According to Fortune Magazine, 41 percent of all Americans don’t use all of their allotted vacation days. While reasons for this vary from person to person, it’s easy to understand why taking your fair-skinned or heat-sensitive children on a summer vacation can turn into days of sunburn, heat exhaustion, dehydration, and whining. Heat and sun can also be unkind to the elderly, making your family reunion a no-go. Not to mention, summer is often the busiest time at popular resorts and destinations. If you have some vacation days banked and want to use them, consider one of these fun cool-weather options for a fun family getaway this winter.
A Ski Resort
Skiing is not only good cardio, it can be as gentle or strenuous as you like. Most resorts have runs ranging from lazy slopes, to hard-core, fast-paced thrillers. If skiing isn’t your style, resorts also often offer up other fun activities such as hot tubs, pools, maintained hiking trails, fine dining, and snowshoe trails. Everyone from your smallest kids to the elderly can enjoy a ski resort.
A Casino Resort
Casinos offer up something for just about everyone. For the kids, there might be indoor playgrounds, fun crafting projects, or even a climbing wall, while adults enjoy the all-you-can-eat buffets, gambling, drinks, and live shows. Some resorts even offer the opportunity to play sports, such as basketball or tennis. Other casino resorts like Viejas are located in exotic places that offer gorgeous beaches, delectable cuisine, and other attractions native to the area.
Head South for Gorgeous Outdoor Activities
Hiking, biking, and camping in warm weather can be a crowded, bug-bitten experience. If your family likes rugged outdoor excitement, but would like some privacy and milder weather, many of the national and state parks in the lower half of the country are deserted once autumn comes. The southwest region offers up a wide range of terrain, as does north Texas and northern California. If you don’t mind a chill in the air or some rain, the Pacific Northwest is also another excellent option for winter outdoor fun without the snow.
Museums and Other Public Venues
For a family with a love of history, art, or science, winter is the perfect time to visit museums, historical sites, and galleries without the crowds. The Smithsonian in Washington, DC has a wide range of buildings focusing on subjects ranging from the Holocaust to aeronautics and space. New York City also offers a wide variety of attractions in a small area, allowing you to indulge several areas of interest in a single vacation.
Winter doesn’t have to be spent indoors and can be the best time to take a vacation. If you want to avoid the crowds and enjoy good weather, one of these excursions may be just right for the whole family.