10 Best Hotel Pools for Kids in the USA

To compile this list of 10 best hotel pools in the USA, I asked some of the most popular family travel bloggers to tell us about their favorite family-friendly hotel pools from their travels. Of course, I included a couple of my picks too. We are a family of hotel pool enthusiasts. Apparently, we are not alone. One of the most popular posts ever on Travel Mamas is 10 Best Family-Friendly Hotel Pools in the World. I wanted to share some more spectacular pools with you water lovers, focusing on destinations in the good ol’ USA.

10 Best Hotel Pools for Kids in the USA

Monorail-themed pool and waterslides at the Disneyland Hotel (Photo by Colleen Lanin)

Most Thoroughly Themed Hotel Pool

Disneyland Hotel
Anaheim, California

As the ultimate pool lover, you can imagine my awe when I laid eyes upon the newly remodeled, monorail-themed pool at the Disneyland Hotel. Swimmers zip through a replica Monorail Car at the entrance of two main slides before twisting and turning their way to the water below. Younger kids can glide down a two-lane mini-slide and play in bubble jets. The only problem? Getting the kids out of the water and over to the theme parks!

The River Bluff Water Experience at JW Marriott San Antonio Resort & Spa

The River Bluff Water Experience at JW Marriott San Antonio Resort & Spa (Photo by Colleen Lanin)

Most Scenic Hotel Pool

JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa
San Antonio, Texas

The River Bluff Water Experience at JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa is not only a big bunch of fun, but also it’s a gorgeous spot to enjoy the natural beauty of Texas Hill Country. You’ll almost feel like you’re on a real river as you meander along the Cyprus tree-lined 1,200-foot lazy river, with walls made from a compilation of stones. For some mischievous entertainment, kids can spin and pump various mechanical doo-dads to spray other guests afloat on the river. The zero-entry pool is paradise for little ones with its animal-shaped fountains and three small water slides. Meanwhile, bigger kids and grown-ups can zoom down two thrilling water slides.

Silver Mountain Resort Indoor Water Park

Silver Mountain Resort’s Indoor Water Park (Photo Courtesy of Silver Mountain Resort)

Best Indoor/Outdoor Hotel Pool

Silver Mountain Resort
Kellogg, Idaho

“The pool at the Morning Star Lodge within Silver Mountain Resort in Kellogg, Idaho is far more than just a pool; it’s an entire indoor/outdoor aquatic complex with water slides, a lazy river, and surf simulator. Perfect for a break from skiing in the winter or a rainy afternoon in summer, this complex, dubbed Silver Rapids, is included in resort guests’ room rate. There’s even a zero-depth entry and water play area for infants and toddlers.”

- Amy Whitley, Pit Stops for Kids

Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Pool

The palm-lined pool at Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa (Photo courtesy of Hyatt Regency)

Ultimate California Dreamin’ Hotel Pool

Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa
Huntington Beach, California

“Set on a scenic stretch of Southern California’s Pacific Ocean, the only thing that will get your kids running off the beach is Slyders water playground at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa. The water playground has three mellow but fun water slides, an enormous 25 person hot tub, a wading pool for little ones, a family pool, and private cabanas perfect for getting the kids to actually sit down and eat when you order lunch from the poolside café. Keep the swimsuits handy for when the sun sets, because that’s when dive-in movies and s’mores making begins.”

- Dana Rebmann, Ciao Bambino

Pink Shell Resort Octopool

The Octopool at Pink Shell Resort (Photo by Mara Gorman)

Most Playful Hotel Pool

Pink Shell Resort
Fort Myers, Florida

“The Octopool at the Pink Shell Resort in Fort Myers was a huge hit with my kids. It’s zero-entry on one side for the little ones and is deep enough on the other to be fun for older kids. You can drink or dine right next to the pool and on Friday evenings, kids can watch a movie on a huge inflatable screen while they float on inner tubes. Best of all — the octopus’ eyes light up at night!”

- Mara Gorman, Mother of All Trips

Four Seasons Biltmore Pool

The view from the Four Seasons Biltmore pool (Photo by Sharlene Earnshaw)

Best Hotel Pool with a View

Four Seasons Biltmore
Santa Barbara, California

“If you are looking for the pool with one of the best views in America, look no further than the luxurious yet family friendly Four Seasons Biltmore in Santa Barbara, California. Guests of the resort have access to the legendary Coral Casino Beach Club, which is directly across the street and features a massive 160-foot-long pool which overlooks the Pacific and Channel Islands beyond, along with a children’s wading pool and spa.”

- Sharlene Earnshaw, Trekaroo

Broadmoor Pool

The Broadmoor’s outdoor pool (Photo by Kara Williams)

Swankiest Hotel Pool Service

The Broadmoor
Colorado Springs, Colorado

“The outdoor pool at The Broadmoor, a luxury resort in Colorado Springs, Colorado, gets high marks from my kids for its two water slides. I like that it’s adjacent to gorgeous Cheyenne Lake and surrounded by mountains. The service is top notch: when you walk into the pool area, you’re greeted by a pool attendant who will get big fluffy towels for your whole family and walk you to empty lounge chairs — whether you want to park it by the zero-depth entry (great for toddlers) or sit under umbrellas in a quieter grassy spot away from the action.”

