Top 7 Family-Friendly Summer Vacation Rentals in the U.S

If you’re in the midst of organizing a summer vacation for your family, you may find that it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the options. Once you’ve narrowed down where you’ll be heading this summer, the next step is finding accommodations that suit your family.

Many families opt for hotels, but with more than two people, it can become difficult to find a big enough room, and the more space you add, the faster your bill doubles and triples. Many people who are traveling with their immediate or extended family choose to book a vacation rental home or apartment rather than stay in a hotel. This gives them the option to cook meals together, do laundry, and hang out comfortably, rather than cramming into hotel rooms. Today, rental sites make it easy to book a vacation rental that’s perfect for your family.

On rental sites likes VRBO, Airbnb, and HomeAway, you’ll find thousands of options for families like yours. After deciding on a budget, the next step is deciding on which amenities are must-haves for your family, and which are optional. You can narrow your search on rental websites by the number of people in your party, price, and which amenities you’d like. Before you book, make sure to check out the details like the contract and cancellation policy, as well as any policies the hosts have with regards to extra guests, parties, etc.

If you’re still struggling with booking the right vacation rental, here’s some inspiration. These family-friendly spots are perfect for an all-ages holiday.

Lake Tahoe Chalet – Lake Tahoe, CA

This amazing lake chalet is located in the middle of a piney woods that’s extremely close to Lake Tahoe, a popular lake for summer holidays that spans California and Nevada. This chalet is decorated in beautiful rustic style, with a high wooden frame accented with golden beams and chandeliers made of antlers. The property can sleep up to eight guests at a time in three separate bedrooms — two queen bedrooms, and one room with four single beds which is great for kids. The yard around the property is fenced, which is great for parents with young children, but outside of the fence lies amazing hiking paths, and trails to explore.

At only $125 per night, you can find this property on Airbnb.

Mountain Spirit – Blue Ridge, GA

Located deep in the Blue Ridge Mountains is this gorgeous mountain cabin, nestled into a quiet, private area of this popular vacation spot. When you arrive at the cabin, you’ll be greeted with keyless entry, which means it’s easy to open the door to the roaring fireplace and vaulted ceiling of the great room. There are two large bedrooms with queen beds, a washer/dryer, and a full kitchen. Kids will love having access to their own private hot tub, and fishing pond. Parents will love the gas fireplace, which is perfect for cozying up after the kids have gone to bed.

Book this home on Airbnb for only $105 per night.

Best Vacation Pool Home Deal – Port St. Lucie, FL

If your plans for the summer involve taking in the summer sun and beach vibes of Florida, this is the perfect vacation home for you. This gigantic mansion can sleep up to 12 guests at a time in four separate bedrooms. The home is over 3,000 square feet, with another 3,000 square feet of outdoor space including a salt pool inside a gorgeous atrium, palm trees, and multiple private balconies overlooking the serene grounds.

Kids and parents alike will love having a private screened area to swim in case there are rainy or cloudy days. Although most of the days, you’ll probably be taking in nearby beaches.

Book this incredible home on Airbnb for only $162 per night.

2B/2B Condo – Myrtle Beach, SC

If you plan on taking your family to Myrtle Beach this year, a great option for a local rental is this amazing two-bedroom, two bath condo that’s just steps away from the beach. With access to three separate pools and one hot tub within the condo complex, this property makes it easy to keep kids occupied no matter the weather.

Up to six people can stay here at a time, in three separate beds. Renters also have private access to Myrtle Beach from the condo’s parking lot. Linen and towels are provided, as well as on-site laundry. There are two parking spaces, along with cable and Wi-Fi.

Find this property on HomeAway for $149 per night.

Amazing 2BR With Huge Private Terrace – New York City, NY

One great option for families who want to get out and see art, culture, theater, and more this summer is to visit New York City. And this incredible two-bedroom apartment is the perfect launching pad for days full of exploring.

Located in the historic Bowery district of NYC, it has two bedrooms plus a pull-out couch, and can sleep up to six people at a time. The building has an elevator, and the apartment has an amazing private balcony complete with patio set, garden, and sun umbrella. It has a full kitchen, but you may not want to use it because the apartment is so close to incredible restaurants and fine dining options.

Find it on HomeAway for only $305 per night.

“Our Maine Retreat” – Sandy Point, ME

This incredible rustic cabin located in the heart of New England is worth visiting just to marvel at its construction. Not to mention that it’s super close to the summer destinations of Bar Harbor, Fort Knox, and the Penobscot River.

The house, which is made of recycled wood beams (including three whole polished tree trunks) features two bedrooms which can sleep up to six guests at a time. It’s the ideal combination of solitude and peace with access to popular areas like the Sandy Point State Park, Stockton Springs, and Sears Island, where you can go hiking, kayaking, and swimming.

This property can be found on HomeAway for $200 per night.

Quiet Getaway on the Bay – Norfolk, VA

If you’re looking for solitude while still being close to popular Virginia Beach amenities, you’ve come to the right place. This peaceful two-bedroom home is located on Willoughby Spit in Norfolk, which is near Virginia Beach, but is much more peaceful for daily use. The property ends in a 100-foot dock that stretches out over the water, which is great if anyone in your family enjoys fishing or crabbing. There’s air conditioning for those hot summer nights, Wi-Fi, a washer/dryer, and a full kitchen. The home can sleep up to five at a time and is available for $150 per night on VRBO.

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