Best Family Vacations to Take in February

In the thick of midwinter's chill, families see an opportunity to escape for President's Day weekend or winter break. Here are great ideas for a February getaway with kids.

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    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 for a spin on the snow and maybe even learn a few dog-driving skills.

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    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. Here’s where to find “kids ski free” offers at ski destinations around North America. 

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    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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    Olympic Activities in Whistler British Columbia
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    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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    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.

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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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