Baby, it’s cold outside, but don’t let that keep you hibernating all winter. Invigorate your family fun with winter travel. Try different activities to shake up chilly days and keep the kids (and you!) from going stir crazy with cabin fever. Here are four weekend getaways to get your plans started.
1. Indianapolis, Indiana
Families interested in unique indoor activities will relish a visit to the Circle City, Indianapolis. Stay at the stunning Bottleworks Hotel and splurge on a suite. Two bathrooms, including a soaking tub and rain shower, plus a dining area, offer extra room to spread out. Across the street, The Garage Food Hall offers delicious eats from lobster rolls to tacos and pizza with local shops, drinks, a DJ and more.
Check out the Malala exhibit at the world’s largest children’s museum and be inspired by the Nobel Peace Prize winner. Tackle an interesting sport at the Fowling Warehouse. Invented during the Indy 500, this combination of football, bowling and cornhole is sure to spark some excitement. Take a bouldering class at North Mass Boulder.
SoChatti offers a Kids Chocolate Class that includes tasting and finger painting. Plus, the artisanal chocolate is vegan and allergy-free. Customize your own candle at Penn & Beach and cozy up for winter nights surrounded by your uniquely created scent.
2. Muskegon, Michigan
Families apt for outdoor adventure best head to Muskegon Luge Adventure Sports Park. Not only can you luge like an Olympian on a natural ice track, but you can also ice skate through a wooded trail, snow shoe across Lake Michigan sand dunes and cross-country ski around a lighted and groomed trail. Kids will love the weekend luge clinic, where a coach teaches them how to luge, conducts a fun competition and holds an awards ceremony afterwards. You can also zipline in the winter (weather permitting).
Indoor fun can be had, too. Older kids might enjoy USS Silversides Submarine Museum, where you can walk into a decorated World War II submarine. Lakeshore Museum Center is a great destination for little kids to explore.
The Delta by Marriott Muskegon Convention Center is a newly renovated hotel in downtown Muskegon. Within walking distance you’ll find tasty, locally-owned restaurants such as RAD DAD’s for tacos, Dr. Rolf’s Barbecue and Burl & Sprig for Asian-inspired eats.
3. Boyne Falls, Michigan
Boyne Mountain Resort offers an excellent Midwest winter vacation with its Swiss-inspired resort village featuring ski-in, ski-out privileges, Michigan’s largest indoor waterpark and the state’s largest spa facility (perfect for parent pampering).
Spend your days hitting the slopes or gliding down the water slides. Evenings can be enjoyed in warm outdoor pools, bubbling hot tubs or around crackling bonfires with gooey s’mores. Kids will love the 84-degree Avalanche Bay, with steep slides, mat racers, a lazy river and surf simulators. The Adventure Center offers horseback riding through the snow, ice skating, tubing, fat tire biking and sno-go biking, which is downhill biking (perhaps a way to help hesitant skiers shred with the rest of the family).
Skiers and snowboarders can let loose on 60 downhill runs and seven terrain parks. Or get some air on the Zipline Adventure. Savor heated igloo dining with a menu that includes corned beef sandwiches, stroganoff and bananas Foster.
4. Angola, Indiana
Tobogganing is the name of the game at Pokagon State Park. The refrigerated toboggan run is open through Feb. 27. Climb the 30-foot tower and get ready for a 20-30 second thrill ride. Rent toboggans by the hour and slide down the quarter mile course at speeds up to 40 mph. A warming center with restrooms and concessions is available.
Stay at neighboring Potawatomi Inn, which features a game room, indoor pool and nature center. If you’re able to overnight Sunday-Thursday through Feb. 24, take advantage of a two-nights-for-the-price-of-one deal.
Wild Winds Buffalo Preserves in nearby Fremont gets wonderful reviews for up-close tours of bison herds across the 400-acre preserve. Winter tours are held on Saturdays.
Clay’s Family Restaurant is a country diner known for out-of-this-world pies. Eat pizza, pasta and breadsticks at family-run Caruso’s Restaurant. 6 Autumns Food & Spirits offers steaks and seafood with live music.
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