New York Winter Wonderland Family Vacation

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Visiting New York when the temperatures start to drop is a great way to enjoy the scenic parts of the state, and take part in some wintertime family fun! New York State has a number of great spots to hit the slopes, or just enjoy a cup of hot chocolate by the fire. Planning a winter wonderland family vacation in New York is easy with a couple tips for how to make the most of your time in the Empire State.

Heading to upstate New York is a popular winter getaway for families. In the Adirondacks and Catskills Mountain ranges, visitors will find numerous ski resorts and small towns to explore. Large mountain resorts, like Lake Placid are great for families with older children who can handle various terrains and busy slopes. Whiteface Mountain in the Adirondacks does have kid-friendly areas and programs perfect for young children and teens. Smaller ski resorts, like Bellayre in the Catskills, are better suited for smaller children who are just beginning their winter sports lessons or families who want a more relaxed atmosphere than the busier resorts.

Other than skiing and snowboarding, New York offers plenty of other fun winter activities throughout the state. North of New York City, a few ranches and mountain houses offer quiet lodging on vast plots of land. Popular activities at these locales include sleigh-rides, snowshoeing, snow tubing, ice-skating and cross country skiing. These smaller resorts provide a more intimate winter wonderland experience that the whole family can enjoy. To avoid the crowds during the holiday season, families can also enjoy stays at one of the many vacation rental cabins located throughout the mountain ranges of New York.

For the adventure lovers in the family, a trip to Six Flags Great Escape during the winter might just be the perfect winter getaway. Along the amusement park is closed, the rustic resort and indoor water park remain open throughout the year. Kids will love splashing around the large water park, while adults can relax at the spa or fitness center. The resort also offers a number of great kids programs such as dance parties, bedtime stories, sundae parties and more. Best of all, this resort is located in popular Lake George, so you can explore the area around the resort for more fun activities.

What winter wonderland family vacation would be complete without a stop to the fabulous New York City? See the tree at Rockefeller Center before ice-skating at the iconic rink. Kids will love to take a stroll along Lincoln Square to see the Winter’s Eve street performances and lights. Or, head to Radio City Music Hall for a glimpse of the world-renowned Rockettes performing their holiday routine. New York City knows just how to put any family in the holiday spirit with fantastic light displays, cheery performances, holiday shopping galore and crisp weather.

No matter where you are going this winter in New York, you’re sure to find pleasant and fun winter activities that the whole family will enjoy. To make the most of your trip, book a quality vacation rental in your desired area for more privacy, space and comfort than a hotel. New York City vacation rentals and Adirondack cabin rentals are the perfect choice for your winter wonderland getaway.

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