Best deals for your Labor Day weekend family getaway
By Suzanne Rowan Kelleher
Wrap up the summer with chairlift rides at Crystal Mountain Resort. (Crystal Mountain Resort)
Still haven’t made plans for Labor Day weekend? It’s still not too late to find a fantastic family-friendly package for the long holiday weekend. Pick one of these getaways — or choose one of these others — and your summer is sure to end with a bang and not a whimper:
Tanque Verde Ranch (Tucson, Arizona)
Experience ranch life in Tanque Verde Ranch. (Tanque Verde Ranch)
This highly regarded and kid-friendly dude ranch near Tucson offers all-inclusive pricing and tons of ways for families to have fun in and out of the saddle, including a kids’ program for ages 4 to 11, BBQ cookouts, fishing, guided hikes, mountain biking, and more. Book two nights and get your third night free over Labor Day weekend or anytime through the end of September.
(MORE: Find kid-friendly attractions near the Tanque Verde Ranch.)
Sesame Place (Langhorne, Pennsylvania)
Spend the weekend with Sesame Street friends at Sesame Place. (Sesame Place)
If you’ve got preschoolers, it’s a no-brainer to spend a three-day weekend with Elmo, Cookie Monster and other favorite Sesame Street friends at the only theme park dedicated to the iconic edu-TV program. Labor Day weekend festivities will include an open-air, traditional BBQ in Big Bird’s Riverside Pavilion and a fireworks show on Sunday, accompanied by beloved tunes from Sesame Street, of course.
Paradise Point Resort (San Diego, California)
Have an end-of-summer Labor Day fling at the plush Paradise Point. (Paradise Point Resort & Spa)
An end-of-summer Labor Day fling at this plush resort on Mission Bay means dive-in movies, poolside activities, a Sunday summer concert series, nightly fireworks, and even free water-taxi service to the VIP back entrance of SeaWorld. Book the SeaWorld San Diego Adventure and save 20 percent with a package that includes park tickets, breakfast, and more.
Crystal Mountain (Thompsonville, Michigan)
This family-owned ski resort near Traverse City will wrap up the summer with chairlift rides, kite building, a standup paddleboard tour, family campfires, a pool party with hula hoop and limbo contests, a family golf scramble, and poolside movies. The resort also boasts Michigan’s only alpine slide, a water park, and an adventure zone with tubing, kayaking, and biking. Book a stay on Labor Day weekend and save 20 percent on lodging only or getaway packages.
(MORE: Take advantage of these other amazing deals before summer ends.)
Fairmont Scottsdale Princess (Scottsdale, Arizona)
Go on a family cruise-themed getaway at Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. (Fairmont)
This landlocked and luxurious desert oasis is hosting a “dreamcation” family cruise-themed getaway for the holiday weekend, complete with abundant buffets, dive-in movies, pool parties, lawn games, fireworks, and even limbo contests on the lido deck.
Suzanne Rowan Kelleher, a family travel expert, contributed this to MiniTime.