There are few wintertime activities more loved than building a snowman. From rolling each snowball to adding the carrot nose and topping it with a cap, kids and adults alike delight in creating a snowy family friend. If your kids are itching for some time in the snow but the weather isn’t cooperating, plan a winter vacation to one of these wonderlands:
Central Park, New York City
Plan a winter visit to one of the world’s most iconic parks. When you’re done assembling your snowy work of art for the big city to see, take the little ones sledding down Pilgrim Hill – the steepest part of the park. Or, go skating with the family at one of the two ice-skating rinks, Wollman Rink in the South and Lasker Rink in the North. Then warm up over a cup of hot cocoa at one of the city’s many cafes.
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Steamboat Springs, Colorado
With its trademarked Champagne Powder, Steamboat’s snow game is hard to beat (just check out its live snow cam). On top of being a winter playground, the town’s western heritage gives it a charming, friendly vibe that can’t be matched. When you build your snowman, dress him up in a cowboy hat to celebrate the ranching town’s unique culture. Then hop onboard for a sleigh ride dinner.
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Park City, Utah
Park City is home to America’s largest ski area and tons of winter fun. After building your family of snowmen, try your hand at other activities like snowshoeing or snowmobiling. You can also catch a thrill on the Alpine Coaster, or enjoy a slower speed on a horse-drawn sleigh ride snuggled under blankets. Downtown, you’ll find plenty of things to do in Park City when you need a break.
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Beaver Creek, Colorado
Beaver Creek is more than a ski town, with its charming Village and countless winter activities. It’s just the snowy spot for building a snowman. You can indulge in a treat while you’re at it too, with fresh chocolate chip cookies served free every day on the mountain. In the Village, you can hit the ice skating rink or take a photo with Ripperoo, Beaver Creek Ski & Snowboard School’s mascot.
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Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
During the month of December, you can depend on the national park to deliver when it comes to snow conditions. With some of the country’s most pristine scenery, visiting in the midst of winter gives you an entirely different way to experience the national park. Build your snowy friend, and then watch the hot springs and geysers in action.
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