20 Kid-Friendly Airbnbs to Rent for Your Next Family Vacation
When making travel plans with tiny people in tow, the cost-benefit analysis gets a little more complicated. Will this actually be relaxing? Will you and your kid be begging for the comfort (and toys) of your own home? And how will you schlep all this stuff?! Nobody needs R&R more than the parent population, and the good news is that it’s totally possible. All you need to do is book a family-friendly place to stay. Enter these kid-approved spots that include amenities like playhouses, indoor slides, kiddie pools, sprawling lawns, top-notch toy collections and even babysitter recommendations (so someone else can supervise while you hit the beach). Bon voyage.
1. Cape Cod Charmer (Cape Cod, Massachusetts)
This cozy and colorful beach cottage boasts a delightfully private, kid-approved attic sleep loft replete with toys, games, a set of twin beds and its own half bath. The house is stocked with a rotating library of books (if you don’t finish the one you pick, feel free to take it with you), and the beach, village center, children’s park and, best of all, famous Sundae School Ice Cream Parlor are just a stone’s throw (half-mile walk) away.
From $124 per night; sleeps 6
2. Smoky Mountain Hideaway (Tallassee, Tennessee)
These dreamboat hosts factor the kid count into their offering and make sure to have ample snacks and s’more ingredients waiting upon your arrival. Waterfront on Lake Chilhowee, this outdoor wonderland includes a Jacuzzi, snow-making machine and on-site tubing/sledding hill, a log porch swing, kayaks with paddle gear, tubes, floats, corn hole, Frisbee golf and an outdoor fire pit with marshmallow roasting sticks at the ready. (Bonus points for a portable crib for the baby.)
From $80/night; sleeps 9
3. Complimentary Babysitting in Bali (Ubud, Bali, Indonesia)
A family flight to Bali is no small feat, but this veritable paradise just might be worth it. The massive jungle estate includes a kid-friendly private game room with a pool table, darts, astronomical telescope, instruments and comfy beanbags for hanging out after a long day of splashing in the pool. The amazing grounds also have a hidden waterfall and lush tropical garden, home to a huge population of native butterflies. But the real cherry on top? Complimentary on-site babysitting is included.
From $525/night; sleeps 16+
4. Paradise in the Desert (Paradise Valley, Arizona)
This incredible property is a dry-heat-loving mama’s dream, as well as a haven for sporty and nature-buff kids. The property has a lake, lily-lined stream, citrus trees and koi pond, as well as a saltwater pool, basketball court, tennis court, volleyball court and Ping-Pong table. Plus, there’s a giant 60-inch TV for popcorn movie nights.
From $981/night; sleeps 10
5. Best of City Livin’ in Austin (Austin, Texas)
If an urban escape is on the bucket list, this gut-renovated gem has every amenity your little one could ask for. For playtime there’s an adorable custom playhouse, outdoor swing, chalk table for two and even a tiny vintage toy kitchenette and dining set. And the ideally outfitted kids’ bedroom features a twin bed, crib, toys and a changing table. Three cheers for light packing.
From $99/night; sleeps 4
6. Disney Dream House (Anaheim, California)
This Technicolor condo has your kids covered from every angle. All gear is included—think strollers, safety gates, high chairs, toys, books, a dollhouse, Pack ’n Plays, even children’s dishes and cups. Better still, the gated condo has complimentary access to a wading pool and jungle gym. Oh, and did we mention that it’s literally across the street from Disneyland? Convenience: the key to your most stress-free vacay ever.
From $169/night; sleeps 7
7. Bed & Breakfast in San Bernardino (Lake Arrowhead, California)
Perfect for a long weekend retreat, this bed-and-breakfast is cozy but comfortable. A private room at this Lake Arrowhead inn gets you a twin trundle bed for your children, a queen for the grown-ups, a TV and ample square footage to accommodate all the toys and books they provide. You also have access to a full kitchen and sprawling patio. And there’s no shortage of kid-friendly activities: In the warmer months, your family can enjoy a gorgeous scenic hike in San Bernardino National Forest, while in winter there’s plenty of fun in the snow. But snuggling with baby farm animals is an activity the whole fam can enjoy year-round. When you need some grown-up time, this sweet B&B has got you covered with a list of trusted babysitters.
