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15 best resorts and hotels with lazy rivers the whole family will love

Grab an inner tube and get ready to float through these top vacation destinations.
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Lazy rivers bring the family fun for all ages.kali9 / Getty Images stock
/ Source: TODAY

What sounds better than spending the day lounging in a lazy river with your family? If planning a family vacation is on the brain, parents with children of any age might want to make sure their hotel or resort has a lazy river on the property.

Abby Kastin, SmartFlyer travel advisor, told TODAY Parents that resorts with lazy rivers — a water feature that allows guests to float along a slow current — are popular among families.

"Adults looking for a resort or hotel with lazy rivers should keep in mind that the resort is most likely going to be very kid friendly and therefore will have a lot of children around," Kastin said.

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15 best resorts and hotels with lazy rivers

Kastin shared 15 of the best resorts and hotels with lazy rivers across the U.S. and abroad.

"When you stay at a hotel with a lazy river, you don’t have to leave the hotel to go to a water park," Kastin said. "It is a built-in activity for the kids, which has a huge 'wow' factor."

Best hotels on the east coast with lazy rivers

  • Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Disney World
  • Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa
  • Hammock Beach Golf Resort and Spa

Best hotels in middle America with lazy rivers

  • Great Wolf Lodge Minnesota
  • Marriott Marquis Houston
  • MGM Grand in Las Vegas

Best hotels on the west coast with lazy rivers

  • Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa
  • Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa
  • Westin Kierland Resort

Best hotels in Hawaii with lazy rivers

  • Aulani, a Disney Resort in Oahu
  • Grand Hyatt Kauai

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Best hotels outside the U.S. with lazy rivers

Families looking to travel outside the United States to enjoy a property with a lazy river might not have to look too far. Kastin shared four destinations that feature lazy rivers:

  • The Atlantis, Bahamas
  • Baha Mar, Bahamas
  • Dreams Playa Mujeres, Mexico
  • Hyatt Ziva Cap Cana, Dominican Republic

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Tips for booking hotels with lazy rivers

Kastin said before booking, it is important to check two important factors.

"Always ask your travel advisor if the water park or lazy river has any height requirements to avoid disappointments with young children," she said. "Also find out if there are any additional charges so that you don’t have unexpected fees on your bill at the end of your stay."