Dude ranches, spots near national parks, and some of the best meals you don’t have to cook are included in this list

Whether it’s the holidays or a family vacation during the year, an all-inclusive resort takes the stress away from trying to figure out how to keep every member of the family occupied and happy. Most properties have been around for years and finessed their programming during that time for successful family experiences. Top-notch kids clubs are key and you can take advantage of them to spend your well-deserved time at the spa. Here are a few venues where you and your family can indulge and create fond memories too.

The Ranch at Emerald Valley | Colorado

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Ranch at Emerald Valley

Combining the rustic charm of the wilderness with incomparable luxury and service, Ranch at Emerald Valley gives you the opportunity to spend your days fly fishing in pristine mountain lakes, hiking, and biking along scenic trails, or exploring the mountains on horseback. Best of all, children under seven stay complimentary.

Kids will love: Board games, lawn games, canoeing, kayaking, falconry, rock climbing, and more all while surrounded by the Pike National Forest. For an additional fee, you can also view the Elk Glade Cattle Drive.

Online: broadmoor.com

Marble Mountain Ranch | California

Group of rafter in red vests paddling on whitewater river in a bright yellow raft.
Marble Mountain Ranch

Northern California’s “raft and ride” guest ranch offers solitude and a technology disconnect in the breathtaking Klamath National Forest. All-inclusive programs cover private cottage lodging, all meals and beverages, and an exclusive activity offering. Daily activities include arena riding games and lessons, frontier sports, a shooting range, and white water rafting.

Kids will love: Nature walks, feeding small animals, harvesting chicken eggs, and lariat challenges are regularly offered. Afternoons are filled with rafting, kayaking, and fishing. Naming one favorite activity will be a tough choice.

Online: marblemountainranch.com

Rocking Horse Ranch Resort | New York

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Rocking Horse Ranch Resort

This premier destination for all-inclusive family adventure is just 90 minutes north of New York City. Horseback riding is included year-round. Plus, there is an indoor water park and outdoor hot springs pool and waterslides, tubing, skiing, ice skating, boating, laser tag, archery, scavenger hunts, and more.

Kids will love: Bungee trampolines, a rock climbing wall, mountain tubing, campfires, boating on the lake, and more. Nightly shows include magicians, jugglers, comedians, and animal shows.

Online: rockinghorseranch.com

Brooks Lake Lodge & Spa | Wyoming

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Brooks Lake Lodge & Spa

Casual luxury meets the Wild West at this 100-year-old lodge, located deep in Wyoming’s Shoshone National Forest near Jackson Hole. The exclusive guest ranch includes chef-prepared meals and a host of family-friendly backcountry fun from horseback riding, fishing, and hiking in summer to snowmobiling and cross-country skiing in winter.

Kids will love: Nighttime astronomy lessons in Wyoming’s star-studded sky, Robin Hood-style archery lessons, paddling a canoe on 234-acre alpine Brooks Lake, and chef’s famous deep-fried chocolate chip cookie dough.

Online: brookslake.com

Flathead Lake Lodge | Montana

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Flathead Lake Lodge

This all-inclusive guest ranch sits on the shore of Flathead Lake in Bigfork. The property has been family-owned and -operated since 1945. Stay in lodge rooms and cabins and experience an array of activities from horseback trail rides and kids' camp to sailing and mountain biking. A favored venue for multigenerational travel and larger groups.

Kids will love: Daily kids rides, arts and crafts, water activities, kids' teepee camps, kids rodeo, and a junior wrangler program. Teens can indulge in water sports and mountain laser tag. Children under six can enjoy pony rides in the barn.

Online: flatheadlakelodge.com

Migis Lodge on Sebago Lake | Maine

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Migis Lodge on Sebago Lake

This lakeside resort nestled among acres of pine forest packs a punch in its package with per person per night rates covering accommodations, all meals, childcare, and many other activities including fitness classes, children’s camps, tennis, disc golf, waterskiing, and wakeboarding, walking trails, shuffleboard, pickle ball, basketball, fishing, and more.

Kids will love: The playground featuring a tire swing, zip line, tree house, slides, and climbing wall. Teens can choose from waterskiing, canoeing, kayaking, disc golf, swimming, and hiking, among other activities offered.

Online: migis.com

The Lodge on Little St. Simons Island | Georgia 


For families looking to experience the great outdoors, an all-inclusive stay at the Lodge on Little St. Simons Island is ideal. Explore the Island on guided kayaking, hiking, bird watching, and fishing expeditions, or relax on seven miles of undeveloped beach. In the evening, enjoy bountiful family-style dining and unwind in homey cottages.

Kids will love: The open-air truck trips for excursions to some of the most remarkable spots on the island to see alligators, birds, and other native reptiles. Day trips include ferry rides, picnics, and exploring with an island naturalist.

Online: littlestsimonsisland.com

Mohonk Mountain House | New York

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Mohonk Mountain House

This Victorian castle resort is a National Historic Landmark surrounded by acres of forest area. The half-mile-long Mohonk Lake is a glacial water body perfect for kayaking, swimming, and paddleboarding. Besides tennis, golf, and an indoor pool, enjoy horseback riding, carriage rides, and private trail rides, given the equestrian history of the area.

Kids will enjoy: The Junior Naturalist Program which includes hikes, animal tracking, tree identification, and fossil hunts while programming across age groups includes everything from outdoor movies and golfing to archery and biking tours.

Online: mohonk.com

The Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort | California


Choose the Young Ranchers package for a getaway when parents can leave the planning to the resort for a chance to freely unplug and connect while surrounded by the beauty of the majestic 10,500-acre ranch. Included in the stay with your room is breakfast, dinner, drinks, and a plethora of activities.

Kids will love: The ropes course, tie-dye and kids' night out, kids’ club and family bingo, the barnyard—where there is a daily egg gathering, arts and crafts, and possible sightings of wild turkey, bald eagles, and coyote.

Online: alisal.com

C Lazy U Ranch | Colorado

Row of horses standing in a green meadow with valleys and trees in the backdrop and snow-capped mountains
C Lazy U Ranch

This all-inclusive luxury dude ranch offers an unforgettable family vacation where summers are spent riding horses or wading in the creek to catch fish and winters are filled with skiing and tubing. Add to that some hatchet throwing, the activity yurt and game room, and a range of additional activities, and you may never want to leave.

Kids will love: Aside from the horseback riding program, there is also trap shooting, archery, beehive tours, fly fishing, and ranger tours. Teens can enjoy supervised trips with counselors such as overnight camps and whitewater rafting.

Online: clazyu.com

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