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Born in raised in Florida, I’ve participated in many spring break getaways in the Sunshine State, as a young adult and now a mother. Family spring break getaways require a little more planning because you want to ensure you and the little ones enjoy a little downtime, and the hotel offers a range of kid-friendly amenities.
Many travelers will agree – Florida’s perfect mix of sunshine, sandy beaches, and kid-friendly attractions make it an easy choice when it comes to spring break family vacations. While other states are still battling the freezing cold, Florida’s family-friendly hotels lure in beach-goers looking for fun warm-weather perks like beachfront access, swimming pools, on-site water parks, and outdoor activities at kid’s clubs. Whether you’re looking for a luxury resort packed with amenities or a budget-friendly getaway, you’ll find a sunny retreat on this list that caters to your travel style.
For a stress-free family vacation, book a stay at one of these top spring break hotels in Florida.
Holiday Inn Resort Orlando Suites - Waterpark, Orlando
The only all-suite Holiday Inn Resort in Orlando, Holiday Inn Resort Orlando Suites – Waterpark is set at the entrance to the Walt Disney World Resort. You don’t even have to go to the theme parks to enjoy a family stay here, as it offers a wealth of kid-friendly on-site amenities. In addition to spacious family suites, there’s an on-site water park as well as an indoor Batman Laser Challenge, 4-D Theater Experience and arcade, basketball courts, and a kid’s playground. Along with being one of the best Orlando hotels with an on-site water park, everyone in the gang will enjoy the all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet, slices of cheesy pizza at Antonio’s Pizzeria, and frozen treats at Hershey’s Ice Cream.
Sheraton Sand Key Resort, Clearwater Beach
Sheraton Sand Key Resort is a tropical paradise in Clearwater Beach, which is one of Florida’s top family-friendly destinations. The waterfront hotel boasts a prime location with private beach access where you can dig your toes in the sand and a spacious pool deck with sun loungers. Your spring break itinerary will be complete as you unwind under the shaded trees and enjoy light bites and refreshments from the poolside café. Book one of the modern rooms with a private balcony or patio to enjoy smart amenities like free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs with premium cable.
The Grove Resort & Water Park, Orlando
While parents will appreciate the extra space to stretch out in the residential-style accommodations at The Grove Resort & Water Park, kids will be more thrilled with its exciting Surfari Water Park. Perfect for cooling off on Florida’s hot sunny days, kids can take advantage of the on-site water slides, zero-entry pool, FlowRider® Double surf simulator, and lazy river. Afterward, head to the Family Fun Center to play arcade games and a round of glow-in-the-dark mini golf. The one, two, and three-bedroom suites include flat-screen TVs, full-size washers and dryers, sleeper sofas, and separate living and dining areas.
Holiday Inn Resort Pensacola Beach, Pensacola Beach
One of Florida’s best budget beachfront hotels, Holiday Inn Resort Pensacola Beach Gulf Front is located on the tranquil shores of the Gulf of Mexico. All of its cozy rooms boast water views, either of the white sand beach or the Santa Rosa Sound. You can unwind at the pool area, which features a lazy river and waterfalls, then cozy up by the poolside fire pits. Offering beachfront views, Riptides Sports Grill has a patio and tiki bar as well as high-definition flat-screen TVs streaming live games. Stylish rooms feature free Wi-Fi, mini-fridges, and flat-screen TVs, while Kids Suites add bunk beds for little ones, and Family Suites can accommodate up to eight guests.
Hammock Beach Resort, Palm Coast
Best known for its on-site water park and lazy river, Hammock Beach Golf Resort & Spa in Palm Coast offers a luxury beachfront escape. Set on a stretch of unspoiled coast, its multi-room villa sand suites are ideal for family getaways, while its on-site perks are some of the best in the Sunshine State. Its water park features a 91,000 square-foot water pavilion with a lazy river and thrilling water flume, while the Kids Crew offers kid-friendly activities like scavenger hunts, beach games, and pool activities. There’s also a luxe spa for parents, a golf course, and oceanfront dining.
CoCo Key Hotel and Water Park Resort, Orlando
If you’re looking for fun at an outdoor water park this spring break, book a stay at CoCo Key Hotel and Waterpark Resort. The water playground at this family-friendly resort has everything you need for some fun in the sun, including 14 slides, three heated pools, and a long list of other kid-friendly water features that will keep the little ones entertained for the entire day. There’s a shuttle service for when you want to explore Orlando’s many theme parks, in addition to a large arcade, poolside tiki bar an array of on-site restaurants.
Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa, Bonita Springs
Families can make memories this spring break at Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa in Bonita Springs. Sitting on 26 acres of lush, landscaped grounds that overlook Estero Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, this award-winning tropical resort features five waterslides, a lazy river, four swimming pools, a hot tub, and a waterfall. You can plunge down dueling speed slides and an inner-tube slide for 900 feet of winding thrills, while little ones can enjoy the walk-in lagoon-style pool with a tot slide and 140-foot corkscrew slide. Families will also appreciate the on-site marketplace with Starbucks coffee and bites to go.
Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa, South Walton
Located near Destin, Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa is a beachfront beauty with unbeatable views of the Gulf of Mexico. It’s a favorite of families because it offers a stress-free vacation getaway as the area’s largest full-service resort. You can travel between your room to the white sandy beach within minutes, while family perks include kids’ programs, kid-friendly restaurants with kids’ menus, and suites that come with bunk beds. In addition to including all those little things that make traveling with kids easier, like cribs, pack-and-plays, beach chairs, and umbrellas, you’ll also find fun perks for the entire family, like indoor and outdoor pools, beach volleyball, and a poolside market with pizza and frozen treats.
Omni Amelia Island Resort, Fernandina Beach
Omni Amelia Island Resort is nestled on 1,350 acres at the tip of a barrier island off the Florida coast, offering oceanfront accommodations with stunning Atlantic Ocean views. Along with world-class resort pools and 3.5 miles of pristine beach, families can spend a day kayaking, fishing in the catch-and-release lakes and lagoons, and biking to some of the island’s most scenic spots. Camp Amelia offers interactive learning activities, while guided tours at the on-site Nature Center range from crabbing excursions to shark tooth hunting. There’s also a family-friendly miniature golf course and beach rentals like boogie boards and beach games available.
Hawks Cay Resort, Duck Key
Hawks Cay Resort is a top Florida Keys hotel set on the secluded island of Duck Key. Surrounded by aquamarine waters where you can enjoy aquatic adventures, this coastal getaway is a perfect spot for a family spring break in Florida. The island resort features a full-service marina, saltwater lagoon, and multiple restaurants and offers the chance to enjoy snorkeling, deep-sea fishing, and jumping in the water with bottlenose dolphins. There’s even a pirate ship pool, playground, game room, and kids club with activities.
The Breakers Palm Beach
Worth the splurge, The Breakers Palm Beach is an ultra-luxe 5-star Italian Renaissance-style resort set on a private beach. It’s one of the most luxurious resorts in Florida for beach lovers, boasting beautiful oceanfront suites, a private beach, and multiple oceanfront pools where the kids can make a splash. It’s impossible to be bored with at The Breakers’ Family Entertainment Center, an indoor and outdoor space solely with an arcade, basketball court, nine-hole mini golf course, and playground featuring slides, tunnels, bridges, puzzles, and interactive games. Older kids will also love trying water sports like snorkeling, paddle boarding, and kayaking.
LEGOLAND Florida Hotel, Orlando
You’ll win brownie points with little ones by staying at LEGOLAND Hotel. Kids will love this entertainment hotspot, which includes vacation packages with tons of perks. You’ll have access to a free breakfast daily, free parking, and easy access to the LEGOLAND Theme Park (130 kid steps, to be exact), as well as in-room scavenger hunts with LEGO prizes every day. You can enjoy kid-friendly dining options at the on-site restaurant and take advantage of the heated resort-style pool, master builder workshops, and nightly kid’s entertainment. Packages include entrance to the theme park, water park, and family meals.
TradeWinds Island Grand Beach Resort, St. Pete Beach
Located on St. Pete Beach, TradeWinds Island Grand Beach Resort is the largest beachfront resort on a top-ranked U.S. Beach. It’s an excellent choice for a family spring break destination, with a front-row seat to the soft white sands and warm gulf waters of St. Pete Beach. On its 28 beachfront acres, you’ll have access to a 3-story waterslide, 5 pools, and a floating water park, as well as fun activities like a Zing Ray Zip, dolphin sunset cruises, and banana boat rides. Like a two-for-one, you can also take advantage of the on-site amenities at the next-door sister property RumFish Beach Resort. It’s easy to see why it’s one of Florida’s most popular family beach resorts.
Sandpiper Bay Resort, Port Saint Lucie
One of the few all-inclusive resorts in Florida, Sandpiper Bay Resort is situated along a pristine stretch of beach between Miami and Orlando overlooking the St. Lucie River. With European-style rooms and a property that includes pools, restaurants and bars, a golf course, treatment rooms, and a ton of sports programs to learn anything from tennis to trapeze, this kid-friendly resort has it all. Indulge in unlimited meals, drinks, and action-packed itineraries that include sailing, tennis, basketball, and paddleboarding in their packages. A perfect resort for families, here you will find top-notch amenities and programs aimed at kids and teens.
JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort, Marco Island
JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort is one of Florida’s top beach resorts, sitting on three miles of pristine private beaches on the Gulf of Mexico. Each of the rooms and suites has a private balcony, while you’ll also find a long list of kid-friendly activities on offer, from the multiple outdoor pools to a day camp for kids between the ages of 5 and 10 where they can play games and create crafts. Alternatively, opt for a day exploring South Florida’s largest private beach, then enjoy a Marco Island sunset before catching a live Fire Dancer show at the resort. Finding an on-site dining option is easy for even the pickiest eaters, as you’ll find cuisine from around the globe at the dozen restaurants available on-site.