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-approved place to stay. Enter these kid-friendly Airbnbs 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.
22 Kid-Friendly Airbnbs to Rent for Your Next Family Vacation
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- Sleeps: 8
- Rate: $684/night
- Why We Love It: train-themed, fire pit, great location, toys and games, on-site dance studio
This modern reimagining of a historic early 20th century train depot has a sprawling and fully fenced backyard, a grand piano (for your budding Mozart), a popcorn maker, a reading nook with children’s toys and books, super neat capsule-style beds for the little ones (inspired by train sleeper cars), a sprung-floor dance studio and a separate caboose—because, why not? It’s also an incredibly cool and novel design concept that is guaranteed to steal the heart of any Thomas the Tank Engine fan…or anyone who appreciates impeccable interior design, featuring enough bright colors to put a Children’s Museum to shame. All aboard, indeed!
- Sleeps: 7
- Rate: $675/night
- Why We Love It: modern decor, winter activities, baby gear, babysitter recommendations, climbing wall, central location
This swoon-worthy chalet is located in Hakuba, Japan (home to the 1998 Winter Olympics) and just steps away from the village’s most vibrant area, Echoland, where bars, restaurants and shops abound—and that’s good to know, given that this rental comes with complimentary babysitter recommendations. When you’re spending QT with the kids, you’ll also be excited to learn that the interior space is thoroughly baby-proofed and equipped with a wide range of kid and baby supplies (including a high chair, crib and dinnerware). The most exciting feature of this place, though, is the two-story climbing wall, which seamlessly blends in with the stylish modern decor and promises to keep kids (and active adults) entertained for the entirety of the stay.
- Sleeps: 8
- Rate: $132/night
- Why We Love It: accommodating (super)hosts, on-site outdoor recreation and water activities
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.)
- Sleeps: 16+
- Rate: $459/night
- Why We Love It: game room, pool, tropical setting, complimentary babysitting services, great for groups
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.
- Sleeps: 9
- Rate: $832/night
- Why We Love It: on-site outdoor recreation, scenic property, warm climate
This incredible property is a dry-heat-loving mama’s dream, as well as a haven for sporty and nature-buff kids. The five-acre 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.
- Sleeps: 7
- Rate: $266/night
- Why We Love It: Disney resort vibes, prime location, colorful decor, toy selection, baby gear, on-site playground and pool
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.
- Sleeps: 10
- Rate: $285/night
- Why We Love It: private beach access, water activities, scenic, central location
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.
- Sleeps: 12
- Rate: $583/night
- Why We Love It: beach access, close proximity to downtown, toys and games, large outdoor space
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).
- Sleeps: 7
- Rate: $569/night
- Why We Love It: scenic; close proximity to beaches and town center; playhouse, trampoline and pool
If you can survive a flight to the land down under with kids in tow, your efforts will be rewarded—provided you stay at this Byron Bay gem, that is. This property is located within a national park (and protected wildlife corridor), so you can expect a scenic and peaceful stay with a whole lot of natural beauty to enjoy. This charming family home also features a heated swimming pool, a large and impeccably maintained two-story playhouse, a giant trampoline and a sprawling lawn where the kids can run themselves ragged. Should you decide to stray from the property, you’ll be pleased to find that you’re just a short drive from Byron Bay’s beautiful beaches and vibrant town center.
- Sleeps: 4
- Rate: $75/night
- Why We Love It: tropical setting, waterslides, game room
This taste of Brazilian paradise boasts a gorgeous and serene tropical setting, plus some very amazing attractions to ensure the whole fam can make the most of the natural surroundings without even leaving the property. In fact, the apartment is part of a complex that was once a water park—and it has stayed true to its roots by offering guests access to multiple waterslides that lead to kid-friendly natural pools (and one that leads to a river for the stronger swimmers in your brood). There are also numerous walking trails that wind through lush rainforest and a large deck for sunbathing when it’s time to towel off. Oh, and did we mention that the interior features a well-stocked game room and a generously sized star-roof for observing the night sky? Yep, this one checks all the boxes…and then some.
