Spring break and summer vacation deals have stormed in like a March blizzard, and there are big discounts to be had for family travel.
Awesome water parks like Atlantis, the new Nickelodeon resort in Punta Cana, and Beaches Turks & Caicos are slashing prices on trips booked in March. Plus resorts in Orlando, Punta Cana, Vegas, and Hawaii are a few more bargain options on tap for early spring. If you prefer your water fun indoors, all Great Wolf Lodge properties are promoting legitimate spring savings. We even threw in a few East Coast spring ski resort bargains.
Read on for our roundup of family getaway deals, but act fast; these offers will be gone faster than a melting snowman on a hot spring day.
Do you dare to walk through the shark tunnel at Atlantis?
Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas
Atlantis offers families a wrap-around aquatic experience. It features the world's largest open-air marine habitat, the Aquaventure water park, including the iconic Mayan Temple's Leap of Faith slide, 11 unique pools and perfect stretch of sandy beach. Though it’s not thought of as a culinary destination, the food options are plentiful, with nearly two-dozen restaurants. Atlantis provides a multitude of accommodations, including the iconic Royal Towers and the stylish Cove Atlantis. Save up to 20 percent and receive a $150 resort credit when you book by March 31.
Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace
The newly renovated Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace is just minutes away from Walt Disney World. Kids will love the massive recreation area with a lazy river, cabanas with board games and a lap pool. The resort features a Sunday Disney Character Brunch at the alphabet-themed restaurant, a retro-themed candy shop, stargazing lessons with glow-in-the-dark mocktail and a firework show. Rates start at $169 per room, per night.
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Bahia Principe has two castles amidst a central pool area.
Bahia Principe Fantasia Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
The Luxury Bahia Principe Fantasia Don Pablo Collection cuts a dashing figure in the world of generic all-inclusive resorts. This energetic seaside beauty presents out-of-this-world entertainment that’s a nonstop sensory treat. The giant castle in the middle of the main pool is where the nightly light show dazzles with bling. Circus performers stroll the grounds juggling and performing acrobatic feats, while opera singers serenade as you dine at the Italian-themed restaurant. There’s a splash-happy water park but if you prefer swimming the old-fashioned way, this swath of beach is glorious. Service is top-notch. March rates start at $186, April rates start at $150 and May rates tumble to $119 per person, per night. Kids get a 50% discount.
Beaches Turks & Caicos
Dive into an unforgettable family vacation at Beaches Turks & Caicos. A 45,000-square-foot waterpark and one of the Caribbean’s best beaches with calm turquoise waters means blissful hours of fun. The Pirates Island Waterpark is a fantasy filled with gigantic waterslides, kid-friendly pools and swim-up soda bars. There are also water cannons, whirlpools and lazy river journeys as well as the Caribbean's only surf simulator. It’s an all-inclusive resort, so the pricing is clear from the get-go. Save up to 65 percent on bookings in March.
Grand Wailea has thrilling water features as well as serene spots.
Grand Wailea Resort Hotel and Spa, Maui
Paradise is waiting at the Grand Wailea, a stunning beachfront resort featuring 9 sparkling pools. The highlights of Maui's Grand Wailea resort’s elaborate pool complex include four water slides, whitewater rapids, caves, a lazy river pool, rope swings, and a water elevator inside a man-made volcano. Linger longer in paradise with your 5th night free through June 30, 2017.
Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas
Las Vegas has morphed into a family destination. Hotels like Mandalay Bay offer a fun-filled aquatic playground for all ages. Voted by Trip Advisor as one of the best pools in the U.S., Mandalay Bay's aquatic fantasy includes 2,700 tons of real sand, a 1.6 million gallon wave pool and 100 rentable cabanas, day beds, bungalows and personalized villas. Rates start at $115 per night when you book in March 2017.
Hilton West Palm Beach, Florida
The Family Fun Package at the Hilton West Palm Beach includes a floatation menu with a variety exotic pool floats, including a large purple unicorn or a swan for two. Dry off with glow-in-the-dark lawn games including bocce ball, bag toss and corn toss. At night, enjoy a movie by the pool. Breakfast is included and rates start at $179 per night.
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Nick fans will be in heaven at Aqua Nick.
Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
The Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana is a big new beachfront resort that offers an over-the-top water experience. With water slides, splash pads, spray grounds and a lazy river, Aqua Nick is the place to get wet and wild. Hit the mark with a water cannon, join a Mass Sliming or meet poolside for a Slime Time photo opportunity. The upscale rooms and all-inclusive dining options elevate the experience. Book Sun, Slime & Savings by March 31 for up to 50 percent off plus up to two kids age 3-12 are free when sharing a room with two adults. Rates start at $220 per person, per night.
Great Wolf Lodge
At Great Wolf Lodge, North America’s largest family of indoor water park resorts, get set for savings with the Spring-a-Palooza celebration at all 14 properties. Families enjoy complimentary favorites such as yoga for kids and nightly story time, with new activities including lemonade & blanket picnics, scavenger hunts, bubble dance parties, vibrant flowers gardens, and more. Starting at $129 to $199, depending on location.
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Ocean Oasis sits right on the beach in Wildwood.
Morey’s Piers and Water Parks, Wildwood, New Jersey
Morey’s Piers, a venerable seaside amusement park in New Jersey, will launch its annual spring sale on March 24. The signature Wild Pass offers unlimited summer fun for $330, a savings of $165 off the regular price. For the 2017 season, the Wild Pass includes one ride wristband per day valid for rides on all three piers, and new this year, all day access to both beachfront water parks - Ocean Oasis Water Park and Beach Club and Raging Waters Water Park. Additional deals include 10 individual all day water park passes for $280, a savings of $170. Online orders start on March 24 through April 21 and can be purchased by visiting www.moreyspiers.com. Starting April 1, purchases can be made by phone at 1-866-MOREYS1 (phone lines open daily from 8:00am to 8:00pm), or in-person at Mariner’s Guest Services, located at Schellenger Avenue and the Boardwalk, Wildwood, daily from 11:00am to 4:00pm.
Ski Sundown, New Hartford, Connecticut
Whether you are an advanced, intermediate or beginner skier or snowboarder Sundown has terrain to suit your family’s ability level. They offer day and night skiing in a beautiful mountain setting, on 70 skiable acres with 15 trails. Book a room at nearby Avon Old Farms Hotel for only $129 per night including continental breakfast, parking and 24-hour fitness center.
Mount Southington, Southington, Connecticut
Mount Southington offers a full range of terrain for beginners to experts. Four chairlifts, two carpets and a handle-tow provide easy access to a variety of trails, including a terrain park with challenging features. State-of-the-art snowmaking and grooming make every run a great run. The Residence Inn Southington’s Ski Mount Southington Package includes a room, two or four lift tickets at Mount Southington and complimentary breakfast buffet starting at $219 per night. Valid through March 31 with code SKI.
Top photo: Take a Leap of Faith at Atlantis' water slides. Photos courtesy of the resorts.