From $100/night; sleeps 4
8. Porch Livin’ by the Beach (Folly Beach, South Carolina)
You’ll find a little slice of heaven hidden in the stunning sun-dappled forests that line the coast of Folly Beach. This beautiful family-friendly home is just a seven-minute walk from the beach and a 20-minute Uber to downtown Charleston. The large kids’ room boasts two bunk beds, and with five other bedrooms on this estate, you can bring a babysitter or three. The many sitting areas are well stocked with board games for family game nights, but we suggest you take the fun outside. The kids can run around in the backyard while you watch from the comfort of the sun-drenched patio and sip a cocktail (or as they call ’em in Charleston, a porch pounder).
From $379/night; sleeps 12
9. A Whimsical Nordic Wonderland (Copenhagen, Denmark)
If you weren’t planning an international vacation, this striking dream house just outside of Copenhagen might change your mind. Decorated in cozy Nordic style, the design details turn this home into an indoor playground and true paradise for children. The kids’ room includes four small beds built at different levels, gymnastic rings, a fire pole, a small cave and a play kitchen. One of the lofted sleeping areas features a large wooden slide to the first floor, where you’ll find an open floor plan complete with a spacious kitchen and modern living area. The property also boasts a backyard with a gorgeous garden teeming with berries, herbs and flowers. The front yard has a greenhouse and large dining table, and directly across the street you’ll find an outdoor playground. The convenient location makes it easy to explore the nearby cities of Copenhagen and Roskilde, but you might find it hard to leave this magical fantasy land.
From $164/night; sleeps 9
10. Paradise in Paraty (Paraty, Brazil)
This haven in Paraty, Brazil, has the best of both worlds: It’s close to the city center while surrounded by natural beauty (pristine beaches, a roaring river and breathtaking waterfalls are all nearby). The property itself is easy on the eyes too. A large yard with a beautiful flower garden is the ideal spot for play and relaxation, thanks to the kiddie pool and swaying hammock. The light-filled interior has amenities galore, including toys for the kids and a fully stocked library for the whole gang. The best part? The gracious hosts of this Paraty gem are available with babysitter recommendations so you and your S.O. can enjoy some much-needed quality time.
From $148/night; sleeps 6
11. Doing Stumptown in Style (Portland, Oregon)
Children are welcomed with open arms in this cheerful, bright and well-kept Portland apartment. Expect a space complete with amenities parents know can make or break a family vacation—toys, books, dinnerware, a stroller and more. And if you hear the pitter-patter of little footsteps above you, that’s just the sound of your Superhost’s own babies doing their thing. No matter how you do it, be sure to soak up the supreme natural beauty that Portland offers. Nearby are bluffs with enviable views of Hood River, and Mount Hood itself offers hiking for all levels. Your living quarters are also located within walking distance of the Mississippi district, known for its abundance of date-night spots. (Of course, your friendly host has a list of trusted babysitters.)
From $69/night; sleeps 4
12. Artist’s Escape (Miami, Florida)
The rainbow facade of this home is guaranteed to win over the heart of every child, but there’s much more to love at this colorful retreat. The interior vibe is clean and modern, but that doesn’t mean it’s lacking in personality; the walls are adorned with the vibrant works of local artists (some of which are for sale). The apartment is well stocked with kid-friendly amenities from dinnerware to toys. Be sure to scoop up the activity and restaurant guide the host has prepared for you and read it in the private garden before you plan your day.
From $112/night; sleeps 7
13. Paris on the Prairie (Chicago, Illinois)
If you’re planning a trip to Chi-Town, do your best to score this piece of prime vacation real estate. Located right across from child-friendly Lincoln Park, you’ll have easy access to the zoo, museums and multiple playgrounds. When you’re done with all that, decompress in your dream apartment, where the warm colors lend a cozy vibe to the sleek yet comfortable furniture. Your kids can play with the host-provided toys before you tuck them into their lofted sleeping space (a room with a view but not much height) while you retire to your own plush king bed with a smart TV.
From $58/night; sleeps 8
14. A Stunning Ski Chalet in California (Big Bear, California)
Whether you’re the next Lindsay Vonn or more about the après-ski, you best bring your brood to this Big Bear chalet, where cozy cabin in the woods meets luxury suite. Your kids will love reading bedtime stories by the fireplace, and you’ll love sleeping on plush mattresses with velvety soft bedding. Indoor downtime is made easy by a well-kept selection of toys, games, puzzles and DVDs. Of course, there will be plenty of outdoor play in the generous yard, but don’t bother packing your own sled, because that’s provided too. Just one more amenity for good measure: Kids and adults alike will enjoy warming up in the steaming Jacuzzi after the family snowball fight.
