The travel industry calls May and June the shoulder season. Kids are still in school and many resorts are operating at a low capacity. If you can plan to get away, crowds are thin, prices low. Choose a Disney or Universal getaway to Orlando. East Coast families can find deals in Delaware, Washington, D.C., New Hampshire and Hershey, PA. If Mother Nature is on the program, Estes Park, Colorado is a beautiful spot with fabulous deals. If you crave sun, the Waikiki Parc Hotel and the Fontainebleau in Miami Beach are just the ticket for a glorious family vacation.
Allison Tibaldi - Writer
Allison is a native New Yorker who's been lucky enough to have lived in Italy, Australia and Canada. She is fluent in Italian and Spanish, and
believes that language is a key to understanding other cultures. She frequently contributes travel pieces to Family Travel Forum, using her own children as guinea pigs as they journey around the globe. She's also a senior writer at offManhattan.com, contributing car-free vacation ideas. Her background as an Early Childhood Educator gives her an added understanding of what it takes to travel with kids in tow, and she firmly believes that the most important part of education takes place outside of the classroom on the road. Her love for travel goes hand-in-hand with her love for food and wine.
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Goodbye polar vortex, hello daffodils. Spring really is on its way, bringing warmer breezes and school break. If you are planning a vacation, there are good deals on family getaways to Boston, Washington, D.C., Saugerties in the Hudson Valley, Dallas, Virginia and Charleston. More exotic locales such as Playa Mita, Mexico and Costa Rica are also on sale. If you’re a fan of the films Frozen or Rocky , try your luck and enter a sweepstakes to win an escorted Adventures By Disney trip to Norway or a trip to Philadelphia.
My family and I recently spent a great afternoon at the Silverball Museum Arcade. Located on the Boardwalk in Asbury Park, New Jersey, it is home to 200 pinball machines and arcade games. No problem if you or your kid becomes addicted to the flashing lights and the sound of the ricocheting metal ball, because unlimited play is included with your admission. No quarters are needed at this hands-on museum. You can try as many of the machines as you like, as many times as you like.
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.
We’ve kissed the holiday season goodbye. Whether you stayed home and are craving a getaway, or need a vacation from your vacation, the dark days of January present some bright family vacation ideas. If your family skis, there are discounts that make this expensive sport more affordable. New York State has some particularly attractive ski discounts, so this could be the year to give skiing a whirl. Virginia may not seem like a ski destination, but The Homestead in Hot Springs has a cut-rate family ski package. If an urban getaway better suits your family, Washington, D.C. has some steeply discounted rates and dozens of free activities. Go farther north and spend a few budget-friendly days in Montreal for a soupçon of Gallic flair. If you’ve already had it up to here with the cold and snow, warm weather destinations in Florida and Royal Caribbean cruise itineraries are on sale. If luck is on your side, you might just win a free trip to Disney for your family of four.
Ever since my kids saw the stop-motion animated film Chicken Run set in a very tightly-run chicken coop, they’ve been obsessed with factory tours. The precision and organization of a factory assembly line is fun to watch and, despite the repetition, doesn't get tedious (unless you happen to work there). Going behind the scenes and seeing how products are made is always interesting, though I admit my family is partial to food factory tours that culminate in sampling the finished product.
Here is a list of six sweet (and salty) food factory tours that are fun and educational for kids, all located in the Northeast. Some are easy day trips from the tri-state area. Others require a weekend and make great destinations for any upcoming school breaks.
It seems like only yesterday I was complaining about the heat and humidity, but cold weather and the holiday season are fast approaching. There are deals to be had in diverse locations, like South Carolina, Williamsburg, Orlando, NYC and Portsmouth, NH. If you are thinking internationally, there is a low-priced airfare special to Mexico City, non-stop from New York City. If a romantic vacation without kids is in your future, consider the Aruba Marriott Resort's “Cupid on Call” program.
October, with Columbus Day Weekend and Halloween, is a classic time for East Coast families to get out and enjoy the changing colors. Deals are plentiful in favorite fall getaway locations like Vermont, Saratoga, Hershey PA, Maryland’s Eastern Shore, Plymouth and Boston MA and Philadelphia. Farther afield, the Rocky Mountains of Colorado and the beaches of Hawaii beckon with bargains. If you are craving Caribbean paradise, try your luck by entering a Facebook contest to win a vacation for four to Paradise Island, Bahamas. Here are some great deals for fall family vacations.