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Best Hotel Pools in the USA for Families

Best Hotel Pools in the USA for Families

Where are the best hotel pools in the USA? From coast to coast, we went on a mission to find the best hotel pools at resorts across the country. Our experts have compiled the definitive list of the best hotel pools in the United States. Whether your family is looking for an aquatic adventure or a pure oasis, there is a hotel pool near you that dreams are made of!

Best Hotel Pools in the USA

1. Allegheny Springs at The Omni Homestead Resort – Best Hotel Pool in the Mid-Atlantic        

Omni Homestead Resort pool

Omni Homestead Resort Water Slides | Photo via Omni Homestead Resort

The Omni Homestead Resort, a National Historic Landmark built in 1766, has long been a favorite of families looking to enjoy the beauty of the Allegheny Mountains and their legendary healing springs. The best hotel pool for families in the mid-Atlantic is Allegheny Springs at The Homestead.

It features a children’s pool, family pool, and sandy beach in their two-acre waterpark fed by the local springs. With two 100-foot water slides and 400-foot lazy river, this resort is a pool lover’s favorite destination. During the winter months, the family pool is heated while the children’s pool converts to an ice skating rink.


2. The Broadmoor- The Best Hotel Pool in the Rockies

Best Hotel Pools in the USA include the one at the Broadmoor

The Infinity Pool at The Broadmoor | Photo via The Broadmoor

With a storied history of five-star luxury, The Broadmoor is Colorado’s queen of hotels. The resort’s large pool is just as enchanting as its surroundings, partly because it just seems to flow into neighboring Cheyenne Lake. This illusion is caused by the pools zero entry design and infinity edges which offers unobstructed views of the lake and Cheyenne Mountain beyond.

As if all that wasn’t great enough, two water slides hidden by a “mountain” provide endless entertainment for kids of all ages. When you are ready for a break from the aquatic action, resort employees are happy to set you up with a beach umbrella and a lounge chair on the lawn.

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3. JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort and Spa- A Pool Paradise in Hill Country

Best Hotel Pools JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country

Lazy River at JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country | Photo via Marriott

The River Bluff Experience is not to be missed, the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort has claimed much notoriety with Texas tourists. The 650-foot rapid river ride, and 1,000-foot lazy river, and 275-foot slide offers excitement to pool lovers everywhere!

Throw in the zero depth kiddie splash pad, beach entry pool, and private cabanas – families will experience the southern hospitality in style!

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4. Gaylord Texan Resort – The Best Hotel Pool in the DFW Metroplex

Gaylord Texan Hotel Pool

Horseshoes at the Gaylord Texan Pool | Photo via Marriott

Everything is bigger in Texas! With over 1,500 rooms, the Gaylord Texan Resort needed to have an equally huge pool complex. The revamped 10-acre pool area, Paradise Springs, is the perfect addition to the resort.

The massive pool complex has it all including a 600-foot lazy river, 6,000 square-foot lagoon, a water slide, and toddler pool. As if all that wasn’t enough, there are also water basketball hoops, a water zip line, and horseshoe-shaped hot pools, a nod to Texas’ western heritage.

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5. Le Parker Meridien New York – The Best Hotel Pool in New York City

Le Parker Meridien Pool

The Le Parker Meridien Pool Overlooks Central Park | Photo via

With real estate at a premium in NYC, locating a hotel pool is like striking gold. When you see the view at at Le Parker Meredien you might feel more like you have struck platinum!

Le Parker Meridien looks directly into Central Park and a provides a breath-taking night-time view of the Manhattan Skyline. The floor to ceiling glass room will make you feel like you are swimming on top of the world!

After trekking through the busiest city in the USA your kids will love some freedom exploring the pool deck while you take in the sunset over NYC! Not sure what to do in New York? We know the best things to do in New York City, great things to do with teens in NYC, and the best places to eat in NYC with kids


6. Glenwood Hot Springs Resort- The Best Natural Spring Pool

Glenwood Hot Springs Pool is one of the hotel pools in the USA

The Massive Glenwood Hot Springs Pool | Photo by Sharlene Earnshaw

Established in 1888, Glenwood Hot Springs is the largest mineral hot springs pool in the world, spanning two blocks.

This Rocky Mountain icon is kept at a warm and cozy 92°F so that even when the snow is falling, the swimming is just fine. As a matter of fact, if you are so inclined you can even embrace your inner polar bear and make snow angels on the deck before warming back up in the soothing mineral waters once again.

During the summer months, visitors to this football field length pool can enjoy two water slides, a diving board, and inner tubes. Bonus- you don’t have to stay at the resort to enjoy the pool! Day passes can be purchased. 

