Family resorts and kid-friendly hotels in Minnesota

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Known as the “Land of 10,000 Lakes,” Minnesota offers endless outdoor activities such as fishing, boating, hiking, and camping.

Families can also explore the vibrant Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, which offer world-class museums, galleries, and restaurants. With a rich cultural heritage and stunning natural beauty, Minnesota is an ideal vacation spot for families of all ages.

To help plan your trip, we have rounded up the best family resorts and kid-friendly hotels in Minnesota. Check our list below and book your stay now! 

Best family resorts and kid-friendly hotels in Minnesota

Arrowwood Lodge at Brainerd Lakes

Located near the Brainerd Lakes, this affordable family-friendly hotel offers endless splashy fun.

Preteens can have a blast at the sprawling indoor water park boasting a lazy river-style pool, a twisting water slide, and interactive water features, while the grown-ups lounge poolside. The whole family can later play sand volleyball. The hotel also provides a game room.

Families can enjoy a variety of activities near the property, including fishing, golfing, hiking, and shopping.

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Great Wolf Lodge Bloomington

Great Wolf Lodge Bloomington is ideal for families with kids of all ages because of its fun and engaging activities designed with every age group in mind, such as water parks, adventure courses such as climbing walls and a ropes course, the arcade, a bowling alley, interactive games, kids’ yoga, and workshops.

Additionally, the Lodge offers family-friendly suites, including themed accommodations and dining options that cater to the needs of parents and kids alike.

Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge is a great spot for a fun-filled family hike. The refuge is only a 2-minute drive from this ultimate kid-friendly hotel.

Edgewater Hotel & Waterpark

Nestled in the heart of Duluth, this budget-friendly hotel features a huge indoor water park that will be your kids’ favorite.

Float on the River’s Edge, let your toddlers splash around the Paradise Playground, or take a spin through the Tiki Thriller – the choice is yours! While the little ones have a blast, kids can

The Marshall W. Alworth Planetarium is an excellent spot for families to have a great time near Edgewater Hotel! 

Rapid River Lodge

Rapid RiverLodge offers a fun-filled indoor water park with two large spiraling slides along with a family pool and a lazy river. Kids can head over to the game room after having a blast at the water park. 

Parents can enjoy quality time together by relaxing poolside or unwinding in the whirlpool spa.

Guests can enjoy a variety of outdoor activities, including fishing, boating, and hiking in nearby areas such as Whitefish Chain of Lakes, Crow Wing State Park, and Paul Bunyan State Trail. We recommend exploring Safari North Wildlife Park and Nisswa City Beach for families with kids.

Luxury family resorts and kid-friendly hotels in Minnesota

Broadway Plaza

Boasting a prime location in Downtown Rochester and spacious family rooms, this kid-friendly aparthotel features Skyway access. Relaxation is steps away with an indoor pool and a hot tub. 

The grown-ups can unwind steam room or lounge on the poolside while kids splash around. 

Take your kids to the Mall of America, Nickelodeon Universe, Sea Life Aquarium, and the Minnesota Children’s Museum for a fun family outing.

The Berkman

Find calm in this elegant kid-friendly hotel where tiny tots can take a dip in the sparkling pool and have a blast in the game room. 

Break free from city life’s hardworking and busy culture by relaxing under the sun. Enjoy a panoramic city view from the balcony, or arrange a family BBQ night in the picnic area. Go fishing and hiking with your family to enjoy the great outdoors.

Visit nearby attractions such as the Minnesota State Fair, Como Park Zoo and Conservatory, the Science Museum of Minnesota, and the Mall of America.

Inexpensive family resorts and kid-friendly hotels in Minnesota

Good Ol Days Resort

Good Ol Days Resort is where families come to reconnect with nature and each other. Your little ones can work up a sweat in the outdoor playground or head to the on-site game room.

Rent a boat to immerse yourself in nature. Enjoy cycling and canoeing with the whole family to make unforgettable memories. 

This lakeside resort for families offers various perfect spots to plan a family picnic, so prepare your basket and enjoy dining al fresco.

Chase On The Lake

With its direct scenic views, direct lake access, and a variety of on-site outdoor activities for families, including kayaking, paddle boarding, and biking, this budget-friendly family hotel is a great option for families with kids of all ages, especially teenagers.

Chase On The Lake boasts a private beach and offers rentals for pontoon boats, fishing boats, and jet skis on the lake.

Fish with your family on private docks or indulge in relaxing spa treatments with your partner while the kids splash around in the indoor pool. Don’t forget to experience lakeside dining on-site.

Best Western Rochester Hotel

Book your stay at the Best Western Rochester Hotel offering spacious family suites for an affordable price in Rochester.

The indoor pool features a fun water slide and a basketball hoop, making it ideal for older kids. The kids’ splash pad is perfect for parents traveling with toddlers. 

While the kids are having fun, parents can enjoy a relaxing soak in the hot tub.

After a long day of splashy fun, parents and kids can enjoy a delectable meal at the on-site restaurant. 

Best Western Plus Kelly Inn

Overlooking the Mississippi River, Best Western Plus Kelly Inn is a sleek yet inexpensive hotel for families in Saint Cloud, a city known for its scenic parks and recreational activities.

