Take the Scenic Route this Winter with Family-Friendly Activities

Just because it is winter-time, doesn’t mean our family likes to stay in and hibernate. Living in the lake-effect Snow Belt region, we’ve learned to celebrate the shorter days and longer nights with festivals, skiing, and outdoor recreation. Alamo Rent-A-Car is also inspiring families to take time this winter to embrace family-friendly winter activities.

One destination to check out during the winter is Keystone, Colorado. Located in the heart of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains (approximately 100 miles west of Denver International Airport), Keystone Resort has built a reputation as a kid-friendly destination and kids (12 and younger) ski free all winter long when families stay two or more nights at the resort. In addition, Keystone’s Kidtopia children’s program hosts a culinary festival in February, outdoor music concerts in March, and the World’s Largest Snow Fort (if Mother Nature allows). Read more about Keystone’s family-friendly activities on Alamo’s Scenic Route.

Snow Fort Keystone Resort

Head to the top of Dercum Mountain, and you will find Kidtopia—the world’s largest snow fort that offers fun activities for kids of all ages! Photo courtesy of Keystone Resort.

A road trip closer to home for our family in Rochester, New York, is the Adirondacks. In addition to skiing on mountains that have hosted two Winter Olympic Games in Lake Placid, there are several activities off the mountain, too. On Mirror Lake, families can ride a toboggan down a three-story, ice-covered chute and slide across the frozen lake. Animal lovers can get a new perspective of the lake as they’re pulled along by a team of sled dogs. Or take a two-mile skate around the lake on the maintained ice-skating track. Just down the road from Lake Placid is Saranac Lake, home to the longest running winter carnival in the country. Dating back to 1897, the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival runs for 10 days in early February and includes a traditional ice palace, sports, games, performances, parades and fireworks.

Lake Placid Toboggan Chute

Lake Placid Toboggan Chute, Photo by Dave Parfitt

So how does your family embrace winter? Share your tips and advice for your favorite winter travel getaways. For more family travel news, reviews, and trip reports, be sure to follow Adventures by Daddy on InstagramTwitter, and “like” our Facebook page too.

About Dave Parfitt

Married, father of two girls, and living in the heart of the Finger Lakes. I'm a runner with a PhD in neuroscience and a passion for travel.