Weekend getaways from NYC for kids
Travel time: 2 hours by car from NYC
The winter season is simply incomplete without a trip to this Pocono Mountains hotspot. Sporting the title of the country's largest snow-tubing park—complete with 42 chutes, 16 lifts and 34 trails—Camelback is a cold-weather oasis for kids and families. Not only is it perfect for snowboarding, skiing and tubing, but visitors also have the option of zip-lining ($15 per person, per flight), catching thrills on the Appalachian Express Mountain Coaster, enjoying live entertainment after growing tired of the slopes and so much more. Take advantage of 90-minute beginner lessons for the kiddos (ages 4–12, $35–$99), or, for those with more experienced athletes in their brood, check out the race and freestyle teams. Private lessons (various prices) are available for a little one-on-one attention. And, arguably the best news of all: No one has to miss out on the fun when the sun goes down. Thanks to illuminated lights, everyone can hit the slopes when nightime sets in. 301 Resort Dr, Tannersville, PA (skicamelback.com).
Travel time: 1.5 hours by car from NYC
It's hard to believe you're only a short distance away from NYC when booking a stay at this Victorian castle (which debuted in 1869 and even housed several U.S. presidents during their visit). In addition to its environment, Mohonk's offerings are another reason to feel as though you've entered a winter wonderland. Kids will love perfecting their moves on the ice rink—which rests just above the venue's lake in the outdoor Pavilion—plus they'll enjoy hitting the slopes while cross-country skiing, tubing and even snowshoeing (all of which are features that are included in your stay). When the weather gets too cold or the crew's had enough activity, head to the fireplace for a little r&r (and snag a mug of hot cocoa, too). 1000 Mountain Rest Rd, New Paltz (mohonk.com).
Travel time: 2 hours by car from NYC
Regardless of the time of year, a trip to Woodloch Pines is always a good idea. Each season boasts fun family activities, and winter's no exception. Visitors can get into the holiday spirit by taking in the annual Festival of Lights, an epic display of Christmas decorations that will convince you it really is the most wonderful time of the year. Kids will love chowing on Christmas cookies and sipping eggnog while participating in the Yule Log Hunt. But for those in search of competition, there's good news. Families battling over victory will be overjoyed with the seasonal offerings during the Winter Olympics. Win or lose, adult visitors will want to take advantage of the spa after outdoor festivities and wind down their day with a fun family dinner with a variety of a la carte dining. 731 Welcome Lake Rd, Hawley, PA (woodloch.com)
Travel time: 1 hour and 45 minutes by car from NYC
Get in tune with the gorgeous surroundings at this Colonial Dutch–style resort which calls an unspoiled forest its home (a true NYC escape if you ask us). Skytop Lodge certainly offers picturesque views in the winter, but make no mistake: The grounds' 5,500 acres are begging visitors to take advantage of its adventurous offerings. From skiing and tubing to snowshoeing and ice fishing, there's something on the menu for all those in search of an entertaining experience. But don't get too comfortable outside. You'll want to chow down at Lakeview Restaurant or Windsor Dining Room and moms and dads will most definitely want to take advantage of wellness offerings such as massages and other various spa treatments. Winter is the perfect time to book a stay at Skytop, as visitors will be treated to a tree-lighting ceremony, arts and crafts and story time for the kids and more Yuletide goodness. (Did we mention there's a life-sized gingerbread house?) 1 Skytop Lodge Rd, Skytop, PA (skytop.com)
Travel time: 2 hours and 30 minutes by car from NYC
Make sure you buy warm coats—you're going to be spending a lot of time outside at this epic venue. Hunter Mountain’s Empire Terrain Park is ever-changing, and its crew switches up features on a weekly basis so that those hitting the slopes will have something new and unexpected. Pretty cool, right? The adventure continues with offerings such as the Explorers Program where youngsters learn the fundamentals or the Mini Tubing Park where little ones can take advantage of a few twists and turns. For those who are daring enough, there's a zip-line about 600 feet above the ground waiting to take visitors from one point to another (its recommended for those 10 and up). So, what will you and your brood try first? 7740 Main St, Hunter (huntermtn.com).