From outdoor fun to warm escapes, there’s plenty for the family to enjoy when you make a winter getaway to New York State.
Hit the Slopes
While you might be tempted to head to Vermont or New Hampshire to fit in some ski time with the family, you should consider the slopes of New York. Not as crowded, there are plenty of options, whether you want a beginners-friendly experience or something a little more challenging. At Belleayre Mountain, you can enjoy plenty of wide-open space in the Catskills. At Bristol Mountain, one third of the slopes are rated for beginners, so you won’t run out of things to do even if your skills are somewhat limited. If, however, your family is filled with old pros, you might want to try Catamount Mountain Resort, where the slopes are sure to prove a challenge.
For the Big Kids
Of course, one of the best parts of the ski experience is après-ski. If your family is old enough to drink, you’ll find no shortage of après-ski fun in New York State. If you’re skiing in the Catskills, pay a visit to West Kill Brewing for beers created from local ingredients, or Hudson-Chatham Winery Tannersville if you prefer to sample the wines from the local vineyards.
Splash Like It’s Summer
Pack your swimsuit! Just because it’s winter, it doesn’t mean you can’t have a little fun in the sun … or at least a dip in some of the indoor water parks and picturesque pools you’ll find scattered throughout New York. At Rocking Horse Ranch in the Catskills, Big Splash is an indoor water park with a 250-foot-long water slide, plenty of fountains and lots of other water toys for kids of all ages. Greek Peak Mountain Resort boasts one of the biggest indoor water parks in the state, with more than 500 feet of slides and a wave pool. Then, of course, you can’t miss Six Flags Great Escape Lodge and Indoor Waterpark for a huge all-seasons swim experience in the Adirondacks.
Catch a Festival
If you can, plan your visit to New York State around one of the many festivals going on in February. For an adults-only getaway, mark your calendar for the Feb. 16 New York Ice Wine & Culinary Festival.
Fall is in the air! Leaves are changing color and the weather is starting to get cooler. Growing up in Pennsylvania, I get to experience all four seasons and fall is easily my favorite. There is just something about all the colors and activities that come along with the season, especially in Pennsylvania.
With technology advancing faster than ever, children globally are becoming attached to devices. Adults too. Our Netflix queue and ever-expanding inbox call our names even when we’re on vacation. We carry distractions with us everywhere, and it’s becoming increasingly difficult to truly connect with your loved ones.
Most museums tend to be boring for children — they have to be quiet, they may not be interested in the exhibits and they can’t touch anything. At the Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia, kids are encouraged to run around, play and have fun while learning. The beloved museum will safely reopen in 2021 for kids and families to run, play and touch exhibits as they used to, and now is a great time to plan a visit next year.
In times of stress, boredom and even enjoyment, some of us find ourselves reaching for a treat or two — or a dozen. When you need the crunch or sweetness of a snack, but not all the guilt and remorse to follow, registered dietician Lisa Moskovitz, founder and CEO, New York Nutrition Group, recommends these not-so-bad snacks — they’re also great in kids’ lunches or as after-school snacks!