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Amazing Family Vacation Rentals That Are Tricked Out for Kids

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No Boredom Allowed

Traveling with kids can be exhilarating, but it can also be a real pain entertaining bored little ones who are used to their creature comforts. If you want to actually enjoy your next trip, try out a kid-friendly vacation rental instead of a confining hotel room. Airbnb and Vrbo are full of places where you can socially distance in style, with everything from pools to playgrounds to arcades. Here are some guaranteed kid-pleasers across the country.

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Decked Out Near Disney
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Decked Out Near Disney

Kissimmee, Florida | Sleeps: 24
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Why should the magic begin and end with Disney World? Stay in this fully decked-out nine-bedroom home, and it won't have to. The eye-popping pool with a spillover spa and a lazy river only hints at the wonders inside, but we wouldn't blame you for relaxing on the covered lanai all day while the kids splash.

Related: How to Do Disney on a Budget

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The kids may not even want to swim when they see the themed bunk-bed rooms with hidden entrances to a secret kids' zone, complete with talking portraits. There's also a theater room and two game rooms, with everything from air hockey to arcade favorites.

Related: Vacation Rentals With Secret Rooms and Hidden Passages

Texas Tree House
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Texas Tree House

New Braunfels, Texas | Sleeps: 8
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This tricked-out treehouse will delight kids of all ages. It has two bedrooms (who said treehouses need to be small?) and a full kitchen and bathroom. You'll appreciate the room to stretch out and rest, especially if you've spent a busy day at nearby Schlitterbahn waterpark or Natural Bridge Caverns.

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Texas Tree House
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Texas Tree House: Even More

The treehouse is perched on the edge of a walk-in salt-water swimming pool, complete with a cabana where parents can relax. There's also a charming playground for kiddos who would rather have fun while staying dry.

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Blue Mountain Retreat
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Blue Mountain Retreat

Chimacum, Washington | Sleeps: 25
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A house that bills itself as a place "where kids entertain themselves" sounds promising to us, especially since the grown-ups can relax in the hot tub or on the large deck with views of 20 private, scenic acres. Nearby Olympic National Park offers more chances to drink in nature's beauty.

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Blue Mountain Retreat: Even More
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Blue Mountain Retreat: Even More

Lego room? Soft block room? Massive lower-level playroom filled with ride-on toys? The kids will probably ping-pong between all three, especially since there are secret passages connecting the spaces, including two slides.

Family Friendly in the City
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Family Friendly in the City

Chicago | Sleeps: 8
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Anyone who has done much traveling with little ones knows hotel rooms can feel confining. This immaculate coach house offers 3,000 square feet for them to run, jump, and burn some energy. It's close to Wrigley Field, while Lincoln Park Zoo and other classic Chicago attractions aren't much further away.

Family Friendly in the City
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Family Friendly in the City: Even More

Adults will appreciate the marriage of modern decor and historic charm, but kids will love the toy closet, filled to the brim with games, puzzles, and crafts. The dining room has a high chair and a swing — yes, a swing — and there's a piano to bang on and a secret playspace accessible by ladder. 

A Galaxy Far, Far Away
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A Galaxy Far, Far Away

Anaheim, California |Sleeps: 16
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Your tiny Jedis will flip when they see the "Star Wars" bedroom inside this roomy SoCal rental, complete with the coolest custom bunk beds this side of Tatooine. You'll flip when you see the luxurious open living room, fully stocked modern kitchen, and proximity to Disneyland.

A Galaxy Far, Far Away
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The non-Jedis of the family may find a princess-themed room with a castle more to their liking, and there's a game room and a den perfect for movie-watching. Outside is a heated pool, a playhouse, and a large covered patio perfect for outdoor family dining. 


Private Petting Zoo
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Private Petting Zoo

Boone, North Carolina | Sleeps: 6
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A charming cabin in the mountains would appeal to plenty of kids on its own. Add in the fact that it's got its own petting zoo, and the little ones may go, well, a little ape. They'll also be surrounded by some of North Carolina's loveliest scenery, including Grandfather Mountain and Pisgah National Forest.

