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“Down the Shore, everything’s all right.” That’s the lyric from Jersey Girl, and visitors will discover it’s true when vacationing at the beach in the Garden State. But New Jersey has more to offer beyond Cape May’s Victorian charm and the glitzy casinos of Atlantic City. Did you know there’s skiing and snowboarding at Mountain Creek, if your family’s into winter sports? Staycationers and vacationers alike will certainly find a New Jersey destination with plenty of activities, whatever the season. Planning a visit? Keep scrolling, because we’re sharing the best New Jersey resorts so you can find a fit for your family.
Growing up, I’d always associated the state of New Jersey with casinos, mouthwatering Jersey-style pizza and the once-popular reality show Jersey Shore. Little did I know that this state tucked between Delaware, Pennsylvania and New York, packs tons of fun family activities from basking under the summer sun on its many beautiful, sandy beaches to skiing and snowboarding.
Both visitors and residents of the Garden State can easily find a number of family-friendly ways to spend a vacation on and off their resort grounds including strolling the boardwalks, getting wet at pristine beaches or thrilling water parks, playing a game of golf, indulging in delicious food or basking in the sun while enjoying the gorgeous scenery.
From the shore to the mountains, here are the best family resorts in New Jersey to help you plan your next family Garden State getaway.
1. Asbury Hotel
210 5th Ave
Asbury Park, New Jersey 07712
Just a block away from the boardwalk and beach and less than a mile from downtown, the Asbury Hotel has numerous amenities to earn its place as one of the best family resorts in New Jersey.
This family-friendly hotel doesn’t just offer beautiful views of the sea, but also a seasonal outdoor pool, oversized games, rooftop “drive-in” movies with complimentary chairs and beanbags, family dining and a rooftop bar for the adults.
Large families and kiddos bringing along friends for a “sleepover” will appreciate the bedrooms with multiple bunk beds that sleep up to eight.
Why Asbury Hotel is great for families:
- Just feet away from the beach and boardwalk
- Rooms available with multiple bunk beds for a “sleepover” vibe
- Food offerings at The Counter are available as well as a food truck during the warmer months
- Family-friendly amenities such as outdoor pool and rooftop movie theater
777 Harrah’s Blvd
Atlantic City, New Jersey 08401
When it comes to taking a trip to the Atlantic City casinos for a chance at luck, Harrah’s Resort knows that the children can’t always be left at home. Just steps away from the boardwalk, this New Jersey casino resort has fun packed for the entire family.
Harrah’s comes packed with world class, family-friendly amenities such as a family pool, mini-golf course, shuffleboard, cooking school classes and water balloon games. My eight-year-old son loves the fact that there’s also an arcade center where he too can get in on the gaming fun with classic games such as Ms. Pac-Man, skee-ball and air hockey.
Adults looking to take a break from the casino table games can enjoy a state-of-the art fitness center, relax at the spa or get their dose of Vitamin D on the outdoor sundeck. The nearby Ripley’s Believe It Or Not museum is also a fun place for the family to explore.
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Why Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City is great for families:
- Arcade and family center
- Separate 4th floor family pool with complimentary towels and lounge chairs
- Several family-friendly dining options
- Family-cooking classes
- Pet friendly
- Spacious guest rooms with refrigerators
1 Borgata Way
Atlantic City, New Jersey 08401
For families traveling to Atlantic City with older children who can take care of and entertain themselves, the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa is an excellent choice.
One of the most luxurious hotels in the area, the Borgata offers top-of-the-line amenities such as a casino, five indoor and outdoor swimming pools, two world-class spas, a salon and a number of on-site fine dining and shopping options.
Children can enjoy the indoor pool with an adult age 18 and up or check the live entertainment schedule for family-friendly shows. There’s also a beach shuttle for the days the family wants some sun and sand.
Why Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa is great for families:
- In-room dining
- Beach shuttle
- Family pool
- Live entertainment with some family-friendly shows
- Several family friendly dining options
- Large, luxury suites with refrigerators
2100 Pacific Ave
Atlantic City, New Jersey 08401
Located right on the boardwalk, Caesar’s Atlantic City Hotel is a good choice for families who want a laid back place to stay during their visit.
While not a typical kid’s haven, children visiting the resort with their family can still enjoy the Atlantic City boardwalk, beach and plethora of family dining options nearby. For example, just steps away from the resort is the family-friendly Rainforest Cafe. A few blocks away sits the Central Pier Arcade with an outdoor go-kart track, where I’m sure my son would gladly spend most of the day!
