Archive for the ‘Family Travel Deals’ category

How to Save at Universal Studios Orlando

October 22nd, 2014

View of rides at Universal's Islands of AdventureTheme park admission can really break the bank. But for a limited time Universal Studios Orlando is offering a deal that families shouldn’t pass on. Play and ride all of the games and thrills at Universal Studios Orlando and Universal’s Islands of Adventure in three days, while paying only for two.

Book the Park-To-Park Admission promotion now and you’ll receive park admission good for three days, while only paying for two. Original one-day, one-park tickets for Universal Studios Orlando or Universal’s Islands of Adventure are $96 per adult and $90 per child. And the price of original two-day, two-park tickets cost $175.99 per adult, and $165.99 per child. But with this promotion, receive a third day free with your two-day, two-park ticket price.

The three-day tickets must be used within a 14-day period, but are valid for visits now through June 20, 2015. Black out dates apply during the holiday season and tickets must be purchased by June 7, 2015.

Plus, you can save even more in the Orlando area with these four packages and deals:

Family Room Package at the JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes

From $149 per night at the Villas of Grand Cypress

From $71 per night at the Tuscana Resort Orlando

Up to 30 percent off at the Loews Royal Pacific Resort

– Hilarey Wojtowicz

Top Dog Weekend Package in Vermont

October 18th, 2014

Exterior view of The Essex, Vermont's Culinary Resort & SpaLeaving your pet behind while going away for a family vacation can be heart wrenching. Rather than worry about your puppy this fall, bring them along for a truly relaxing trip that the entire family can enjoy. The Essex, Vermont’s Culinary Resort & Spa is hosting a Top Dog Weekend event and is offering its R & Arf Package for families with dogs who want to give their four-legged friend a chance to relax, too.

Top Dog Weekend will be held Friday, Nov. 7 to Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014, and aims to bring owners and furry friends closer together. The weekend package includes a two-night stay in a Traditional room, a dog treat cooking class on Saturday morning, an afternoon self-guided walk and off-leash play time at the Mills Riverside Park and passes to the Indian Brook Reservoir for a self-guided hike. Plus, guests receive room service one evening (for the dog, too!) and a custom dog toy and bowl to take home. Package rates start from $499 and include all taxes and fees.

After all of the fun with Fido, be sure to enjoy the plethora of onsite activities, like golf, tennis, biking (rentals available), indoor pool, hiking trails, adventure course (with zip lines and rock climbing!), hot air ballooning, bonfires (think S’mores!) and more. And that’s all without leaving the resort!

For more information, see our review of The Essex, Vermont’s Culinary Resort & Spa. And to book, visit the resort’s website.

– Hilarey Wojtowicz

6th Annual Halloween Spook-tacular in Myrtle Beach

October 15th, 2014

Kids and adults sit on the pool deck of the Dunes Village Resort and watch a magic showThe Dunes Village Resort is on our list of Family Favorite Hotels and it’s really no wonder. The Myrtle Beach resort offers a plethora of activities and comfortable accommodations for families – including its annual Halloween Spook-tacular event in October. Join the party next week on Saturday, October 25, and let the kids tie-dye t-shirts, wear costumes, play carnival games and more around the resort and its indoor water park. Here’s this year’s itinerary:

Mummy Wrap Contest – 10 a.m.
Head to the Palmetto Water Park and see who can become a mummy the fastest. Then break free of the wraps and head for the waterslides.

Tie-Dye T-Shirts – 11 a.m.
Make a tie-dye t-shirt and bring it home as a souvenir or wear it as your costume for the rest of the day (hippies anyone?). The artsy activity will take place at the Palmetto Water Park.

