3 Family Friendly Staycations in Broward County

A family vacation this summer might be closer than you think if you decide to pack up the crew and head north to Broward County. Here are three different escapes perfect for families of all ages.


Margaritaville Beach Resort Hollywood

Best For: Parrotheads—with their own flock of parakeets in tow

The brand new Margaritaville Beach Resort in Hollywood should be on your radar whether you’re a Jimmy Buffett diehard or not. Recently awarded the AAA Four Diamond distinction, the spacious resort is a stylish and luxurious send up to Buffett’s laidback lifestyle.

One-of-a-Kind Amenities: From the oceanfront Flowrider Double surf simulator to three swimming pools and multiple tiki bars dotting the property, there’s plenty of ways to “waste away again” in this version of Margaritaville. Mom and Dad can take turns chilling out at the full-service St. Somewhere Spa, while the family can reunite at one of the many on-property restaurants and bars. Choose from the classic Margaritaville complete with outdoor seating aboard the Schooner Euphoria, the 5 O’Clock Somewhere Bar overlooking the Intracoastal and the Floridays gourmet hot dog stand inside a vintage airstream on the Hollywood Broadwalk. The resort has also taken over the Hollywood Beach Bandshell for free concerts under the stars nightly.

For the Kiddos: Take a break from the little ones when you drop them off at the Parakeets Kid’s Club where they’ll be entertained with pool and beach games, arts and crafts and other activities. From $50 half day, $80 full day. More details, email: concierge@mhbr.com.

Summer Specials: 15% discount for Florida residents, or

Changes in Latitude, Changes in Attitude Family Package:

  • $50 resort credit per day on stays three nights or longer
  • Complimentary valet
  • Two kids (under 11) eat free
  • Valid June 1 – September 30

1111 N. Ocean Dr., Hollywood; 844-5OCLOCK


Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale

Best For: Families in search of serenity

Let your worries melt away upon arrival at The Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale beach resort with panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean. Pamper your family with this relaxing and luxurious getaway.

One-of-a-Kind Amenities: Perched on the seventh floor overlooking the ocean, the lavish swimming pool beckons relaxation. It’s also where you access the beach through a pedestrian bridge across Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard. Indulge in a spa treatment, like the 110-minute Ocean Intuitive that includes a tension-melting scrub, mud wrap and massage. The whole family will enjoy meals at Burlock Coast’s spacious dining room and outdoor patio serving upscale bar food, like fried shrimp with pickled peppers, tuna tartare and squash blossoms with a decadent raw bar. Consider upgrading to a Club Level suite for access to five complimentary culinary presentations throughout the day and a dedicated concierge in unhurried environs.

For the Kiddos: Ritz Kids club offers fun, educational programming for full and half day breaks from the little ones.

Summer Specials:

Summer Package:

  • Rates from $259
  • $50 resort credit to Burlock Coast
  • Valid May 1 – September 30

1 N. Fort Lauderdale Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954-465-2300


Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Best For: Those about to rock (with older kids)

The classic entertainment complex with its casino, restaurants, shops and calendar of concerts offers diversions for families of all ages.

One-of-a-Kind Amenities: While the casino floor and nightclubs are reserved exclusively for guests 21 and over, there’s still plenty to delight families at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. The lagoon-style swimming pool offers a waterslide and hot tubs, while the Seminole Paradise Shops offer plenty to browse. For the foodie family, the new Kuro Japanese restaurant serves an impressive menu including spicy tuna crispy rice, koji lamb and wagyu tacos. This summer, the Hard Rock Live concert series brings you comedian Hannibal Burress on July 22, Seal on August 18 and Ricky Martin on August 27.

Summer Specials: Stay Longer with 33% off stays of four nights or more.

1 Seminole Way, Hollywood; 866-502-7529

Shayne Benowitz is Miami.com’s Travel Editor. Follow her on Twitter @ShayneBenowitz.