In addition to its popular casino, adults can enjoy the seasonal adult-only pool or pampering the on-site spa. The resort is also connected to “The Playground” for families who want to enjoy some shopping with a view of the beach.
Why Caesar’s Atlantic City Hotel is great for families:
- Spacious rooms with mini-fridges
- Beach just steps away from the hotel
- Numerous family dining options
- Located on the boardwalk with proximity to the Playground
200 Congress Place
Cape May, New Jersey
Located in the heart of Cape May, Congress Hall has a number of family-friendly activities to make it a top choice for a New Jersey beach vacation.
Families can spend the day lounging by the pool or sinking their toes in the sand at the beach. Guests can also participate in wellness classes, farm tours, gardening, bird watching or nature hikes at the Cape May Point State Park. The popular outdoor Washington Street Mall is right across the street for shopping, dining and family activities such as the Museum of Fine Arts and Popular Culture and an Arts and Crafts studio.
Congress Hall also packs several accolades including being honored by Condé Nast Traveler as one of the top US hotels in the Northeast, Condé Nast Traveler’s Reader’s Choice Awards Top 20 Hotels in the Mid-Atlantic and New York, and a recipient of the 2021 Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards.
Why Congress Hall is great for families:
- Complimentary wifi
- Shower/tub combos
- Variety of dining options on and near the hotel
- Across the street from beach and Washington Street Mall
1045 Beach Avenue
Cape May, New Jersey 08204
Located in Cape May just steps away from the beach, shopping and dining, the Grand Hotel is a family-friendly resort with something for all members of the family to enjoy no matter what time of year.
Together, the family can enjoy a trip to the beach, swimming in the Olympic-sized indoor and outdoor pool or taking a stroll on one of the bikes that are available to rent. Adults can enjoy the heated jacuzzi, on-site lounge and fitness facility, while the little ones enjoy face-painting, nature presentations. Winning a place on my son’s list of “must-haves” are the arcade and family fun game room, as well as pool snorkeling and interactive magic shows.
To make planning your family vacation easier, the hotel also offers seasonal family specials and packages.
Why Grand Hotel is great for families:
- Fully equipped oceanfront suites and townhouse suites sleeping up to 8 guests
- Kids arcade and game room
- On-site kids activities and entertainment
- Family-friendly indoor and outdoor heated pool and jacuzzi
- Bike rentals
1025 Beach Ave
Cape May, New Jersey 08204
Located right on the Atlantic Ocean, the Montreal Beach Resort is another one of Cape May’s family-friendly boutique hotels with a variety of activities and amenities for all ages to enjoy.
For example, families can unwind and enjoy a relaxing vacation with oceanfront pool and whirlpool, fully-equipped fitness center, beachfront dining, rooftop deck with live entertainment and an exclusive beach club. Want some sun and sand? Rent a private cabana on the beach just steps away.
The 24-hour concierge is available to help you plan a day with the family outside of the resort. However, with private balconies with panoramic ocean views, you won’t even have to leave the room to enjoy the beach and sunshine!
Why Montreal Beach Resort is great for families:
- Spacious suites with large bathrooms and full kitchens
- Pool and beachside food and beverage service
- Free wifi
- Seasonal beachfront outdoor pool
- Cabana, beach chair and umbrella rentals
Galloway, New Jersey 08205
Located in the small enclave of Galloway, New Jersey, this family-friendly resort is near a number of state attractions and coastal towns.
With an indoor and outdoor pool, gym, colorful game room, fire pits and BBQ grills in the courtyard, Marriott’s Fairway Villas are a great choice for families looking for relaxation as well as group fun. Families can feel like they’re vacationing in a home away from home with villas that offer fully-equipped kitchens, washer and dryers and furnished balconies. Both my son and I can appreciate the multiple televisions so that we don’t have to choose between cartoons or “boring grown-up shows,” in his exact words.
For families looking to change the scenery, the popular Atlantic City and Brigantine Beach are just a short drive away.
