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The Best Treehouses For Families on Airbnb

It's every kid's dream to spend the night in a treehouse. Here are 9 of the coolest for your next vacation.

It’s the childhood dream that never fades: spending the night in a backyard treehouse. And thanks to rental sites like Airbnb and HomeAway, it’s now a dream that parents can fulfill with their kids without sacrificing a night’s sleep on a hard wooden floor ⏤ no 2x4s, sleeping bags, or flashlights required.

Over the past decade, there’s been a boom in treehouse vacation rentals around the country. From rustic, to exotic, to luxurious, it’s easy to find a cabin in the trees that fits almost any style and budget, in almost any state. The only problem, at least for families, is that treehouses aren’t always the safest for kids, especially when step ladders and rope bridges are involved (the irony, right?). And as such, renters often advise against young guests. But while some may restrict children under a certain age, not all treehouse rentals are off-limits to kids. Here are 9 of the coolest treehouses families can rent on Airbnb.

All Ages

Trailside Treehouse in Richmond


Richmond, Virginia
Accommodations: One bedroom, four beds
Rate per night: $163
Age Restrictions: None
If there was any doubt that the owners of this two-floor treehouse were okay with kids as guests, the twisty slide, climbing net, and trapeze make it clear. Located within walking distance of the area’s popular Buttermilk Trail, it accommodates six guests, includes four bikes, and has been named one of the “Top 20 Places to Stay in Virginia.”

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Redwood Forest Treehouse with Ocean Views

Aptos, California

Accodomations: 3 Bedrooms

Rate Per Night: $310

Age Restrictions: None

This architectural wonder of a treehouse located near California’s famed Redwood Forest is the furthest thing from roughing it. It’s listed under Airbnb Plus, meaning its been independently verified and is well equipped and maintained. It features a full kitchen, washer and dryer, views of the coastline, and decor straight out of a design magazine. The quiet neighborhood, ramp entrance, wide stairs and sturdy railings make it extra kid-friendly.

Treehouse Above Park City Utah

Park City, Utah
Accommodations: One bedroom, one bed
Rate per night: $175
Age Restrictions: None
Ideal for a family ski trip to Utah ⏤ it’s only about 15 minutes from the ski areas ⏤ this two-level treehouse has a giant Douglas Fir running right up the gut. There’s a ship’s ladder to the upstairs (so kids sleep down below) and the space is equipped with a fireplace, satellite TV, and bumper pool.

Kids Over 2

Tree Dwelling with Water Views and Hottub

Georgetown, Maine

Accommodations: Two bedrooms, with either two kings or two double beds

Rate Per Night: $289

Age Restrictions: None

This two-story treehouse located in coastal Maine features a full kitchen and wood-fired hot tub on a platform connected to the main house by a rope bridge. The treehouse is located on 21 acres of property, but only a 10-minute drive from town. The main house is accessible via a kid-friendly ground-level ramp, but parents should note that the top floor master bedroom requires climbing up a very steep set of ladder-like stairs, so it may be best for older kids.

Off the Grid and Forty Feet Up!


Tiller, Oregon
Accommodations: One bedroom, three beds
Rate per night: $175
Age Restrictions: No children under 2-years-old
This 40-foot tall treehouse near Oregon’s Umpqua National Forest sits on 160 acres of private land and is modeled after an early 1900s Forest Service Fire Tower. It’s also very popular, accepting only 60 reservations per year. It sleeps four, welcomes kids over two, and is an easy day trip to Crater Lake.

Montana Treehouse Retreat

Columbia Falls, Montana
Accommodations: One bedroom, four beds
Rate per night: $399
Age Restrictions: No children under 2-years-old
Situated outside Glacier National Park in Montana ⏤ near Flathead Lake, Whitefish, and Big Mountain ⏤ this gorgeous kid-friendly two-story rustic retreat (“We love kids,” reads the listing) is built around a giant Fir tree and comes decked out with luxury amenities, not to mention children’s books and toys, stair gates, and a Pack ’n Play.

Looking Glass Kentucky Retreat

Campton, Kentucky

Accomodations: 3 beds, 1 bedroom

Rate Per Night: $119

Age Restrictions: Not suitable for infants under 2

The Looking Glass Treehouse is perfect for families who want an elevated camping experience. Visitors will need to climb a long staircase and ladder to access the house, but once inside there’s hot water and a full kitchen. Past visitors with elementary school-aged and teenaged kids reported loving their experiences, and noted that even with rain or snow the large windows and indoor hammocks make you feel at one with nature.

Teens Only

Secluded Intown Treehouse


Atlanta, Georgia
Accommodations: One bedroom, one bed
Rate per night: $375
Age Restrictions: Teens only
Not at all where you’d expect to find a treehouse hotel, this upscale urban oasis nestled atop downtown Atlanta is supported by seven trees (including a 165-year-old Southern Short-Leaf Pine) and features three distinct areas ⏤ a bedroom, a sitting room, and a hammock deck ⏤ connected by rope bridges. As such, it’s not the best spot for young kids.

Bolt Farm

Walhalla, South Carolina
Accommodations: One bedroom, two beds
Rate per night: $395
Age Restrictions: Teens only
Another luxury treehouse for families with older kids, Bolt Farm is located in the woods of Western South Carolina near the Chattooga River, so outdoor activities abound. In addition to the main cabin, which has a king bed, fireplace, and air conditioning, there are two connected treehouse decks for lounging.

Tree House ~ Whidbey Island

Whidbey Island, Washington
Accommodations: One room, two beds
Rate per night: $130
Age Restrictions: Teens only
Hidden an hour north of Seattle on Whidbey Island in Washington’s Puget Sound, this 250-square foot octagonal house is built around a big Fir tree and stands 13-feet off the ground. It’s a little more rustic with an outdoor shower house and restrictions on full cooking, but it does offer amenities like wifi, television, and electric fireplace, not to mention 360-degree views that include scenic sunsets over the Olympic Mountains.

 

Dreamy Tropical Tree House

Fern Forest, Hawaii
Accommodations: One bedroom, one bed
Rate per night: $220
Age Restrictions: Teens only
Located in a jungle ten miles from Hawaii’s Volcano National Park, this off-the-grid bamboo hideaway stands 15-feet atop a “canopy of local flora” and is accessible only by ladder stairs ⏤ so, naturally, teens only. Also, while the decor says luxury, the running water is collected rain and the electricity is solar (and stored in a battery.) That said, the place is gorgeous and there’s even a two-person hanging bed built underneath.