UPDATED JANUARY 2019 It's a New Year and that means it's time to plan your family's upcoming vacation if you haven't already done so yet. We've put together some of the top family vacation destinations for 2015 to help you get inspired:
Why: Next year marks two of Disney’s biggest events to date. First is the all-new Frozen Fun at Disney California Adventure Park. Guests will have new experiences including special meet-n-greets, a sing-along with live appearances from beloved Frozen characters, a family friendly night party, Olaf’s snow fest and tons more! Then, beginning sometime in late May/early June, Disneyland will be kicking off their Diamond Celebration to commemorate their 60th Anniversary. The details have been kept pretty quiet so far, but announcements are coming soon and the surprises are sure to be BIG.
Deals: Adults at Kids’ Prices during non-peak travel times and 3rd or 4th night free specials at Anaheim area hotels throughout the year. Or, travel select dates January – March and you can save up to 25% at the Disneyland Resort Hotels.
LEGOLAND and San Diego
Why: LEGOLAND California is quickly becoming one of the hottest destinations for young families. It caters to the 2-10 year old crowd and just keeps getting bigger and better. Within the last two years they’ve added a LEGOLAND Hotel (which is full of surprises) and expanded their water park area. Since LEGOLAND is in Carlsbad, just north of San Diego, the water park season begins as early as March and stays open as late as October! San Diego is always a popular choice with over 70 miles of beaches and world class attractions like the San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld San Diego and the Safari Park.
Deals: Watch for 3rd, 4th or 5th night free specials at some of our most popular San Diego hotels. Remember to book early for the best availability. Get up to 7 days admission for the price of one at SeaWorld San Diego. Also, you can get a 2nd day free at the LEGOLAND Resort.
Why: Cruises are always popular choices for families because everything is included and so easily accessible. They’re especially popular with larger families who can explore on their own during the day, then have the family meals planned together each night. It’s a great way to see a number of destinations with the convenience of only unpacking once.
Deals: Deals change all the time, but we always keep our eyes out for sales and special offers. Some of our favorites include MSC Cruises where kids 11 and under always sail free, Princess Cruise Line which recently released some incredibly low fares on their newest ship, Disney Cruise Line which offers an experience like no other and Royal Caribbean which has some of the most diverse amenities offered at sea. Right now Royal Caribbean is offering 50% off the 2nd guest, plus up to $200 spending money on select cruises when you book by January 31, 2015. Our agents always know the best deals, so call them at 877-510-2929.
Why: Travel to Mexico kind of tapered off a few years ago, but it is back in full force. Cancun, Puerto Vallarta, Riviera Maya and Cabo San Lucas have all made major strides to attract families with new resorts. Combine that with gorgeous beaches and numerous activities like zip-lining through the jungle, swimming with dolphins, exploring ancient ruins and golfing.
Deals: The best way to save in Mexico is by choosing an all-inclusive resort. So many all-inclusive resorts have kids stay free programs, which is an added bonus. Airfare has been really affordable lately, and when you package it with the hotel deal, it can save you even more. Our Mexico packages have been up to 50% off last year and this year is already trending the same way.
Why: It’s no surprise or question why Hawaii continually makes our top destination list. It is gorgeous and one of the most relaxing places on the planet. Each island offers its own natural beauty and the Aloha spirit. Oahu and Maui tend to be the most popular islands for families.
Deals: Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, which just completed a major expansion, is offering a 4th night free with free breakfast daily and kids stay free! Guests staying longer than 5 nights can save up to 30% on their rooms. Airfare has also been in the $400-$500 range from SLC, making it more affordable for families to take the whole crew.
Why: You get a big city experience with less travel time from the West and lower prices than many other big cities. There is so much to do for families from playing in Lake Michigan (depending on the time of year you go) to visiting Millennium Park to exploring the Chicago Children’s museum, Shedd Aquarium, Art Institute of Chicago, or Navy Pier to cheering on the Cubs or White Sox. The list goes on and on.
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Deals: Frontier starting offering non-stop service between SLC and Chicago, so airfare that used to be around $400/person can be found for as low as $200 roundtrip. Our agents can help you watch for hotel specials, especially at family friendly chains like the Homewood Suites. Use public transportation, which gets you everywhere you need to go without dealing with traffic and parking fees.
No matter which of our top family vacation destinations for 2015 you choose, we'd love to help make your vacation dreams come true! Book online or call our vacation experts at 855-GET-AWAY. Be sure to ask about our Layaway Lock-in plan that allows you to hold your vacation for as low as $175 down.
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