Family Vacation In May

You’re planning a visit to The Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando for your family vacation in May and you’ve searched the internet for information about that time of year. You’ve read about the weather, heard stories from others who’ve been there at that time of year and have visited our Resort Weather Forecast page . Still need some answers on if it will be dog days or mouse days? We can help you answer these questions and more.

My family is going on vacation this May. We’ve never been to the East Coast before, so I’m really excited to see some new sites, such as the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History and Museum on the National Mall, and visit historical landmarks like the Washington Monument. Are you and your family going on vacation next month? I hope so. Have fun, relax, and spend the time with your loved ones.

All families are different and have different ways of having fun on vacations. Just because you’re a family of skydivers doesn’t mean that your vacation time will be spent jumping out of an airplane as well. If you’d like to have a relaxing time with your family and not work too hard, consider one of these vacation ideas.

Family Vacation In May

After two years of dreaming about travel, you might actually want to take a big family trip this summer or fall. There’s only one question: Where are we headed?

Behold this list of family vacations spots. These destinations used the downtime from the beginning of the pandemic to rethink, renovate or both. Many upgraded their pools, some refreshed guest rooms, others re-thought the activities. A few were even built from scratch in an eco-conscious way. With loads of outdoor fun, they’re all ready for families like yours. Whether you’re looking to chill out at an all-inclusive resort, get active in the great outdoors, thrill to the new attractions at a theme park, hit the beach or cozy up in a cabin, there’s a destination or experience to match every mood. And, since inter-generational travel is still a trend, we’ve found options that will please everyone from the youngest traveler to the oldest.

One thing to note: With the COVID-19 pandemic still an ongoing concern, it’s possible that activities or offerings have changed. It’s smart, especially when you’re traveling with kids, to verify with your resort or destination that everything you want to do is open or available before booking.

Mexico and the Caribbean

Spend your days rolling in the waves, relaxing by the pool or enjoying some quiet time (thanks to some superior kids’ clubs) at these island resorts.

Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts (Punta Cana, Dominican Republic and Riviera Maya, Mexico)

a paw patrolthemed water park at the nickelodeon hotels  resorts, a good housekeeping pick for best family vacation destinations


Sure, the kids have it made at these sister all-inclusive resorts — both with massive waterparks, daily slimings and Nickelodeon characters galore. But grown-ups aren’t left out of the fun. Tequila tastings, spa treatments and romantic dinners can be on your agenda thanks to the supervised club for kids ages 4 to 12. And while you probably wouldn’t be booking a SpongeBob-themed room if you didn’t have the kids in tow, the decor is as mod and classy as it can be. All the accommodations are suites that sleep up to five and have two bathrooms. In the Riviera Maya location, all suites have direct access to the pool from the balcony. All-inclusive rates that are part of the brand’s Summer of SpongeBob promotion start at $193 per person per night.


RELATED: Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana Is the Best Place to Travel With a Baby and a Sibling

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Club Med Michès Playa Esmeralda (Dominican Republic)


Movies under the stars, trapeze lessons, windsurfing — with cool activities like these, kids will never want to leave this newish resort in the lush, away-from-it-all part of the island. Supervised clubs for babies through teens keep the good times rolling while you’re at the adults-only Zen pool or doing treetop yoga (yes, that’s a thing). Solar panels, recycling, plastic-free water bottles and other sustainable initiatives are part of the eco-minded resort culture. All-inclusive rates start at $173 per person per night, $77 per night for each child ages 4 to 11


Beaches Negril Resort & Spa (Negril, Jamaica)

a sparsely attended white sand beach at beaches negril, a good housekeeping pick for best family vacation destinations


While this all-inclusive resort on the island’s idyllic 7-Mile Beach genuinely caters to all ages, toddlers and preschoolers will be star struck. Sesame Street characters entertain them with story times, dance parties, puppet-making and even tea! That’s on top of the mini water slides, splash areas and a playground that make little ones squeal with glee and wear them out so they’ll hit the sack early. Private childcare and supervised kids’ clubs (for babies through teens, including those with special needs) are an option when you want a spa treatment, a quiet dinner or just to read a book on the beach. All the rooms and suites got a glow-up in 2020, so they’re thoughtfully designed for families. All-inclusive rates start at $356 per person per night for adults and $68 per night for each child ages 2 to 15.


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Fairmont Mayakoba (Playa del Carmen, Mexico)

an aerial view of the beach at fairmont mayakoba, a good housekeeping pick for best family resort


When it comes to baby and kid gear, this resort has you covered. Need a bottle warmer? They got it. How about a step stool for a toddler to reach the sink? Yours for the asking. With these worries aside, you can concentrate on the beauty of the surroundings (the resort is surrounded by a lush mangrove forest) and incredible bucket-list activities, like Mexican fiestas, kids’ carnivals and night kayaking. Half of the 400 guest rooms are already renovated, and the rest will be complete by the end of the year. Rates start at $361 per night.


Rock House Resort (Turks & Caicos)

the infinity pool at the rock house resort, a good housekeeping pick for best family vacation destinations


Your family may never leave the water at this Mediterranean-inspired oasis, which opened in May 2022. In addition to a full kitchen and spacious living room, many of the villa-style accommodations feature a spacious private pool. (No way! Yes way!) And if your crew ever tires of it, fun awaits at the resort’s oceanfront infinity pool and stretch of white-sand beach, which is just for resort guests. While a cliffside setting makes the resort incredibly picturesque, it’s impossible to navigate with a stroller. Bring the tweens, teens and even grandparents if they don’t have trouble climbing stairs. Rates start at $655 per night.


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New England Cozy

Lakes, lighthouses and hiking trails make New England a great place to visit in almost any season.

Quisisana Resort (Lovell, Maine)

two friends frolic in a lake at the quisisana resort, a good housekeeping pick for family vacation destinations


Kids will get a screen detox at this all-inclusive lakefront resort, and they’ll be too busy playing to miss their devices. Without TV or a Wi-Fi signal in the comfortable, air-conditioned rooms and cabins, they’ll be fully immersed in the slew of included activities — from paddle-boating to tennis to sandcastle-building. They might even learn to kayak or catch their first fish. At night, music fills the resort. Broadway-style shows, held in a new outdoor theater, entertain all generations. There’s something about the fresh air and a choice of lollipops that keeps most kids from getting too wiggly and the caliber of the performances is at least on par with good community theater. The three included daily meals — with menu items like lobster rolls and Maine blueberry pie — will leave your crew’s bellies happy and full. And if you do need Wi-Fi occasionally, you can pop in the main lobby for a signal. Shh: The kids will be fine without it. All-inclusive rates start at $470 per night.

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