Best California Resorts for Families

Hotel del Coronado

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Visiting the Golden State with kids? These resorts and hotels roll out the red carpet for families with special amenities, such as fabulous pools, kids' clubs, kids' menus, family activities, baby gear rental, and more.

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Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay

Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company
Address
1 Miramontes Point Rd, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019, USA
Phone
+1 650-712-7000

Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay is a luxury resort that's family-friendly too, offering Ritz Kids programs and Kids Night Out evenings as well. This plush property is located on the scenic California coast 40 minutes south of San Francisco, near Palo Alto and Menlo Park, in the famed Silicon Valley.

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Resort at Squaw Creek

Resort at Squaw Creek
Destination Hotels
Address
400 Squaw Creek Rd, Olympic Valley, CA 96146, USA
Phone
+1 530-412-7034

The AAA four-diamond Resort at Squaw Creek in Lake Tahoe is a ski resort in winter with its own chairlift accessing Squaw Valley ski area. Summer fun on Lake Tahoe includes biking, guided hikes, and fly-fishing. Activities include bocce ball, croquet, tie-dying t-shirts, s'more-roasting at outdoor fire pits, and​ a drive-in movie. The Mountain Buddies kids program runs year-round (fee).

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El Capitan Canyon

Glamping at El Capitan Canyon, Santa Barbara
El Capitan Canyon
Address
11560 Calle Real, Santa Barbara, CA 93117-9789, USA
Phone
+1 805-685-3887

For families who like camping but don't love roughing it, glamping at El Capitan Canyon is the best of both worlds, delivering the sounds of nature, the smell of campfires and plenty of free-form fun by the beach—but in a hassle-free setting with comfy beds, running water, and easy access to meals.

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Disneyland Resort Hotels

Disneyland Hotel Anaheim pool
Walt Disney Parks
Address
1313 Disneyland Dr, Anaheim, CA 92802, USA
Phone
+1 714-781-4636

The original Disneyland located in Anaheim is, of course, a major vacation spot for families. There are three hotels on-property: the Disneyland Hotel, Paradise Pier, and the plush Grand Californian, which offers child care and kids' activities. All three resorts are within a short walk of both Disney theme parks.

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Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa

Hyatt Huntington Beach
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Address
21500 Pacific Coast Hwy, Huntington Beach, CA 92648-5300, USA
Phone
+1 714-698-1234

Huntington Beach is a trendy beach town south of LA that bills itself as "Surf City USA." The Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa offers Camp Hyatt with daytime and evening sessions and a raft of activities including pool and beach games, s'mores roasts, storytelling, stargazing, koi fish feeding, sand crabbing, and more. 

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Cavallo Point

Cavallo Point in Sausalito, CA
Kodiak Greenwood/Cavallo Point
Address
601 Murray Cir, Sausalito, CA 94965, USA
Phone
+1 415-339-4700

Just across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco, picturesque Sausalito exudes an upscale European vibe, thanks to its yacht-dotted harbor, charming waterfront, tony restaurants and impressive homes that climb up the Bougainvillea-covered hillside. Set in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, the luxurious Cavallo Point commands a one-of-a-kind historic vantage on the grounds of Fort Baker, a former army post.

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Hotel del Coronado Resort

Hotel del coronado
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Address
1500 Orange Ave, Coronado, CA 92118, USA
Phone
+1 619-435-6611

The gorgeous landmark Hotel del Coronado in San Diego is a real treat, set on 26 beachfront acres and packed with family-friendly fun, from kids programs and a teen lounge to family s'mores night and drive-in movies in the summertime. There's also a Surf Camp, bike rentals, and more.

 

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Great Wolf Lodge Garden Grove

Alberta Falls Water Ride at Great Wolf Lodge
Great Wolf Lodge
Address
12681 S Harbor Blvd, Garden Grove, CA 92840, USA
Phone
+1 888-960-9653

Great Wolf Lodge Southern California's main draw is its 105,000-square foot indoor water park, which includes a wave pool, a lazy river, a surf simulator, a climbing structure and splash area with five small slides. The resort also offers plenty of dry fun and is impervious to the weather, offering either an appealing one-stop short getaway or a nice complement to a trip to Disneyland, just two miles away.

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Santa Barbara Family Vacation Center

Santa Barbara Family Vacation Center
Santa Barbara Family Vacation Center
Address
San Rafael Hall, Santa Barbara, CA 93106, USA
Phone
+1 805-893-3123

Not a resort or a hotel, but the Santa Barbara Family Vacation Center is an excellent, all-inclusive option for families on the campus of University of California at Santa Barbara. There are eight one-week sessions offered during July and August. Families stay for a week that includes many activities for kids and for the whole family. You can participate as little or as much as you like, or go off-campus and explore Santa Barbara with your family. 

 

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Fairmont San Francisco

Fairmont San Francisco
Fairmont Hotels & Resorts
Address
950 Mason St, San Francisco, CA 94108, USA
Phone
+1 415-772-5000

Visiting San Francisco? The Fairmont San Francisco's downtown location is as good as it gets, right at the top of Nob Hill at the only spot where all three of the city's cable car lines meet. The hotel is within walking distance of many wonderful restaurants and shops, and close to Fisherman's Wharf and Union Square.

 

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Terranea Resort

Terranea Resort
Terranea Resort
Address
100 Terranea Way, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275, USA
Phone
+1 310-494-7891

The luxurious Terranea Resort is perched above the ocean, just 20 minutes south of LAX Airport. Highlights include a nine-hole golf course, children's center with kids programs, and scenic bluff-top trails. Guests can choose from guestrooms, suites, bungalows, and villas.

Edited by Suzanne Rowan Kelleher

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Best California Resorts for Families