Family Play-cation

Our Favorite Family-Friendly, Houston-Area Hotels

A roundup of local spots where the kids can be kids.

By Laura Furr Mericas June 8, 2021 Published in the Summer 2021 issue of Houstonia Magazine

The Houstonian Hotel

For the kid who just might sprout gills

  • Stay at: The Houstonian Hotel
  • Be Prepared: To never leave the giant resort pool’s 32-foot slide, geysers, and waterfalls
  • Book: The Traditional King if the kids are cool with a sleeper sofa; from $349
  • Family fun: Seek dry land with a Saturday Nature Hike on the 27-acre property.
  • Adults Only: Gasp! The Houstonian Club childcare allows you to escape to the spa or kids-free Garden Pool.

The Moody Gardens Hotel

For the kid who knows every exotic species

  • Stay at: The Moody Gardens Hotel
  • Be Prepared: To head to the pyramids to spot aquatic and endangered animals upon arrival
  • Book: The Junior Suite for a little more breathing room; from $355
  • Family Fun: Set sail on the Colonel Paddlewheel Boat for a one-hour tour of Offatts Bayou.
  • Adults only: If you can sneak away, the seaside links at Moody Garden's Golf are a must.

Ride the Boardwalk Bullet, a wooden roller coaster at the Kemah Boardwalk amusement park.

For the kid who seeks adrenaline at every turn

  • Stay at: The Boardwalk Inn
  • Be Prepared: For one-of-a-kind rollercoasters and stingray sightings just steps away
  • Book: The Bay View Master Suite with three balconies and room for four; from $350
  • Family Fun: The Dine, Stay, and Play package for four grants access to rides and sights, plus a $100 restaurant credit.
  • Adults only: Catch live music from the balcony after the kids have gone to bed.

Margaritaville Lake Resort

For the kid who is all about the outdoors

  • Stay at: Margaritaville Lake Resort
  • Be Prepared: For lake life, plus mini golf, pickle ball, sports courts, and water slides
  • Book: The lofted Lake Cottage with a refined summer camp vibe for six; from $189
  • Family fun: Stick around through Sunday to catch a kid-friendly flick on the LandShark Landing Event Lawn.
  • Adults only: A Texas Brewery Tour leaves from the hotel on Saturdays and Sundays.
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