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With so many winter vacation options in New York State including favorite destinations like Lake Placid and Lake George, there's no excuse for letting cabin fever get to you during the coldest season. Instead, gather up the family and head to these winter resorts, most of them within a few hours of New York City. Winter resort activities such as skiing, snowshoeing, tubing, and ice skating will warm you up even if temperatures fall.
New York is a big state with two upstate mountain ranges—the Adirondacks and the Catskills—that offer large ski resorts and some smaller slopes as well. The Finger Lakes region is also quite popular. Here are some suggestions for family-friendly winter getaways in the Empire State.
Located in New Paltz, New York, about 90 miles north of New York City, this lakeside Victorian castle on 1,325 acres dates back to the late 1860s and retains its yesteryear charm, even though it's been updated for modern families. Activities include cross-country skiing on miles of trails, snowshoeing, snow tubing, and ice-skating parties in the Victoria Pavilion. On select winter weekends, kids can stay and eat free.
Rocking Horse Ranch Resort
This 500-acre dude ranch resort in Highland, New York, is a two-hour drive north of New York City. If you like to stick to a budget, you'll appreciate the all-inclusive pricing for lodging, meals and activities. Winter fun includes skiing, tubing, sleigh rides, and horseback riding.
Hull-O Family Farm Vacations
Located in Durham, New York, this 1810 farmhouse is about an hour southwest of Albany. Families can bundle up and participate (if they would like) in the daily chores of a working farm: milking cows, collecting eggs, feeding pigs, and more. Visitors stay in private guesthouses, and home-cooked breakfasts and dinners are included.
As the only all-suite resort in the Adirondacks, Whiteface Lodge offers spacious digs with plenty of room for families to spread out. There's a winning array of kid-friendly amenities, from the year-round, heated, indoor-outdoor pool and trio of hot tubs to the ice skating rink, game room, bowling alley, 3-D movie theater, and an old-fashioned ice cream parlor. In the evenings, families are invited to make s'mores around the outdoor fire pit, and grown-ups can indulge at the spectacular spa or visit a cigar-and-cognac outdoor lean-to.
Six Flags Great Escape Lodge & Indoor Water Park
This indoor waterpark resort near Lake George is open year-round, even when the Six Flags theme park across the street is closed. You'll appreciate the summer vibe (and temperatures!) when winter blows its coldest. In addition to all of the sliding, inner tubing, wave riding, whitewater rafting, and other waterpark fun, kids will love the arcade, Kids Klub Clubhouse, and the interactive gaming system. Admission to the waterpark is included with your stay.
The Sagamore Resort
For families looking for a low-key getaway that's luxurious yet completely family-friendly, The Sagamore is a wonderful choice on spectacular Lake George in the foothills of New York's Adirondack Mountains. There's a wide array of family-friendly amenities in the winter, from a heated indoor pool to nature trails, and the wonderful Rec—an enormous recreation center with indoor mini golf, basketball, pool, Ping-Pong, video games, a loft cinema, and even an indoor wiffleball field—ensures all-weather fun. A supervised kids' club for children ages 4 to 12 runs in the morning on holiday weekends during the school year. In the evening, make s'mores around the outdoor fire pit, or catch a kid-friendly movie in the Rec loft.
Think Big! A Tiny House Resort
Some of the nine tiny houses at this dog-friendly Catskills resort aren't that tiny: They can accommodate families of up to seven people. And with surrounding woodlands to explore, goats and bunnies to snuggle, and ski areas and fun towns like Woodstock nearby, you'll never feel bored. At night, toast marshmallows for s'mores over your own fire pit, borrow board games from the tiny store, and bond as a family in the same no-tech way you did as a child.
Button's Creekside Farm Bed & Breakfast
Address9705 Co Rd 9, Cohocton, NY 14826, USA
Families are welcome at this working farm in Cohocton, New York, about five hours northwest of New York City in the Finger Lakes. Guests can feed calves and lambs, milk cows, and assist with other farm chores. Breakfast is served in a large farmhouse with cozy guest rooms and a hayloft room that has toys for kids. A windmill farm and ski area are nearby. Winter is hunting season for the hunters in your family.