Family Travel Bargains and Free Things to Do
1. Florida Theme Park Discounts and Orlando Vacation Deals
Guide for Theme Parks keeps an eye out for bargains, including Disney World bargains, and deals at Universal Orlando including “Wizarding World of Harry Potter” packages.
2. Beaches Resorts
Beaches is the popular family-resort brand of the Sandals chain of all-inclusives in the Caribbean; resorts in Jamaica and Turks and Caicos offer watersports (including scuba), kids’ programs and nursery, Sesame Street characters and activities, and even butler service. The Fall months are part of the extended discounted “summer season” in the Caribbean, and guests have a good chance of finding discounts through the rest of the year too: check the Beaches site for deals such as 60% off, or Free Nights.
3. Atlantis Bahamas
There’s always a promotion, at this popular mega-resort on Paradise Island. Also, kids 11 and under stay free, and can play in the amazing 93-acre “waterscape”, with AQUAVENTURE waterpark, jaw-dropping waterslides, special-effects river ride, shark lagoons, subterranean aquariums, water play zone for little kids, beaches, calm lagoon, much more. The Atlantis also has spa, casino, Marina, kids’ camp developed by Discovery Channel, teen club.
4. Jamaica All-Inclusive Resort with Vacation Nanny
Franklyn D. Resort is a mid-sized all inclusive family resort in Jamaica, known in particular for the “vacation nanny” assigned to each family throughout their stay. FDR also has kids club, teen activities, snorkeling, glass-bottom boat, kayaking… and good promotions throughout the year. For example: Moms Stay Free in May, Single Parent Special, Family Reunion Packages, Grandparents Stay Free, discounts for families with Special Needs.
5. Kids Fly Free to Disneyland
Photo courtesy of Alaska Airlines.
This great deal has repeated for several years on Alaska Airlines, with booking starting in January. Basically, one child (age 2 to 11) flies free per one accompanying adult to a number of Southern California airports. Packages include lodgings at a Disneyland “Good Neighbor Hotel”, park passes, and some extras too.
6. Maui’s Most Hawaiian Resort – Internet Specials
The value-priced Ka’anapali Beach Hotel — on Maui’s popular Ka’anapali Beach– prides itself on honoring Hawaiian culture, has an innovative kids’ program, and offers many special promotions for families throughout the year. For example, check for Internet Specials such as “Room, Wheels, & Meals”; or “Best of the Beach” package with rental car, some meals, and goodies such as cooler bag and beach towels.
7. Kim’s New England Deal Sheet
Guide England Travel has deals, packages, free events, and insider tips.
8. Caribbean Deals and Bargains
Families love Caribbean beach resorts, especially all inclusive resorts with kids programs, watersports, many other included activities. Guide for Caribbean Travel has a onlgoing list of bargains.
9. Mexico Travel Deals
Guide for Mexico Travel has a current set of bargains, including a number of promotions at all inclusive resorts.
10. “Kids Free” Deals at Mexico Resorts
Guide for Mexico Travel is this a set of promotions whereby kids stay free at Mexico resorts (which, at all inclusive resorts,means that kids will eat free and play free, too.)
11. Free Things To Do – in Cities
Free programs in parks, free days at museums, fireworks, parades! Free Things to do in NYC, Orlando, San Francisco, Chicago… And lots of Kids Eat Free deals.
12. Free Things To Do – Great Outdoors
When it comes to vacations in the Great Outdoors, sometimes the best things in life are free: beaches, mountains, brilliant color of leaves in fall… National Wildlife Refuges are free year-round and most cities have one within a hours drive; National Parks have free hikes and other programs and fee-free weekends. And while skiing’s expensive families can take advantage of Kids Ski Free pricing.