Private Petting Zoo:
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Private Petting Zoo: Even More

If the kids can tear themselves away from feeding the pigs, goats, and donkeys, they'll love exploring the lush grounds complete with a fire pit, hammock, hot tub, and waterfall. Inside, the cabin is a charmer, too, with a big stone fireplace and cozy covered porch.

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Toy Story Experience
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Toy Story Experience

El Paso, Texas | Sleeps: 8
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Pixar fanatics big and small will fall in love with this three-bedroom "Toy Story" home. What looks like an unassuming suburban abode from the outside is actually a movie-themed wonderland inside.

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Toy Story Experience: Even More
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Toy Story Experience: Even More

The thoughtful details in this home include an adorable Etch-a-Sketch TV, a ceiling painted like the cloud wallpaper in Andy's room, and even Buzz Lightyear dangling daringly in the kitchen. Neon lights, games, and toys complete the scene.

Lake Views Near Branson
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Lake Views Near Branson

Hollister, Missouri| Sleeps: 10
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This four-bedroom home close to the family-friendly playland of Branson has a view of Table Rock Lake from the back deck, and there's access to a gleaming neighborhood pool and playground if the kids want to burn off energy without going too far.

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You might have a little more luck keeping the kids out of the kitchen when there's a hidden tube slide under the center island. It snakes down to a "kid cave" with a hammock, a climbing wall, and cushioned floors. There's also a pinball machine, air hockey, and a gaming system, so you actually have a shot at finishing that glass of wine in peace.

Not Quite Roughing It
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Not Quite Roughing It

Broken Bow, Oklahoma | Sleeps: 10
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If the kids need a little dose of nature, consider this slick three-story forest tower in southeastern Oklahoma the spoonful of sugar that will make it a treat. Little ones can run through the trees and go crazy on the playset while parents enjoy a cup of coffee on the deck, or even better, soak in the large hot tub in its own cabana.

Not Quite Roughing It: Even More
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Not Quite Roughing It: Even More

This not-exactly-rustic forest abode has a kid's room with custom bunks and a TV for cartoon-watching, plus a top-floor game room with foosball, pool, and plenty more. The living room has a cozy stone fireplace, and there's a fire pit outdoors primed and ready for roasting hot dogs and marshmallows.

Larger-Than-Life Fun
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Larger-Than-Life Fun

Groveland, Florida | Sleeps: 54
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Big enough for a family reunion, this is the rental your kids will never shut up about for years. It's close to Disney World, but one look at the billiard-themed swimming pool with a cue stick slide and a lazy river might have them begging to stay put. The yard also has giant bowling, human whack-a-mole, soccer darts, a basketball court, and more.

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Larger-Than-Life Fun: Even More
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Larger-Than-Life Fun: Even More

The inside of this home is just as insane as the outside — after a while, you may not even remember you have kids. Features include video-game rooms, giant chess, a massive wall-sized maze, two escape rooms, a laser maze, a carnival-themed game room, and a home theater.

Gamer's Paradise
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Gamer's Paradise

Lithia Springs, Georgia | Sleeps: 4
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Tiny houses are all the rage, and this one near Atlanta is tucked away in a lush yard, with a big deck for relaxing. There's even a salt-water pool with lights and a slide, plus a screened-in porch with board games and exercise equipment. You'll also be just a few miles from Six Flags.

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Gamer's Paradise
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Gamer's Paradise: Even More

The real draw here is a massive private arcade, decked out in neon lights. There are more than 40 games, from nostalgic favorites like pinball and Ms. Pac-Man to Terminator and racing games. Better yet, playing is free with your stay, so your kids won't be begging for buckets of quarters.

Utah Playground: Even More
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Utah Playground

Orem, Utah | Sleeps: 16
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Who needs a hotel when you can have this Utah mansion with every conceivable kid-friendly amenity? There's a theater room, an indoor basketball court, an arcade and game room, a dance space, two kitchens, and plenty of play equipment for little ones to burn energy outside, including a trampoline.

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Utah Playground: Even More
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Utah Playground: Even More

Check out the mountain views while you paddle around in the massive indoor pool, splash down on the twisty slide, or play a game of basketball in the water. There's also an adjacent hot tub, sauna, and bar for a real party.

