10 Best Hotel Pools for Kids in the USA

To compile this list of 10 best hotel pools for kids in the USA, I went to the experts. I asked some of the most popular family travel bloggers to share their favorite family-friendly hotel pools from their travels. As a hotel pool enthusiast, of course I included a couple of my picks too. Let’s dive in to these spectacular pools located in the good ol’ USA.

Monorail waterslides at the Disneyland Hotel ~ 10 Best Hotel Pools for Kids in the USA

Monorail waterslides at the Disneyland Hotel (Photo credit: Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland)

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 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! (Read about the Disneyland Hotel pools and more in my review.)

– Colleen Lanin, Travel Mamas

Morning Star Lodge's indoor water park ~ 10 Best Hotel Pools for Kids in the USA

Morning Star Lodge’s indoor water park (Photo courtesy of Silver Mountain Resort)

Best Indoor/Outdoor Hotel Pool

Morning Star Lodge at 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

The palm-lined pool at Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa ~ Best Hotel Pools for Kids in the USA

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

Best Beachside 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

The Octopool at the Pink Shell Resort and Marina ~ 10 Best Hotel Pools for Kids in the USA

Can you see the arm of the octopus on the water feature at the Octopool at the Pink Shell Resort? (Photo courtesy of the Pink Shell Resort & Marina)

Most Playful Hotel Pool

Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina
Fort Myers Beach, Florida

“The Octopool at the Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina 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

The view from the Four Seasons Biltmore hotel pool ~ 10 Best Hotel Pools for Kids in the USA

The view from the Four Seasons Biltmore hotel pool (Photo courtesy of Four Seasons)

Best Hotel Pool with a View

Four Seasons Resort Biltmore Santa Barbara
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

Prepare to be pampered at the Broadmoor's pools ~ 10 Best Hotel Pools for Kids in the USA

Prepare to be pampered at the Broadmoor’s pools (Photo courtesy of the Broadmoor)

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

Double-helix waterslides, part of the Forest Oasis Waterscape at the Woodlands Resort ~ 10 Best Hotel Pools for Kids in the USA

Double-helix waterslides, part of the Forest Oasis Waterscape at the Woodlands Resort (Photo courtesy of the Woodlands Resort)

Most Awesome Pool for All Ages

The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center
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

One of the many gorgeous pools at Grand Wailea, a Waldorf Astoria Resort ~ 10 Best Hotel Pools for Kids in the USA

One of the many gorgeous pools at Grand Wailea, a Waldorf Astoria Resort (Photo credit: GrandWailea.com)

Best Luxury Hotel Pool

Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort
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 at Rancho Las Palmas Resort and Spa ~ 10 Best Hotel Pools for Kids in the USA

Splashtopia at Rancho Las Palmas Resort and Spa (Photo courtesy of Omni Hotels & Resorts)

Best Year-Round Hotel Pool

Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & 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

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 from the JW Marriott San Antonio Resort & Spa’s Facebook page)

Most Scenic Hotel Pools for Kids

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 it’s also a gorgeous spot to enjoy the natural beauty of Texas Hill Country. Here you can float 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 thrilling water slides. (Read about my family’s experience at this incredible resort here.)

– Colleen Lanin, Travel Mamas

Which of these incredible hotel pools for kids is most appealing to you? Let us know in the comments below!

A Note from The Travel Mama: This story originally went live in July 2011. It was updated with new photos in August 2016. This post contains affiliate links, which help Travel Mamas remain a free resource to readers like you.

About Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama

Colleen Lanin is the founder/editor-in-chief of TravelMamas.com. As the author of her book, "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 gives tips on television, radio, and as a public speaker. She has a master’s degree in business administration with a background in marketing. She lives in Arizona with her husband and two kids.

Comments

  1. 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!

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

  3. 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!

  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!

  16. Great list! Love your article my next visit would be Silver Mountain Resort.
    Thanx for the list again.

  17. The Great Escape lodge. Lake George N.Y.

  18. Those are totally unbelievable! Of course, Disney would have an epic pool, but I can’t believe how amazing those other ones are, too.

  19. Those are some amazing pools! I think my kids would love to go to any one of these!

  20. Catherine Sargent says:

    These all look like wonderful pools. I would love to check out the pool at the Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort.

  21. I live for a theme and I live for Disney… so the disneyland hotel is the place for me. the monorail theme is making me Squeeeee!

  22. Pam Wattenbarger says:

    All of these pools look so cool to play in! I especially love the one at Pink Shell Resort and Marina.

  23. To be honest, ,I would be laying by, and swimming in any of these pools. I think the Grand Wailea in Maui, Hawaii would be my favorite.

  24. I’m in Canada and think it would be so awesome to visit all these pools around the US and explore. These all sound pretty fabulous!

  25. My three water babies would go crazy over all of these pools, as would I. I think they would enjoy being near the beach best, especially since we are already big fans of Huntington (and Southern California in general).

  26. Oh these would be really nice for some fun family vacations. I bet my kids would have had a blast at the Morning Star Lodge.

  27. Thanks for this. I’m a huge pool person and the hotel needs to have a great pool

  28. Those pools are super amazing! I would be thrilled to go to any of them, but my kids would be tickled to visit the one in Disneyland.

  29. Wow these photos are breathtaking. I would love to visit the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa pool and the Woodlands Resort & Conference Center pool. Sound like I need to visit Texas soon.

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      Chavonne – Do it! You’ll love JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort! My family sure did!

  30. Oh my goodness they are like the most amazing pools in the world – I totally agree that a good pool can make a holiday 😉 x

  31. Not sure I can choose… but that The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center pool would be the first on my list. Of course the others would soon follow…. they all look amazing.

  32. My kids are all about choosing our hotels based on the pool so this list is right up our alley! Clearly we have a lot of hotel pools to hit up!

  33. What a great list of pools. While I am totally a beach girl, my kids totally prefer pools!

  34. What a neat list! I’ve never thought about touring around the US for pools! But now I think that’s a great idea!

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      Ooh! What a great idea indeed! Maybe next summer I should plan a whole family road trip focused on finding fabulous hotel pools…!

  35. I haven’t been to any of these, but I think I’d like to visit them all! We love swimming.

  36. We love the monorail pool at the Disneyland Hotel. The kids care pretty much exclusively about the pool anywhere we go. Glad to have a bucket list!

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      My kids are cuckoo for pools too. I hope your family can tick some of these off of your hotel pool bucket list!

  37. Nikki Wayne says:

    Wow! These hotels look fab! I want to bring my son to these spots.

  38. Awesome pools! One I think is missing from the list…Disney’s Aulani on Oahu! It’s awesome in every way!

  39. These are for kids?! Then I would never want to grow up anymore, haha! All of these places are just wonderful, I can’t even choose properly and the best way to deal with it is to visit them one by one!

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