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10 Winter family destinations

Corie Russell is a Midwest-born writer living in New York City. After dabbling in the office life as an editor, she joined the ranks of full-time freelancers and writes about everything from home decor to the recession.

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We all need a break from the hectic holiday season. And with all the great vacation deals to be had, why not dash to one of these places for a winter getaway? From extravagant shopping centers to ancient castles to boat tours, these places are sure to impress -- and relax -- the entire family.

Orlando, FL

Between ziplining adventures, helicopter tours and animal parks, Orlando offers the perfect outdoor escape from your family's lazy winter slumber. The city boasts seven of the world's top 20 theme parks in one destination, not to mention more than 100 other fun-filled attractions and outdoor recreation.

Choose from adventures like Disney's Animal Kingdom Park, which offers encounters with exotic and fictional animals; or perhaps International Heli-Tours, which provides aerial tours of Orlando, Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Orlando Resort, celebrity homes and more.

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