Best Family Vacations to Take in February

Just because it's cold outside doesn't mean that you have to sequester your family indoors. February is a great time to travel due to time off for winter break or an extended weekend off of school for President's Day. Keep reading for inspiration on some of the best kid-friendly adventures to experience this month. From dog sledding to skiing to waterparks to sunny beach vacations, we've got you covered.

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Mush! Take the Kids Dog Sledding

A closeup view of dogs with dogsled running towards camera. Set in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Images

Love dogs? Love winter? Dog sledding is a fun and family-friendly adventure that combines these two passions. Happily, there are plenty of places to go, across the country, for a spin on the snow and maybe to even learn a few dog-driving skills.

The Resort at Paws Up in Montana, for example, offers dog sledding adventures for the young and young-at-heart. You'll have a chance to meet the furry athletes, give them head scratches as they get attached to their rig, and either participate as a driver or a passenger as they make their way across the winter wonderland. And, don't worry, hot chocolate will be served afterward to warm you up.

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Go Where Kids Ski Free

Skiers and snowboarders enjoying the slopes of Snowmass

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Family ski vacations are hugely popular, but nobody ever said they were cheap — especially when you start shelling out for lift tickets, lodging, food, equipment, and lessons. Luckily, many ski resorts around the country offer relief to families looking for affordable vacations. Know where to find “kids ski free” offers at ski destinations around North America. 

A fantastic ski destination, for example, is Snowmass, Colorado, a place that has kids in mind with easy-to-learn-on terrain, an expert ski school, on-mountain dining, and nearby lodging. Stay at the new Limelight Hotel Snowmass, with ski in and ski out accessibility. The Ski and Stay offer includes free lift tickets when you book a room.

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Take the Kids Ice Skating

light and late day skaters on Rideau Canal Skateway

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Lacing up skates for a smooth glide around an ice rink is a quintessential winter past time. Here's a roundup of the best places to skate in some of North America's major destinations. 

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Play Like a Winter Olympian

Olympic Activities in Whistler British Columbia
Tourism Whistler

You don't have to be an athlete to try out some of the sports at Olympic complexes, and an Olympic-themed getaway can make for a fun and active family trip. Along with delivering Olympic fun, these locations are without exception tremendously scenic and chock full of charm. They are picturesque ski towns with a wide array of kid-friendly hotels, restaurants, shops, and other amenities to keep families happy.

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Visit Texas During Rodeo Season

Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo

Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo 

There is perhaps no better way for families to tap into the authentic cowboy culture in Texas than to visit when there’s a rodeo in town. January through March is prime rodeo season in the Lone Star State, drawing crowds from across the country to enjoy this storied Western tradition. From Austin to Houston to Pecos, take your family on a trip they'll likely never forget.

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Go Whale Watching in San Diego

Humpback Whale Breaching

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Are your kids fascinated by whales? Consider planning a whale watching family getaway to Southern California. San Diego’s famous gray whale-watching season stretches from December through April. You can watch a parade of California gray whales make their annual 5,000-mile migration from the chilly Alaskan seas to the warm water lagoons of Baja California.

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Make a Splash at an Indoor Water Park

Great Wolf Lodge indoor water park

Great Wolf Lodge

Looking for an affordable getaway away from the cold? No matter the weather, every day's a pool day at an indoor water park. From the Northwest to the Southeast and everywhere in between, here are the best indoor water parks in every region of the United States. 

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Get Away for Presidents Day Weekend (or Week)

Mohonk resort in New York
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Does your family get cabin fever every winter? For many families in the United States, Presidents Week offers a nice long break in the winter school calendar. Here are some fantastic mid-winter getaway ideas where you can make the most of your family vacation time.

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Skate and Stay at the Providence Biltmore

Providence Biltmore exterior

Providence Biltmore 

Kid-friendly Providence has a vibrant arts, culture and culinary scene. The Providence Biltmore typically offers a Skate and Stay package that includes accommodations in a Biltmore Junior Suite, skate rentals at the Alex and Ani City Center outdoor rink and a Starbucks gift card to use in the hotel lobby. 

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Indulge at Hershey's Chocolate-Covered February

Dessert for hershey PA's Chocolate-Covered February

Hershey Entertainment & Resorts Company

Where else but "the sweetest place on earth" would you expect to find a month-long event called Chocolate-Covered February? During the annual month-long chocopalooza Hershey, you can dance with the Hershey's characters during the Hersheypark Chocolate Parade, indulge in decadent chocolate spa treatments, create your own sweet treat at The Hershey Story, and more.

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Experience Montreal en Lumiere

Montreal en Lumiere

One of winter’s most talked-about winter festivals, Montréal en Lumière will be filling the beautiful Quebecois city with light and fun from mid-February to early March. The festival promises fabulous food and wine, family-friendly activities and a blockbuster cultural calendar.

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Visit One of America's Top 20 Family-Friendly Ski Resorts

All Seasons Resort Lodging Sundial Resort

All Seasons Resort Lodging

Looking for a ski resort that goes above and beyond for families? According to the readers of Ski magazine, these are top 20 ski resorts for kid-friendly programming in North America. Picks include a wide range of ski resorts for various budgets and skill levels.

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Chill Out, Check In at Quebec's Ice Hotel

Quebec City Ice Hotel (Hotel de Glace) at Dusk, Canada

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Don't just survive winter—celebrate it with a trip to Quebec. Once again, a team of dozens of artisans has come together to create a one-of-a-kind hotel out of ice and snow, now one of the most popular winter tourist attractions in Quebec.

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