The 10 Best Hotels and Resorts for Families in Iowa!

If you are looking to get the family out of the house for a while, why not check out a family-friendly and fun-filled hotel or resort for the weekend? Whether you are looking for a water park that the whole family will enjoy, or a rustic retreat to connect back with nature, there’s something to suit your taste in Iowa. From the lakes of Okoboji to the shores of the mighty Mississippi, check out any one of these 10 best hotels and resorts for families in Iowa.

1. Grand Harbor Waterpark and Resort, Dubuque, IA

Featuring spacious rooms, affordable dining and of course, an epic water park, the whole family can find something to enjoy at the Grand Harbor Waterpark and Resort. With package rates that not only include admission to the water park, but also admission to the nearby National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium, with only one stay at this accommodating resort, and you can make some memories that will last a lifetime. After a full day of fun exploring some of the best Dubuque has to offer, there will be no coaxing the kids to fall asleep at night. 

2. Kings Pointe Waterpark Resort, Storm Lake, IA

With both an indoor and outdoor water park to explore, the weather doesn’t have to hold you back when visiting Kings Pointe Waterpark Resort. Located on the shores of Storm Lake, Kings Pointe Waterpark Resort won’t only peak the kid’s interest, but with a first-class dining experience next to the water, plus optional sunrise cottages for extra privacy, it’s hard to say whether the parents or the kids will enjoy their stay more at Kings Point. Whatever the reason you visit, with so much to explore at this lakeside resort, it will be hard to leave once your stay is over.

3. Crescent Beach Lodge, Wahpeton, IA

Conveniently located amongst many cultural attractions that can please the whole family, you and the kids can have a great time just staying on the property of the Crescent Beach Lodge. Featuring lakeside accommodations and access to the water, the kids can play on the sandy shore while the parents watch them from their rooms at the Crescent Beach Lodge. Also featuring a mini-golf course and island playground, while the kids enjoy the energy-zapping activities at Crescent Beach, the adults can simply sit back and enjoy the views. 

4. Bridges Bay Resort, Arnolds Park, IA

With plenty of places to grab a bite, and a complete water park connected to the resort, plus a neighboring location next to Arnold’s Park Amusement Park, the Bridges Bay Resort can provide you and your family the perfect Lake Okoboji get-away. With enough waterslides, zip-lines and outdoor pool space to really rack up an appetite at the end of the day, the Bridges Bay Resort also has enough restaurants to try something new the entire weekend, making sure that no one in your family will be hungry during their stay. Check out all the fun yourself, and jump into the family-fun vacation world that is Lake Okoboji. 

5. Honey Creek Resort, Moravia, IA

Situated next to Rathbun Lake, the Honey Creek Resort operated by the Iowa DNR has something for the whole family to enjoy. Whether it is jet skiing in the water, teeing off on the 18-hole golf course or exploring the many trails that make their way through the hillside, the most challenging part of your visit will be choosing what to do. Whether you stay for the weekend or opt for the whole week, rest assured that you and every member of your family be entertained the entire time. 

6. The Lodge Resort, Forest City, IA

Offering access to first-class amenities and all the fun the surrounding Forest City has to offer, The Lodge Resort is a great place for families to step away from the normal scene to soak in some natural landscapes. Whether your family chooses an early morning hike or sleeping in under the comfortable covers of the spacious lodge interior is entirely up to you. Take advantage of your time at The Lodge Resort however, including the many hiking trails that branch away from this cozy retreat, because if it’s true that time flies fast when you’re having fun, then your stay at The Lodge Resort will surely be over before you know it. 

7. Wasserbahn Waterpark Resort, Amana, IA

Featuring an indoor water park complete with a four-story slide, the Wasserbahn Waterpark Resort will have both adults and children screaming with fun. As a partner with the Ramada hotel company, not only can you expect some thrills at the adjacent water park, but the actual hotel itself will meet all the expectations of the adults attending. Packages and special rates are available throughout the week, and just know that once you arrive and see the epic waterpark yourself, you’ll wish that you didn’t have to spend the extra time digging out your swimming suit from your suitcase. 

8. Adams Street Country Lodge, Creston, IA

While anytime of the year will prove enjoyable to stay at the Adams Street Country Lodge in Creston, the winter seems to provide the most memorable time as you cozy up to the fireplace at this rustic retreat. Featuring seven guest rooms and a communal kitchen and living space, you can bust out your favorite family board game while enjoying the fire, or prepare a hearty meal to help battle the cold outside. If you do happen to visit in the warmer months, which is very much also recommended, be sure to get out of this house for a bit to explore the many trails and scenes of nature leading right out of the back door of the Adams Street Country Lodge.

9. Sandbar Beach Resort, Spirit Lake, IA

With 15 cabins available to rent at the Sandbar Beach Resort in Spirit Lake, there are 15 good reasons to visit this special vacation spot with you and your family. Each cabin varies in accommodations, ranging from larger spaces to full kitchens, but they all share a similar lakeside characteristic, making venturing out from this rustic retreat easy to do. Sandbar Beach Resort offers boat rentals to explore the water, and the surrounding town of Spirit Lake can provide the meals and shopping, making for a complete family vacation.

10. Adventureland Resort, Altoona, IA

Nothing quite sets the bar as high for a family vacation as going to an amusement park, except when that amusement park also has a fun-filled resort connected to it. That’s the case with Adventureland Amusement Park in Altoona, and the connecting resort provides enough activities to forget about the roller coasters for one afternoon. Featuring spacious and affordable rooms, the Adventureland Resort also has an awesome indoor pool in its lobby, complete with a swim-up bar, showing that there is still plenty of fun to be had when the adjacent amusement park closes for the night. 

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