From $195/night; sleeps 5
15. Coastal Oregon Hideaway (Pacific City, Oregon)
This home rental in Pacific City, Oregon, is within walking distance of the scenic (and surfing) beaches of Cape Kiwanda. And thanks to tons of toys, wetsuits, boards and bikes, you can definitely travel light and still stay active (if your family is into that kind of thing). The huge patio and back balcony are perfect for stargazing, but if you get sick of stars and sandcastles, there’s no shortage of other activities. Check out the horseback beach trails, fishing expeditions and wildlife refuge before finishing off your trip with a babysitter and a brewery tour.
From $113/night; sleeps 8
16. Island Paradise in Hawaii (Keeau, Hawaii)
Quiet, secluded and surrounded by breathtaking views, this Paradise Park property will whisk you away from the tourist noise and lull your kids to sleep (maybe). Best of all, you get an all-access pass to safely view lava plumes, visit black sand beaches and witness spectacular sunrises. The round cedar exterior of this home has plenty of quirky charm plus an enormous patio and concrete courtyard, so pack all the chalk...but not much else. The interior is pristine, spacious and impressively well equipped with toys, books, baby gear and everything else you’ll need for your picture-postcard getaway.
From $75/night; sleeps 7
17. Modern Comfort in Madrid (Madrid, Spain)
Flying long-haul with kids can be brutal, but once you step off the plane and into this chic metropolis, you’ll be glad you made the trip. The hosts of this sunny and colorful apartment have kids of their own, so they know the struggle is real—that’s why they set you up with pretty much everything you need for your family vacay. The kids’ rooms have a crib, bunk beds, toys and books, while the kitchen has toddler dinnerware and a high chair. Possibly the best amenity of all is the city-friendly stroller, a must-have for checking out the sites (and hitting up the tapas bars).
From $110/night; sleeps 6
18. Victorian Luxury in the Mountains (Catskill, New York)
Want to enjoy a mountain vacation without actually roughing it? No problem. This tastefully furnished Victorian charmer is located in the town of Catskill and is just a short walk from restaurants, shops, breweries and a beautiful riverside park (replete with playgrounds, picnic tables and grassy fields for running your kids ragged). Or let your brood tucker themselves out at home, thanks to a large patio, grill and sprawling grassy backyard. The impeccably clean and well-decorated interior is also full of kid-friendly details like a twin-size trundle bed, a great selection of toys and books plus a high chair. This pad is so comfy you might prefer to stay put,but try to take a break from that sun-drenched patio to appreciate the hiking trails and natural beauty of the Catskill mountain range, only a 20-minute drive away.
From $130/night; sleeps 5
19. Lakeside Lounging (Traverse City, Michigan)
You don’t need to head for the coast to chill out on a warm stretch of sand. This lakeside carriage house offers 132 feet of private beach on the beloved West Grand Traverse Bay plus easy access to wineries on the Old Mission Peninsula. You’re just a six-minute scenic stroll into the heart of Traverse City, where you’ll find shops and restaurants galore. Best of all, you won’t go broke on baggage fees, because this rental comes stocked with all the gear you need for both beach time and bedtime (what kid doesn’t love bunk beds?). If you want to take a break from dining out with picky eaters, you can make use of the fire pit and the full kitchen. Pro tip: Unwind on the covered porch and soak up the calm of your private oasis after the kids are in bed.
From $200/night; sleeps 10
20. Fishtown for Kids (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
If a trip to Fishtown is on your travel to-do list and you have a toddler in tow, definitely consider this sleek, modern home that will make packing a breeze (well, almost). This sweet rental boasts a bunch of family-friendly amenities, including a vast selection of children’s toys and books, toddler dinnerware, a high chair, a crib and even a changing table. The parents that own this place have also done all the babyproofing for you to ensure you don’t have to spend half your trip assessing each room for risk. And since settling in won’t take too long, you’ll have ample time to enjoy the fun-filled neighborhood that happens to be walking distance from some of Philly’s finest restaurants and attractions like the Fillmore for date night and the Fishtown Rec Center for tot time.
From $200/night; sleeps 5
Additional reporting by Grace Beuley Hunt