September may not seem like the obvious time for a family vacation, but there are excellent travel values this time of year and, with school holiday weekends, it can be a great time for a family getaway. It’s one of the least crowded times to visit Orlando’s theme parks, enjoy the still warm Ft Lauderdale beaches, or journey to Southern California for a Disneyland deal. Consider a staycation in trendy Brooklyn, or explore Chicago. Farther away, luxuriate in Mexico or discover Patagonia. If your plans include London or Paris, a new airline is offering business class fares for a fair price. Once you’re in Europe, score a discount on tours that will escort you to some fascinating sites.
Downtown Disney End of Summer Value Rates
September is one of the best times of the year for deals in Orlando. Several Downtown Disney hotels are offering deep discounts. Consider bringing the family to the Best Western for $69 per night or the Holiday Inn for $99 per night. These special rates are valid until October 4th. Click through for a complete list of savings.
California Theme Parks Deals
Southern California is a Mecca for theme park lovers. The historic Mission Inn in Riverside is offering some excellent theme park packages throughout September. The Disneyland Package includes overnight deluxe accommodations, a $50 dining credit to spend at any of the hotel’s restaurants, Disneyland tickets for two adults and two children (one day/one park) and valet parking, all included for $560 per night. The hotel’s Knott’s Berry Farm Package (don’t miss Camp Snoopy!) includes deluxe room, valet parking, $50 dining credit and admission to Knott’s Berry Farm for a family of four for $332.
Discounted Fort Lauderdale
Book two nights and get the third free with the “See You in September” promotion in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. You’ll find 2-for-1 savings on dining, attractions and spas all month long, so it’s not just hotels that are discounted. Participating hotels include the Hollywood Beach Marriott and the oceanfront Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach, both for $159 nightly.
Taste of Brooklyn Package
The New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge is calling hungry families. Take a bite out of Brooklyn’s diverse culinary scene while spending the night in Brooklyn Heights. The package includes a deluxe room, $30 gift certificate to Grimaldi’s Pizza, $20 credit at The Bar and a food basket with local goodies. Rates start at $279 per night using the code D60, with a seven-day advance booking required. Valid through December 31st, 2015.
Chicago Lakefront Offer
The Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel’s Kids Kamping Package is a winner. It includes a room with a take-home tent for the kids, breakfast for a family of four, cookies and milk, s’mores and other treats for $279 per night. This lakefront hotel has an indoor pool.
Kids Sail Free in Patagonia
If you’ve dreamed of visiting Patagonia, now is the time to take the kids to the tip of South America. Australis is offering a "Kids Sail Free" promotion. Throughout December 2015, one child 17 or younger travels free of charge per paying adult. Book your cruise by October 31, 2015 to participate in this remarkable experience.
Fairmont Mayakoba in Mexico
This exceptional hotel offers families a luxury vacation on the Riviera Maya. Visit now until December 19, pay for two nights and get the third night free. Rooms start at $340 per night. Kids up to age seventeen stay free in-room with their parents. Non-motorized watersports, a bird-watching boat tour, bikes, Wi-Fi, breakfast for two adults and two kids (up to age five) are included. Discounted children’s meals and complimentary access to the Discovery Club are also included in the room rate.
Fly Business Class from Newark to London or Paris
There’s no denying the advantages of flying business class on transatlantic flights, but the cost usually makes it prohibitive. Enter La Compagnie, an all-business class French airline. The airline is offering round-trip ticket to either destination for $1,500. The price drops to $2,500 for two people traveling on the same itinerary, for a low $1,250 per person. You must book by September 30 for flights through December 15, 2015.
Save 20% on small-group tours in Europe
City Wonders specializes in expertly led tours in the UK, France and Italy. These intimate tours are for travel enthusiasts with inquisitive minds, a great choice for families with older children. You’ll get the in-depth, behind-the-scenes insights of local guides, all fluent in English. Save 20% on select tours through September. What kid wouldn’t enjoy the Oxford Day Tour with Harry Potter Movie Locations? The discount is automatically applied without a promo code.