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The best winter weekend getaways from NYC for families

Every kid loves the winter! You can make the most of the season with these amazing winter weekend getaways from NYC!

By Oliver Strand, Allie Early, Maggie Parker and Danielle Valente
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When will winter make up its mind? Cold and icy one day, warm and rainy the next... Don't worry: Whether you're looking for snowy fun or the best splashy indoor water park NY families love, these amazing winter weekend getaways from NYC are perfect for your family!

The local mountains have some terrific family-friendly ski resorts in NYC—when it's time for your little to learn to ski, these ski schools that are great for first-timers, and offer inexpensive beginner's packages. Maybe you'd rather sit it out? Then take a look at the best snow tubing in NY.

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These getaways are perfect for the midwinter break coming up in February! There's so much for you and your family to do this winter close to NYC, no matter the weather. 

Weekend getaways from NYC for kids

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Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz, New York

Travel time: 1.5 hours by car from NYC

It's hard to believe you're only a short distance away from NYC when you pull up to this vast Victorian pile that opened in 1869. Mohonk is a winter wonderland for kids and parents alike, a private paradise the size of a state park. The ice rink is legendary, and older kids will love the tubing and snowshoeing—all of which are included in the price of your stay. When the weather is too cold or the crew's had enough activity, head to the fireplace for a mug of cocoa. 1000 Mountain Rest Rd, New Paltz (mohonk.com).

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Saraha Sam's Indoor Outdoor Water Park, West Berlin, New Jersey

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Travel time: 2 hours and 15 minutes by car from NYC

This water park includes 80,000 square feet of indoor fun that lets you enjoy that tropical feeling all year long. Winter-proof activities include twisty slides and pools and a surf simulator. Your crew can drift down the Congo Bongo Adventure River, take a dip in Cleopatra's Cove, play a round of water basketball or climb around the Tim-Buk-Tu playground. Set up camp in an indoor cabana and it's as if you're in the Caribbean...almost. 535 North Route 73, West Berlin, NJ (www.saharasams.com).

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Bear Mountain State Park, Bear Mountain, New York

Travel time: 1 hour by car from NYC

Bear Mountain State Park is fun no matter the weather. It has great hiking in warmer months, and solid cross-country skiing when snow blankets the countryside—not to mention the ice skating at outdoor rinks. Not feeling athletic? No sweat. The neighboring Trailside Museums & Zoo make for a fun afternoon of learning. Best of all, you can feel as though you're in another world, then return home to NYC and spend the night in your bed—the park is only one hour away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Palisades Pkwy or Rte 9W N. (nysparks.com). 

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Woodloch Pines Resort, Hawley, Pennsylvania

Travel time: 2 hours by car from NYC 

Regardless of the time of year, a trip to Woodloch Pines is always a good idea. 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)

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Camelback Mountain Resort, Tannersville, Pennsylvania

Travel time: 2 hours by car from NYC

This Pocono Mountains ski area is a favorite with NYC fams for good reason. You can ski beginner-level green trails all the way from the peak to the base, making it one of the most accessible spots around. Take advantage of 90-minute beginner lesson package for the kiddos that includes a lift ticket and rentals (ages 4–12, $95). Not into the slopes? Camelback sports the title of the country's largest snow-tubing park. But if you're set on skiing or snowboarding, here's arguably the best news of all: The trails are lit for nighttime skiing. No one has to miss out on the fun when the sun goes down. 301 Resort Dr, Tannersville, PA (skicamelback.com).

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