In the northern hemisphere, winter is coming and soon we’ll be celebrating the holidays with family and friends. If you’re like me then you’ll be rushing around trying to find the best vacation destination for your loved ones. I’ve already made a list of places that are definitely off limits this year. Here are the top 5 Family Winter Vacation Destinations Warm
I love winter. There is something special about the cold weather, snow, and Christmas songs that just puts me in a great mindset. When I think back to my favorite childhood memories, many are from Winters. I remember one year[s] where we were snowed in for almost two weeks! I also remember watching my dad building snow forts as well as enjoying various family activities outside when the snow was piled up a couple feet high. Winter can be a very fun time of the year. Finding a vacation location can be fun, but having a plan can help you determine which destinations will work the best for your family and budget.
Vacation is a necessity that allows us to refresh and recharge our minds, bodies, and spirits. Despite the undeniable benefits of getting away during the cold winter months, many people opt to skip vacations due to budget restraints or fear of the “cold”. However there are a number of warm family winter vacation destinations perfect for your winter getaway.
Family Winter Vacation Destinations Warm
In case you haven’t been watching the news lately, winter is here. In a big way! While I’m lucky enough to live in Northern California where it never really gets that frigid, I feel for my friends in New York, Boston, Chicago, Seattle, and in many other places where winter can really be a drag. Ready to escape shoveling snow and driving on slick roads already? Why not plan a little winter getaway with your family to a warm weather destination this year?
Here are 17 amazing destinations that offer warm weather and family-friendly activities and accommodations for a winter getaway. And while I’ve personally visited the vast majority of the destinations on this list, I haven’t written about them all. So I’ve collected and linked to the very best destination guides from several trusted fellow family travel writers so you can research these destinations in greater depth.
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LAST UPDATED: February 1, 2019
Warm Weather Winter Getaways for Families
1. Las Vegas, Nevada
While it certainly lives up to its reputation as Sin City for adults, Las Vegas offers a multitude of family-friendly offerings and great weather year round. Hit a magnificent hotel pool like the one at Mandalay Bay, see a kid-friendly show like Blue Man Group, spot tigers and dolphins at the Mirage, or ride roller coasters at New York New York or Circus Circus.
More information: 10 Things to Do with Kids in Las Vegas
More information: The Best Kid-Friendly Hotels in Las Vegas
2. Palm Springs, California
With a world-class zoo (the Living Desert), an amazing aviation museum, an aerial tram, and family-friendly luxury resorts, the greater Palm Springs area is an ideal destination for families looking for winter warmth. Don’t miss the nearby Cabazon Dinosaurs (made famous in Pee Wee’s Big Adventure) or Joshua Tree National Park. Luxury loving families should consider a stay at the Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage which has a Ritz Kids program on site.
More information: Palm Springs with Kids
3. Disney’s Aulani (O’ahu, Hawaii)
Disney in Hawaii? It doesn’t get any more family-friendly for a tropical getaway than this. Meet Mickey and Stitch, splash in the amazing pools and waterslides, hit the beach, or enjoy a splurge at Aulani like the luau or a character meal. Plus, you can often snag a winter discount as long as you aren’t planning to visit during the peak Christmas and New Year weeks. Look for family-friendly Southwest Airlines to start flights to Hawaii soon to get you there!
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More information: Complete Guide to Disney’s Aulani
More information: Top 10 Fun Must-Dos in O’ahu
4. Cancun, Mexico
Speaking of great beaches and pools, Cancun and the Riviera Maya have them too! The area is also home to a multitude of family-friendly resorts. Lots of resorts in this area also have kids clubs, so parents can get a break and a night out while still making family memories. We stayed at the Westin Lagunamar on our last trip, which had a kids club for ages 4-12 as well as kitchenettes and laundry in each unit. Consider an excursion to nearby Chichen Itza to add educational value to your tropical getaway.
More information: Visiting Chichen Itza with Kids
5. Tucson, Arizona
Tucson flies a bit under the radar as a family travel destination. It’s probably overshadowed by its big name Arizona neighbors like Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Sedona. But it might be my favorite city in the state. Tucson offers lots of challenging and scenic desert hikes, one of the country’s best air and space museums, Saguaro National Park, and more than its fair share of family-friendly dude ranches.
More information: 10 Tips to Visit Tucson on a Budget (from DesertChica.com)
More information: 18 Things to Do in Tucson with kids (from CrazyFamilyAdventure.com)
6. Atlantis, Bahamas
Atlantis, one of the world’s largest beach resorts, is a perennial favorite of traveling families looking for a warm weather getaway. It is perfect for families with little adrenaline junkies, with lots of crazy waterslides and water sports offered. Think of it as a cruise ship on land. Atlantis is a sprawling complex with many different towers at different price points, so it works for many different budgets too.