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Family-Friendly Winter Vacation Destinations

We all already had covid! Where can we go for a weekend of fun?

There’s no shortage of fun at the Whiteface Lodge in upstate New York. Skate on the ice skating rink, plunge in the indoor pool, catch a movie at the theatre, and have dessert at the ice cream parlor. Or be like Elsa, and head into town for a real sleigh ride.Whiteface Lodge
Nestled in the Catskills, NY region, Woodstock is a trip the whole family will love. Plan to spend time hiking, skiing or snow tubing, relaxing by a fire, and of course visiting the Phoenicia Diner where the cast iron breakfast skillets are a must.ballyscanlon, Getty Images
Soak up all the sun you can with a trip to Sanibel Island off the southwest coast of Florida. Collect shells, go for a dip, or try your hand at paddleboarding. Nature lovers can check out birds, alligators and more at the National Wildlife Refuge.Paul Carter, Getty Images
Come for the views, stay for the brews and the stunning hikes. Hood River in Oregon is home to kid-friendly wineries and breweries, plenty of trails — some easy enough for little legs. Mt. Hood Railroad is a scenic way to take in the Pacific Northwest. Thomas Wilson, Getty Images
If you ever wanted a “This Car Climbed Mt. Washington” bumper sticker, then a getaway to the White Mountains in NH is for you. Rather not white knuckle it up a mountain? Then skiing, snowshoeing, or tubing followed by hot chocolate is the move. Rebecca Smith, Getty Images
Kids will have a blast at the indoor waterpark at the Kartrite Resort in Monticello, NY, just over 90 minutes from NYC. If water isn’t your thing, there’s bowling, zip lining, an arcade, ropes’ course, huge climbing wall, and so much more Kartrite Resort
You may think of the Carolinas as warm but Asheville, NC is decidedly wintery. Whether your family loves hiking and skiing or would prefer a pinball museum (yep) and a trolley ride followed by beers and hot ciders for the kids, there’s something for everyone.@visitasheville
The Lake House On Canandaigua in NY State is a bit more affordable during the colder months. Beyond the luxe yet inviting decor you’ll enjoy s’mores, fishing, or skiing at nearby Bristol. Plus it’s pet-friendly so don’t forget to pack Fido. Lake House On Canandaigua
It may not be swimming weather in Hilton Head, SC in the winter months, but temperatures will be in the 70s. Be sure to check out The Sandbox, an interactive children’s museum with a grocery store that kids can shop in and a construction zone for little builders.@visithiltonhead
Unwind and recharge in Serenbe, GA, a wellness community designed for people to connect with nature. Take the kids to see an outdoor play, walk the labyrinth, horseback ride, or enjoy all the great fresh food and stunning scenery.Serenbe
Northwest of Los Angeles sits the small city of Ojai, a family-friendly place fit for free spirits. Take the kids on hikes, horseback riding through lush orange groves, and the local toy store. Fresh bread from Kate’s Bread is a must.Lauren Ferszt, Getty Images