America's Best Family Hotels
Kiawah Island Golf Resort
No. 3 Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort, SC
From the oak-lined-avenue entrance to the fictional family portraits, everything about this beachfront resort feels like an authentic antebellum mansion. It also has a comprehensive kids’ program, with everything from glassmaking and tie-dyeing to guided nature hikes, fly-fishing lessons, and archery. You can rent beach cruisers from the Bike Pavilion or head farther afield to soak up Charleston’s history.
Parents Love: Cocktails at the Ryder Cup Bar after a round on the seaside Ocean Course, the site of the 2012 PGA Championships.
Kids Love: Friday night ice cream socials at Beaches & Cream, the Sanctuary’s own sweet shop.