By Teresa Plowright, About.com Guide
Find many opportunities for outdoorsy winter vacations, including ski resorts, and year-round lodges with huge grounds; indoor fun at water park resorts as well.
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Winter Vacations - Hawaii
You won't find the all-inclusives of the Caribbean, but families can lap up at luxury resorts with kids programs; learn to surf at Waikiki (-busy place, yes, but lots of fun); or go the popular condo-rental route.
Mexico: Mayan Riviera, Cancun, and more
Many families choose to stay at all-inclusive resorts in Mexico, with the convenience of meals, drinks, snacks, kids programs, watersports and entertainment. Mexico offers the chance to combine a beach resort stay with cultural interest such as Mayan history, especially in the Mayan Riviera area south of Cancun.
Winter Vacations: Caribbean
The Caribbean has some terrific all-inclusives that cater specifically to families, with well-developed kids programs and many special facilities and activities.
Winter Vacations - Orlando, Florida
Orlando is the globe's biggest draw for families, with its many theme parks: Disney World alone has four theme parks (plus two water parks and thirteen resorts.) The weeks between the Holiday Season and Spring Break are among the least-crowded in the parks.
Winter Vacations in the Snow
Alpine skiing and snowboarding getaways are pricey but great fun for families: kids, teens, tweens, parents can enjoy the slopes together (or at least meet up for lunch if some are hot-shots and some not); every ski resort these days has extensive kids programs; and it's never been easier to learn to ski. Other snow outings are always offered too, such as ski-doos or dog-sledding (which my kids loved.)