Everybody loves a bargain and naturally, every parent’s definition of a budget-friendly resort or hotel is going to differ. However, many of us can agree that when you’re planning a trip with children, certain amenities can’t be sacrificed, no matter how enticing the rate.

When it comes to bang for your buck, these properties deliver. They offer great values when compared to others in their destinations, as well as rates and amenities for both children and adults that are comparable or superior to nearby competitors.

Written by Carrie Calzaretta and Hilarey Wojtowicz

Roberts Grove Beach Resort, Belize

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145 Family Reviews
With 22 acres of soft white sand, family-specific accommodations, onsite water sports, four restaurants and more, Roberts Grove Beach Resort in Placencia, Belize, will help transport your mind and body to paradise without breaking the bank. Three fresh water pools and a private beach invite guests to relax, while an onsite dive shop and local tours of the Mayan Ruins will have kids and teens begging for more adventures.

What Makes It a Deal?
Family-specific accommodations come with free Wi-Fi, mini-fridges and private terraces, and sleep up to five. Plus, children 12 years and younger always stay free when sharing a room with their parents. Additionally, families will enjoy a free continental breakfast daily, children’s menus, and complimentary non-motorized water sports, including kayaking, canoeing, windsurfing and pedal boats.

Great Wolf Lodge, North America

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2170 Family Reviews
With locations across the United States, plus one property in Niagara Falls, Canada, families looking to make a splash and save will love Great Wolf Lodges. These indoor water park resorts offer waterslides, lazy rivers, wave pools, and more for kids, with arcades, mini-golf, onsite dining, and more for teens and adults.

What Makes It a Deal?
Great Wolf Lodges have family suites that can sleep large groups or families, with bunk beds, separate bedrooms and kitchenettes. Plus, all per-night room rates include admission to the onsite water parks for each guest, from the minute you arrive -- even before check-in -- to after you’ve moved the bags to the car after check-out! Additionally, year-round deals and packages allow families to save even more with discounts and complimentary amenities.

Tyler Place Family Resort, Vermont

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125 Family Reviews
Sprawled across 165 acres in northern Vermont, on the shores of Lake Champlain, the all-inclusive Tyler Place Family Resort is intimate, yet full of fun for all ages. The resort is open seasonally, May through September, and makes for a great outdoor escape for the family without sacrificing amenities and luxuries.

What Makes It a Deal?
The all-inclusive prices are per person and include private accommodations in cottages, studios or family suites; all meals, including picnic baskets or candlelight dinners for parents; infant, toddler, children and teen programs; tennis, sailing, swimming, biking, volleyball, and other activities; and evening entertainment, from dance parties and game nights, to bonfires and ice cream socials.

Lutsen Resort, Lake Superior, Minn.

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107 Family Reviews
Located on Lake Superior in Lutsen, Minnesota, the Lutsen Resort features cabins, villas, condos and townhomes, all with budget-friendly rates. The resort is open year-round with activities fit for all seasons, from kayaking, biking and hiking in the spring, summer and fall, to snowshoeing and skiing in the winter. During the summer, the resort opens its Kids’ Camp for children ages 4 to 12, which allows parents time for a massage at the onsite spa or a round of golf on the nine-hole course, which requires no tee times or fees.

What Makes It a Deal?
Lutsen Resort offers killer rates year-round, often below $100 per night, plus great packages that often include free nights and meals, or complimentary show and snowshoe rentals. Plus, a majority of the onsite activities are free for all guests.

Rancho Bernardo Inn, San Diego

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293 Family Reviews
With a picturesque location above San Diego and stunning décor throughout the property, parents might not think of the Rancho Bernardo Inn as a family- or budget-friendly resort upon arrival. One you’re settled in, however, you’ll discover guestroom amenities like mini-fridges, DVD players and cribs (upon request). And the Kids Rule – Parents Drool program, offered during the summer months, makes fun easy with complimentary activities like scavenger hunts, poolside movies with popcorn and card games.

