Ah, vacations sure do change when you’re traveling with teens. Entertainment and activities need to be entirely geared toward their age, and certainly cannot seem too immature or require them to spend too much time with their parents. Finding a destination resort that makes teens happy, while also offering things mom and dad and younger siblings will enjoy, can get tricky. We’ve found 10 great resorts that should bring smiles and friendships to your teens, whether it’s spinning records in the DJ booth, dancing the night away in a no-adult-zone nightclub, or zip-lining through the air.

Written by Lissa Poirot, Morgan Agesen and Jackie Perrin

Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas

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210 Family Reviews
Unique to a few Ritz-Carlton beach destinations, including the Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas, is its Ambassadors of the Environment Program, created in conjunction with Jean-Michel Cousteau. The program, while teaching guests about the aquatic world around them, also provides exciting adventures teens will enjoy. Teens can go on snorkeling trips during the day or night to coral reefs, as well as ocean kayaking trips. The artsy types will certainly want to participate in an underwater photography class, too. The Ritz-Carlton Kapalua location in Maui also features seasonal whale watching trips.

Breakers Palm Beach

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468 Family Reviews
This Palm Beach resort works hard to please teens with a number of special events designed specifically for them. During peak seasons at The Breakers Palm Beach (spring break, summer and holidays), teens will often find an array of events, such as Teen Murder Mystery Theater, Teen Catamaran Party Boat, and New Year’s Eve Teen Casino. The Teen Bungalow is a lounge where teens can meet and mingle before teen-only activities such as the bike scavenger hunt, pool party, night bowling, and late-night, dive-in movies.

Big Cedar Lodge

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417 Family Reviews
There is certainly no shortage of camp-like environments for teens to enjoy in the Midwest, but Big Cedar Lodge is one of our favorites. Teens can escape to nearby Dogwood Canyon Nature Park, where private Jeep and segway tours are offered, as well as guided horseback riding trail rides. The Lodge itself boasts its own stables and offers trail rides, too, if you don't want to leave the property, as well as campfire wagon tours and horseshoeing. Teens can also enjoy the marina, where boat rentals are available for guests, in addition to kayak rentals.

Norwegian Breakaway

This may not be a hotel, but it still made our list because the teen programs onboard this cruise ship are just that awesome! Entourage, the club where teens ages 13 through 17 can hang out, features video games, movies, arts and crafts, music, and a rippin' dance floor at night. And even better yet -- it's all complimentary and chaperoned.

The Late Night Fun Zone is also a sweet space for them to chill while parents enjoy a romantic dinner. It is open 10:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. We recommend you sign your kids up by 8 p.m. the day before. Note: If no children are registered or dropped off by 11:30 p.m., the center will close for the evening.

Atlantis Resort

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38 Family Reviews
Those teens ages 13 to 17 vacationing at Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas should definitely check out CRUSH nightclub at least once during their trip. This 14,000 square-foot space boasts an Internet lounge, a gaming room that features favorites such as Kinect for Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and Wii, and a VIP section, as well as a live DJ. Quench your thirst from all that dancing by stopping by the Concession Stand and Bar, which serves up every drink imaginable for the night’s entirety.

Open for teens only from 8:30 p.m. to midnight, Friday and Saturday.

Skytop Lodge

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429 Family Reviews
The new Adventure Center at the Pocono's Skytop Lodge is enough to entertain energetic, adventure-seeking teens for the entire stay. A challenging treetop zip-line course is the highlight of the fun, but the Center also features a 33-foot rock climbing wall, three different paintball course fields (including one that is designed to look like the Old West), laser tag and a geocaching course. The Center also provides kayaks, canoes and stand-up paddleboards for use on Skytop Lake; bike rentals for mountain biking – lessons available; and will set up four-hour whitewater rafting excursions at the Lehigh River Gorge in the Poconos.

Hotel del Coronado

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There is certainly no shortage of fun things for teens to do while vacationing at Hotel del Coronado in San Diego. They can pay a visit to the Spa and Salon at The Del, where they can receive the "Teen Treats" package which features 25-minute services, including Swedish massages, express facials, back facials and salt scrubs. Those teens obsessed with sweets can indulge in the "Teen Spa Sundae" which features ice cream float baths and 25-minute frosting massages. Bike rentals, surfing lessons and paddleboard lessons are also available.

Dreams, Dominican Republic

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Many Dreams Resorts & Spas provide teen activities, but the Core Zone Teens Club is a favorite for teens visiting Dreams La Romana Resort and Spa, Dreams Palm Beach Punta Cana and Dreams Punta Cana. Kids 13 to 17 can enjoy daily activities planned by the Dreams Entertainment Team, as well as a number of sports and games across the resort. The club offers Xbox, PlayStation, Wii, pool and foosball. Every night, from 8:30 to midnight, the Core Zone hosts special teen socials, such as Disco mixers and bonfires.