Why Marriott’s Fairway Villas is great for families:
- Seasonal children’s splash pad
- Game room and activities center
- Multi-bedroom villas with fully-equipped kitchens and washer/dryers
- Proximity to several family-friendly attractions and activities
- Grab-and-go marketplace
401 S New York Rd
Galloway, New Jersey
Known as one of Jersey Shore’s most iconic, historic resorts, the Seaview has welcomed the rich and famous from former presidents and rock stars, to golf champions and classic actors/actresses.
Families who visit this luxurious hotel can enjoy two world-class golf courses, a fresh water indoor pool, on-site art gallery and a walking trail through the 670 wooded acres along Reed’s Bay. Bird lovers in the family can enjoy bird watching on the rooftop, which has been converted into a nesting home for peregrine falcons.
For families who want to explore the nearby area, the Seaview is conveniently located to Atlantic City, beaches, deep sea fishing, shopping and entertainment. The IMAX theater at the nearby Tropicana hotel is also a fun way to spend a day with the family.
Why Seaview is great for families:
- Several family-friendly activities to enjoy on and off-site
- Proximity to beaches, shopping, and entertainment
- Dog friendly
- Free wifi
- Spacious, luxurious rooms with 55-inch flat screen TVs
1 Wild Turkey Way
Hamburg, New Jersey 07419
Located at the edge of the Appalachian Mountains in Hamburg, sits Crystal Springs Resort, an excellent family resort in New Jersey.
Whether visiting for a short family vacation or romantic getaway without the kiddos, this resort has plenty to do and see including a beautiful indoor and outdoor pool, six top-rated golf courses, two-award winning spas, ten dining outlets, and even a wine cellar.
Both adults and children can enjoy activities such as swimming, goat yoga, hiking, nature trails, arts and crafts, water sports, archery or farm animal visits. Adventurous kids will love the opportunity to take part in flying trapeze or circus ninja warrior. For families looking for a quick day trip outside of the resort, NYC is just an hour away!
Why Crystal Springs Resort is great for families:
- Complimentary seasonal family-friendly activities
- Numerous dining options
- Family-friendly golf course
- Two hotel sites to choose from with jacuzzis, refrigerators and in-room laundry to make a comfortable stay
1 Ocean Blvd
Long Branch, New Jersey 07740
Whether you’re looking for a relaxing weekend or week-long beach getaway with the family, the Ocean Place Resort in Long Branch is an excellent choice for both adults and kids.
Located right on the Atlantic Ocean, this beachfront resort offers families a luxurious stay with an indoor and outdoor pool, 14,000 square foot luxury spa, delicious on-site restaurants and beach dining service. Children can splash and play on the beach just steps away or enjoy the kid’s play lounge with games and movies. During the summer, the OP Kids Program has enough to keep their days busy with sandcastle building, arts and crafts, and other fun activities.
Just minutes away from the resort the family can enjoy the excitement of thoroughbred racing, diving and deep-sea fishing or indulge in shopping at the Jersey Shore Outlets.
Why Ocean Place Resort is great for families:
- Kids lounge and summer kids program
- Spacious oceanfront rooms with separate bedrooms, living rooms and kitchenettes
- Beach access with beach dining service
- Shuttle service to nearby attractions
110 N Ocean Ave
Long Branch, New Jersey 07740
Just a short trip from New York City, the Wave Resort and Spa is excellent for families looking for a relaxing way to spend a vacation together on the coast.
This family-friendly hotel has a private beach as well as an oceanfront pool for the days you prefer to stay out of the sand. There’s also an indoor play area for the little ones, as well as a spa and fitness center for the adults to enjoy. You can even bring your furry family member along with you to enjoy a vacation!
With a convenient location in the heart of Pier Village, families can spend the day exploring the numerous shops and restaurants. Or, the hotel concierge can help to put together a fun and personalized itinerary for the family to enjoy together.
Why Wave Resort is great for families:
- Indoor play area for children
- Laundry service
- Personalized concierge service to make planning your trip easier
- Lots of family-friendly dining options on the boardwalk
- Multi-bedroom suites accommodating up to 6 guests
9601 3rd Ave
Stone Harbor, New Jersey 08247
For families looking for a luxury boutique hotel experience, the Reeds at Shelter Haven fits the bill. Located in the seaside community of Stone Harbor, this family-friendly resort offers a number of activities for all ages to enjoy year-round.