Pick & Decorate a Pumpkin – 12:30 p.m.
Help the kids pick out their own pumpkin on the Palms Lawn and then let them decorate it with their own personal style in the Palmetto Water Park. Bring them home as souvenirs, too. ($5 fee applies)

Personalize Your Trick-or-Treat Bag – 2 p.m.
Before filling them with candy, kids can decorate their own trick-or-treat bags. Get creative with this activity in the Palmetto Water Park. ($2 fee applies)

Magic Show – 4 p.m.
Dress up in your best Halloween costume and see magic done right before your eyes on the Palms Pool Deck.

Party Activities – 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
The fun really starts in the evening with trick or treating, carnival games and refreshments. The costume contest takes place at 7 p.m. and is divided into age groups so that all can participate. Be sure to stick around for the Monster Bash Glow Party on the Palmetto Indoor Putting Green at 8 p.m. Glow items will be for sale so all can light up the night!

Hotel Package Deal
If your family really wants to make the most of the Dunes Village Resort’s Halloween event, book the Crowds Are Gone package. Enjoy up to 20 percent off all one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom condos, or book a hotel guestroom for a little as just $79 per night. Offer valid now through Nov. 21, 2014.

For more information on the Halloween Spook-tacular event and for reservations, visit the Dunes Village Resort’s website.

– Hilarey Wojtowicz

‘Frozen’ Package for Families at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

October 8th, 2014

Elsa and Anna of Disney's Frozen stand and watch as Elsa lights up the skyDisney’s blockbuster hit ‘Frozen’ has already won over the hearts of families around the world. This year, parents can make the holidays even more special for children who are superfans of the movie with the ‘Frozen’ Holiday Premium Package at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

The package includes reserved seating for the ‘Frozen’ sing-a-long dessert party; a ‘Frozen’ pin for kids to wear; and a holiday lithograph. Plus, families will enjoy reserved seating for the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights event.

The package will be offered on select dates now through 2016, which is when the long-anticipated ‘Frozen’ attraction at Epcot will open in place of the park’s current ride in Norway, Maelstorm.

Tickets for the ‘Frozen’ Holiday Premium Package are $89 for adults and children 10 and older, and $39 for kids between 3 and 9 years. Admission to Disney’s Hollywood Studios is not included in the package. Tickets for the park are $94 for adults and children 10 and older, and $88 for kids between 3 and 9 years. Current available dates for the package include Nov. 7 to 19, 2014, Nov. 21 to Dec. 9, 2014, and Dec. 11 to Jan. 4, 2015.

To book the package, call 407-939-1854. Accommodations are not included with the package. See our list of Disney’s Hollywood Studios hotels for information on where to stay.

– Hilarey Wojtowicz

October is Kids Free Month in San Diego

September 14th, 2014

Kids Free San Diego October logoDuring the entire month of October this year, kids are free in San Diego. Yes, free. Kids can stay, play, eat, ride, go, and more for free at more than 100 hotels, attractions and restaurants in the San Diego area between October 1 and 31, 2014. Want to know where to go and what to do? Here’s a list of our favorite family hotels, attractions and restaurants that are participating in the month-long event.

Kids Travel Free
Looking for a fun way to get to San Diego to take advantage of these great deals during the month of October? Kids 12 and under will ride the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner for free between October 1 and 31, 2014, with the purchase of at least one adult ticket.

Kids Eat, Stay or Play Free
Kids 12 and under will eat select meals for free when staying at one of these family-friendly hotels in San Diego. Plus, they may even receive free bicycle rentals, welcome amenities and more!

  • Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa
  • DoubleTree by Hilton San Diego Mission Valley
  • Hilton Garden Inn San Diego Del Mar
  • Homewood Suites by Hilton San Diego/Del Mar
  • Hotel del Coronado
  • Bahia Resort Hotel
  • Bay Club & Marina
  • Embassy Suites San Diego – La Jolla
  • Sheraton Mission Valley San Diego Hotel
  • Holiday Inn San Diego Bayside
  • Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego
  • Paradise Point Resort & Spa
  • Westin Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego
  • Embassy Suites San Diego – Downtown
  • Hyatt Regency Mission Bay
  • La Valencia Hotel
  • Loews Coronado Bay Resort
  • Hilton San Diego Bayfront
  • The Dana on Mission Bay

For more family-friendly properties, see all of our San Diego hotels.

