Five Great Places to Ring in the New Year with Your Family

By Lisa Gofberg December 8, 2015
Sure, there are plenty of destinations that offer great New Year's Eve options that are perfect for you and your sweetie, but what if you want to change it up this year and ring in 2016 as a family? We've compiled some great spots around the country that want to help you celebrate the new year with your kids. 

1. Carmel Valley Ranch 

Located in beautiful Carmel, California, Carmel Valley Ranch has dedicated their property to play. That's right - they want to you play as a family and enjoy your time together - especially on New Year's. This year, kick off the evening with s'mores and then enjoy an early family-friendly celebration buffet and party that wraps at 9 pm. Then, welcome 2016 with a Holiday Burn-Off Family Hike on New Year's Day plus a Happy, Hungry, Healthy New Year's Cooking Class. 

Photos courtesy of Carmel Valley Ranch       

2. LEGOLAND Florida 

LEGOLAND has figured out how to do New Year's Eve as a family. Ring in 2016 at the high-energy Kids’ New Year’s Eve celebration, which features a LEGO brick-drop countdown to midnight Kid Standard Time (that’s 7 p.m. to moms and dads), a kid-centric dance party with a live DJ spinning pop music hits and a dazzling fireworks display to end the year with a bang.

Photos courtesy of LEGOLAND Florida

3. San Antonio, Texas

The folks of San Antonio love ringing in the new year so much, they are doing it twice! Starting with a kid-friendly "Noon Year's Eve," where kids can dance, do crafts and watch the ball drop at noon. Throw in some noisemakers, festive hats and a sparkling juice toast and it sounds like a perfect way to start the new year with your kids. Once the sun goes down, the celebration continues with multiple musical acts, great food, carnival rides and fireworks at midnight - all ages welcome! 


4. Hotel Cascada

Hotel Cascada in Albuquerque welcomes 2016 with its second annual New Year's Eve splash party in New Mexico's only indoor waterpark. The party includes a family-friendly 8 p.m. countdown celebration, live DJ and a complementary glass of apple cider for kids and champagne for adults. All this plus a flowrider wave pool? Count me in! After a great night, enjoy a family-friendly New Year’s Day brunch.

Photo courtesy of Hotel Cascada

5. Great Wolf Lodge - Grapevine, TX

Howl in the new year with activities all evening: face painting, balloon twisting, games and prizes, crafts, magic shows, a DJ dance party and a midnight balloon drop with Wiley the Wolf and friends! Plus, head over to The Loose Moose for a NYE family buffet that won't break the holiday budget!

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Photo courtesy of Great Wolf Lodge