- Kara Williams, The Vacation Gals

Pool at the Woodlands Resort

Forest Oasis Pool at the Woodlands Resort (Photo by Kayt Sukel)

Most Awesome Pool for All Ages

Woodlands Resort
Woodlands, Texas

“Kids of all ages will love the Forest Oasis Pool at the Woodlands Resort in the Woodlands, Texas. Not only does it have two thrilling water slides, game areas and a play fountain, the Forest Oasis also has great out-of-water activities for pruny fingers including a scavenger hunt, a clown and roving waitstaff who love to bring Moms and Dads fun and fruity cocktails.”

- Kayt Sukel, Travel Savvy Mom

Grand Wailea Pool

Grand Wailea Pool (Photo by Anne Hartzel Taylor)

Best Luxury Hotel Pool

Grand Wailea
Maui, Hawaii

“We love Maui with kids and hands-down our favorite luxury hotel pool is the luxurious water playground at the Grand Wailea on the island of Maui in Hawaiian Islands. With an abundance of waterslides, caves, a rope swing, sand-bottom baby pool, a volcano-esqe hot tub and the world’s only water elevator, this pool has something for every family with kids of any age. Tip: Position yourself poolside down by the bottom of the lazy river to watch the kids as they make their way to the bottom of the pool!”

- Anne Taylor Hartzell, Hip Travel Mama

Splashtopia Pool at Rancho Las Palmas Resort

Splashtopia at Rancho Las Palmas Resort and Spa (Photo courtesy of Rancho Las Palmas Resort)

Best Year-Round Hotel Pool

Rancho Las Palmas Resort and Spa
Palm Springs Area, California

“The Palm Springs area is one of the few places in America with swimming weather year-round. Rancho Las Palmas Resort and Spa in Rancho Mirage has taken full advantage of sunshine and created Splashtopia, a large pool complex complete with water slides, a lazy river, a sand beach for tots, and a large pool which features Dive In Movies on the weekends.”

- Sharlene Earnshaw, Trekaroo

What’s your favorite family-friendly hotel pool in America? Tell us in the comments!

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About Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama

Colleen Lanin is a mom of two and the founder/editor-in-chief of TravelMamas.com. As the author of THE TRAVEL MAMAS' GUIDE, she teaches parents not only how to survive a trip with children, but also how to love exploring the world with their offspring. Her stories have appeared online and in print for such outlets as the "Today" show, NBCNews.com, Parenting Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, Chicago Tribune, Expedia, San Diego Family Magazine, and more. Colleen teaches blogging classes and has given travel tips on television, radio, and as a paid video blogger. She has a master’s degree in business administration with a background in marketing.

Comments

  1. Our family is a big fan of Las Vegas Pools (We join my husband on business at least once a summer. We love the Golden Nugget with its fish tank water slide, the Flamingo with a few simple water slides that keep the little guys busy for hours. Mandalay Bay gets top honors for both a wave pool and a lazy river. We tried the MGM Grand lazy river about two years ago and it was far from lazy! It went much too fast for the little ones!

  2. Thank you to all the Best Family Travel Advice bloggers for contributing a favorite kid-friendly hotel pool for this list. I am positively drooling over the pool possibilities!

  3. Bridget- Thanks for the pool suggestions! I loved the Mandalay Bay lazy river too. I hope to check out your other suggestions too someday!

  4. Great list! I was so excited to see The Woodlands included, since we’ll be visiting there later this summer. I can’t wait.

  5. Thank you so much for including us on your list! We’re honored and we hope to see you in sunny Palm Springs soon!

  6. Wow. Those are some pretty sweet-looking pools! We actually stayed at the Disneyland Hotel several years ago and didn’t even take a peek at the pool (we were so captivated by the park!). Maybe next time? :)

  7. Great round up! I want to swim in them all!!!!

  8. Oh good, I’m headed to the Four Seasons Biltmore in a few weeks! I guess we’ll be spending a lot of time in the pool. :) Great list!

  9. La Jolla Mom- You lucky girl! Enjoy the Four Seasons Biltmore. Can you believe I’ve never stayed at a Four Seasons? It’s on my bucket list, though!

  10. I loved the Mandalay Bay lazy river too. I hope to check out your other suggestions too someday!

  11. We live in Arizona so the Rancho Las Palmas looks like an ideal destination. I’ve never visited Palm Springs so I need to do some serious thinking about a get-away.

  12. Mocha Momma says:

    Any in the northeast. Looking to take the boys on a weekend getaway.

  13. What a great post! My kids are always on the lookout for amazing pools but I don’t think we’ve ever found any that rival the ones you’ve highlighted. Thanks for linking up to the Best of the USA blog hop! :)

  14. Wow this is very helpful. So many great options to choose from! I will have to show this to my children and see their reaction.

  15. Best pool by far is Aulani in Ko’Olina Hawaii. It’s a Disney resort, it’s beautiful, it’s safe and so much fun for the kids!

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