Great deals for your family spring getaway
By Sonia Esther Soltani
Family at WaterColor Inn & Resort in Florida (Courtesy WaterColor Inn & Resort)
Depending on your kids’ age and interests, Spring Break vacations will be focused on entertainment, outdoors, education activities, or a clever mix of all of the above to ensure a fun-packed family holiday. Whatever the theme or location of your family getaway you’ll be looking for great kid-friendly accommodation, fun and easily accessible attractions, and the best possible price. Here are some ideas across the US to help you plan your Spring Break with the kids.
Sonoma County, California
Sonoma, California (Flickr: Cullen328)
What about heading to the Pacific coast’s beautiful Sonoma County this Spring Break with its 50 regional and state parks, rivers, and forests? Families that like outdoors adventures will be spoiled for choice, but there’s also many cultural attractions worth considering such as the Train Town for rail enthusiasts, Charles M. Schulz Museum for cartoon lovers, or Mrs. Grossman’s Sticker Factory. Thanks to a great offer from TravelZoo, you can save up to 50% on accommodation with a wide range of charming family-friendly hotels available. Book by March 16, 2015.
The Broadmoor, Colorado
The Broadmoor in Colorado (Courtesy The Broadmoor)
Offering a spectacular location near the southern edge of the Rockies, this Colorado Springs resort is a luxurious property has a rich year-round program of activities for families including biking, horseback riding, swimming, junior tennis camps and much more. Its Spring Break Getaway package is available from $110 per adult and enables guests to benefit from a 20% discount on golf green fee, a kids-under-10-eat-free offer, as well as a discount on the adult ticket price at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and 25% discount off of published suite rates. The deal is available from March 1 to April 30, 2015.
Scottsdale Resort & Conference Center, Arizona
Scottsdale Resort & Conference Center (Courtesy Scottsdale Resort)
A great base to explore family-friendly attractions such as the McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park with its fun rides and great train exhibitions, the Arizona Science Center and fascinating displays, and the wonderful Phoenix Zoo, the resort has a few deals to make Spring Break planning easier. On certain dates you can stay two nights and get the third one free with $50 resort credit for food and beverage and $25 spa credit included in the package. And to chill out in between educational activities, guests can make the most of the resort’s pools, tennis courts and golf course. Plus kids (8 and younger) eat for free at the Vista Verde breakfast and lunch buffets, as well as the Sunday Brunch. The offer is available through April 1, 2015 with rates starting from $249.
Hiltons of Chicago, Illinois
The Conrad Chicago (Courtesy Conrad Chicago)
The Conrad Chicago, Hilton Chicago, and Palmer House Hilton are running a range of special offers coinciding with Spring Break to help families relax in the Windy City. Kid-friendly activities on offer include ice skating at Millennium park, shopping at North Bridge and foodie experiences, all with a discount. Gourmet-loving families will particularly enjoy the kids’ afternoon tea at the Lockwood Restaurant at the Palmer House Hilton, the chocolate chip cookies at Hilton Chicago’s Kitty O’ Sheas, and artisan pastries at Conrad Chicago’s Rush Street Bakery. Adventurous families will certainly be intrigued – and tempted – by the chocolate Thai chili doughnuts there too. The offer is available through April 25, 2015.
(MORE: Find more family-friendly Spring Break deals and ideas.)
WaterColor Vacation Homes, Florida
Enjoying a remarkable location by the Florida Gulf, this resort comprises eight neighborhood districts and homes ranging in size from one to six bedrooms making it an ideal family getaway. Kid-friendly activities include a Kids’ Camp, cycling, kayaking, canoeing, and boating. There’s also wonderful surroundings of sand dunes, lakes and forests to go on family outings. Thanks to the WaterColor Vacation Homes’ Spring Break Savings deal, you can receive from $200 resort credit on one- and two-bedroom homes up to $400 resort credit on five- to six-bedroom homes. The offer is available on certain dates for five-night minimum stay and must be booked by Feb. 28, 2015.