What Makes It a Deal?
Nightly rates at the Rancho Bernardo Inn are fair year-round and include luxurious and convenient guestroom amenities and access to the Kids Rule – Parents Drool program, which also offers free meals for children under 12 at the onsite Veranda Fireside Lounge & Restaurant. When booking, ask about the $19 per night INNclusive Plan, which offers in-room coffee and tea, onsite parking, shuttle service within 5 miles, a daily newspaper, in-room Wi-Fi, fitness center access and complimentary beverage vouchers upon arrival -- all for $20 less per day than the a la carte fees.

Park Vue Inn, Anaheim

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1426 Family Reviews
For the biggest bang for your buck right outside the Disneyland Resort, book a stay at the Park Vue Inn. This boutique hotel in Anaheim is a short walk from the entrance to Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure, and it offers a plethora of complimentary amenities – it’s no wonder this property is labeled a Disney Good Neighbor Hotel. Enjoy guestrooms with bunk beds for the kids, free Wi-Fi, mini-fridges and microwaves, as well as an onsite heated pool and a patio area that is great for viewing the Disney fireworks shows at night.

What Makes It a Deal?
Besides its location, the Park Vue Inn has free parking, complimentary Wi-Fi and a free hot breakfast daily. Plus, guests can buy discounted theme park tickets at the hotel.

Rocking Horse Ranch, Highland, N.Y.

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661 Family Reviews
With horseback riding, archery, water sports, an indoor water park, children’s programs, nightly entertainment, a spa, and more, Rocking Horse Ranch has something for every age group. The dude ranch in Highland, New York, is just 90 minutes from New York City, and offers all-inclusive packages that include accommodations, activities and all meals.

What Makes It a Deal?
All rates are all-inclusive, per person, at Rocking Horse Ranch. The resort is open year-round, too, with monthly specials offering free nights, discounted rates, and no charge for children and teens up to the age of 15!

Ka'anapali Beach Hotel, Maui

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718 Family Reviews
With a prime location on the shores of Maui’s famous Ka’anapali Beach, families may think the Ka'anapali Beach Hotel charges prices comparable to other large resorts in the area, but that isn’t the case. This resort is more budget-friendly, with lots of genuine Hawaiian touches, personalized service, a neat whale-shaped pool and beautiful landscaping along 11 acres of soft sand.

What Makes It a Deal?
Families can book budget-friendly rooms that connect to other accommodations for more space. Plus, the hotel allows children 17 and under to stay for free in the same room as parents. The hotel hosts a free children’s program for kids ages 12 and under, and the Aloha Passport for Kids program offers property tours and activities like hula lessons and lei making. Make sure your kids don’t forget to grab their free Hawaiian souvenir, too!

Comfort Suites Paradise Island

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953 Family Reviews
Looking for the best way to experience the Bahamas on a budget? The Comfort Suites Paradise Island offers beautiful views of the island, as well as the neighboring Atlantis Resort. Additionally, the hotel has guestrooms with mini-fridges and free Wi-Fi, a complimentary continental breakfast daily, and a pool with a swim-up bar for adults.

What Makes It a Deal?
The major draw is that guests receive full access to the facilities at the Atlantis Resort, including the pools, waterslides, spa, kids’ clubs, casino, Dolphin Cay and Aquaventure. Yes, seriously! You can also ask for signing privileges at the various Atlantis restaurants. Basically, you can spend the entire day at the resort, only to return to the Comfort Suites for a restful night’s sleep.

Disney's Pop Century Resort

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5010 Family Reviews
As a Value Resort at Walt Disney World, it’s no wonder Disney's Pop Century Resort offers families a great value on budget-friendly accommodations. The largest of the five Disney Value Resorts, Pop Century is closest to Epcot and has three pools, a playground and a large food court. Purchase a souvenir mug and enjoy free refills on all hot and cold drinks at the food court during your stay for even more savings.

What Makes It a Deal?
Rates are extremely reasonable for a Disney property and guests staying at the Pop Century Resort get perks like Extra Magic Hours, which allow you to arrive early and late to the parks on certain days, and free bus transportation to all Walt Disney World Resort destinations. You’ll also have the ability to make FASTPASS+ reservations up to 60 days in advance.

