The 9 Best Family-Friendly Resorts Near NYC to Visit

Getty Images

The 9 Best Family-Friendly Resorts Near NYC to Visit

With temperatures rising and summer is coming up fast, families are itching to plan a fun vacation! If hopping on a plane isn’t in the cards for you at the moment, you can still plan a getaway by booking a stay at a family-friendly resort that is located not too far from NYC! 

Psst… Here’s your guide to visiting the newly-opened Gilder Center at the AMNH!

Crystal Springs Resort

1 Wild Turkey Way, Hamburg, NJ 07419
(973) 862-4351
1 hour 20 mins from Midtown

If you are looking for a summer escape that you don’t have to travel far for, look no further than Crystal Springs Resort! For the little ones, there are many fun activities they can be a part of such as kite coloring and flying, archery and foot golf.

The parents can also get some time to themselves and have some fun too by booking a spa treatment, attending a wine and sip class or just relaxing in the summer heat!

Rocking Horse Ranch Resort

600 State Route 44/55 Highland, NY 12528
(844) 402-3214
1 hour 45 minutes from Midtown

Rocking Horse Ranch Resort is a popular destination for families all year round, but their spring and summer activities are some of the best around.

This all inclusive resort has hundreds of activities that are included in your stay, making it a great bang for your buck experience. The resort is also known for their award-winning accommodations and strives to make your stay as relaxing and enjoyable as possible. 

Mohonk Mountain House

1000 Mountain Rest Road, New Paltz, NY 12561
(866) 858-6646
2 hours from Midtown

Known as Hudson Valley’s Most Iconic Resort, Mohonk Mountain House was founded by the Smiley Family in 1869 and has continued to host families ever since.

All of the rooms are made of Victorian luxury with modern amenities and have beautiful views of Hudson Valley. After admiring the views, families can take a dip in the pool or Lake Mohonk and take part in other seasonal activities such as horseback riding and archery.

The Kartrite Resort

555 Resorts World Drive, Monticello, NY 12701
(844) 527-8748
2 hours from Midtown

Sometimes an indoor waterpark resort is the option you want for a getaway with the family. The Kartrite Resort is one of the best options for families of all ages and is known as New York’s biggest indoor water parks!

Not only does it have 324 amazingly designed suites that families can stay in, but they also have a packed activity calendar that will keep your kids busy all day.

Woodloch Resort

731 Welcome Lake Road, Hawley, PA 18428
(570) 685-8000
2 hours 15 mins from Midtown

The Woodloch Resort has been voted the #1 family-friendly resort by USA Today and continues to be a go to resort for many NYC families! This resort has over 30 activities scheduled everyday and has tons of nightly entertainment options so every guest has something fun to look forward to each day!

Your kids will love spending time on the bumper boats, taking out a go kart or just splashing around in the indoor and outdoors pools. Parents, on the other hand, can spend some time watching a comedy show or winding down at their spa.

Villa Roma Resort

356 Villa Roma Road, Callicoon, NY 12723
(845) 877-4880
2 hours 15 mins from Midtown

Your family will have an experience to remember when booking a stay at Villa Roma Resort! There are a wide variety of activities that families can take part in such as indoor and outdoor pools, sports and games and a game room all on site!

Your family can also take the extra step and get the all-inclusive package so all of these activities can be included in the cost of your stay.


801 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ 08401
(609) 487-4600
3 hours from Midtown

The Showboat Resort in Atlantic City provides a place to stay as well as a place to play. Located on the legendary AC boardwalk, it’s the ultimate destination for a fun getaway.

The resort features the Lucky Snake Arcade; with over 300 games, it’s perfect for both kids and kids at heart.

Relax by the pool or hit the beach. Plus, don’t miss the Island Waterpark, coming early this summer. Float down the lazy river, ride unbeatable water attractions and have a great day with the whole family.

The Whiteface Lodge

7 Whiteface Inn Lane, Lake Placid, NY 12946
(518) 523-0505
5 hours from Midtown

The Whiteface Lodge is located in the Adirondacks’ High Peaks region of Upstate New York and is a popular destination for parents to get some serious relaxation while the kids have some fun!

