Do you get the winter weather blues? If so, you aren’t alone. (In fact, seasonal depression is a real thing.) To beat the winter blahs pack up your family and head south for the winter — or at least for a week or two. These warm-weather locales have plenty of sunshine and family-oriented attractions, making them ideal for anyone who needs to take a quick mid-winter trip to relax and refresh.
Visit Carlsbad, California to experience visit Legoland California Resort, which features more than 60 rides, shows, and attractions, Legoland California Water Park, and Sea Life Aquarium. From beaches and theme parks to outdoor bike tours and skate parks, Carlsbad has something for every member of your family to enjoy. The best part is, the city sits between San Diego and Orange County, making it a great home base for families who also want to check out San Diego’s laid-back vibe, take a day trip to Disneyland, or head to Dad’s on Balboa Island for to try one of its famed frozen bananas.
Madeira Beach, Florida
East Coast families looking for a warm-weather vacation destination with a relaxed, beachy vibe that’s close enough for a quick weekend trip, should consider Madeira Beach, Florida. Located on a small barrier island off the Gulf Coast, Madeira Beach puts you in proximity to Clearwater, Treasure Island, St. Pete, and Tampa, giving you plenty of places to explore. The beautiful beaches alone make Madeira Beach worth the trip, but the destination has a lot more to offer. Spend the day perusing the shops at John’s Pass, exploring Shell Island, or taking a pirate-themed cruise on the Gulf. If you want a bit more action, drive into Tampa or take a day trip to Orlando to visit Disney World or Universal Studios.
For an exotic vacation experience without a passport, hop a plane and head to Honolulu, Hawaii. Home to the legendary Waikiki Beach, Honolulu sits on Oahu — one of eight islands that make up Hawaii’s archipelago. The city has a diverse population and a unique atmosphere that mixes tropical paradise with a bustling urban city. Before heading home, check out Hawaii’s other islands. Visit Kauai for some of Hawaii’s best scenic views, Maui to explore its famed beaches, and the Island of Hawaii to see molten lava flowing from active volcanoes at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
Experience Southern hospitality at its best in Savannah, Georgia. Known for its famed horse-drawn carriage tours and antebellum architecture, the coastal city houses a stunning historic district complete with cobblestone squares and parks shaded by Spanish-moss covered oak trees. Explore the area by taking a guided tour on a trolley, a riverboat cruise, or a segway tour. Then, head to the coast to spend the day at the beach. A 30-minute drive gets you to Tybee Island, a small coastal community that’s considered one of the top beach destinations in the United States.
New Orleans, Louisiana
If you have a family full of foodies, consider eating your way through New Orleans. The eclectic Louisiana city is known for its spicy, flavorful cuisine that reflect its history as a melting pot that blends African, French, and American cultures. Gumbo, Jambalaya, and Po’ Boy sandwiches are just a few of the more popular local dishes, and you can’t leave the city without enjoying a beignet. While you’re in town, explore the French Quarter, tour the Garden District, and take a haunted graveyard tour. Of course, New Orleans isn’t far from the beach, but for a unique experience, skip the beach and tour the swamp instead.
When cold, dreary weather gets you down, traveling to a warm, sunny locale is one of the best remedies. Whether you need a vacation destination for a short weekend trip or you want to pack up your family for a week or more, it isn’t difficult to find a warm destination with plenty of things to see and do.