10 Incredible Hot Springs for Families

What better way to unwind than a good soak in a hot tub of water? Even better is when that hot bath is heated by Mother Nature and surrounded by her beauty. In locations spanning the globe and each with its own appeal, check out these 10 incredible hot springs for families for a soothing, healthy dip.

10 Incredible Hot Springs for Families

Blue Lagoon, Iceland (Photo from Canva.com)

Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa – Grindavík, Iceland

Iceland's Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa is a self-described wonder of the world. As the most visited attraction in the country, this hot spring is very busy indeed. Reservations are a must, particularly during the summer high season. Children aged 2 – 14 are welcomed free-of-charge with an adult guardian at the Blue Lagoon.

Outdoor soak at the bathhouse, Dunton Hot Springs, Colorado ~ 10 Incredible Hot Springs for Families

Outdoor soak at the bathhouse in Dunton Hot Springs, Colorado (Photo credit: Dunton Hot Springs)

Duntun Hot Springs – Colorado, USA

A former abandoned mining town, Dunton Hot Springs in Colorado has been transformed into an upscale hot springs resort. Families can stay in luxuriously renovated hand-built cabins and access six naturally heated springs in a variety of locations both indoors and under the stars. Kids of all ages will enjoy lawn games outside during the summer, and board games inside.

Radium Hot Springs in Kootenay National Park, Canada ~ 10 Incredible Hot Springs for Families

Radium Hot Springs in Kootenay National Park, Canada (Photo from Hotsprings.ca)

Radium Hot Springs – Kootenay National Park, Canada

In Canada's Kootenay National Park, Radium Hot Springs boasts a large hot spring pool with temperatures around 98 degrees Fahrenheit. Use the cold plunge pool for some intense hydrotherapy. Kids will appreciate the large swimming pool in the bathing pavilion. Parents will love the on-site spa for massages and body treatments. Radium offers family rates and welcomes children of all ages.

Rio Perdido in Bagaces, Costa Rica ~10 Incredible Hot Springs for Families

Rio Perdido in Bagaces, Costa Rica (Photo from rioperdido.com)

Rio Perdido – Bagaces, Costa Rica

Rio Perdido means “lost river” in Spanish. Fortunately, the warm-flowing water in Bagaces in the Costa Rican jungle has been found. Rio Perdido is home to eight springs of hot river pools, fed by mineral-rich waters heated by local volcanic action. The pools are surrounded by lush jungle and hooting howler monkeys. It's possible to enjoy a nighttime soak by lamplight, as well as volcanic mud body-painting. Children under age 12 receive discount pricing.

Cascate del Mulino Hot Springs, Saturnia - Italy ~ 10 Incredible Hot Springs for Families

Cascate del Mulino Hot Springs, Tuscany – Italy (Photo from cascate-del-mulino.info)

Cascate del Mulino Hot Springs – Tuscany, Italy

Near Saturnia in Tuscany, the Cascate del Mulino Hot Springs are a free, natural heated water park. Thermal waterfalls cascade into natural pools of travertine rock. The mineral-rich waters are fed by the dormant volcanic heat of nearby Monte Amiata. You won't find a large resort near Cascate del Mulino, just rustic farmhouses and lush countryside.

Japanese macaques staying warm in the Jigukudani Snow Monkey hot springs near Shibu Onsen ~ 10 Incredible Hot Springs for Families

Japanese macaques staying warm in the Jigukudani Snow Monkey hot springs near Shibu Onsen (Photo credit: kororokerokero, purchased from iStockphoto.com)

Shibu Onsen – Nagano, Japan

An ancient Japanese hot spring resort town, Shibu Onsen offers nine public hot spring baths. It is considered good fortune to experience all nine during your visit. Families with children are welcome at many local traditional ryokan (inns). Baths are segregated by gender and guests enjoy the pools in the nude. Fear not, some ryokan offer kashikiri (private) baths. Private baths are sometimes also known as kazokuburo (family baths).

The biggest draw for families here is the nearby Wild Snow Monkey Park, where Japanese macaques have been famously photographed bathing in the hot springs to keep warm during extreme cold (typically December to March). It's known as Jigokudani Yaen-koen in Japanese, which roughly translates to “Hell Valley,” so named for its steep cliffs and fountains of hot water.

A gorgeous oasis at Ma'in Hot Springs, Jordan ~10 Incredible Hot Springs for Families

A gorgeous oasis at Ma'in Hot Springs, Jordan (Photo credit: Claudia Laroye)

Ma’in Hot Springs, Wadi Zarqa Ma’in – Jordan

Ma’in Hot Springs is a stone’s throw from the Dead Sea in Jordan. The hot springs are part of the Ma’in oasis, located 866 feet below sea level in a lush garden-like setting. The waterfalls pour mineral water into pools that are heated by underground lava fissures. Adults and children alike are welcomed to swim in the natural pools and splash in the waterfalls for a day fee.

