Great deals, free food
By Suzanne Rowan Kelleher
Turns out, there is such a thing as a free lunch. If you play your cards right and choose the right package, you can score dining credits, free kids meals or even complimentary dining for the whole family.
Where: Orlando, Florida
Why: Because Disney Worldâs wildly popular free dining plan is back on the table for fall getaways. Book a six-night Magic Your Way package including hotel and park tickets and youâll get a free dining plan for everyone in your family. Book by Aug. 8 for stays Aug. 31-Dec. 23, with blackout dates.
Where: Williamsburg, Virginia
Why: Because the Revolutionary City makes for a fabulously fun and educational getaway any time of year. Book three nights at the Williamsburg Lodge with the Kids Stay, Play, and Eat Free offer. Children ages 12 and under stay free, get free admission to Colonial Williamsburg, can play free golf and tennis and eat breakfast and dinner for free with paying adults. Available for stays June 13-Aug. 28, 2014.
(MORE: Find kid-friendly attractions in Williamsburg.)
Where: New Paltz, New York
Why: Because this all-inclusive castle resort in New Yorkâs Hudson Valley was named one of Americaâs best family resorts by both USA Today and Travel + Leisure magazine. Come for a midweek stay in July and kids ages 12 and under stay and eat free. They offer a myriad recreational pursuits include swimming, tennis, disc golf, rock climbing, mountain biking, lawn games, outdoor movies and a raft of scheduled kid-centric activities. The offer is not available over the July 4th holiday.
Ohio State Park Lodges
Where: 5 Lodges in Ohio
Why: Because Ohioâs state park lodges are both resort-like and extremely affordable, and this special offer makes a getaway downright irresistible. Book the Ultimate Summer Surprise package and snag 20-percent savings on your lodge accommodations, a daily $50 restaurant credit, plusâhereâs the surpriseâa scratch card for a chance to win a prize ranging from a t-shirt to a free nightâs stay. Use promo code OHSURPRISE.
(MORE: Visit the Cuyahoga National Park in Ohio.)
Where: Fort Myers, Florida
Why: Because this kid-friendly resort on Floridaâs west coast offers a raft of fun family activities. Book a summer stay with the Suntastic Savings offer and get a $25 daily resort credit plus kids 12 and under eat free. Book by June 10 for travel through Sept. 30, 2014. Use promo code SUM.
Suzanne Rowan Kelleher contributed this to www.MiniTime.com.