Family & Theme Park Vacations
Deluxe Orlando Disney Packages w/Air
Pick from stays at Disney's Pop Century Resort, Sheraton Vistana, Renaissance and moreExpires: 09-29-2016JetBlue Getaways
HIlton Orlando Sale - 24 Hotels/Resorts Discounted
All in great locations including at entrance to Universal Studios and Disney WorldExpires: 11-16-2016Hilton
Top-Rated Atlantis Resort up to 50% OFF
Up to $150 in resort credit + FREE Shallow Water Dolphin InteractExpires: 11-16-2016Priceline
4-Star Vegas Getaway w/Air
Includes stays at Rennassaince, Bellagio, and VenetianExpires: 10-13-2016JetBlue Getaways
4-Day Disney Park Hopper Ticket Deals
Includes admission to Disneyland and California Adventure ParkExpires: 10-26-2016Travelocity
Atlantis Summer Sale + $450 Resort Credit
Rates at 50% OFF, discounts on dining, golf, activities and moreExpires: 11-18-2016Atlantis Paradise Island Resort
3- & 4-Star Hotels for $99 or Less
Pick from Chicago, San Antonio, Atlanta, moreExpires: 10-19-2016Hotels.com
Expedia Activities & Tours up to 75% OFF
London Pass, Legoland, balloon rides, safari park, Grand Canyon tour, moreExpires: 10-21-2016Expedia
Myrtle Beach Summer Hotel Deals
Rates at 10-50% OFF during the peak travel seasonExpires: 11-23-2016Hotels.com
Costa Rica 8-Nt. Package w/Air & Hotel
Once-in-a-lifetime pacakge to San Jose, Arenal Volcano, Monteverde Cloud Forest, and the Guanacaste beachesExpires: 09-30-2016TripMasters.com
Disney World Autumn Sale (Per Nt)
Save up to 30% on select family resorts and stay in the middle of the actionExpires: 11-18-2016Priceline.com
Family Vacation Package Deals
Hunting down the right deals is important when you're planning a major vacation for your family, and the right strategies will help you snag a package that everyone can enjoy.
Seasonality is a major factor when you're booking a vacation package. Peak seasons for family destinations coincide with school vacations. During spring break, summer, and the winter holidays, you'll see a major increase in travel prices. However, you may also find some great package deals in these seasons, as family destinations strive to outdo one another with their offers. Comparison shopping is crucial if you're planning to travel during peak tourism seasons. Scour the available offers carefully and read the fine print to make sure you're getting the best deal. If you're booking a family vacation package outside the traditional travel seasons, you'll enjoy lower prices nearly anywhere you go, but your options for comprehensive packages might be a little slimmer.
Know Your Agenda
Consider your family's agenda carefully when you're picking a vacation package. Are you interested in getting admission to as many theme parks as possible? Do you prefer educational destinations like local museums? Perhaps you're most interested in cultural highlights such as art museums, theaters, and concert halls. Knowing what you're after will help you uncover package deals with the right highlights. Many packages offer discounted admission to three or four destinations in a similar vein. Local zoos, aquariums, and botanical gardens often band together and offer combined passes for a fraction of what you'll pay for separate tickets. Make sure you have a wish list of destinations in hand, so you can pinpoint the package that will get you affordable entry into the right places.
Explore Alternative Destinations
If you're struggling with the high cost of a family vacation to a major destination like Orlando, you may want to think beyond the popular picks and explore some lesser-known locations. Instead of going to a major theme park like Walt Disney World, consider spending a day at a smaller destination like Six Flags St. Louis and adding other family friendly attractions to the mix, like the St. Louis Science Center and St. Louis Zoo. You don't always have to go far to find cheap alternative destinations. Swap out popular Floridian beaches like Cocoa Beach, Clearwater, or Miami for hidden gems like Jupiter, Vero Beach, or Caladesi Island where you can enjoy the same soft sands and sparkling water with fewer crowds and lower prices.