Warm Winter Vacations for Families


7 Warm-Weather Winter Escapes for Families

The first snowfall of winter may be majestic, but soon, Jack Frost won’t just be nipping at your nose — but also your ears, hands and toes! Before the bitterest temperatures set in and keep everyone cramped up inside for the next few months, start planning your escape to warmer weather.

Besides keeping your luggage lighter thanks to not packing all those bulky coats and sweaters, traveling during the winter months could mean cheaper airfare and off-season hotel rates.

Not sure where to go? Rent a car and check out one of these destinations to say goodbye to the snow and hello to the sun!

warm winter vacations for families


Central Florida

Typical winter temps: Low 70s
What to do: While Orlando’s theme parks may be the biggest draw, Central Florida has much more to offer than Mickey Mouse and Harry Potter. With the world’s largest concentration of freshwater springs, you can canoe alongside manatees, kayak over alligators or even take a dip in the constant 72-degree waters. In addition, countless beaches, Kennedy Space Center and many other family-friendly attractions await, most within an hour’s drive
Where to stay: Waldorf-Astoria, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

warm winter vacations for families


The Florida Keys

Typical winter temps: Mid 70s
What to do: The Florida Keys offer an abundance of year-round activities. Swim with dolphins or dive in the nation’s first underwater state park in Key Largo. Go paddleboarding in Islamorada. Visit The Turtle Hospital in Marathon. Play golf in the Lower Keys. Experience the Butterfly and Nature Conservatory and the most incredible sunsets in Key West.
Where to stay: Tranquility Bay Beachfront Hotel & Resort, Hyatt Centric Key West Resort & Spa

warm winter vacations for families



Typical winter temps: High 70s
What to do: From black-sand beaches, lush tropical jungles and fiery lava deserts to legendary surfing, snorkeling and fishing, the islands of Hawaii are always a spectacular vacation destination. Visit Volcanoes National Park and Rainbow Falls on the island of Hawaii. Go whale watching and attend a luau on Oahu.
Where to stay: Hilton Waikoloa Village; Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa

warm winter vacations for families


Los Angeles, CA

Typical winter temps: High 60s
What to do: La-La Land may be known for its Hollywood glitz and glamour, but L.A. has lots of great activities for the whole family. Relax on one of its picturesque beaches, play games and ride rides at the Santa Monica Pier, or visit the La Brea Tar Pits. To add a little culture to your trip, stop by the Getty Center or Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Or get your blood pumping and hike through Griffith Park or Runyon Canyon.
Where to stay: Magic Castle Hotel, Casa del Mar

warm winter vacations for families


Palm Springs, CA

Typical winter temps: Low 70s
What to do: While parents will likely appreciate Palm Springs’ architecture, palm trees, spas and golf, the kids will love its giant swimming pools and activities geared specifically for them. Take a ride on the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, visit the Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert, hike to 49 Palms Oasis at Joshua Tree National Park and more.
Where to stay: The Saguaro, Ace Hotel

warm winter vacations for families


Scottsdale, AZ

Typical winter temps: High 60s
What to do: Spend some time outside in Arizona and let the dry desert air of mend your winter-weary bones. Play golf or get pampered in this spa mecca. Take the kids on a desert jeep tour or, for something truly unusual, let them try out the Westin Kierland Resort’s FlowRider, which combines the skills of surfing with the feel of snowboarding.
Where to stay: Westin Kierland Resort, The Scott Resort and Spa

warm winter vacations for families


San Antonio, TX

Typical winter temps: Mid 60s
What to do: San Antonio is a great city for kids — and for kids at heart. Float down the San Antonio River on a narrated cruise, tour the Alamo, stroll down the River Walk, soak up some culture at the San Antonio Children’s Museum or Witte Museum, or scream your lungs out on all of the roller coasters your heart can handle at Six Flags Fiesta Texas.
Where to stay: Embassy Suites Riverwalk, Mokara Hotel and Spa

Written by: Angie Lewis

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