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Best 2023 Family-Friendly Destinations in the United States

by Mary Melnick

Dec 22, 2022

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Take your family travels to one of these U.S.-based, family-friendly destinations in 2023.



LEGOLAND New York Resort offers an ultimate theme park experience in the beautiful Hudson Valley. At LEGOLAND New York, kids ages 2–12 and their families can ride, climb, splash and build their way through seven themed lands. Next year, 2023, is particularly exciting, with the debut of the park’s Water Playground for guests to cool off during the warmer months. The park also features seasonal events like Red, White and Boom for the Fourth of July, Brick-or-Treat for Halloween, and Holiday Bricktacular for the holiday season. After a day full of fun, spend the night in one of the hotel’s 250 themed guestrooms, boasting interactive features and separate sleeping areas for kids.


LEGOLAND California

At LEGOLAND California, families enjoy more than 60 rides, shows and attractions, including the new LEGO Ferrari Build & Race, SEA LIFE aquarium, LEGOLAND Hotel and LEGOLAND Castle Hotel. In Spring 2023, the park unveils the world’s first LEGO City of San Diego in MINILAND USA, which features the best landmarks, iconic structures and historical buildings throughout the city. After a day of exploring, settle in at LEGOLAND Hotel or LEGOLAND Castle Hotel. Both hotels feature themed guestrooms, separate sleeping areas for kids and an in-room treasure hunt with prizes.


Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico is one of the most accessible destinations for U.S. travelers, as they can visit without a passport. Avoid visiting July–August, hurricane season. Explore the waterfalls in El Yunque National Rainforest, kayak in one of the three bioluminescent bays or see American history firsthand with a tour of the 18th-century Castillo San Cristóbal fortress in San Juan.


JW Marriott Orlando Bonnet Creek Resort & Spa

Families visiting JW Marriott Orlando Bonnet Creek Resort & Spa find no shortage of fun activities. The resort launched a collection of spacious family suites, including bunk beds for the kids, a luxurious connecting room with a king-sized bed for adults and a separate living area. The property offers a variety of indoor/outdoor amenities, including a parent- and grandparent-friendly spa with unique massages and treatments. For tweens and teens, the resort boasts the Kids Conservatory Lounge, complete with games and virtual reality headsets. The younger ones can enjoy daily crafts and activities at Hidden Garden Kids Club. Spend quality family time in the resort’s pool, at the rooftop rock-climbing wall or with a game mini golf course. Guests can also head to one of the Disney World parks with the resort’s complimentary shuttles.


Wailea Beach Resort

Nestled between two of Maui’s golden sand crescent beaches at the ocean’s edge, Wailea Beach Resort is perfect for family-friendly luxury. Spanning 22 acres, the resort features three spectacular pool experiences, including the longest waterslide in Maui. The expansive NALU pool offers four waterslides, several splash zones, a swim-through grotto and spacious family cabanas. Take the kids to Keiki Kids Club (open to children aged 5–12) and GameSpace for games like foosball, billiards, shuffleboard and vintage arcade games. New this fall, Wailea Beach Resort’s ‘Ohana New Parents Package aims to make traveling with an infant a breeze. Inspired by the Hawai’ian word ‘Ohana, or family, the resort partnered with luxury baby carrier brand Artipoppe and diaper brand Coterie for special amenities for families with new babies.


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