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Family travel: Ranking the top family-friendly hotels in the U.S., world

According to TripAdvisor, 504 top family-friendly properties were recognized in U.S., Europe, Caribbean, Africa, Asia, and the South Pacific. The winners were determined based on the hotels most highly rated by those who traveled with family. TripAdvisor, as you likely know, is the largest online site for customer reviews. Since anyone can comment, I caution you to use these picks wisely, check with your own sources and also ask for recommendations from travel professionals before booking anything. That said, the hotels chosen as the best-of-the-best for family travel are diverse and span the globe, and might stir some unique ideas on where to take your family this year.

TripAdvisor organized the winnings into family-friendly "Large Hotels and Resorts" and "Small Hotels and Motels" in the U.S. and world. Large properties feature 100 rooms or more.

Here are the top 10 winners in the U.S. Large Hotels and Resorts category:

1.KeyLime Cove Resort and Water Park, Gurnee, Illinois
2.Rocking Horse Ranch Resort, Highland, New York
3.Hope Lake Lodge & Conference Center, Cortland, New York
4.Disney's Wilderness Lodge, Orlando, Florida
5.WorldQuest Orlando Resort, Orlando, Florida
6.Woodloch Pines Resort, Hawley, Pennsylvania
7.Lake Buena Vista Resort Village & Spa, Orlando, Florida
8.Marriott's Harbour Lake, Orlando, Florida
9.Floridays Resort Orlando, Orlando, Florida
10.Homewood Suites by Hilton Anaheim-Main Gate Area, Garden Grove, California