The perfect winter wonderland scene depicted in a snow globe is the making of a unique family vacation. Instead of the typical beach getaway, consider hitting up one of these winter activities to curb the cold. You just may find out you don’t hate Frosty as much as you thought.
Visit a Reindeer Farm in Alaska
If you didn’t get enough of Rudolph during Christmas time, the Reindeer Farm in Palmer, Alaska (12 miles outside of Anchorage) offers daily tours and rides on the "Cattle of the North." Available by appointment only, this small family farm is home to 150 Reindeer, 35 Elk, 13 Horses, two Bull Moose, and one Bison. Visit and get an up close and personal with each animal through the numerous hiking trails, scavenger hunts and horseback rides.
Take a Trip to Santa Claus, Indiana
You don't need to head all the way to the North Pole to curb your Jingle Bell withdrawals. Santa Claus, Indiana is America's holiday home base where Christmas is celebrated every day of the year. With a whole village of fun Santa-themed attractions, hit up the Holiday World water park, Christmas museum, Candy Castle, Frosty Fun center mini golf and send a postcard from Santa’s post office. Dad- there’s even a Christmas Lake golf course for you.
Embark on a Polar Bear Expedition to Manitoba
From noon ‘til night, get up close and personal with these white beauties by entering their natural habitat in the Great White North. Sleep in the Tundra Buggy Lodge, a makeshift lodge consisting of two sleeper cars (housing 18 and 20 guests respectively), lounge, dining, and utility cars that offer 24/7 polar bear viewing, along with informative presentations and gourmet meals at the Lodge. Wake up with the polar bears and watch them frolick in the snow during the most thrilling and intimate animal encounter ever.
Go Ice Fishing in the Great Lakes
A great father-son bonding activity, ice fishing is the practice of fishing with lines or spears through an opening on a frozen body of water. Ice anglers may sit on a stool on the lake (dress for the weather!) or rent a heated cabin, some with bunks and other amenities. Northern Wisconsin and Michigan are common spots to find panfish in the winter months, most commonly bluegill and perch. Northern pike and walleye are also frequently caught during the cold season. Just don’t forget the hot cocoa!