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Our Airbnb Rental House Included a Community Water Park (+ 5 Unique Home Rental Listings)

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lazy river pool near collin's vacation rental

Recently, I took a trip with my sister and our families to Oregon and left Bryn in charge of finding our housing accommodations. She found a great house to occupy all of us, but we were blown away at the amenities that came with our Airbnb vacation rental.

playground near vacation rental

The community where we stayed in Sunriver, Oregon had tons of fun features in the neighborhood like dedicated biking trails, a playground, multiple community swimming pools, sports courts, and even a water park! Better yet, access to them was free due to renting this property! Plus, our house had a hot tub, and provided free bikes for the family. 🙌

bikes hanging in the garage

The kids absolutely loved it, and it saved us a ton of money that would have normally been spent on admission fees to a water park, bike rental fees etc. What great perks!

community swimming pool


I love when vacation rentals include unique amenities you may not normally receive when staying at a hotel. Check out these other listings with interesting home features that create one-of-a-kind vacation experiences.

A putting green in Scottsdale, AZ.

putting green in yard of scottsdale airbnb

Whether you’re working on your short game or the kids are having some putt-putt fun, having access to a dedicated putting green during your stay can make for some golfing fun. This AirBnB is even nearby renowned golf courses in case you’re itching to get out on the green.

There’s also a pool, billiard room, and TV den for other sources of vacation entertainment.

Check out Kings Villa on Airbnb.


A bed under the stars in Atlanta, GA.

bed on balcony in atlanta treehouse airbnb

I can’t believe this treetop escape is in Atlanta! When traveling without the kids, you’ll find peacefulness in this forest retreat. Roll out the bed of this treehouse AirBnB to gaze at the stars as you fall asleep, and have an adventure navigating to various rooms via the ropes bridges.

Check out the Secluded Intown Treehouse on Airbnb.


A backyard lazy river in Anaheim, CA.

lazy river in backyard of california airbnb

Imagine having the best feature of the water park right in the backyard of your home rental! This AirBnB in California makes the hot days feel like a cool breeze thanks to the gorgeous pool, rock water slide, and surrounding lazy river.

And if the kids (somehow) grow tired of the water features, Disneyland is just a few minutes away.

Check out the villa on Airbnb.


A rock-climbing wall in Buena Vista, CO.

rock climbing wall in colorado airbnb

Ever been on a vacation and the “I’m bored” remarks are driving you up the wall? Well, in this Colorado AirBnB, you can literally climb them! The rock wall feature of this unique apartment provides fun and fitness for kids and adults alike.

Plus, you’ll be located in the heart of historic downtown Buena Vista with close access to shops, restaurants, and other attractions.

Check out the Downtown Garden Apartment on Airbnb.


A playground, game room, theater, and much more in Newry, ME.

luxury estate home with amenities in maine

There are WAY too many fun features to count at this luxe VRBO listing in Maine. This 9 bedroom, 8 bath mansion has 3 kitchens, a pool, 2 saunas, 2 hot tubs, a movie theater, arcade, custom-built playground, and access to the Bethel Inn Resort amenities like boats, kayaks, water sports gear, and discounted golf.

Naturally, it rings in over $1k per night, but when splitting the cost with multiple families (it sleeps up to 26 guests!), this becomes a more attainable dream vacation spot.

Check out the luxe estate on VRBO.


Read how I saved hundreds by booking an AirBnB last minute.

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Comments 47

  1. Heidi

    My family has been vacationing in Sunriver Oregon every summer for the past 25 years. Absolutely LOVE it there!!!

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      Yes, it was SOOOO much fun! We loved it!

    • generainytakalo

      Nothing beats SunRiver in the summer….except “barely” off season (like September) when you still get all the amenities (and dry weather) but 2/1 pricing! We love to go every October on “State Inservice Day” weekend. SHARC outside pool is closed, BUT there are no crowds.

    • Melissa

      Oh Sunriver is the best!

  2. K

    Anyone else still prefer hotels bc they clean up the room for you every morning? I guess I’m just more lazy than others are when I’m on vacation. 😄

    • Shannon

      Yeah same here. My kids also go crazy for the “free” breakfast which they only eat cereal and yogurt at anyway lol.

