When it’s time to get the gang together, check out some of the South’s most inviting family reunion destinations.
Great family reunion destinations have something for everyone. No matter where in the South you’re bound, everyone from the littlest cousin to the most seasoned great-grandparent should have an unforgettable time. We’ve picked out some of the best destinations and family-friendly resorts that will have everyone connecting and making new memories during their weekend away. Whether you’re venturing out to beaches, hiking trails, theme parks, or just hanging out at the resort, you’ll find fun around every corner in these great group getaways. Read on for some of our picks–they might just inspire you to get the gang together and make that family reunion happen this year and for many more to come.
There’s really no better place to start than Central Florida. The land of a thousand theme parks beckons families looking for a high-flying, memory-making reunion. You have your pick of resorts, but if you need a nudge, try Universal’s Endless Summer Resort, Dockside Inn and Suites. In addition to all of the amenities at this property, family members can visit the many amusement parks and other attractions in the area. A stay here includes early admission to certain Universal attractions in addition to free and easy transportation, making a get-together a breeze to coordinate.
Kiawah Island, South Carolina
If your ideal family reunion includes quiet hours chatting on porches and taking in the breezes off the ocean, check out one of South Carolina’s islands. Kiawah Island Golf Resort, located on Kiawah Island, is one of South Carolina’s favorite resorts and an ideal place to get the family together. This luxury beach resort has lovely accommodations as well as opportunities for golfing, relaxing on the sands, and spending quality time together in the property’s rooms, suites, or villas.
Find a lakeside oasis just outside of busy Atlanta at The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee. Whether your family likes to hit the links (pictured), jet off on the water, or spend all day at the spa, there’s something for everyone on Lake Oconee. It’s a beautiful space with cozy gathering spaces for everyone as well as plenty of places to roam in the outdoors.
If your family reunion is hitting the road and heading to Missouri, you can’t do better than a stay at Big Cedar Lodge. Known as “America’s Premier Wilderness Resort,” this destination has everything your family needs for golfing, dining, and adventuring in the outdoors. Start planning a trip, and you’ll see just how many attractions can be packed into a single stay at Big Cedar Lodge.
Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
Need we say more? There’s more to do in Pigeon Forge than ever before. When it comes to your next family reunion, let Dolly provide the soundtrack and the environs. Make Dollywood's DreamMore Resort and Spa your home base. You know the whole family will find something to enjoy in Pigeon Forge at Dollywood's DreamMore Resort and Spa. This family-focused spot has events, live music, and easy access to the Great Smoky Mountains, meaning adventure is just a booking away. Learn more.
White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia
If you’d like your next family reunion to come with a backdrop of iconic design, set your sights on The Greenbrier, known as “America’s Resort” since 1778. Outdoor adventure, team-building activities, golfing, and dining–there’s lots to do at The Greenbrier for groups year-round. When you take the whole family to West Virginia, you can also enjoy the “wild, wonderful” attractions it’s famous for. Go waterfall watching, take a hike, or pile into the car for treks across the beautiful landscape.
Point Clear, Alabama
You’ll find “The Queen of Southern Resorts” on Alabama’s Gulf Coast. For a relaxed reunion filled with grandeur, you can’t do better than the The Grand Hotel Golf Resort & Spa, which offers fantastic dining as well as bike rentals, paddleboarding, several pools, golfing, tennis, walking on the sand (pictured) and fishing, among much more. Enjoy the wonders of the Gulf with your family, and you’ll make memories to last a lifetime.
Hot Springs, Virginia
Head to the Commonwealth for a family reunion with a beautiful backdrop. Book into The Omni Homestead Resort for all the amenities you could hope for. This historic spot has the moniker “America’s First Resort,” and it’s located in the picturesque Virginia countryside. It’s a beautiful place to get together with family, all of whom can enjoy the scenery, the outdoor adventure, and the marvels of the mountainous landscape. Save an afternoon to explore downtown Hot Springs (pictured) too.
One of the Lone Star State’s favorite destinations for gatherings is the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center, an enormous property that fits rooms, restaurants, and much more within its sprawling square footage. Situated on the shore of Lake Grapevine, it’s an immersive experience (with four-and-a-half acres of atriums as well as the Paradise Springs Water Park) that will have everyone’s eyes opened and senses of adventure reinvigorated. It’s also close to LEGOLAND® Discovery Center, Cowboys Golf Club, and Historic Downtown Grapevine. Also, don't miss a ride on the Grapevine Vintage Railroad (pictured). Truly, there's something for everyone.
Asheville, North Carolina
When you’re in Asheville, there’s a bounty of fun to be had. From hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains to taking in the majesty of the Biltmore Estate and its stunning grounds, Asheville makes a fantastic family getaway at any time of year. Book everyone into the The Omni Grove Park Inn for a variety of accommodations and views that just can’t be beat.
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