Free Admission for Kids
More than 35 museums and 20 attractions are offering free admission for kids ages 12 and under during the month of October. Here are a few of our favorites:

  • USS Midway Museum
  • Museum of Making Music
  • San Diego Botanic Garden
  • Stephen Birch Aquarium-Museum
  • California Surf Museum
  • San Diego Model Railroad Museum
  • Belmont Park
  • LEGOLAND California
  • SEA LIFE Aquarium
  • San Diego Zoo
  • San Diego Zoo Safari Park

For more kid-friendly activities, see all of our San Diego attractions.

Kids Eat Free
Currently nine restaurants in the San Diego are offering free meals for kids 12 and under. Here’s the list of participating eateries:

  • Casa Guadalajara
  • Cosmopolitan Restaurant
  • Croce’s Park West
  • Barra Barra at Fiesta de Reyes
  • Chi Chocolat Liberty Station
  • Pinzimini
  • Rei do Gado Brazilian Steak House
  • Vigilucci’s Coronado
  • Wave House San Diego

For more family-friendly eateries, see all of our San Diego restaurants.

Rules and restrictions may apply. Deals vary based on availability. For more information, visit the San Diego website.

– Hilarey Wojtowicz

Family Packages at the Breakers Palm Beach

September 3rd, 2014

Arial view of the Breakers Palm Beach in Palm Beach, FloridaConsider Palm Beach, Fla., for your next family getaway. The South Florida destination is filled with resorts that are family friendly and luxurious, all at the same time. And one of our favorites is the Breakers Palm Beach. With its eight onsite restaurants, daily scheduled activities and in-room amenities like DVD players, mini-bars and movies, the Breakers Palm Beach is a great option for your next family vacation. And this year, the resort is offering three packages that you won’t want to miss. Book one of these packages for the ultimate getaway in 2014.

Exclusive Vacation Savings
Enjoy complimentary and enticing benefits and amenities when you book the Exclusive Vacation Savings promotion at the Breakers Palm Beach this year. Families will receive a complimentary full American breakfast buffet daily; complimentary meals for kids age 12 and under, when accompanied by an adult; unlimited tennis and fitness center classes; and unlimited Wi-Fi. All is complimentary during your stay. Plus, you can save even more with additional discounts on golf at the Ocean Course or the Breakers Rees Jones Course, and on the kids’ camps. Rates start from $400 per night. Offer valid for stays now through Dec. 17, 2014.

Thanksgiving Holiday Celebration
The holidays at the Breakers Palm Beach are magical. Kick off the holiday season with the resort’s Thanksgiving Holiday Celebration. Families will enjoy complimentary benefits like free breakfast, free kids meals for children 12 and under, free Wi-Fi and unlimited tennis and fitness classes during their stay. Plus, enjoy complimentary access to special events like the Harvest Festival, bonfire on the beach, a movie under the stars and the Thanksgiving carnival. Rates start from $550 per night. Offer valid for stays Nov. 26 through Nov. 30, 2014.

A December to Remember
Whether you choose to visit the Breakers before Christmas, on Christmas or for New Year’s, make it a vacation to remember. The December to Remember package offers families exclusive rates with benefits, such as festive hotel activities and complimentary kids’ meals. Plus, enjoy a free American breakfast buffet daily, complimentary Wi-Fi access and unlimited tennis and fitness classes. Take photos with Santa and ring in the new year with live music and delicious food. Rates start from $369 per night. Offer valid for stays Dec. 1 through Jan. 4, 2015.

And now through Sept. 16, 2014, you can enter to win a free family vacation at the Breakers Palm Beach by writing a review of your last family vacation!

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

– Hilarey Wojtowicz