  3. Michael

    I stayed at an Airbnb in Pismo, CA once with my boyfriend. Apparently, local residents (I’m unsure if all) get a special driving pass that allows them to drive on the beach for free. Our host provided it to us for use. Pismo is one of only two places in CA where you’re allowed to drive literally on the sand next to the waves. It was an awesome experience, even if we did get stuck!

  4. Susan

    Only hotels for me. The hidden camera incidents in the rental houses did it for me.

    • Kathleen

      Unfortunately hotels can also have hidden cameras 🙁

  5. Jeremiah2911

    What community is this in Sunriver?

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      How fun! Thanks for the suggestion!

  6. Ivan

    Airbnb fees can be crazy sometimes. Not to mention cleaning fees. But we love staying in something large than a hotel room and use Airbnb a lot.

  7. Ivan

    Haha…what the heck? 🙂

  8. Emily

    I’d be afraid of wiggling too much in my sleep and falling out of the treehouse bed. Lol. Not that I have fallen out of bed since I was a kid, but yikes!

    • Ella

      I was thinking we’d get eaten alive by mosquitos on that treehouse sleeping porch!

  9. Alyssa

    I live really close to Buena Vista! BEAUTIFUL area. And I don’t drink beer, but the food at Eddyline brewery is the best!

  10. Vero

    The treehouse looks awesome I have a feeling mosquitos would attack people in their sleep. 😕
    It’s a nice thought tho!

  11. KeriB

    We are trying Airbnb for the first time this fall when we travel to England. I’m so excited to have separate bedrooms and a washer/ dryer. Ours don’t look quite as cool as the ones you feature though!

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      I always love staying at Airbnbs even if they aren’t as cool as those! Just having the space of a house and the washer/dryer like you said is great! Enjoy your trip, KeriB!

  12. Cheryl

    Where did you stay in Sunriver? We have done a few family reunions there.

  13. me

    can you post the link for the one that you stayed in? please

  14. Laura

    We have traveled on AIRBNB and been hosts for 2 years. It’s honestly changed our lives! Sometimes the news gives it a bad rap, but its opened up many doors for us (literally!)

  15. Sam

    We stayed at an apartment I found on Airbnb in Barcelona in June. It was 3 floors, walking distance to stores, and even had a roof top patio. So cool! It was $200 a night, for 5 of us all to have our own rooms!

    • Amy Forgey

      Wow! Do you mind posting a link?

    • Jen

      That’s awesome! I’m going there the end of October. Do you have the link for the apartment? Thanks!

  16. Toni2760

    My daughter found an Airbnb in a suburb of Atlanta that included a huge game room with tons of vintage games such as Pacman and Skeeball. She also found a teepee on a farm and my 9 year old grandson loved both!

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      Whoa! The teepee founds so fun and unique, Toni2760!

  17. Thea

    I live in Bend! Sunriver is great! The pool offers discounts to locals every Sunday! Half price with a local ID!

  18. Abby

    I’m in the middle on Airbnb. We’ve stayed in a couple and had a great experience, but I feel like a lot of their fees have gotten outrageous. Cleaning fees that cost as much as a hotel room and booking fees of $75 (on some of the properties) I think staying with a group and splitting the cost can be a great way to travel cheaper, but we’ve gone back to staying at hotels that have suites for much less than most of the Airbnb rentals I find, plus the free breakfast and not having to clean everything up and take out your own trash (even though paying a cleaning fee). I guess for me it depends on the situation and how much space we are needing!

  19. Tina

    Has anyone stay in an Airbnb in Hawaii that you could recommend?

  20. D

    Living in the midst of air bnbs is ruining my neighborhood. People are loud and party all night and don’t consider that the homes around them still have to go to work. When did commercial ventures become okay in residential areas?

