Celebrate the holiday season in the Nation’s capital with a lineup of winter-ready activities and family fun. From holiday shopping in the city to festive dining and decorations, Washington, D.C., is a one-stop shop for all things holiday cheer.
Skate into the winter season with $5 rentals at the Fairmont Washington, D.C. Georgetown rink. Take a lap around the iceless rink, completely engineered with environmentally friendly materials not requiring water or energy to stay frozen.
Have an adult beverage at the skate-up bar at the Top of the Gate at the Watergate Hotel rooftop lounge. Bring the kids and watch the city light up below you while skating around the swanky rooftop of the famous hotel. The rink may be small, but the view is unbeatable.
Take a spin around the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden’s rink. Warm up inside the Pavilion Café with sandwiches, pizza and desserts or sit outside watching skaters whiz by.
Be sure to check out the nearly 12,000 square feet of ice of the Washington Harbour. The Washington Harbour ice skating rink rests alongside the Potomac River along with food and beverage stands. Enjoy a cup of hot chocolate with the family between laps around D.C.’s largest ice-skating rink. The rink stays open until March, but check the online calendar for updated event information.
Make time for a free lightshow at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo during the annual winter festival, ZooLights. As half a million LED lights sparkle around the zoo, thousands of visitors enjoy live music, warm drinks and winter treats. This year, ZooLights events include a Glow Zone for kids to play in the glow-in-the-dark park in the Great Meadow, a Grump holiday market including arts and holiday crafts and a mobile art gallery.
Take a guided tour of George Washington’s plantation house, Mount Vernon. Go during the day and watch chocolate making demonstrations and meet Aladdin the camel, or opt for an evening tour and venture through the property with costumed guides by candlelight. Take up some 18th-century dancing and learn all about the history of the property.
Family travels don’t necessarily need to be in theme parks or resorts with massive kids’ clubs. In fact, more upscale properties across the world cater to both adults and kids, and wellbeing brand Sensei joins the growing trend of family wellness travel. Sensei’s Wellness Science team, led by Dr. Vishal Patel, emphasizes the importance of family travels and exposing young travelers to wellness pursuits. Developing healthy habits at a young age can have long-lasting effects on an individual’s life, and bonding via family trips alleviates some of the main drivers of loneliness and isolation.
Filled with hidden treasures waiting to be discovered, Seoul invites travelers to unearth its many gems, and Seoul Tourism Organization is here to help travelers do just that. Through thoughtfully created initiatives like the Theme Tourism County Competition, Seoul Tourism Organization works closely with local districts to identify and showcase what makes each district unique and charming in all seasons.
While the United States offers a plethora of bike-friendly destinations, a recent study by personal injury law firm Bader Scott found some counties across the country are far more dangerous than others. Family travelers might be surprised to find many lie in popular vacation states.
Ever dreamed of being a mermaid? Well, your dreams could come true on your next family trip. With March 29 National Mermaid Day, these two resorts offer experiences for guests of all ages to enjoy.
United Airlines is in the midst of a major initiative to modernize its fleet over the next several years. After first announcing the plan in 2021, planes fitted with United’s signature interior are finally beginning to appear across the airline’s narrowbody fleet of Boeing and Airbus planes. United flyers are sure to notice these enhancements from the moment they step on board: Each new or updated plane sports remodeled seats, seatback entertainment screens for everyone, Bluetooth connectivity and more, all adding up to a better experience on every journey.
Make Best Western your hotel of choice during spring family travels for a sweet reward. This spring, BWH Hotels offers members of its Best Western Rewards loyalty program the opportunity to earn a free night stay.