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7. The Beach at Mandalay Bay – The Best Hotel Pool in Las Vegas

Mandalay Bay Hotel Pool

The Beach at Mandalay Bay | Photo via Mandalay Bay Resort

There are several amazing pools in Vegas, but the pool at Mandalay Bay still reigns supreme. I doubt there is a kid around who wouldn’t love spending the day at “The Beach”, Mandalay Bay’s massive pool complex.

Families love the the 1.6-million gallon wave pool which crashes into a perfectly manicured sandy beach. The lazy river is nothing to balk at either. If you are looking to save money, pack your own inner tubes. 

8. The Big Blue Pool at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort- The Largest Pool at Walt Disney World

Art of Animation Resort Big Blue Pool

Art of Animation Pool | Photo by Flickr/InsideTheMagic

Disney’s Art of Animation celebrates the artistry of some of Disney/Pixar’s most beloved films, including Cars, The Little Mermaid, and Finding Nemo. Its main pool, “Big Blue”, is the largest in Disney World history and is surrounded by vibrant larger than life characters from Finding Nemo including Crush the sea turtle and a freshly “inked” Pearl the octopus.

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The pool features a beach entry, a splash area, and a small aquatic themed playscape.  The biggest surprise – guests swimming under the water will be treated to the sounds of Dory and Nemo chattering away under the water, giving imaginative swimmers the feeling that they are swimming alongside their favorite characters in the EAC.

Best of California

9. Terranea – LA’s Oceanfront Resort – Best Hotel Pool in LA

Terrnea Resort Pool overlooking the ocean

Terranea Pool Overlooking the Pacific | Photo via Terranea Resort

LA’s premier resort, Terranea, offers four pools throughout their property and the views are amazing! The pool deck features a water slide, splash pad, jacuzzi, and full grill. There is also a 10+ pool, a 21+ pool, and a Spa pool – all with beach front views! Terranea’s location is also prime for poolside whale watching. 

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10. Omni Rancho Las Palmas – Best Hotel Pool in the California Desert

One of the best pools in the USA is at Omni Rancho Las Palmas

Splashtopia at Omni Rancho Las Palmas | Photo via Omni Rancho Las Palmas

Several of the best hotel pools for families are in the desert. Those who have visited the Palm Springs area know that resort life tends to revolve around two things, golf and the pool.

While Omni Rancho Las Palmas is definitely a top-notch golf destination, the pool complex is also one of the best in the West. With water slides, a lazy river, a beach area for tots, a splash pad, and a huge pool featuring summer Dive-In movies, this is definitely the place you want to be hanging out during those hot desert days.

11. Coliseum Pool at The Resort at Pelican Hill- The Best Circular Pool

The best circulat hotel pool is at the Resort at Pelican HIll

Pelican Hill Resort’s Circular Pool | Photo by Resort at Pelican Hill

Everything about The Resort at Pelican Hill reflects the luxury of Newport Coast from the guard-gated private villas to the expansive views of the Orange County coastline, to the star treatment that even the tiniest guests receive while staying on site.

The opulent Coliseum pool is the largest circular pool in the world at 136 feet in diameter and is lined with more than a million glass mosaic tiles. This pool may seem more like a piece of art than a place to let your kids splash about but fear not, this stunner is meant to be enjoyed.

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12. La Quinta Resort – Home Over 40 Pools!

La Quinta Resort is home to over 30 pools

La Quinta Resort is Home to Over 40 Pools | Photo via La Quinta Resort

There may be another resort out there with more pools but we have yet to come across it! La Quinta Resort Club has 41 swimming pools and 53 spas on the property, making it one cool spot to beat the desert heat.

While most of the pools are scattered in courtyards throughout the expansive property, the main pool area is over by the tennis complex and offers a large pool, snack bar, toddler pool, splash pad, and playground. My family’s goal for our next visit – go pool hopping and make a splash in as many as we can!

Best of Arizona

13. Westin Kierland Resort- Best Hotel Pool in Scottsdale, AZ

Westin Kierland Resort

Westin Kierland Resort Lazy River | Photo via Marriott Resort

Those who have visited Scottsdale are aware that resort life here also revolves around golf and the pool, and Westin Kierland Resort gets both of these right in a fabulous, family-friendly fashion.

They have an entire team dedicated to fun and they bring it to their pool with games and activities for everyone in the bunch. In between all the organized fun be sure to find time to ride the slides, lounge on a raft in the lazy river, or just splash with your kids in the beach entry pool.

