Family on the beach in Honolulu
Seek out the sun in Honolulu this winter.
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7 Winter Getaway Destinations for Family Fun in Snow or Sun

Sun, Sand and Family-Friendly Attractions in Honolulu, Hawaii

While a bit longer travel time and a larger budget may be required than many destinations on our list, Honolulu is a fantastic winter family vacation destination. The area has tons of family resorts and attractions that cater to kids.

Spend your days at the Honolulu Zoo, Wet ‘n’ Wild Hawaii or the Hawaii Children’s Discovery Center. You could even spend your whole trip at Aulani, Hawaii’s unique version of a Disney resort, located just 30 minutes from Honolulu.

The weather is warm, with temperatures hovering around the low 80’s. However, with such ideal temperatures and plethora of family-friendly things to do, you’ll need to hit the beach early to find a place on the sand to spread out your beach towel — it’s a very popular time of year to visit.

Carnaval de QuebecJoin in some unique carnival fun for the whole family in Quebec.Photo Credit: Getty Images

The Winter Carnival in Quebec City, Canada

Planning a trip in February? Each year during this time, Quebec City boasts a fun, family-friendly Winter Carnival with lots of winter themed activities such as canoe races across the city’s frozen river, an ice palace, and a night parade.

There’s also a fun indoor aquarium if you need a break from taking toboggan rides down the Terrasse Dufferin. Other highlights for kids include a chance to drive a dog sled, taking sleigh rides, looking at the impressive snow sculptures and enjoying innovative games like human table football or human bowling.

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View of the Town Square - WhistlerWhether you're interested in skiing or not, Whistler has plenty of snowy activities for the whole family to enjoy.Photo Credit: Getty Images

Fun in the Snow for the Whole Family in Whistler, Canada

Whistler is great for skiing, but there’s so much more for families to do, especially those that may not be ready to strap on a pair of skis just yet. There’s snowmobiling, snow tubing and snowshoeing, as well as cultural activities like an art museum.

Enjoy Nintendo gaming lounges and ride the peak-to-peak gondola for all of the views and none of the falls that come with skiing! Mom and dad can chill in the outdoor hot springs while the kiddos enjoy some time exploring the Magic Castle and Tree Fort.

Afterwards, check out mementos from the 2010 Olympics at Olympic Plaza. Because Whistler is one of the best former Olympic host cities, you can enjoy bobsled rides as well at the Sliding Centre. If you do want to try out skiing, Whistler Blackcomb offers plenty of trails for beginners and fireplaces to warm your toes while enjoying a cup of hot chocolate between runs.

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