This lodge has a canoe club where families can visit to try out the complimentary kayaks, pedal boats, canoes, and more.

Guests can also register their kids for Whiteface’s children’s programs so parents can sneak away for a spa day or hike while your kids spend time participating in activities such as making arts & crafts or participating in a scavenger hunt.

High Peaks Resort

2384 Saranac Avenue, Lake Placid NY 12946
(518) 523-4411
5 hours from Midtown

Enjoy everything that the Adirondacks’ has to offer when visiting High Peaks Resort!

Not only are there a lot of amenities on the resort, but the resort is also located right in downtown Lake Placid so families can walk around the town, shop and take in the breathtaking views of the mountains.

To top it all off, the High Peaks Resort is pet-friendly so your furry friends can join in on the fun!

Relevant Directory Listings

See More

New York Society of Play Summer Camp and Classes

<p dir="ltr"><strong>Summer Game Camp</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">There are many who do not feel safe sending their children back out into the world with summer camp, this year. To serve those parents and keep the children connected and stimulated during this challenging time, we are offering NYSP Digital Summer Camp. The name of the game with NYSP Summer Camp is community. We have made a large effort to make our camp feel like a living space, with features including –</p> <p dir="ltr">- Role-Playing games familiar and new, led by our master storytellers!</p> <p dir="ltr">- Enriching electives such as Chess, World Building, Character Acting, Crafts, Drawing, and more!</p> <p dir="ltr">- Discussion and media screening rooms during lunch!</p> <p dir="ltr">- A digital campus!</p> <p dir="ltr">- Moderated chat hours!</p> <p dir="ltr"> </p> <p dir="ltr">Join us for a summer of games, friends, and more!</p> <p dir="ltr">Mon - Fri 10am - 2:30pm</p> <p dir="ltr"> </p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Roleplay Expeditions: Dungeons & Dragons</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">No experience is required to join one of our Dungeons & Dragons games. Our game masters have pre-made character sheets, so you'll be able to start playing the game right away! We adapt the rules of traditional Dungeons & Dragons to make them more approachable to children of various ages. Battle in dungeons, search for relics, and make new friends in our one-of-a-kind Dungeons & Dragons workshop! </p> <p dir="ltr"> </p> <p dir="ltr">Public games meet once per week, with different groups every time. Private games meet 1 to 2 times per week with the same group of kids. Since the players and the storyteller in the group are consistent, this enables us to tell epic tales of adventure together!</p> <p dir="ltr"> </p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Dungeons & Dragons Junior</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">No experience is required to join one of our drop-in Dungeons & Dragons games. Our Dungeons & Dragons Jr. game provides a D&D storytelling experience without character sheets. Battle in dungeons, search for relics, and make new friends in our one-of-a-kind Dungeons & Dragons workshop! A great way to introduce young children to D&D so they can eventually move onto the main game.</p>

Joe's Music & Dance Academy

<p><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;" data-sheets-value="{" data-sheets-userformat="{">Private and group music lessons & dance classes for Guitar, Bass, Voice, Violin, Viola, Cello, Upright Bass, Drums, Piano, all woodwind & brass instruments, Choir, Preschool Dance, Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Tap, Step, African and Modern Dance and more. Helping thousands of students begin and continue on their musical journey since 1998!</span></p>

Manhattan Mandarin

<p>Manhattan Mandarin runs the Mandarin after-school programs at over 40 schools</p> <p>nationwide, including St. Bernard's, Chapin, Allen-Stevenson, and Buckley. Whether</p> <p>in schools, students' homes, in the office, online, or on our beloved China trips, our</p> <p>teachers and tutors have helped hundreds of students of all ages master the Mandarin</p> <p>language on their own unique paths to fluency. Our philosophy has always been to</p> <p>make private lessons and classes perfectly tailored for each individual student. We</p> <p>look forward to working with you.</p> <p>- Jamie Keyte, Founder</p>