Don't let cooler temps keep you cooped up in your apartment! These wintry weekend getaways from NYC will have you cruising the slopes (of all sizes!) on skis and snowboards, zooming down trails on snow tubes, sledding and even cross country skiing.
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Weekend getaways from NYC for kids
Camelback Mountain Resort, Tannersville, Pennsylvania
Travel time: 2hrs by car from NYC
Those who love hitting the slopes via inflatables should book a trip to this popular Pocono Mountains destination. Dubbed the biggest snow-tubing park in the United States, Camelback has up to 42 chutes, 16 lifts and 34 trails illuminated for night time skiing. Newbie skiers and snowboarders can join the Terrain Based Learning program (ages 4 to 12 $35 to $129, 13 and older $35 to $109), which teaches basic skills on shaped terrain so they can develop comfort and familiarity with movements and balance before heading down the mountain. Sign up 4-to-12-year-olds for the Kids Half-Day Beginner Lessons (weekdays $110, weekends and holidays $129), in which they participate in skill-building activities, get trained in using the “magic carpet” lift in the Children’s Learning Area and get lessons tailored to their needs. The all-inclusive package comes with a lift ticket and equipment rental along with the two-and-a-half-hour session. And when hunger strikes, ski into Trail’s End Pub & Grille, then ski out. 301 Resort Dr (570-629-1661, skicamelback.com). Lift tickets $37–$67, children under 6 free. Guest rooms sleep four, with a private king bed and sleeper sofa queen bed, start at $249 night; includes access to Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark and four lift passes or four tickets to the snow-tubing park.
Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz, New York
Travel time: 2hrs by car from NYC
Families will find the luxurious mountain getaway that they’ve always dreamt of at this idyllic resort. This old hotel boasts incredible history—since it opened as a 10-room inn back in 1869, five U.S. Presidents have stayed here!—and kids will love the fact that it resembles a castle.
This picturesque all-inclusive resort—complete with a Victorian castle—makes a perfect getaway for the family. The National Historic Landmark sits by a mountain lake surrounded by thousands of acres of natural land (two or three meals and most activities are included in the cost of an overnight stay). Explore the territory by cross-country skiing on more than 30 miles of groomed trails, including some by the frozen lake, or snowshoeing through the wilderness. During the winter, the property’s golf course is converted into a snow-tubing hill. Head to the Pavilion—an open-air facility located above the lake with wooden roof beams, stone columns and a 39-foot-tall fireplace—to glide around the 9,375-square-foot ice rink or participate in ice sports like broomball and curling. 1000 Mountain Rest Rd (855-883-3798, mohonk.com). Guest rooms that sleep four, with two queen beds, start at $493/night. All inclusive.
Woodloch Pines Resort, Hawley, Pennsylvania
Travel time: 2hrs 15mins by car from NYC
With seemingly every moment of the day filled with activities from archery to Wiffle ball, pony rides to trapshooting, you’ll feel as though you’ve enrolled in family camp. Getting the kids away from the petting zoo or off the go-cart track might prove difficult, but tell them they’re running late for Woodloch’s family bake-off, “Cupcake Wars,” and they might be inclined to get moving. Families should also go for the gold in Woodloch’s Winter Olympics on Saturdays (January and February only); teams of 10 to 12 get knee-deep in the snow during wacky contests like snow-bowling, tube-pulling and sledding. Last but not least, the Woodloch Pines Resort offers all-inclusive packages per adult per night from $110 for adults at $33–$90 for children ages 13–19. Kids even stay for free on certain dates! (731 Welcome Lake Rd, Hawley, PA; 570-685-8000, woodloch.com)
Skytop Lodge, Skytop, Pennsylvania
Travel time: 1h 45mins by car from NYC
Perched on top of 5,500 acres of unspoiled forest, a gray-stone, this Colonial Dutch–style resort offers options for relaxation and boisterous family fun. Older kids (ages 10 and up) can tackle the Tree Top Adventure Course ($40), featuring seven different zip lines through the forest, while the little ones can ride one of the last remaining toboggan runs in the region. Weather permitting, there’s ice-skating, skiing and snowshoeing, too.
Moms and dads can train with a golf pro at the PGA-recognized golf school (lessons from $55) on the lodge’s award-winning championship 18-hole course or indulge in East Meets West range of therapies, such as reflexology, crystal healing and bamboo massage (from $110) at Skytop’s spa. For lodging, enjoy a stay at Skytop—three meals per day are included in your visit. Dress up for a fancy dinner in the Windsor Dining Room or channel royalty during High Tea at 4pm every day. After Thanksgiving, the halls are decked with twinkling lights and boughs of fragrant green fir, and a life-size Gingerbread house appears in the lodge. All-inclusive stays for two adults and one child startings from $495 per night. (1 Skytop Lodge Road, Skytop, PA; 855-345-7759, skytop.com)
Hunter Mountain, Hunter, NY
Travel time: 2hrs 30mins by car from NYC
Hunter Mountain’s Empire Terrain Park crew keeps the ski and snowboarding trails thrilling by updating their features several times a week so you always have a new trick or two to master. Certified instructors teach young’uns how to enjoy the powdery slopes during the two-hour or four-hour Explorers program ($85 to $125). Families can fly down any of the 20-plus nearly 1,000-foot-long chutes or visit the Mini Tubing Park for children ($20 to $30), and adventurers take to the skies for a magnificent view of the Northern Catskills by zip-lining (recommended ages 10 and up) about 600 feet above the ground at more than 50 miles per hour (Mid Mountain Tour $69 to $89, SkyRider Tour $119 to $129). 7740 Main St (518-263-4223, huntermtn.com). Lift tickets $55–$80/person, children under 7 $10.