Beaches Turks & Caicos

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Beaches Turks & Caicos and its sister properties are known for their kid-friendly activities and programming, and that includes activities and programming for teens. Various areas of the resort are dedicated to teens, including the Trench Town Lounge, the Xbox 360 Game Garage, Scratch DJ Academy, and the nighttime dance club, Club Liquid. Teens may also enjoy treatments at the spa, including manicures and pedicures. Of course, teens can also enjoy water sports like water skiing, windsurfing and sailing, as well as the surfing simulator, SurfStream.

Migis Lodge

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35 Family Reviews
While the Migis Lodge at Point Sebago Lake near Portland, Maine doesn’t offer a club specifically for teens, the resort itself is a family camp-like environment that will provide teens a chance to enjoy a vacation without their parents lurking too closely behind. The lodge provides cabins for families, with plenty of room to spread out, and then a daily schedule of activities and fun that family members can do together or separately. Teens can connect with other teens over fun activities such as water skiing, wake boarding, sailing, fishing, canoeing and kayaking, then regroup with their parents afterwards for tasty meals. The lodge also offers hiking, tennis and Ping Pong, as well as a main lodge with Internet, piano, chess and board games to enjoy. And best yet? It’s all included!

Smugglers' Notch

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501 Family Reviews
Skiing isn't the only way to play outdoors in the Green Mountain State. In the summer (June-September), Smugglers Notch Resort, a four-season destination, offers "Notch Squad," a full-day experience for ages 11 to 15, with active games, high and low rope courses and unique sports like mountain boarding. Daredevil teens (ages 15 to 17) get the freedom to explore it all -- the climbing wall, high ropes course, kayaking -- with the "Mountain Explorers" program, creating action-packed itineraries from a diverse menu of options.

Of course, winter brings an array of snow-filled fun, as well as a similar array of lively activities, with traditional snow-sports camps as well as a la carte lessons. Two Teen Centers give the crew a place to escape the 'rents, and condo-style accommodations (up to five-bedroom townhouses arranged in five resort "Villages") mean teens can have the space they need, while affording the rest of the family some well-deserved peace and quiet.

Grand Palladium Kantenah Resort & Spa

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Enjoy exalted status as your teen's new BFF when you treat them to a trip to Grand Palladium Kantenah Resort & Spa. Situated on a prime stretch of beachfront on The Mayan Riviera, this all-inclusive resort, one of four facility-sharing properties in the massive Grand Palladium complex, is a value for parents and a paradise for teens, with lively entertainment and food provided 24/7. Included in your stay are a number of water-centered activities such as kayaking, snorkeling and windsurfing. The Black & White Jr. teen club offers Wii, X-Box 360 and PlayStation 3, and live nightly shows, teen disco parties and a 24-hour beach/snack bar keep teens entertained into the wee hours. If you're vacationing elsewhere in the vicinity, you can purchase a day or evening pass and sample the resort's amenities.

Four Seasons Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo

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547 Family Reviews
At this teen-friendly northwest Costa Rican Resort, you can combine family harmony with nature, in a luxurious setting shared by resident howler monkeys, rare sea turtles and exotic birds. Perched on a narrow plateau 320 feet above the Pacific Ocean, the 45-acre property is secluded, but that doesn’t mean activities are sedentary. Using the resort as a base for exploration, families can surf, snorkel, sea kayak, hike, go horseback riding or zip through the rainforest on a high-flung canopy tour. Three hotel pools are cradled by two popular beaches for chillaxin’ and a nearby Beach Club, Tuanis Teen Center, free cooking and salsa lessons and an on-site spa offering "OMG" treatments provide even more diversions for teens. Lodging options include spacious standard rooms (603 square feet), one- to three-bedroom treehouse canopy suites and private rental homes.

The Tyler Place Family Resort

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127 Family Reviews
Lose the Blackberry, the video controls and -- dare we say it -- the TV at The Tyler Place Family Resort , a seasonal Northern Vermont all-inclusive resort that's big on tuning out outside influences, and tuning in to some classic outdoor family fun. From waterskiing, wakeboarding and tubing to hiking, climbing and getting from here to there on their own resort-issued bikes, your pre-drivers can express their spirit and independence, without ever once asking for the car keys. Daily programs for kids from infants to young teens (ages 13 to 15) are included in the rate at this exceptionally well-run family resort.

Tamarind Reef Resort

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37 Family Reviews
Teens and families will love to explore the majestic reefs at Tamarind Reef Resort, and if you don't know how to dive the resort offers scuba lessons in the pool. Once you've mastered your diving skills, book a diving adventure. But if staying above the water is more fun for your teen, sailing or motorboat charters are great for fishing or fun. Teens can also escape mom and dad by heading to the beach, outdoor pool or tennis courts.

