Archive for the ‘Family Travel Deals’ category

Celebrate Mardi Gras at WonderWorks in Panama City Beach

January 24th, 2015

The WonderWorks museum building in Panama City Beach, FloridaLooking for a fun, family-friendly way to celebrate Mardi Gras this year? Head to Panama City Beach, Florida, and explore all that the WonderWorks attraction has to offer. In honor of the carnival-themed holiday, WonderWorks Panama City Beach is offering discounted tickets for all guests, now through Feb. 17, 2015.

The Mardi Gras Madness ticket promotion offers $15 general admission tickets for both adults and children, with all of the exhibits and the indoor ropes course included. Additionally, families can purchase Works Combo Tickets at the discounted price of $18 per person, for both adults and children, with the exhibits, indoor ropes course and one game of laser tag included. These discounted prices save families up to $9 per ticket!

WonderWorks is a hands-on museum that challenge the mind and the imagination. Check out the natural disasters exhibit, the light and sound zone, the space discovery area, and more. Lay on a bed of 35,000 nails if you dare, or brave the 84 mph winds in an indoor hurricane simulator.

Visit Panama City Beach on Saturday Feb. 14, and enjoy a trip to WonderWorks with kids before the 2015 Mardi Gras Parade kicks off at 5 p.m. After the parade, fireworks will light up the sky at 8:30 p.m.

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– Hilarey Wojtowicz

4 Lehigh Valley Travel Packages for Families

January 21st, 2015

Children jumping with Crayola Crayons at the Crayola ExperienceLocated about 90 minutes from both Philadelphia and New York City, Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley is a great spot for families to take a weekend trip with children. This year, the area’s official visitors bureau, Discover Lehigh Valley, is offering special travel packages for local attractions and accommodations, making your vacation simple and easy to plan.

Stay & Create
Get crafty with kids and book the Stay & Create package for overnight accommodations, two tickets to the Crayola Experience and two passes to the green screen attraction, “Say Crayola!” Additional tickets are available for up to 25 percent off when purchased in conjunction with this package.

For a list of participating hotels and package prices, visit the Stay and Create page on the Discover Lehigh Valley website.

Stay & Investigate
Discover the scary side of Lehigh Valley, if you dare. Book the Stay & Investigate package and enjoy overnight accommodations and tours of the area’s spookiest spots, such as the Museum of Indian Culture and the Historic Hotel Bethlehem.

For a list of participating hotels and package prices, visit the Stay and Investigate page on the Discover Lehigh Valley website.

Stay & Ski
Hit the slopes at Bear Creek Mountain Resort or Blue Mountain Ski Area and save with the Stay & Ski package. Ten hotels are participating in this promotion and all packages include overnight accommodations and passes to one of these two ski resorts.

For a list of participating hotels and package prices, visit the Stay and Ski page on the Discover Lehigh Valley website.

Stay & Scream
Get a thrill in Lehigh Valley this spring and summer with the Stay & Scream package. Kids and teens will love the rides at Dorney Park and the slides at Wildwater Kingdom. Book the package at one of 13 participating hotels and save – each hotel offers a package with tickets included, or discounted admission to the parks. Note: Dorney Park opens May 1, 2015, and Wildwater Kingdom opens May 23, 2015.

For a list of participating hotels and package prices, visit the Stay and Scream page on the Discover Lehigh Valley website.

– Hilarey Wojtowicz

An Arizona Escape After the Super Bowl

January 18th, 2015

Sonoran Splash area at the Fairmont Scottsdale PrincessSuper Bowl XLIX kicks off in Glendale, Arizona, in just two weeks. For football fans and families around the U.S., a trip to Arizona might be in the cards, but if you haven’t already booked your hotel, then you’ll most likely be out of luck, and will have to enjoy the game from the comfort of your own home instead. However, a trip to the Grand Canyon State is a great idea for families looking for a Southwest vacation this year, even after the Super Bowl is over.

Stay at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess in Scottsdale, Arizona, and your family will be just 30 minutes from where the Super Bowl is taking place. You can easily make a stop at the University of Phoenix Stadium to see the set-up and walk the grounds that some of your favorite athletes will grace this February before checking in to the resort. Once you arrive though, you won’t want to leave.

Firstly, guestrooms and suites offer sprawling views of the gardens, courtyards and Princess Plaza, with an outdoor, covered patio that is perfect for watching sunsets. And for families with little ones, cribs, highchairs, microwaves and mini-fridges are all available upon request. You can even have your room baby-proofed!

Next, the kids will love the resort activities. From the Trailblazers Family Adventure Center for 5- to 12-year-olds, to the playground, to the Sonoran Splash area, which features two, 200-foot waterslides, entertainment abounds. On Friday and Saturday nights the waterslides light up and feature fog, disco lights and music to make them even more exciting (offered seasonally). Additional activities and amenities include a sports court, lagoon-fishing area, four other pool areas, and dive-in movies.

When an appetite is worked up, head for one of the five restaurants, all of which offer children’s menus. Entrées for kids are classic, yet with a healthy twist; kids will enjoy nutritious versions of chicken strips, pizza, spaghetti with meatballs, and even chocolate mousse. And when parents want a romantic date-night dinner alone, babysitting is available right at the resort.