The budget-friendly hotel provides a kiddie pool adjacent to the main pool, thus ensuring a great time for both adults and tiny tots. The game room offers group activities for kids to socialize and have extra fun.

Parents can fully unwind in the whirlpool tub or by the outdoor fireplace.

DoubleTree by Hilton

DoubleTree by Hilton will surprise the little ones with warm cookies upon arrival.

The kids can splash around in the indoor pool or play darts in the game room at DoubleTree by Hilton.

Parents can check out the fitness center or enjoy the happy hour at the bar. The whole family can play tennis on the on-site courts.

Plan a visit to Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, Chain of Lakes, and Mill City Museums with your family near this inexpensive hotel.

Wyndham Garden Otsego

You don’t have to go over the budget in order to make your kids happy. Book a stay at Wyndham Garden Otsego, a budget-friendly hotel featuring a large waterpark with four-story water slides, a lazy river, and a kiddie pool.

The game room can be the whole family’s favorite spot in the hotel. For grown-ups, the whirlpool bath is perfect for forgetting about the stress of everyday life.

William H. Houlton Conservation Area is great for fishing, so don’t forget to take your kids there. 

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Best Western Plus Bloomington Hotel

Best Western Plus is an elegant hotel for families with younger kids featuring an indoor water park with a splash pad and the smallest water slide, ideal for toddlers.

The on-site restaurant offers kids’ meals, thus ensuring a worry-free stay.

There is a wide array of family-friendly attractions and activities in the hotel’s proximity, including the Mall of America, Nickelodeon Universe, and Sea Life Aquarium. Families can also explore the Minnesota Zoo, Fort Snelling State Park, and the Hyland Lake Park Reserve, which offers hiking, biking, and skiing trails.

Ruttger's Bay Lake Resort

 Ruttger’s Bay Lake Resort provides seasonal activities and family-friendly events in Deerwood. 

Parents can head to the wellness center for rejuvenation treatments and the whole family can go karaoke. Thanks to the kids’ buffet, even the pickiest eaters won’t be left hungry.

The Twin Cities are only a 2-hour drive from this serene property so don’t forget to plan a visit to St. Paul and Minneapolis for a fun family outing.

Staybridge Suites Rochester

Offering spacious rooms overlooking the Genesee River, Staybridge Suites Rochester is an affordable hotel offering on-site kid-friendly dining options.

Parents can head to the hot tub to unwind after a long journey. Dads can show off their BBQ skills by preparing a hearty meal for the whole family using the on-site grill.

The whole family can gather around the outdoor fireplace to roast s’mores and enjoy quality family time before heading to bed.

AmericInn by Wyndham Baudette

Book a stay at Americlnn by Wyndham Baudette and let your kids hone their swimming skills in the indoor pool while adults lounge poolside. 

Challenge each other at the game room, arrange a family picnic, and enjoy al fresco dining. The outdoor firepit is a great spot to relax in the evening. Don’t forget to bring your furry friend to this pet-friendly hotel to keep the whole family together!

Guests can rent snowmobiles and explore the trails and backcountry areas surrounding Baudette in the winter months or explore Zippel Bay State Park in the summer.

Caribou Highlands Lodge

Take your family to Caribou Highlands Lodge, an all-season resort for families nestled in the mountains. The resort offers a kids’ club where parents can drop off their tiny tots and spend quality time together.

The whole family can have endless splashy fun at indoor and outdoor pools. Plan a day out canoeing with the family to enjoy the beautiful view of the Sawtooth Mountains

Guests can go skiing, snowboarding, hiking, and mountain biking in the Lutsen Mountains area and explore the North Shore’s scenic beauty.

The Suites Hotel at Waterfront Plaza

Stay in the heart of historic Canal Park and experience a comfortable family stay at this affordable hotel.

The on-site game room provides puzzles and board games for kids and adults. 

Parents can unwind in the sauna before heading to the hot tub. Family rooms are spacious enough to accommodate large families. 

Take your family to Great Lakes Aquarium and Duluth Canal Park, or visit Leif Erickson Park Rose Garden, which is only a stone’s throw away from the property. 

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FAQ

  • Which family resort features an adults-only spa?

    Ruttger's Bay Lake Resort offers an adults-only spa where adults can indulge in relaxing body treatments and massages in order to fully unwind.

  • Which family resort offers the best activities for kids?

    Great Wolf Lodge Bloomington, Arrowwood Lodge at Brainerd Lakes, and Edgewater Hotel & Waterpark offer an on-site water park, a game room, and plenty of other on-site activities to keep the kids entertained all day long.

  • Which kid-friendly hotel is best for teenagers?

    Teenagers would enjoy Great Wolf Lodge Bloomington in Minnesota because of its thrilling water slides, a wave pool, a ropes course, and an arcade. 

  • What is the best time of year to visit Minnesota with children?

    The best time to visit Minnesota with children depends on the season and your family's interests. Spring in Minnesota is quieter but still offers hiking and indoor attractions. In summer, families can engage in endless outdoor activities. Fall is great for admiring beautiful foliage and participating in harvest activities, while winter offers snow sports and festivals. Ultimately, it depends on your family's preferences.