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Winter vacations are so wonderfully polarized: snow in the mountains? Or sand and sea? And of course there's much in between as well. For example, you can drive, through snow, to the indoor tropics of a water park resort.
  1. Northeast US
  2. Winter Vacations - Hawaii
  3. Mexico: Mayan Riviera, Cancun, and more
  1. Winter Vacations: Caribbean
  2. Winter Vacations - Orlando, Florida
  3. Winter Vacations in the Snow

Northeast US

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.

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.)

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