Club Med Cancun Yucatan

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1708 Family Reviews
Family suites, playgrounds, children’s clubs and family-friendly dining make the all-inclusive Club Med Cancun Yucatan worth every penny of your family’s stay in Cancun. But that’s not all. Try flying high on a trapeze, windsurfing on the waves, and catching a nightly show onsite, or book an excursion to local areas like Tulum and Chichen Itza, which are full of culture and history (and beaches!).

What Makes It a Deal?
Club Med Cancun Yucatan is a good bargain because of the unique kids’ programming available. It also offers deals on a regular basis (as do other Club Med properties). And this particular property rates even higher than most on the value scale because of its top-notch beach.

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Great Wolf Lodge Niagara Falls Reviews
mtherrien - Sep 4th, 2014

We recently visited Great Wolf Lodge in Niagara Falls,Ontario.My Husbend and i and are two boys 6 & 4 had a blast. We stayed for two nights in the Wolf Den suite and the boys loved thier own little room equppied with bunk beds and a T.V. There was a ... read more
herculisa3@aol.com - Jun 20th, 2014

Our Family has been enjoying the Great Wolf Lodge for at least 15 years! First trip was to the N. Carolina location which we surprised our 5 year old Son with! Imagine the look on his face when we pulled up to the expansive "log cabin" but the ... read more
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Tyler Place Family Resort Reviews
mowright71 - Jun 11th, 2013

Our favorite family vacation (and we've taken several great family trips too) was Tyler Place in upstate Vermont. I've recommended this all-inclusive family vacation to several friends and co-workers and we are planning on going back in 2014. Kids ... read more
kjchronister - Jul 1st, 2012

Everything you've read is true... and then some. This is by order of magnitude the best vacation and favorite place of ours ever. The staff - amazing. The food - amazing. The activities - amazing. The accomodations - amazing. I have never, ever, ... read more
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Lutsen Resort Reviews
WhitePineLane - Nov 29th, 2011

We stayed at Lutsen Resort, in the Sea Villas, over spring break in March 2011. Best part: our villa was FABULOUS! The views - wow! We could have looked out the window at Lake Superior all day. The villa had three bedrooms (and could've slept 8 ... read more
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Rocking Horse Ranch Reviews
BPingree - Oct 27th, 2015

My 8 year old son and I met up with an adoptive family group and had an incredibly wonderful time. The food was abundant and very good, the staff is excellent, the activities were plentiful and we enjoyed a wonderful trail ride. We were very sad ... read more
dwyerjandr - Jun 10th, 2014

luv it! luv it! luv It! luv it! luv ! luv it enough said? seriously though- found it when my younger 2 were 6 mo old and my oldest was 4- they will be 5 and 8 later this month. The staff- is amazing!! They remember our family when we come ... read more
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Comfort Suites Paradise Island Reviews
lynnie - Sep 19th, 2015

Booked a deal we could not refuse. Arrived Aug 31 2015. Hotel very nice. I did my homework for 3 months due to everyone telling me IT'S VERY EXPENSIVE HERE" It is! If you don't plan it correctly. First of all let me start out by telling the end ... read more
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Disney's Pop Century Resort Reviews
brucemcsharkbite - Jun 30th, 2014

The only bad thing I can say about this resort is the fact that maximum capacity is 4 per room. It has the best food cafe, courtesy staff, neat Disney towel friends, convenient location for laundry, excellent gift shop the list goes on..... If we ... read more
cbwilliams2010 - May 30th, 2014

Disney was very creative with the development of the Pop Century Resort. The resort celebrates trends and inventions from the 1950's to the 1990's such as the Yo-Yo, Play Doh, and various dance styles during these periods of time. I was born in ... read more
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Club Med Cancun Yucatan Reviews
luckyskimom - Nov 15th, 2011

Club Med Yucatan (Cancun) In February of 2010, my three teenagers and I went to the Club Med in Cancun and had the greatest time. As a single mom with three teens, it was the perfect vacation. We had a room with the ocean on one side and a lake ... read more
luckyskimom - Apr 28th, 2011

We have gone to this club two years in a row now as my kids had so much fun. They meet people from all over the world and even the shyest one is dancing and participating in the fun. My daughters could use their French and my son could practice ... read more
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