the fact that this place is just minutes away from Puget Sound beaches.
Majestic Mountain Retreat—Sevierville, TN
This cabin offers a charming and private Smoky Mountain escape. The peacefulness and solitude provide all the privacy you need for a break from the stress of the real world with your family. The cabin setting is quiet with the only noise being the Dollywood train whistle and local wildlife going about their day. The cabin is surrounded by woods on all sides, except of course for the clearing of the view.
Rustic Paradise | Sheboygan, WI
The kids will literally freak out when they see the huge indoor 1,600-square-foot pool room with a hot tub. Add in the seclusion of the woods, cul-de-sac location and a large yard with a firepit and covered gazebo and you have all the makings for a relaxing vacation.
The Magnolia in Treehouse Grove at Norton Creek—Gatlinburg, TN
Here in nature’s canopy, you will enjoy a luxurious stay in a one-of-a-kind location. Large windows are carefully placed to take full advantage of the forest landscape, while an energy efficient climate control system ensures the heat or chill in the air never disturbs you. Step out onto a covered viewing deck that soars above the ground as a smell the scent of pine on a gust of wind. Many other homes are available at Treehouse Grove if you wish to make it a group vacation.
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.
Train Caboose & Cabin | Knox, ME
You get the best of both worlds with this rental that comes with a cabin and a caboose. You also get to experience farm life as this property has free range chickens, a baby emu, 4 Muscovy ducks and a Great Pyrenees. Send the kids to sleep in the two bunks in the caboose and you can enjoy the queen bed in the cabin!