In addition to the beautiful white sand beach, families can enjoy a number of water sports, relax on the rooftop garden deck, or venture out into town for shopping and exploring the nearby attractions. Adults can enjoy a relaxing day at the spa or work up a sweat at the 24-hour fitness center. When it’s time to replenish with a good meal, picky eaters need not fear with four delicious dining options on site, including my son’s personal favorite– a pizza pub!
This resort also has a number of accolades including 2021’s Number 1 World’s Best Resort Hotel in the Mid-Atlantic by Travel+Leisure, one of Condé Nast Traveler’s “World’s Best Hotels”, and New Jersey’s Best Hotel in 2020.
Why Reeds at Shelter Haven is great for families:
- Concierge service
- Complimentary beach service with chairs and umbrellas provided
- Complimentary water activities with family floats
- Pizza parlor on site with family game night
- Large, spacious suites with kitchenettes and private balconies
Vernon Township, New Jersey 07462
For families looking for an action-packed ski resort in New Jersey that all ages can enjoy, the Mountain Creek Resort is the answer!
Snow lovers like my son will have a blast on the 167 acres of ski grounds, three terrain parks and night-skiing. This fun family resort in New Jersey packs a variety of snowy activities such as skiing, snow tubing, and “Sno-Go” bikes. Skiing and snowboarding lessons are also available.
But snowy activities aren’t the only thing Mountain Creek has to offer. Families can also enjoy a seasonal waterpark, zip line, mountain coaster, ropes course, golf as well as a number of thrilling and adventurous off-resort activities for the family to enjoy. Between the two accommodation areas on the resort, families can also enjoy a heated indoor and outdoor pool, family game room, outdoor BBQ grills, hot tub and state-of-the-art fitness center.
Why Mountain Creek is great for families:
- Family game room and seasonal family-friendly activities
- Ski and snowboarding lessons for the family
- Seasonal water park with rides and slides
- Spacious accommodations with kitchens and fireplaces
- Multi-bedroom townhome rentals
9701 Atlantic Ave
Wildwood, New Jersey 08260
Located directly on one of the only private beaches in the state, the ICONA Diamond Beach resort is a year-round, upscale resort on the Jersey Shore.
In addition to the beautiful Diamond Beach, the family can enjoy activities such as swimming in the outdoor heated pool, mini-golf, fishing or parasailing. My son loves that there’s a boat tour for dolphin-watching, a fun activity for all ages. There’s also a free zoo as well as a winery in the vicinity– a win for both children and adults!
Why ICONA Diamond Beach is great for families:
- Suites with fully-equipped galley kitchens and private balconies
- Splash pool for children
- On-site coin laundry
- Surf lessons for all ages
- Proximity to several family friendly activities
16. Port Royal Hotel
6801 Ocean Ave
Wildwood, New Jersey 08260
Located in Wildwood, the Port Royal Hotel is affiliated with Morey’s Pier and Waterparks and is open seasonally. It is an excellent hotel choice for a family summer vacation.
In addition to the amusement park and water rides, the hotel also has an outdoor pool with kiddie pool, fire pit and game room. Families who enjoy the sea will love the maritime theme and artifacts throughout the property, including a maritime library.
When it’s time to fill your bellies, families can choose between the on-site restaurant or cook up a homemade meal using the in-suite kitchenette.
Why Port Royal is great for families:
- Onsite laundry
- Kiddie pool and Game room
- Oceanfront family dining
- Suites with kitchenette and multiple televisions
- Apartments available with separate bedroom and twin beds
305 E Rio Grande Ave
Wildwood, New Jersey 08260
StarLux is also part of the popular Morey’s Piers and Waterparks. With an award-winning “retro” renovation, it is one of the most photographed hotels of the ‘50’s Doo Wop era.
Just steps away from the area’s popular beach and boardwalk, StarLux has its own 27-hole mini golf course and outdoor pool, fire pit and an on site ice cream parlor to cool off on hot days. Additionally, families can take advantage of the complimentary bikes and beach chairs for a day of outdoor fun, or head to the park for amusement rides and water slides.
StarLux is also a seasonal resort, only open when the park is open. However, it is an excellent hotel choice for a summer vacation with the kids.
Why StarLux Boutique Hotel is great for families:
- Spacious suites with separate bedrooms and kitchenettes
- Convenient to beach and boardwalk
- Exclusive offers on Morey’s Pier amusement rides and water slides (seasonal)
- Complimentary bikes and beach chairs
- Guest laundry on-site
- Various family-friendly dining options
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