5 Epic Family Vacation Rentals Your Kids Will Remember Forever
From what they want for dinner to what they think about your outfit, your kids have a bit of a no-holds-barred policy when it comes to voicing their opinions. And family vacation? They want a hand in picking the locale (a tree house! a water park!). Good news: Turns out you can, in fact, rent your children their dreams. We hit up our friends at HomeAway for five rentable escapes they’ll be really, really excited about.
A Waterpark Resort (Mason, TX)
Calling all giant family gatherings: This sprawling Texan resort is escapism at its best. The property boasts a rustic game shack, tennis and basketball courts and abuts a wide, lazy river perfect for rafting, tubing and kayaking. But the crème de la crème from a munchkin perspective? The epic four-story water slide, which empties out into a pristine pool.
From $1,450/night, sleeps 35
A Private Island (Belize)
Sure, renting a private pool would sit well with your brood, but renting a private island? Hello, Peter Pan fantasies IRL. The whole family will love the pristine sandy beaches, candy-colored cabanas, calm waters and friendly full-time staff gracing this idyllic retreat. (Psst, the island sleeps 14, making it the perfect spot for a double or triple family vaca.)
From $1,643/night; sleeps 14
A Cabin With Indoor Mini Golf (Sevierville, TN)
This entertainment-optimized cabin retreat has kiddo-approved distractions up the wazoo. Think: An in-house movie theater, a 60-game multicade, a pool and Ping-Pong tables and, best of all, a private indoor putting range. All of which translates to plenty of parental quiet time for enjoying the panoramic views of the Great Smoky Mountains deckside, bourbon cocktail in hand.
From $265/night; sleeps 10
A Coastal Castle (Sequim, WA)
Got a kid who’s obsessed with Frozen? Make her dreams come true by renting this whimsical castle replete with a Crayola box paint job, stone turrets and passageways, stained glass windows and a private beach. As for the fine linens, Jacuzzi and steam shower inside? Hey, moms can play princess too sometimes. Invite your besties’ families along; this place sleeps 24 people.
From $800/night; sleeps 24
An Enchanted Tree house (Weaverville, NC)
They’ve been asking you for a tree house for years, but you’re not about to do that to your beautiful old elm. Luckily you can just rent them the tricked-out tree house of their dreams instead. Luxury finishes for mom, magical bird's-eye-view fort for the gang.
From $462/night; sleeps 4