On the search for inspiration for the perfect winter family vacation in the US and Canada? From Miami to Québec, you don’t have to travel far to be able to experience another world. Whether you want to soak in the sun or hit the slopes, we’ve got you covered. Keep reading right here for incredible kid-friendly destinations that your little ones will never forget.
Family-Friendly Québec City Comes Alive
Dreaming of exploring the snowy villages of Europe? Who says that you need to cross the Atlantic to step into a fairy tale? Wander the cobblestoned streets and ice skate under the stars in one of Canada’s greatest treasures.
While Québec City is an amazing family-friendly destination at any time of year, it is truly at its peak during the coldest months of the year. Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site in the fortified walls of Old Québec. Take a skiing trip outside of town or, if you are lucky enough to be there during February, visit the biggest winter festival on the planet. Québec Winter Carnival is a dream for kids of all ages. Whether you want to try your hand at ax-throwing or ice skate amongst the snowmen, it is a magical experience.
For a chic but kid-friendly hotel, check out Auberge Saint-Antoine Relais & Châteaux. This family-owned spot checks all of the boxes for families on the go. Younger travelers will get a teddy bear on arrival and babysitting services through your stay. Brought your fur babies too? They will dogsit for you too!
Planning Tip: Québec City is a perfect stop on a family road trip north of the border. Start in Toronto, make your way up to Ottawa, then explore the wonders of Montreal. Visit Trois-Rivières on your way to Québec City, and end your journey in Saguenay. It’ll give your kids the perfect look at the East Coast of Canada.
A Kids’ Ski Trip to Whistler
Widely recognized as the number one ski spot in North America, Whistler is one of the best winter family vacation destinations in the world. Famous for its downhill skiing and challenging courses (you might remember this was home to the 2010 Winter Olympics), it’s also ultra kid-friendly.
Just two hours north of the amazing city of Vancouver, you don’t even have to hit the slopes to enjoy Whistler. With more than 200 local stores and almost 100 restaurants and bars to choose from, there is always something to keep the whole family occupied. In fact, there is a whole site dedicated to Kids in Whistler that makes planning your dream family vacation.
Searching for the perfect place to lay your head? Look no further than Hilton Whistler Resort & Spa. They have 2-bedroom and even 3-bedroom suites that will accommodate up to eight people. For a treat, the whole family will be excited to get back to, upgrade to a luxe suite. The upgrade option has soaker tubs, fireplaces, and multiple balconies with a mountain view on top of offering practical features like fully-equipped kitchens and in-suite laundry facilities.
Winter Family Vacation in the US’ Sunniest City
Did you know that Miami, Florida is the very warmest American city during the winter? During those winter afternoons in Miami, you will see temperatures hitting over 70 degrees. Even at night, you will find that temperatures stay above 60 degrees. If you are looking for a break from the winter chill, it’s all about Florida.
In fact, did you know that Florida is home to three out of five of the warmest winter destinations in North America? From Miami to Tampa to Orlando, it is easy to see why Florida is one of the very best winter family vacation destinations in the US or Canada.
Tip: Ready to start planning? Be sure to have a look at our guide to the Perfect One Week Family Vacation in Florida. Want to stay put and just unwind in Miami? Check out kid-friendly spots like the Miami Zoo, Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science, Seaquarium, Thriller Miami Speedboat Adventure, Miami Children’s Museum, and Flamingo Park.
Got a few beach bums in your family? The Palms Hotel & Spa has a picture-perfect location right on the beach along with every kid-friendly amenity you might need.
Kid-Friendly Winter Fun in Phoenix
Another one of the top sun-soaked spots in the United States during the summer is Phoenix. Your kids will love taking in the incredible natural beauty of Arizona (hello, Grand Canyon!). On top of those stunning red rocks, our favorite thing about this city is its one-of-a-kind winter festivals.
Explore the wonders of ZooLights at the Phoenix Zoo from early November to the end of January. Lit up with literally millions of sparkling lights, it’s a magical experience. Best of all, you can walk or opt to drive through depending on what’s easier with your kids. Another gorgeous light display is Las Noches de Las Luminarias at the Desert Botanical Garden, where your kids can take in the wonders of the desert. When it is time to get active, head to ice skate down Central Avenue in Downtown. Coming in February? You will want to be sure to check out the Arizona Renaissance Festival and the World Championship Hoop Dance Contest.
If you’re looking to treat yourself, book a room in the Royal Palms Resort and Spa with its Spanish Mediterranean style. This stunning mansion offers cozy family rooms that will make it comfortable for the whole family.
Check out our popular article Your Guide to Family Travel in Arizona for more ideas.