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A Pirate's Life for Me
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A Pirate's Life for Me

Lyndon Station, Wisconsin | Sleeps: 6
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Misbehaving kids can walk the plank at this insane rental near the Wisconsin Dells. The kids will have a bunk room in the belly of the ship, and parents have their own private quarters, too. There's a separate bath house to answer nature's calls. The waterparks, shows, and other attractions of Wisconsin Dells are close by.

A Pirate's Life for Me: Even More
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A Pirate's Life for Me: Even More

As if climbing around a pirate ship isn't enough, there's a swing set and even a slide from the top deck. A nearby climbing wall is also ready for little crewmates to burn some energy, and older ones can even try their hand at axe throwing. 

Smiles in the Smokies
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Smiles in the Smokies

Sevierville, Tennessee | Sleeps: 12
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This shiny new four-bedroom cabin in the Smokies is kid-friendly not just because of its amenities, but because of its location: You'll be near Dollywood, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and all of Gatlinburg's endless activities, from mini golf to dinner shows to skiing.

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Smiles in the Smokies: Even More
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Smiles in the Smokies: Even More

Kids will go nuts for the nine-seat theater room, air hockey, arcade games, 10-foot climbing wall, and "cubs' den," accessible by ladder and outfitted with its own TV. They'll even find an Xbox in one of the kids' bunk rooms. While they're otherwise occupied, you can kick back on the deck or sit in the hot tub and enjoy an amazing view of the mountains.

Wild in the Woods
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Wild in the Woods

Murphy, North Carolina | Sleeps: 5
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If you have outdoorsy kids who want a real mountain adventure, this rustic treehouse may be just what the family ordered. Together with a nearby hut, it sleeps five — just bring your sleeping bags, and be prepared to cook over a fire and use a compost bathroom.

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Wild in the Woods: Even More
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Wild in the Woods: Even More

What's a treehouse without a fun way down? This one has several, including a spiral staircase, two slides, and a fire pole. There's also a goliath swing, a slackline, and another huge slide that speeds kiddos through the woods. When the kids are finally exhausted, they can relax in a hammock or chill out in their treehouse bunk beds.

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Having a Capitol Time
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Having a Capitol Time

Washington, D.C. | Sleeps: 8
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This sleek townhouse will catch the eye of parents with its Scandinavian design and African art, and it's close to Washington's many kid-friendly attractions, including the Smithsonian, National Zoo, and International Spy Museum.

Having a Capitol Time: Even More
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Having a Capitol Time: Even More

Kids will be delighted to discover a whimsical children's room stocked with books and cozy beds, and if they climb up to the loft, they'll find an honest-to-goodness ball pit, play kitchen, Lego station, and more.

Just Let 'Em Slide
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Just Let 'Em Slide

Garden City, Utah | Sleeps: 45
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The kids can bring all their cousins, their friends, and maybe even their whole class to this massive home in Garden City, the "Caribbean of the Rockies" on scenic Bear Lake. There are three huge decks off the back, with four slides — perfect for adults who want to relax while the kids go nuts.

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Just Let 'Em Slide: Even More
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Just Let 'Em Slide: Even More

Uncooperative weather won't be a concern here, because there's a huge indoor playground with a trampoline, basketball court, and playset. There's also a game room with two gaming systems and ping pong, a pool table, and a home theater. Kids can make a quick escape from the kitchen, where there's an additional climbing area and indoor slide.  


Going Underground
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Going Underground

Santa Fe, Tennessee | Sleeps: 8
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Got a "Lord of the Rings" fan in the family? You'll feel like you have your very own hobbit houses with this unique rental near Nashville. The family gets the run of three fully heated and cooled earth huts on 15 acres, one of which even has a kitchen. There's a bathhouse with laundry just yards away, too.

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Kids can gather eggs from the farm's chickens, pick berries, hike to two nearby waterfalls, or hang out in an adorable play hut that's just their size. There's also a fire pit where the family can warm up, roast marshmallows, and tell stories under the stars.

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