The school year is coming to an end, and prime summer vacation season is about to get under way. If you still haven’t planned your escape, no problem. We have you covered. We’ve found bona fide deals at classic East Coast summer resorts like Mohonk in Hudson Valley and Woodloch in the Poconos, plus savings at Disney, in the Caribbean, Southern California and a low-key Hamptons spot. The catch? Some of these deals are good for travel just for June. So get booking!
Read on for 11 money-saving deals on family travel going on now at some of our favorite family resorts and destinations.
Disney Springs — Orlando, Florida
The Holiday Inn Orlando-Disney Springs is offering substantial savings this June. Pay just $99 for a room with no costly additional resort fee. Kids 12 and under eat free when their parents purchase a meal at the onsite restaurant. Shuttle service to the theme parks, Internet and more are included in the rate. There is a three-night minimum stay.
Kick back at Baron's Cove, a low-key Sag Harbor boutique resort in the Hamptons. Photo courtesy of the resort.
Baron’s Cove — Hamptons
A hassle-free (and potentially car-free if you ride the Hampton Jitney) Long Island getaway is a breeze when you head to this Sag Harbor boutique resort. The Go Fly A Kite package includes a spacious room, breakfast for the family, complimentary beach shuttle, sun umbrella, towels, beach chairs and a tote bag filled with kid-perfect goodies, all included in the rate. The package starts at $331 per night.
Woodloch — Poconos
This family-owned all-inclusive lakeside resort presents a mind-boggling array of entertaining activities that will have the kids begging to stay at Woodloch longer. It has several discounts available in June, including the Best Value Midweek on June 6-10, starting at $169 per adult per night. Kids under 12 free.
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Swimming at the Lake at Mohonk Mountain House is just one of this Hudson Valley resort's perks. Photo by Jim Smith Photography/courtesy of Mohonk.
Mohonk Mountain House — New Paltz, New York
Located only 90 miles from NYC, Mohonk is an iconic Hudson Valley Grande Dame that is a favorite with New York families looking for a retreat within easy reach. Miles of hiking and biking trails, watersports on the lake, excellent programs for children and teens plus a top-notch spa are just some of the many perks. This summer kids under 12 stay and eat free from June 26-30 and on July 5-28.
Omni Berkshire Place — New York City
Located in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, the Omni Berkshire Place provides quick access to Big Apple staples like Rockefeller Center, Central Park and Broadway theaters. The All Access Package includes a comfortable room, breakfast buffet, a $50 gift card and your choice of tickets to top attractions such as MOMA and the Empire State Building. Rates start at $369 per night.
Skytop Lodge — Poconos
This traditional family resort is nestled amidst pastoral mountain scenery. No one will be bored with so many land and lake activities available for all ages. It’s a popular choice for a family reunion or multigenerational getaway, with many families returning year after year. In honor of Skytop’s 88th birthday, the June rate of $188 per night for a room and bountiful breakfast is a steal.
A SoCal family adventure is easy on the wallet at the Cape Rey Carlsbad, A Hilton Resort. The oceanfront property is enticing families with fun programming such as the Junior Beach Ranger program. This 45-minute ranger-led program teaches visitors about marine life, ecology and the environment with hands-on activities. Kids and parents can frolic in the ocean-view pool that includes a zero-entry, kid-friendly design. Games, activities and crafts keep youngsters busy while adults relax by the pool. The Family Beach Package includes overnight accommodations, breakfast for four (two adults and two kids), plus 15% off dining, spa, and tickets to local theme parks and attractions, starting at $224 per night.
If you want to visit Legoland, consider the Legoland California Package at the Hilton Garden Inn Carlsbad Beach. The deal includes deluxe accommodations, complimentary breakfast, Legoland California tickets for two adults and two children, and shuttle rides to and from the theme park, starting at $286 per family.
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The Grand Canyon Railway snakes through the western mountains. Photo courtesy of Grand Central Railway.
The Grand Canyon Railway
Celebrate the 100th anniversary of our National Park Service by visiting the Grand Canyon in 2016. Children ages 2-15 will ride the Grand Canyon Railway for free with a special two-night package through Labor Day. Kids get a free round-trip ticket in Pullman class with a paying adult. You’ll ride from Williams, Arizona, to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon and back. Two full breakfasts and dinners are included. This is a limited-time offer based on availability.
Caribbean and International Destinations
Summer Solstice Savings
Nineteen hotels around the globe will offer deep discounts for one day only: June 20. Expect to save between 35% -50% off nightly room rates. Hotels in Europe, North America, the Caribbean and Latin America are participating in the Summer Solstice sale. You’ll find excellent value at the Westin Playa Bonita in Panama for $108 or at the Circa39 in Miami Beach for $129 nightly. To view participating hotels and to book, visit www.CyberSummerTravel.com.
Clubs for kids, onsite water parks and a drop-dead gorgeous setting makes Grand Bahia Jamaica a winner. Photo courtesy of the resort.
The Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts
The Bahia Principe chain provides families with bargains at its numerous properties across the Caribbean and Mexico. Guests may take advantage of onsite water parks, children’s mini-clubs, golfing for all ages, spas with special services for kids and more. Each destination offers guided day tours, encouraging families to explore beyond the resort’s confines. In Jamaica, the Grand Bahia Principe Jamaica rate starts at $105 per night with up to two kids free. At its numerous Dominican Republic resorts, nightly rates start at just $67 with up to two kids free. You need to book before June 30 for travel valid until October 31, 2016.
Top image: The beach at the lake at Mohonk. Photo by Jim Smith Photography/courtesy of Mohonk.