Sometimes you just need to get out of the city — and a winter getaway can easily rival a summer escape. We’ve rounded up some of the most family-friendly excursions outside NYC, and there’s a little something here for everyone. Adventure? Check. Relaxation? Check. Culture and cave-dwelling? Naturally. If you’re looking for a quick weekend getaway with the kids (or a place to chill for a few days) click through to find the your perfect family!

For Splashing and an Ice Cream-Themed Spa: Great Wolf Lodge, Pennsylvania

Have a splashing good time at this indoor water park resort in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. With slides, chutes, a wave pool, water fort tree house and hot springs, you'll feel like it’s summer! When everyone's worn out by all that swimming and sliding, there's a bowling alley just for toddlers plus story times, rope courses, and game centers. For the ultimate in indulgence, unwind with your little one at the ice-cream-themed spa, designed especially for kids. Decked out in a tiara and candy pink robe, the princess in your life can enjoy a flavored manicure and pedicure with a sherbet scrub. Then escape to the lodge’s Element Spa Salon for some much needed R&R and time for yourself! Win, win.

Driving time from NYC: 2 hours

1 Great Wolf Drive
Scotrun, PA

photo: via Great Wolf Lodge Facebook page 


Where’s your favorite family-friendly winter getaway? Share it in the comments! 

—Nicole Fabian-Weber & Emily Myers