Fall is in full swing and holiday travel will be upon us in the blink of an eye. If you’re considering a getaway before Thanksgiving, Disneyworld has pre-holiday hotel deals in newly named Disney Springs. In other parts of Florida, Panama City Beach offers loads of family diversions and competitive prices. Reasonable rates and thin crowds make late fall a great time to plan a Caribbean or Costa Rican break. If you’re itching to ski, Sunday River in Maine has Thanksgiving deals or head to a snow-covered ranch in Montana. Camelback Resort in the Poconos offers kid-approved fun at their giant new water park plus big discounts off their regular rates.
Disney Springs Disneyworld Deal
For families considering a visit with Mickey, special fall rates starting at $69 per night are available through November 16. With the entrance fees to theme parks on the upswing, saving on accommodations is an efficient way to lower the cost of your family’s vacation. Formerly known as Downtown Disney, the newly named Disney Springs neighborhood is an excellent place to be based in Orlando thanks to complimentary shuttles to the theme parks, dining and shopping. The Holiday Inn Orlando has rates from $89 per room, per night. The Buena Vista Palace Hotel & Spa is offering rates from $79 per room, per night.
Panama City Beach
Though it may be best known as a resort for spring breakers, there’s loads of family appeal in Panama City Beach. This Florida city offers 27 miles of white sand beaches and affordable room rates. Book a spacious beachfront condo at the Celadon Beach Resort and the entire family can stay for 2 nights for $299. Valid until December 2015.
Ski Sunday River, Maine
Get a head start on ski season and spend Turkey Day skiing in Maine. Sunday River is an excellent family mountain that usually gets snow early in the season. Thanksgiving Ski and Stay Packages start at $69 per person per night in a condo and include lodging and lift ticket. Hotel room lodging packages start at $75 per night and all of the above plus a hearty morning meal.
Camelback Resort & Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark
Think your kids will have fun swimming and sliding at a giant indoor waterpark? Camelback Resort & Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark is the stuff of splashy dreams. The Poconos, PA property is easy to reach for New York and Philly families. Stay for two nights and receive 40% off the second night using promo code FORTY until December 12. A Sunday-Wednesday arrival is required and there are blackout dates. For a comprehensive look at the resort read our recent review.
JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort and Spa, Costa Rica
The JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort and Spa is located on the Northwestern coast of Costa Rica, not far from the Liberia airport. It is situated within the gates of Hacienda Pinilla, which is home to 4,500 acres of historic ranch property, beaches and untouched natural landscapes. The Choose Your Adventure Package is available until December 26 starting at $369 per family, per night. It includes a deluxe room, gigantic buffet breakfast for 2 adults and 2 kids and one excursion per day for a family of four. Excursion choices include zip lining on a canopy tour, horseback riding in the tropics or touring Palo Verde National Park. Use promotional code MAJ to book or call (800) 228-9290.
Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino, San Juan
Puerto Rico is a prime destination for families seeking a Caribbean getaway. There are many excellent reasons to vacation here, but a big selling point is that U.S. citizens don’t need a passport to visit. Dynamic San Juan is an easy nonstop flight from many Northeast cities. If eco-conscious lodging is important to you, the Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino in San Juan is the island’s first LEED-certified property. Book by December and get a room rate of $165 per night, with kids staying free in-room with their parents.
The Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino
This resort boasts 355 guest rooms and five restaurant options for a one-stop getaway on this gorgeous island. It features a spacious pool oasis, a complimentary kids club, an expansive water sports and dive center, spa, and casino. Nightly rates start at $199 per room, kids free in-room with their parents.
Lone Mountain Ranch, Montana
The Lone Mountain Ranch offers families an authentic Western dude ranch experience. In winter, sleigh rides, Nordic skiing, inspired cuisine and cozy cabins are perfect for families seeking soft adventure in nature. It’s only 10 minutes from Big Sky Resort for awesome downhill skiing. Book three nights and two days of alpine skiing and you’ll receive a free night plus a free day of skiing. Available December 12-19, 2015 and select dates in January and February.
Win a Trip to Orlando
There’s still time to enter to try to win a free 4-night trip for four to Orlando. The winner receives round-trip airfare, hotel and admission to a theme park. Enter the monthly drawing now until December 31, 2015 at www.OrlandoStories.com.