Last Minute Mid-Winter Break Travel Deals: Rocking Horse Ranch, Florida, Boston, Baltimore and More
With the February school break looming on the horizon, you may be considering a winter family getaway. East Coast families don’t have to go far to have fun, and it doesn’t have to cost a bundle. There are deals in Boston, Providence, Baltimore, Cape Cod, Vermont, upstate New York and coastal Connecticut. If you’ve had it up to here with chilly scenes of winter, we have several deals in Florida, including a contest that may just send you and your family to sunny Kissimmee for free.
Providence, Rhode Island
Providence is a manageable mid-sized city, and a fun place to explore with kids. Click here to read our picks for family fun. The Providence Marriott Downtown is offering a well-priced Presidents’ Day Weekend Package. You get a room, breakfast for two adults and up to three kids, an in-room movie, a pizza delivered to your room, parking and more, starting at $164 per room, per night.
The Westin Copley Place enjoys one of Boston’s most sought after and central locations, Back Bay. From Feb. 16-23, they are offering the February Break Family Fun Package. The rate starts at $239 per night and includes a complimentary in-room movie, kid’s eat either breakfast or lunch free daily, free Internet, free parking and more. The hotel is dog friendly, so no need to leave the pooch at home. They are also planning fun complimentary activities for young guests, such as postcard decorating and movie nights.
Baltimore is a fun mid-winter family getaway. Read about our favorite family activities in Charm City by clicking here. It has lots of special events scheduled for Black History Month, with a special emphasis on the African American experience in Maryland. From Feb.13-23, the city is offering money saving deals as part of the Absolutely Febulous promotion. Rooms are on sale at scores of hotels, including the Royal Sonesta Harbor Court, starting at $119 per night and the Embassy Suites Inner Harbor, starting at $125 nightly for a suite, buffet breakfast and cocktail hour included. Book directly with Visit Baltimore and you will receive a $25 Visa gift card for a one-night stay. It is Restaurant Week from Feb.16-23, with many eateries offering top quality menus at a deep discount. Buy One Get One Free offers at many top attractions sweeten the deal. Amtrak is offering discounted rail fares. For more information, click here.
Delamar Hotel, Southport, CT
The Maritime Aquarium Adventure Package at the Delamar Hotel is an easy mini-vacation for tri-state families. It includes a plush room for one night, tickets for a family of four to the Norwalk Maritime Aquarium including the IMAX movie, breakfast for four, a glass of champagne at check-in for the adults, a complimentary shuttle and more perks, starting at $249 per night. The Delamar hotel’s 44 modern rooms are in the heart of tree-lined Southport, a one-hour drive from NYC. To book, click here.
Why wait for summer to enjoy a coastal getaway? Ocean Edge Resort in Brewster is an excellent wintertime escape for families and it’s only a short drive from Boston or a four-hour drive from NYC. The February Vacay deal starts at $129 per family, per night. Two indoor pools, contests and activities will keep the kids busy all day. A cupcake contest, karaoke, bingo and a pirate-themed scavenger hunt are a few of the dozens of events scheduled. Parent’s can enjoy wine and chocolate tastings as well as yoga classes. The offer is available from Feb.14-22. Book online by clicking here or call 800-343-6074 and use the code February Vacay when booking.
The Sea Crest Beach Hotel in North Falmouth is offering a rate of $109 per family, per night from Feb. 16-20 and again from Feb. 23-27. The hotel has a full schedule of activities for an entire week of family fun, including adult yoga, family dance lessons, cookie decorating, a pizza party, a magic show, and a live show by Mike the Bubble Man. Ask for the February Vacation Midweek Special when booking. Visit www.seacrestbeachhotel.com or call 800-225-3110.
Lake Morey Resort, Fairlee, Vermont
Lake Morey Resort has been family owned and operated for over 100 years. They have a President’s Week deal, available from Feb. 16-20. Rates for a family of four start at $149 nightly for a classic room, up to $249 for the Avery Suite. The lake provides plenty of opportunities for ice-skating and pond hockey, plus marshmallow roasts, sleigh rides, snow shoeing and more make this a true Winter Wonderland. For more information, click here.
Rocking Horse Ranch, Highland, NY
Rocking Horse Ranch is an all-inclusive family favorite, located under two hours from NYC. Non-stop activities include novice skiing with free equipment and lessons, horse drawn sleigh rides, ice- skating on a private lake, an indoor water park and more. Three hearty meals per day are included, as is nightly entertainment. From Feb.14-22, all this Dirty Dancing-style fun costs $249 per night per adult, $89 per child per night, midweek. Stay four nights and get 50% off one night, stay five nights get one night free should sweeten the deal. For more information, click here.
Boca Raton, Florida
Maybe you are visiting the grandparents in South Florida, but you’d like a room of your own? The Wyndham Boca Raton is offering a rate of $169 per room, per night, valid from Feb 14-23. The rate includes breakfast for two, Wi-Fi and a free shuttle that will take you anywhere within a three mile radius. Use promo code 2014ATPFEB when booking online.
You won’t find the rowdy Spring Break crowd or theme park mavens in Naples. Families come here for the calm Gulf waters, powdery white sand and laid-back vibe. The Holiday Inn Express and Suites Naples Downtown-5th Avenue has a good deal for families. Book the Total Family Fun Package and get a spacious room, daily breakfast for four, a sunset cruise on the Naples Princess, tickets to the Naples Zoo, early check-in and late check-out, starting at $365 per family per night. For reservations, call 1-401-272-2400 or visit the website.
Rock Your Vacation to Kissimmee, Florida
Kissimmee is located right near Orlando and its theme parks, so it’s a sensible place to stay when you want to hit Disney World, SeaWorld, Universal Studios, Gatorland and the rest of them. Enter the Rock Your Vacation contest and you might win an all-expense paid VIP trip to Kissimmee. The winner and five guests will receive airfare, five nights in a seven-bedroom house, rental vehicle and much more. To enter, you’ll need an Instagram account to create and post an original, 15- second video demonstrating how you would “Rock Your Kissimmee Vacation”. You will need to use the hashtag #RockYourVacation. Submissions end March 16. Good luck!