9 Winter Vacation Ideas for Families

Winter is an ideal time to take a family winter vacation; during this time, school vacations and long weekends are opportunities to travel together and create unforgettable memories together. Whether you want to give your family a luxurious vacation or take advantage of a special offer, there are several winter destinations to choose from. Take your vacation goals into account when deciding where to go. Families looking to sunbathe on the beach can find destinations like a Caribbean island or a mountain destination in Utah for those awaiting ski season. Some families have long vacations scheduled in which they can visit faraway destinations on the European or Asian continent, to name a few.

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Here is a list of the best winter destinations for family travel.

Arenal, Costa Rica

Almost every Costa Rica tour includes time in the Arenal region. This place is an  excellent start to rainforest adventures with children. Hiking, hanging bridges, whitewater rafting, ziplining, and bird-watching abound in this popular tourist area, making it a great starting point for exploring Costa Rica.

Nayara Tented Camp is one of the best accommodations for families; you can book glamping tents with wrap-around balconies, hammocks, and expansive views of the volcanic terrain.

Park City, Utah

This is one of the largest areas of skiable terrain in the United States. During the ski season, Park City is a great place to take the kids because of the well-maintained slopes and the availability of expert instructors.

You can spend the day at Park City Ski Resort or Deer Valley Ski Resort, two magnificent options that this area has. At Park City Ski Resort, you can practice snowboarding, skiing, and night skiing, and at Deer Valley, only skiing is available. 

You can book your stay at The Caledonian, a place with ski-in/ski-out access to Park City Mountain Resort, where you will have the entire town at your fingertips. In addition, you can find the Montage Deer Valley, a resort in Utah ideal for younger guests that offers a Paintbox Kids Club, a snow bowl for tubing, and a bowling alley.

Bruges, Belgium

With its meandering canals, flake-frosted cobblestone avenues, and ancient buildings, Bruges certainly checks the boxes if you’re looking for a city full of charm and bringing history to life for kids. The season’s mood lasts until the end of December in this beautiful holiday destination with yuletide markets. Without the summer crowds, it’s the ideal time for families to indulge in chocolate delights and take free historical walking tours.

Anguilla

Anguilla is a hidden gem in the Caribbean that offers a fantastic combination of relaxation and adventure for visitors of all ages. A visit to Anguilla with the family is about exploring its stunning beaches. Shoal Bay East will delight children with its fine sand and gentle waves. Your family could build sandcastles and splash around in crystal clear, shallow waters.

Anguilla has many family-friendly resorts and accommodations, from beachfront villas to kid-friendly resorts. Many accommodations offer kids’ clubs and babysitting services to allow parents to relax and enjoy their stay.

Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Cape Cod transforms into a haven of tranquility, perfect for contemplative walks in the winter. You and your family can enjoy exploring beaches like Coast Guard or Nauset Light Beach. To truly get a taste of Cape Cod culture, plan a visit to charming towns like Provincetown, with its arts scene, or head to Hyannis to explore the John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum. Your winter family trip to Cape Cod can shine even brighter with its rich culinary scene. Try a bowl of clam chowder at a waterfront restaurant or savor fresh lobster at a historic Cape Cod inn.

While you’re on Cape Cod in the winter, there are some holiday celebrations to enjoy with the kids, from Christmas walks in December, the lighting of the Lobster Pot tree in Provincetown, to “First Night” in Chatham on New Year’s Eve. So get ready to discover the pristine beaches and charming peninsula towns decorated with a unique charm during winter.

Siem Reap, Cambodia

Siem Reap has all the charm as a family vacation destination. It is home to many ancient religious sites dating back to the Khmer Empire. A day of temple excursion teaches children about the distant past. Something that should be included in your holiday itinerary is shows such as Phare, the Cambodian program, and the Apsara traditional dance show. 

Families with children can also stay at a resort like Zannier Hotels Phum Baitang to enjoy a spectacular pool to cool off on warm afternoons.

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Families traveling to Cabo can expect warm, sunny days with comfortable temperatures once winter arrives in Cabo San Lucas. Temperatures reach a relaxed average high of 68 degrees. Its pleasant climate means you can stay outside longer, making winter a popular time to travel to Cabo. This luxurious destination offers many outdoor activities for the whole family, from chartering a yacht and horseback riding on the beach to snorkeling and swimming with dolphins.

The accommodations you can book in Cabo for the whole family range from kid-friendly hotels and luxury villas for large groups with ocean views to the best family-friendly resorts in Mexico.

Kenya, Africa

For many families, a safari is the adventure of a lifetime. Kenya’s winter season is an excellent time for families to come since there are fewer tourists, the weather is usually pleasant, and there are many opportunities to see wildlife. Daily game drives are an excellent way for visitors of all ages to see animals like lions, elephants, buffalo, rhinos, and birds in their natural habitat: the watering holes.

Scottsdale, Arizona

Scottsdale is well-known for mild winter vacations due to its beautiful weather and many resorts. You and your family will enjoy the beautiful saguaro cactus and the rocky desert landscape. This area is ideal for a hiking day. There are several hiking routes, including the South Mountain Park and Preserve. Furthermore, you can take the kids on a trail ride at Mac Donald’s Ranch if you channel your inner cowboy to explore the desert instead.

You can find the McCormick Stillman Railroad Park, McCormick Ranch Golf Club, and The Phoenician Golf Club, among other family-friendly attractions in Scottsdale.

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