The startling white travertine of the Pamukkale pools in Turkey ~ 10 Incredible Hot Springs for Families

The startling white travertine of the Pamukkale pools (Photo credit: Tourism Turkey)

Pamukkale – Menderes Valley, Turkey

Pamukkale is World Heritage Site in Turkey renowned for its travertine pools that are continuously fed by mineral waters from underground springs. Pamukkale is nicknamed the ‘Cotton Castle” as the hardened sediments have formed a cascade of white pools, making for a spectacular setting to enjoy a healing soak. Although entrance is free, the hike to the falls is quite long so you're better off purchasing a tour to reach Pamukkale. It's best to visit with older children since reaching the beautiful pools requires navigating tricky landscape. Bring water shoes to protect tootsies in the water.

Calistoga Spa Hot Springs mineral pool ~ 10 Incredible Hot Springs for Families

Calistoga Spa Hot Springs mineral pool (Photo credit: Calistoga Spa Hot Springs)

Calistoga Spa Hot Springs – California, USA

Families can enjoy geothermal mineral pools at California Spa Hot Springs in Calistoga, California. In addition to a 104 degree Fahrenheit mineral pool for adults-only, you'll find a 100 degree soaking pool, a 90 degree wading pool, an 80 degree lap pool, a whirlpool and even a kiddie pool. Parents will appreciate mud bath treatments with volcanic ash at their on-site spa.

A pool with a view at Banff Hot Springs ~ 10 Incredible Hot Springs for Families

A pool with a view at Banff Hot Springs (Photo credit: Claudia Laroye)

Banff Hot Springs – Banff National Park, Canada

One of the oldest and most storied hot springs in Canada, Banff Hot Springs in Banff National Park is also the highest, at 5,200-feet. A visit and soak in the warm mineral water is a must do when visiting Banff. It's a very busy attraction, so try to go during off-season or off-peak hours, i.e. dinner time. The hot springs pool overlooks the valley, with gorgeous views of the surrounding mountains.

Hot springs provide families with a relaxing, restorative and fun way to connect with one of nature's key elements: water.

Which of these 10 incredible hot springs for families appeals to you most? Let us know in the comments below!

About Claudia Laroye, The Curious Travel Mama

Claudia Laroye lives in Vancouver, Canada, with her husband and two sons (ages 16 and 18). She started travelling at a very young age, and has never stopped. She’s had the fortune of visiting more than 18 countries on four continents, and has also lived abroad in Sweden. Claudia is passionate about family travel and about educating children through the travel experience. She is the author of the thetravellingmom.ca, and contributes to many online and print media publications. Connect with Claudia on Twitter as @travelling_mom.

Comments

  1. Awesome places for families.Thanks for sharing post!!

  2. Ellen Lanin says:

    Near the volcano Arenal in Costa Rica I swam in a pool heated by the volcano. It was really too hot to enjoy swimming for very long.but it was a neat experience.

    • Claudia Laroye, The Curious Travel Mama says:

      We’re heading to Arenal this summer! I’ll look for that warm pool that you enjoyed in Costa Rica.

  3. All of these look awesome! Grindavík, Iceland is going on my wish list!

  4. Hot springs are so much more appealing than hot tubs. Can’t wait to try one of these!

  5. I’ve never visited a natural Hot Springs pool but you can bet I want to now! Thanks for this list! Saving it!

  6. I’ve been to Radium and Banff, and both are amazing! Would love to cross a few more off the list!

    • Claudia Laroye, The Curious Travel Mama says:

      I love those hot springs too. Need to visit others on that list as well!

  7. I’ve only ever gone to one, in South Island New Zealand. Felt great after hiking a glacier 🙂

  8. The Blue Lagoon has been a high one on our bucketlist for awhile now. It just looks so beautiful. However, really I’d be happy visiting any of the destinations you mentioned.

  9. Beautiful places to visit in this summer! Just excited to go with my kids. Specially would love to go with my kids to Banff National Park, Canada. Really thank you for sharing such a wonderful places with us.

  10. I’d love to go to so many of these places, especially Pamukkale in Turkey. I also really want to see the Japanese macaques!

  11. I just got back from Banff, and enjoyed the hot springs there. One of my favorite hot springs experiences was on Hot Water Beach in New Zealand, where when the tide is just right you can dig a hole in the sand to let the hot water from a spring combine with the cold sea water to make the temperature just right for soaking.

    • Claudia Laroye, The Curious Travel Mama says:

      That sounds delicious!! Thanks for sharing that lovely hot springs tip Paige!

  12. Love this! Off to Iceland this summer and I know hot springs will be a highlight!

  13. Ooh these look awesome 🙂

  14. They all look wonderful, but I am dying to try Dunton Springs in Colorado. I wrote about it earlier in the year and have been dreaming of it since!

    • Claudia Laroye, The Curious Travel Mama says:

      Me too! It looks positively decadent and wild all at the same time.

  15. Hot springs are some of my favorite places to visit because it’s fun for the whole family! You listed some great ones here that I will have to make sure I try.

  16. These all look amazing! I was just reading this post when my 8 year old came in the room. We both agreed that we’d like to visit the Blue Lagoon most!

  17. Another one to add to the list is Hanmer Springs in New Zealand. Lots of different pools plus waterslides for the kids.
    http://hanmersprings.co.nz/

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