Wildlife are free to roam around in the Amazonia exhibit at the National Zoo, and temperatures are as balmy as in a Brazilian rainforest. (Lucian Perkins/The Washington Post)

The good news is that you can escape the snow and ice — temporarily, at least — at a number of places throughout the Washington area. Looking for a rainforest with monkeys and birds in the trees overhead? An indoor water park with giant water slides? A full-service sauna that will give new life to winter skin? Just see our list of the best escapes from winter weather.

If you’re the kind of person who loves chilly temperatures, we’ve got you covered, too; Check out our guides to warming winter cocktails, the area’s best soup, the best ice skating rinks, bars and restaurants with outdoor fire pits and top grilled cheese sandwiches.