The Best Kid-Friendly Airbnbs for a Fun, Relaxing, and Safe Vacation, According to Reviewers

by Bethany Braun-Silva

The Best Kid-Friendly Airbnbs for a Fun, Relaxing, and Safe Vacation, According to Reviewers
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These kid-friendly Airbnbs will make for one epic family vacation!


The landscape of family travel has changed drastically over the last year. Because of Covid-19, many families have had to change, reschedule, or straight up cancel vacation plans. And while it’s all for the greater good, it can still be pretty disappointing.


Traveling as a family is one of the best ways to bond and create lasting memories, and many families are looking for ways to safely travel again as we embark on a new year. Opting for a road trip over a plane ride or a vacation rental over a hotel are just some of the ways families are pivoting to make travel a possibility. 


In fact, even pre-pandemic, many families were choosing to stay at Airbnbs and other vacation rentals because they provide amenities that make traveling with kids easier and more enjoyable in many ways — especially for parents. It may seem like a small thing, but the idea of being able to do a load of laundry on vacation rather than five loads afterward is a relief to many parents. Plus, vacation rentals are often more spacious than hotels and include kitchens and living spaces. Many of these rentals are a dream come true for city dwellers accustomed to cramped apartments with little to no outdoor space. 


Plus, the best part of renting an Airbnb is that it’s like having a home away from home, and many hosts even offer recommendations for their top family-friendly restaurants, theme parks, playgrounds, and trusted babysitters. Exploring new sights with kids is exhausting, so coming back to comfy quarters at the end of the day can make for a truly pleasurable vacation experience for all.


We found some of the best kid-friendly (and pet-friendly) vacation rentals in the United States below, but we suggest wasting no time in making a reservation if you find your dream rental. They can book up fast!


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A Disney-Themed Dreamhouse


This rental is 4 miles from the Disney theme parks but looks like a theme park itself. It features seven themed bedrooms, including “Harry Potter”, Mickey Mouse, and “Frozen” designs, plus relaxing tropical-themed suites for parents. Just take our money!!

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“The Disney-themed rooms were exceptional and location perfect for daily trips to any of the Disney parks. It beats staying on the Disney property because everyone has their own space and common areas to visit and enjoy time with other guests. The condition and cleanliness of the property was excellent and great instructions were provided.”

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A Castle Fit for Your Family


Get a taste of Scotland, right in Tennessee. This three-bedroom Knoxville gem is an actual castle with secret passages, armor on display, and its very own pub. The details of this rental are truly phenomenal and, dare we say, fit for royalty.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“We absolutely enjoyed every moment of our adventure, staying at this unique and amazing castle. If only we had more time to explore everything...but that just gives us an excuse to visit again someday.”

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Dogs Most Definitely Welcome


Get the cameras ready as you approach this unique house in Cottonwood, Idaho because you are definitely going to want to film your kids’ reactions. This dog-shaped house is suitable for four guests and features many dog-themed decorations and games. Plus, breakfast is included.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“We had a great stay at the Dog Bark Inn. Frances and Dennis provide a unique, comfortable, and really outstanding experience. You would think the fact that you are staying in a giant beagle would be enough, but they go above and beyond to provide hospitality.”

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Treehouse Retreat


If your family is up for a real adventure, book this tiny treehouse in Missouri that’s actually not so tiny at all. It sleeps up to 11 guests and is surrounded by nature and tons of farm animals. Families can fish, hike, feed the aforementioned animals, and take time to reconnect with each other and disconnect from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“We had such an amazing experience from the kids’ laughter all weekend, playing on the swings and with the animals, to being guided around the property by the dogs, it was just what our family needed.”

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Meet Bison From Your Very Own Train Car


Kids will get a real kick out of spending a few days aboard an actual train in North Carolina, and parents will love that the property features a heated bathroom floor, two televisions, and a full kitchen. Oh! And, did we mention that it’s located on a bison farm?

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“We stayed in the gray caboose for two nights. It was immaculately clean. Every detail has been thought out to make your stay comfortable. My kids were delighted.”

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Sleep Under the Stars and Off the Grid


If your kids are fascinated by the great beyond, booking a stay at Area 55 Futuro House will be right up their alley. The glamping experience comes with modern and spacious living quarters, an outdoor grill, dozens of alien-themed movies and games, and five acres to explore.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“Such a unique place to stay. What a great experience, the place is really clean and stylish. Everything you need is there. Close to town with beautiful views of the mountains.”