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Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas Reviews
MelissaK - May 12th, 2011

We spent Christmas at the Ritz Carlton St. Thomas Residence Club, which is a building within the resort that only has vacation rentals run by the Ritz. It was better than staying at the hotel - we had a kitchen, living room, dining room, washer/dryer... read more
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The Breakers Palm Beach Reviews
cardbucfan - Sep 30th, 2009

Overall: We go to the Breakers in Palm Beach every summer and it gets better each year! The staff is excellent and I feel they go out of their way to make certain we are having a good time. My kids are too old for the organized kids program but we ... read more
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Big Cedar Lodge Reviews
lizakitty - Jul 5th, 2013

Stayed for three days with my nephews and niece and friends. Beautiful over the top location very disappointed in dining and pricing. Food was so expensive compared to the quality and the time it took to receive. Had to send food back twice in thr... read more
Debwags - Jun 5th, 2013

Our vacation at Big Cedar Lodge was a well needed summer vacation It was a great experience for our whole family. We traveled from St. Louis and was able to enjoyed many stops along the way. Upon our arrival we were ... read more
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Atlantis, Paradise Island Resort in the Bahamas Reviews
FrankM - Dec 31st, 2015

We have been to Atlantis on five occasions over the last several years and just returned from our most recent trip. To put the latest trip into perspective; there was five of us and we had two rooms in the Royal Towers, Atlantis meal plan and opted ... read more
beckycandelora - Dec 23rd, 2015

The room was very dated. For what we paid, we've had 5 star luxury accommodations elsewhere. Everything was exorbitantly expensive. We had no hot water the first two nights of our 4 night stay. We couldn't get anyone on the phone so we had to go t... read more
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Skytop Lodge Reviews
Ray82517 - Nov 10th, 2014

I recently had an unexpectedly bad experience for an event I planned at Skytop for November 6th. For the cost of a stay each night $428, one would expect a standard and cleanliness of the room to be superior and gleaming with pride. ... read more
Caitlin's Mom - Jan 1st, 2014

We've been regulars at Skytop for the past 17 years and it is a favorite family tradition to come up for a few days between Christmas and New Years for a few days of relaxation and skiing for the kids. ... read more
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Hotel del Coronado Reviews
So Cal Mom - Nov 26th, 2012

To get in a festive holiday mood, we take an annual trip down to Coronado Island. It's a magical time of year next to the Pacific Ocean. Our kid's smile while walking into the historic Hotel del Coronado's lobby admiring the tallest Christmas tree on... read more
dab0709 - Sep 18th, 2011

For the price we paid for our suite, we were grossly disappointed. Due to a mechanical issue with the elevator, we changed rooms after the first night. The second room wasn't much better. The rooms are in need of being updated. Everything about the h... read more
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Dreams Punta Cana Reviews
MicheleandRobby - Dec 19th, 2015

After watching video of dreams resort I booked a week vacation for myself and my boyfriend to celebrate our anniversary and my birthday. If you ever watch the video please know they are showing you all of their resorts in one video. We found that out... read more
kelssmac - Nov 23rd, 2015

The resort itself was beautiful. It would have been a nice place to go for a regular vacation. I had many issues surrounding my wedding and it was truly disappointing. I went with the highest package available and there were still so many add-ons ne... read more
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Beaches Turks & Caicos Reviews
lynn123a - Jun 11th, 2016

We were looking forward to our family vacation. Beaches is less than impressive. Not much to do here when comparing to Atlantis. We have 2 teens they were ready to go home within 2 days bored. The food was terrible and buffet with bugs is less than... read more
KIRBYBOY - Mar 31st, 2016

My husband and I were looking for a kid friendly place to take our 13 year old daughter on vacation. Friends of ours had raved about how great Beaches in Turks and Caicos was , so we decided to give it a try. Upon arriving our room was not ready so ... read more
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Migis Lodge Reviews
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Smugglers' Notch Reviews
slgicl - Dec 10th, 2015

We have made several trips to Smugglers Notch with our son as he grew up (sometimes bringing one of his friends). Accommodations vary greatly depending on which unit you get - some are quite old, some are very far from the "center of activities" and... read more
Beachbabe - Apr 6th, 2015

Our family had a wonderful experience at SMUGGS. We loved the kids ski school. My 9 and 11 year old learned to ski in just one day! My son has a medical disability and the instructors took great care with him and we felt very comfortable leaving our ... read more
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Grand Palladium Kantenah Resort and Spa Reviews
SeaDebi - May 18th, 2010

After quite a bit of research to find a hotel that we would like we finally chose the Grand Palladium! Our family absolutely loved our stay. We went in late March and was certain we would run into Spring Breakers, however to our delight we had no p... read more
sunlover74 - Oct 13th, 2009

We couldn't believe the size of this place when we arrived. It is huge and that is an understatement. We loved that it was so large, however. We like to walk around and also love long walks on the beach. ... read more
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Four Seasons Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo Reviews
dhodges1721 - Feb 11th, 2015

Terrible service. The meatballs were recommended by our server and I have had better frozen hamburgers. Expensive and disappointing. Other than the beer and the wine, I thought it was terrible. This restaurant wouldn't last 1 month in NYC. Expen... 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, seen... read more
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