Spring is nearly here, and family vacation discounts are blooming. Jet Blue is flying kids to Disneyland and Walt Disney World for free. It is not too late to ski in the Catskills, catch spring training in Arizona, see the cherry blossoms in Washington, D.C. or head to the beach in Cape May. If your family enjoys train rides, the Downeaster is free for kids on Sundays, and will take you on a scenic journey from Boston to Maine. If you are seeking warm weather, Bermuda, Riviera Nayarit in Mexico and Naples, Florida are a few destinations that are offering good deals. If you have luck on your side, you might win a trip for two to Peru.
Kids Flay and Stay Free at Disneyland and Walt Disney World
Kids age 2-11 fly free from select cities when you book a Jet Blue Getaways vacation to visit the Magic Kingdom. These packages include accommodations at Disney Resorts and children stay free, maximum 2 adults and 2 children per room. Each child needs to fly with a fare-paying adult and you must book by March 4 for travel from April15-May 31, 2013. The Getaways vacation to Orlando must be at least 5 nights and at least 3 nights if you’re going to the Disneyland theme park. There are some blackout dates and restrictions. For more information on booking this deal to Walt Disney World, click here. For Disneyland, click here.
You can get to this island nation in just under two hours from many East Coast cities. Its pink sand beaches, snorkeling, fishing, golf and tennis options make it a terrific choice for a family getaway. The Bermuda Department of Tourism is offering a Free Night Offer at over a dozen properties. Some properties require you to stay for five nights, but many only require a three night stay for you to snag a fourth night free. You need to book by March 15 and the deal is valid until March 31, 2013.
Riviera Nayarit, Mexico
The all-inclusive luxury resort Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit is located 15 minutes north of Puerto Vallarta on Banderas Bay. For stays through April 30, adults can save 20%, children under 12 stay for free, while teens ages 13 to 16 get a 50% discount. The promotion also includes kids’ club activities, 10% off purchases at the resort boutique and a $50 credit to be used toward golf or spa treatments. The all-inclusive rate starts at $281 per adult per night, based on double occupancy. The rate includes suite accommodations, gourmet meals, premium branded beverages, 24-hour in-suite service, fitness center and taxes and gratuities. For more information and reservations, visit the resort’s website or call 1-888-323-4294.
Spring means Washington D.C. is awash with the color of cherry blossoms. Admirers of these iconic pink blooms can book the Cherry Blossom Getaway at The Liaison Capitol Hill, an Affinia Hotel. The Cherry Blossom Getaway is available for travel March 21 – April 14 starting at $189 per night, perfect timing if you’re looking for a school break getaway. The rate includes a newly renovated guestroom, a commemorative Cherry Blossom branch, a seasonal picnic full of goodies including a fruit and cheese plate and homemade chocolate and cherry cookies, plus two Metro passes. For more information and to book click here or call 1-866-246-2203 and mention promo code CHER13
You may have to wait until April for baseball season, but March is a great time for fans to get the ball rolling at spring training. 15 teams – including the World Champion San Francisco Giants – train in the Phoenix area. Ticket prices are are reasonable and the informal atmosphere is a welcome change from the regular season’s mega stadiums. The recently renovated Fairmont Scottsdale Princess hotel is only a short ride away from Scottsdale Stadium via the complimentary Scottsdale Trolley. When not taking in a game, families can savor the 80-degree temperatures at one of Fairmont Scottsdale Princess’ five pools, enjoy a round of golf or get pampered at the resort’s spa. The Sip, Savor & Celebrate package is available through April 30. The package offers luxurious accommodations and a $100 daily resort credit. Rates begin at $409 plus tax per room, per night. For reservations call 800-908-9538 or click here and us the rate code: PSSC.
Amtrak Downeaster Train
Boston families looking for a car-free day or weekend trip should consider riding the Downeaster from Boston’s North Station to Maine. The train goes all the way to Brunswick, but it makes 9 stops along the way, including Freeport, home to the iconic L.L. Bean store. If you ride the rails on Sundays, up to two children under age 16 travel free with each adult. Use promo code v581 and book at least three days in advance, valid until June 30, 2013.
Ski the Catskills
New York’s Catskill Mountains ski areas received a welcome windfall of powder this season, so many resorts expect to be open into April. Though it is only a few hours from New York City, recreational possibilities and gorgeous scenery abound. The Andes Motel in Andes is just down the road from Plattekill, a family-owned ski area. This clean but basic motel is offering a buy one night get the second night free lodging special until April 15 for late season skiers or snowboarders. They also offer lift ticket discounts, with free skiing for kids under 18 at Plattekill and a 15% discount a Belleayre.
Naples, Florida is almost guaranteed to be a sunny spring break destination. The Double Tree Suites is offering a Bed and Breakfast package that includes a comfortable room and full daily breakfast for up to four guests, starting at $109 per night, based on availability. Use code DDL when booking, valid until December 31, 2013.
Cape May, New Jersey
Congress Hall in Cape May, New Jersey has some special spring break programming with families in mind. Cooking classes, scavenger hunts and lots of other kid-friendly activities are scheduled for March and April. As part of the Spring Fever package, Kids twelve and under eat free at the hotel restaurant, the Blue Pig Tavern and stay free in their parent’s room from March 1-April 30. Rates start at $115 nightly, plus tax.
Win a Trip to Peru
The Pass on the Gift in Peru Sweepstakes is open for entries until March 12. The non-profit Heifer International and Garnet Hill are sponsoring the grand prize, an all-inclusive trip for two to the ancient Incan Empire capital of Cuzco. The winners will experience the vibrant local culture and have an opportunity to participate in Heifer’s local alpaca project in the Andean region near Cuzco, an initiative designed to end poverty in the region and foster sustainable development. To enter, go to the Garnet Hill website every Wednesday.