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14. Arizona Grand Resort & Spa- Best Outdoor Hotel Water Park

Oasis Water Park

Oasis Water Park at the Arizona Grand Resort | Photo via Arizona Grand Resort

At the Arizona Grand Resort you get more than a pool, you get a top rated water park! Oasis Water Park spans seven acres of the resort property and includes a wave pool, relaxing river, huge hot tub, and 8-story water slides.

There is even a special area just for kids called Wild Cat Springs.  In addition to the water park, six resort pools are located throughout the property, so you can always find a relaxing place to swim.

15. Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak- Best of Phoenix

Pointe HIlton Squaw Peak Pool Complex

The Sprawling Pool Complex at Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak | Photo via Hilton

Relax your troubles away as your float down the lazy river of River Ranch Water Park at Squaw Peak. The pool area here features three swimming pools surrounded by waterfalls and palm trees.
You can also mask a splash down the 130-foot water slide. Or let the little ones play in the children’s pool. Poolside cabana rentals are available when you need a break from the water-but with the Arizona heat, that won’t be too often.

Best of Hawaii

It is no surprise than many of the best hotel pools for families are in Hawaii. Hawaii has so many great pools that we had to create a separate section just to celebrate them. Here are some of our favorites:

16. Disney’s Aulani Resort – Best Hotel Pool in Oahu

Best Hotel Pools include the Aulani

Waikolohe Pool at the Aulani | Photo via Aulani

Many aspects of Disney’s Aulani Resort on Oahu deserves praise, and its expansive pool complex in the heart of the resort’s Waikolohe Valley is certainly one of them. Two water slides start atop the resort’s “lava” outcropping and wind through rock formations. Guests floating along the lazy river will discover fountain springs spouting to life and float through a cavern filled with gurgling water.

There is a zero entry pool, two infinity spas, and a quiet pool geared towards adults seeking shelter from the kid-friendly madness. Families with small children will love the Menehune Bridge, a water play structure featuring 3 slides and plenty of opportunities to get drenched.

At the Makai Preserve guests can wade in alongside stingrays, starfish, and anemones. Young snorkelers will love Rainbow Reef, the 3,800 square-foot snorkel lagoon teeming with tropical fish. It is a nice introduction to snorkeling in a sheltered environment.

17. Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa -Best Hotel Pool in Kauai

Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort

The Saltwater Lagoon at Grand Hyatt Kauai | Photo by Sharlene Earnshaw

Guests love the Grand Hyatt’s multi-tiered pool complex on Kauai’s sunny Poipu Coast so much that they often find themselves never bothering to leave the resort once during their entire vacation.

“River pools” wind passed tropical foliage and wild birds while flowing through waterfalls and around green grottos. A 150-foot waterslide splashes down into the active (aka: full of kids) pool while older folks looking for peace escape to the adult pool.

Kayaks are available for rent to explore the 1.5-acre sand bottom saltwater lagoon where you can snorkel or just relax with a beverage from the pool complex’s swim up bar. Can’t you hear those island breezes calling your name?

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18. Hilton Waikoloa Village – Best Hotel Pool on the Big Island

Best Hotel Pools on the Big Island are at the HIlton Waikoloa Village

Pool at Hilton Waikoloa Village | Photo via Hilton Waikoloa Village

Four pools interconnected with water slides; what’s not to love about that? Hilton Waikoloa Village is a Big Island giant that has families returning year after year to enjoy the four pools, along with their lazy river and several other freshwater pools which feature everything from a waterfall to a swim-up bar.

Throw in a saltwater lagoon, opportunities to swim with dolphins and sea turtles, and the beauty of the Big Island, and it’s no wonder there are so many families that return to this mega resort. If your family is heading to Hawaii, be sure to check out the top 10 things to do on the Big Island with kids.

19. The Grand Wailea- The Best Hotel Pool in Maui

The Best Hotel Pools in Maui include the Grand Wailea

Grand Wailea Pool Complex | Photo Via Grand Wailea

This pool may very well be the best in America. Set on one of the most beautiful beaches on the planet, the Grand Wailea Resort is one of the most luxurious resorts in the islands.

Its massive pool complex, Grand Wailea Canyon, features nine free-form pools on six levels which are connected by a river with varying speeds, from whitewater rapids to typical lazy river currents. There are slides, a rope swing, caves, waterfalls, and even a water elevator. Yes, a water elevator! Those who have experienced this water playground come back with tales of hotel pool zen. Will your family make the journey?

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Lead Image by: Sharlene Earnshaw


Elizabeth Bickford