5 Best Family Winter Vacations

Family winter vacations give you endless possibilities that will please even the pickiest member of your family. Whether you want to indulge in the sun and sand or frolic in piles of fresh snow, these locales will delight the entire family.

It is hard to believe that it is already that time to start planning your winter vacation, but the time has come! Since flights always tend to be the most expensive part of the vacation, check out these airlines with the best loyalty programs.  Also, make sure that everyone in the family has a passport and that it is current if traveling abroad.

Family Winter Vacations That Satisfy Everyone

Whistler Blackcomb Mountain Resort is at the top of the list for family winter vacations. It is in British Columbia about 80 miles north of Vancouver. This family-friendly resort receives around 40 feet of snowfall every year, so the powder is always fresh! The endless assortment of winter activities means that the whole family can find something to do.

If you are not interested in skiing or boarding down the nearly 200 trails that span across more than 8,100 acres, then you may opt to indulge in one of the other activities offered including tubing, dog sledding, snowshoeing, ziplining, and ice skating.

The PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola is a family favorite. Take an exhilarating ride stretching 3 miles from mountain to mountain with fantastic 360-degree views of the valleys, snow covered peaks, glistening lakes and the always bustling Whistler Village. Check out some of the Best things to do in Whistler. 

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Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic offers family-friendly accommodations and activities.   There are many resorts that cater to families and some are all-inclusive, so the food, drinks, and activities are included. To see more hotel options, click here.

The Paradisus Palma Real Resort   offers concierge services. Family members can play golf, visit the spa, or swim in the 7,800 square feet of kid’s zone at the water park.

One of the best features for families is that you will have peace of mind with your private pool, sectioned off beachfront and check-in lounge complete with games, movies, and snacks to keep the kids occupied.

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Aspen, Colorado is one of the great winter family vacations with piles of fresh snow that let you enjoy a wide variety of winter activities like snowboarding and skiing. Many of the hotels offer family packages that offer dining and lodging discounts for children.

To visit on a budget, look for package deals provided by the area hotels. You may be able to find packages that include reduced lift tickets with your stay or even free nights and free lift tickets.

You will find things to do for the entire family. Visit Maroon Bells for spectacular views, Aspen Brewing Company, Glenwood Springs, Silver Queen Gondola, Wheeler Opera House, and the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies.

San Diego may not be ideal weather to visit the beach, but there are plenty of outdoor activities still available since the temperatures typically remain in the high 60s. Visit the San Diego Zoo Safari Park and then take the kids whale watching as winter is the peak migration season.

Take the kids to see a show at the Old Globe Theatre or the Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theater. The Casa de Balboa lets you enjoy the arts as you meander through three separate art museums. Take some time to check out the San Diego Air and Space Museum or the San Diego Model Railroad Museum. For hotel options, click here.

Sanibel Island, Florida is a favorite spot for walking the beach and collecting shells along the sandy shoreline, discovering the Sanibel Lighthouse and spoiling yourself with fresh seafood are just a few activities that families can enjoy while visiting Sanibel Island. Temperatures tend to stay in the mid-70s but can cool off at night, so it is a good idea to pack layers and a light jacket. Check out more information on the island

Plan on visiting Periwinkle Way, the island’s main thoroughfare with hotels, restaurants, and shops. The kids will enjoy the Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum and the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge.


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