May 20, 2015
5 Best Family Winter Holidays
Do you have a family that has come down with a case of cabin fever? Anxious to get all the kids out of the house and out on an adventure? Don’t let wintry weather keep you homebound, there are plenty of exciting and fun vacations that can be taken even in the depths of winter. The first decision you need to make is whether to embrace the snow or run from it. Included here are multiple options for your family winter holiday, with options that offer ample vitamin D, and others that might nip your nose.
Italian Ski Vacation
Have you long dreamt of visiting the Italian Alps but thought you would have to wait until the kids got older? You don’t have to wait any longer, there are many resorts in Italy that cater to children and have ski slopes that are ideal for all levels of skill. You will also have a chance to relax and enjoy fine Italian food and wine after a day in the snow. Some resorts even offer daily childcare for the youngest of your group, so everyone can have a great time while in Italy.
Ready to soak up some vitamin D? Kauai is a beautiful Hawaiian island with pristine white beaches, lush botanicals and navigable rivers. You can take your family kayaking or canoeing on the river and spend the afternoon exploring tidal pools. For the more adventurous family members, there is an option for ziplining above bamboo jungles.
MacGregor Point, Ontario
Fully embrace the winter with a week of camping on the shores of Lake Huron. You will have the opportunity to stay in well-lit, heated yurts for up to six people. You and your family can spend the day snowshoeing or tobogganing before capping the night off around an outdoor fire pit or skating along paths on the lake that are lit at night.
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Think a tropical vacation this luxurious is out of reach with children? Think again. You and your spouse can enjoy serenity in the spa while your children remain with sitters or burn off energy in the 7,880 square foot water park. You will have your own private pool, sectioned off beach area and plenty of movies, games and snacks to keep the kids occupied.
If you are hoping to remain stateside, this may be just the place to go. Located on the gulf of Mexico, Clearwater is home to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. A working animal rescue, the aquarium allows families to get up close and personal with all kinds of rehabilitated sea life. Winter, the dolphin without a tail, was the star in the movie “A Dolphin Tale” and is a full-time resident of the aquarium.