Q: We have a week off for a Presidents’ Day winter break from school and I haven’t planned anything yet. Is it too late for something like London or Orlando? Where would you recommend from the New York area for a February family vacation? –Melissa R.
A: Hi Melissa! With two weeks left to book, the real questions here are budget and flexibility. You have a number of things working in your favor since you have a full week off (many school districts have just a 3- or 4-day weekend, which is a little tougher for flying, but there are still deals and ideas available).
With a week, look west for great deals and fun family itineraries– I just peeked and saw good prices on Southwest to go to Denver where you can launch yourself on a ski vacation; depart on a Sunday, return on Friday for about $400, depart on Tuesday and return Friday for just $300 (both R/T and nonstop). From here, Keystone is easy to reach, has affordable accommodations, and has a great ski school for kids (we also love Denver as a family destination in and of itself).
Airfare to Orlando as this point is going to cost you a bundle; but my family will be there for the long weekend, and you can follow our lead by exploring some off-the-beaten-track, and money-saving spots, such as scenic Winter Park and the fun, funky, affordable dining destinations in the Mills 50 neighborhood.
London is also pricey, close to $900 R/T, but this might be the time to break out your miles if you have your heart set on this option; once you arrive overseas, it will be off-season and hotels will be reasonably priced and you’ll have most attractions to yourself since it’s not a holiday overseas.
Don’t want to spend the dough for airfare? Consider a road trip to family friendly cities such as Philadelphia or Boston, both of which Georgette and I have visited recently. Go skiing locally at easy to reach Mountain Creek. Plan a wet overnight at an indoor water park such as Great Wolf Lodge or Kalahari Water Park. Or how about a “staycation” in New York City? Catch a Broadway show such as Matilda or School of Rock, or a concert at Symphony Space, skate at Rockefeller Center, check out the MoMa (Stay tuned for our post on this great museum) — then either head home or make it a real vacation by hitting the hay in a cool NYC hotel—in midtown Le Parker Meridien is a fun choice with a pool, fun eats at the Burger Joint in the lobby, and decadent brunches with sky-high piles of pancakes at Norma’s.
Safe travels! Enjoy the weekend!
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