    • C

      @D you could bring it up with your local council (if you live around homes and they are renting them vs living in them- even if they are renting on an annual basis, there are additional taxes landlords have to pay; and if they’re violating these tax laws by evading the taxes, they can get punished via fines… there are also generally other safety laws if someone is renting out their home as well). Another big problem with Airbnb’s is that you can also have landlords that have apartment buildings exclusively for Airbnb (they make more money, paid via a platform, can discriminate however they want, etc), driving up the cost of living in some areas and reducing the amount of affordable housing available. I’ve stayed in Airbnb’s but usually they set out rules including quiet hours – but that’s mainly in apartments. I’ve stayed in quite a few and they were great. Although some aren’t so great- one had some sort of alarm system and the host I think was definitely watching (not in the bedroom or bathroom but out in the living room, hallways, kitchen) bc there were monitor lights out there and they would start flashing when I would move around in those areas and then it would stop when I think they remotely turned it off (albeit I was in a country with a high crime rate and my guess would be that they had breakins before or something when no one was there – but still weird)… also while generally I find them cleaner than hotels, I have found that a few I stayed in weren’t very clean- something I might expect from couch surfing (staying for free), but definitely not a place you’re paying for… also usually I stay in a private room in a home vs the whole home and one place I stayed they had small kids … while the parents had a room on the main floor, the small kids room was on the second floor by the private rooms! And despite having quiet hours 10-10, their small kids woke up very early and would scream at the top of their lungs (unattended by the parents)! How they had good ratings is beyond me… not to mention if I had kids, I wouldn’t have them staying next to strangers, especially with a bedroom on a different floor than mine!

  21. Melissa McGuire

    We just stayed in a rental in Sevierville, TN and it was amazing! It was located on a 93 acre farm with multiple outdoor spaces that included a fire pit! The homeowner thought of everything we would need to make the stay perfect! I love renting from individuals and supporting them!

  22. Susan

    This is my first year to have an Airbnb located in Teton Valley, Idaho with access to Grand Teton National Park and Jackson Hole, WY. I have stayed in many Airbnb’s in Europe, so I knew what was helpful to travelers. In my opinion you get the most benefit from an Airbnb when the owner is on site, or is nearby and can personally greet you and help you with any questions you might have. The benefit for me in hosting an Airbnb is the awesome people I have met this summer and the extra income. The benefits I have offered to guests, not generally available at hotels, is a pond in the back yard for fishing or water play, a view of the Tetons, wide open spaces, a beautiful night sky with no light pollution, lots of travel information including hikes, wildlife siting locations and restaurants, a fully functional kitchen and laundry room. Before booking an Airbnb, READ THE REVIEWS. Like hotels, B&B’s, VRBO or Airbnb’s , they can be spotlessly clean, or just plain gross.

  23. MommySpendsLess

    I haven’t stayed at an Airbnb yet but I’m seriously considering one in January-February. My daughter has never seen snow but I think a ski resort would be expensive, neither of us really want to ski and I’d like to be within shuttle/Uber distance to the airport since I’ve never driven in snow. An Airbnb would possibly give us a private yard for snow men/snow angels/snow forts/snow balls and keep hot cocoa a few steps away. I’m hesitant to Airbnb just because I’ve stayed in 4-4.5 star resorts that didn’t feel quite clean enough for me and I’m super nervous about being in a strange town and being stuck with mold or bugs. The reviews here have been good so far. Anyone have a dirty/buggy/moldy experience?

    • Susan

      The Airbnb site will tell you how many times the word “clean” has been mentioned by guest reviews. It would probably be best for you to look with locations where the host has a designation as a “Super Host”.

  24. Claudia

    Omg, it’s beautiful, I would love to rent that house. If you can split it, it’s very affordable…great price! Unfortunately, my siblings are not the greatest when it comes to splitting. We rented a home last year and my husband and I got stuck with half the bill even though it was supposed to be split 4 ways. Anyone want to trade families, lol.

  25. shop4mybabies

    I feel like AIRBNB’s that would fit my large family are only inexpensive or affordable if you share with another family. I love staying at the Hyatt, my kids love room service, and I love that someone else cleans it up for me. If i were traveling with another group of family members, would definitely consider this option

  26. lisa

    We just stayed in a townhouse property in Big Sky for our Yellowstone/Grand Tetons vacation(40 minutes to West Yellowstone entrance. It too was a Vacasa property. Great property amazing sillouette of the mountains at night while using outdoor private Jacuzzi nightly.

    https://www.vacasa.com/unit.php?UnitID=16312

  27. Renee

    Love hearing the positive responses about AIRBNB’s! Does anyone know about renting an AIRBNB for a solo traveler domestically? Is it worth it or should I just stay with a hotel?

  28. Kara

    We’re going to Sunriver Resort for the first time later this month! Rented a house with all the perks our little family needs. Can’t wait to get away for a bit and lounge by the pool!!!

  29. Carla Tippets

    Can you post the link for the sunriver place, I’ve been looking for a place to stay there

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