- Sleeps: 4
- Rate: $95/night
- Why We Love It: accommodating hosts, large toy selection, baby gear, central location
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.)
- Sleeps: 7
- Rate: $128/night
- Why We Love It: artsy vibes, vibrant decor, toy selection, baby gear, private garden
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.
- Sleeps: 10
- Rate: $254/night
- Why We Love It: artsy vibes, themed bedrooms, on-site arcade, central location
If you’re planning a trip to Chi-Town, do your best to score this piece of prime vacation real estate, which is located in a quiet neighborhood on the west side of the city and just a stone’s throw away from Museum Campus. Despite the easy access to Chicago’s cultural hub, the brood might find it hard to leave the apartment—specifically the very well-appointed game room, which features over 1,000 arcade and video games, plus bumper pool, foosball and skee ball set ups. Indeed, a stay at this spot promises enough kid-friendly entertainment to fill a whole itinerary without even going outside (and that’s especially good news if you’re planning on visiting the Windy City during the winter months).
- Sleeps: 4
- Rate: $189/night
- Why We Love It: baby gear, toy selection, playhouse, outdoor space, central location with urban amenities
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.
- Sleeps: 4
- Rate: $162/night
- Why We Love It: toys and games, large outdoor space, outdoor recreation gear, winter activities
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.
- Sleeps: 9
- Rate: $153/night
- Why We Love It: toys and games, outdoor recreation gear, beach access, babysitter recommendations, family-friendly attractions
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.
- Sleeps: 7
- Rate: $170/night
- Why We Love It: huge toy selection and private play/sleep space for kids, close proximity to family-friendly attractions
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.
- Sleeps: 4
- Rate: $171/night
- Why We Love It: natural beauty, geological attractions, beaches, on-site recreation, resort amenities
This clean and cozy one bedroom apartment boasts classic design and all the comforts of home, plus some seriously sweet resort amenities—including one children’s pool (and two adult ones), a golf course, a playground, tennis and basketball courts and shuffleboard, to boot. Yep, recreation opportunities abound at this family-friendly rental and because you’re in Hawaii, there are volcanoes, breathtakingly beautiful beaches and all manner of kid-friendly Big Island attractions in close proximity.
- Sleeps: 6
- Rate: $176/night
- Why We Love It: accommodating hosts, urban vibes, extensive baby gear, central location
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).
- Sleeps: 4
- Rate: $215/night
- Why We Love It: animals on property, popcorn machine, trampoline
This spacious and beautifully designed farm stay home is the perfect place to unwind if you are vacationing with little ones in tow—namely because the property features a children’s playset and trampoline, plus a collection of rescue animals so extensive it could give a city zoo a run for its money. (There are emus, pigs, donkeys, horses, rabbits, spotted deer, geese, roosters and hens!) There’s also a private stream, a three foot swimming hole and a cascading waterfall, all of which are sure to appeal to the water-loving members of your brood. In fact, there are so many ways to keep the young and restless busy at this place that the only thing you’ll have to worry about is making sure the popcorn machine is ready to dispense a snack before you treat yourself to a hammock nap.
- Sleeps: 4
- Rate: $143/night
- Why We Love It: budget-friendly, large toy selection, water activities, close proximity to family-friendly attractions, babysitter recommendations
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.
- Sleeps: 4
- Rate: $233/night
- Why We Love It: glamping experience, large outdoor area, scenic, central location
If a trip to Fishtown is on your family travel to-do list and you have a bit of an adventurous streak, definitely consider this unique treehouse glamping experience, in which guests are invited to stay in an elevated tent that looks down upon a breathtaking field surrounded by forest. The environment is beautiful and quiet (until your kids arrive, at least) and the sleeping accommodations—three top-of-the-line memory foam mattresses (two twins and one king)—are quite luxurious. The real draw for families, though, is that there’s a large tube slide that will spit kids out directly onto the sprawling and well-maintained field, plus a hot tub, fire pit and a location in close proximity to Philly’s wide selection of museums, play spaces and more. Bottom line: If you’re interested in taking a family camping trip that features some kid-friendly flair and a few creature comforts, this one fits the bill.