Sip, Savor and Sun Package
If you’ve now decided you need to visit the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess resort, book the Sip, Savor and Sun Package. Enjoy overnight accommodations in a luxurious Fairmont Room and receive a $100 daily resort credit. Rates start from $249 per night. Offer valid now through April 30, 2015.

– Hilarey Wojtowicz

Family Escape to Traverse City in 2015

January 8th, 2015

Traverse City, Michigan, at nightThis winter and spring, families are invited to visit Traverse City, Michigan, where low hotel rates and discounted attractions and activities await. The Traverse City True Escape Package is the city’s gift to you, and with 14 hotels participating in the promotion, it’ll be easy to find accommodations that fit your family’s needs.

To reap the benefits, first book the True Escape Package at one of these participating properties, which are offering discounted nightly rates and more.

Then, pick up the Escape Coupon book, which features discounts and deals on everything, from lift tickets, to ski rentals, to spa services, to restaurants, shopping and movies. Enjoy shopping and restaurant discounts at places like:

  • Camp Critter at Great Wolf Lodge, up to 25 percent off your entire bill for up to eight people
  • Dunkin Donuts at Great Wolf Lodge, one free medium coffee with a purchase of equal value
  • West Bay – A Holiday Inn Resort, up to $10 off any food, beverage or gift shop purchase
  • Cherry Republic, free BOOMCHUNKA cookies upon visit

The Traverse City True Escape Package is valid now through May 13, 2015. Black out dates may apply and availability may differ according to resort. For more information, visit the Traverse City tourism website.

– Hilarey Wojtowicz

2 Sweet Hotel Deals in Hershey

January 3rd, 2015

Two boys hug a Hershey Kiss at HersheyparkLooking for something sweet to do with the family now that the holidays are done? Visit Hershey, Pennsylvania, and book a getaway at the Hotel Hershey or the Hershey Lodge and save. Here are two hotel deals that will save your family money while you have fun at Hersheypark.

Hotel Hershey
Stay a little longer at Hotel Hershey and save with the Stay Two Nights, Get The Third Free deal. Book two nights and receive a complimentary, consecutive third night. Or you can book five nights and receive your third and sixth nights free! Rates start from $259 per night. Offer valid now through April 2, 2015. Use promo code 3FREE when making your reservations.

Hershey Lodge
Book your accommodations at the Hershey Lodge and enjoy a special perk – one free Hersheypark All Season Pass! Stay two nights and receive the pass, plus access to additional all season passes at the best available rate. All season passes allow guests an unlimited number of visits to the park and Zoo America during that season. Additional passes can be purchased for the discounted rate of $130 per pass, when the initial pass is redeemed at the Hersheypark Season Pass Office. Rates start from $149 per night at the Hershey Lodge. Offer valid now through April 2, 2015. Use promo code 1PASS when making your reservations.

Offer based on availability. Additional restrictions and blackout dates may apply.

– Hilarey Wojtowicz

4 Deals at the Four Seasons Resort Whistler

December 29th, 2014

The Four Seasons Resort WhistlerFor families looking for a ski getaway this winter, visit Whistler, where more than 200 trails and 7,000 skiable acres make for a memorable vacation. When booking your stay, look to the Four Seasons Resort Whistler, which is currently offering four great deals that will help you save, while allowing you to enjoy luxurious accommodations.

Family Ski Whistler Package
Enjoy daily lift passes and a daily breakfast buffet for two adults and two children ages 12 and under. Additionally, families will enjoy access to the resort village shuttle, a personal ski concierge, afternoon hot chocolate, daily evening wine receptions, Internet access and complimentary fitness classes. Families staying in an Executive Suite or higher accommodation category will also receive one complimentary night at the Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver. Package requires a three-night minimum stay and a three-day advance purchase.

Stay Longer and Save Package
Book five nights and save up to 20 percent off your luxurious accommodations. Book three nights and save up to 15 percent, and book two nights and save 10 percent off nightly rates. Package also includes daily wine receptions, Internet access and complimentary fitness classes.

Experience More – Resort Credit
Enjoy up to $400 CAD in daily resort credit during your stay and have more fun in Whistler. Book a king-bedded room and enjoy up to $100 CAD in daily resort credit. Book an Executive Suite, Deluxe Four Seasons Executive Suite or a Two-Bedroom Four Seasons Executive Suite, and enjoy up to $200 CAD in daily resort credit. Book a One-Bedroom Premier Suite, a Two-Bedroom Premier Suite, a Two-Bedroom and Den Townhouse, or the Presidential Suite, and enjoy up to $400 CAD in daily resort credit. Resort credit is valid on food, beverages and spa services. Additionally, guests will enjoy daily wine receptions, Internet access and complimentary fitness classes.

Early Bird Family Ski Whistler Package
Book your next ski vacation early with the Early Bird package and enjoy lift tickets and a daily breakfast for two adults and two children ages 12 and under during your stay. Plus, enjoy complimentary round-trip transfers between Vancouver International Airport and the resort when staying for seven or more nights in the Four Seasons Executive Suite or a higher accommodation category. Guests will also enjoy access to the resort village shuttle, a personal ski concierge, daily wine receptions, afternoon hot chocolate, complimentary fitness classes and Internet access. Package requires a three-night minimum stay and must be booked by Nov. 15, 2015.

For nightly rates, see our review of the Four Seasons Resort Whistler. For package reservations, call the resort directly at 888-935-2460.

– Hilarey Wojtowicz