The best family vacation deals

The gift of travel, especially now, could be the perfect way to spend time with the ones you love this summer. To celebrate Father’s Day, many hotels are developing special packages for the enjoyment of dad and the whole family. Instead of a gift you can wrap, these travel-focused gift ideas could be a perfect way to surprise dad this summer. From escape rooms to helicopter rides, your next vacation just might be bigger and better than before if you choose one of these creative options.

The World’s Largest and Tallest Escape Room at Hilton Orlando

This riddle experiment is a fun way to challenge your children’s minds. Hilton Orlando offers the world’s largest and highest escape room experience with a special package through Escape at Hilton Orlando. To take advantage of it by the end of the year, it includes accommodation for the night, an exclusive file with instructions, clues and mission aid notes. Guests can earn and redeem Hilton Honors Points for a visit and enjoy elite status benefits during their stay.

Adopt an animal for marine research

Make your vacation educational at The Ritz-Carlton Sarasota with its Summer Family Package. It includes a private beach walking safari in partnership with a local non-profit marine research organization as well as tickets to the aquarium. You can even adopt your own pet through Mote’s Adopt-A-Pet program by making a donation and then receiving updates and news on its progress throughout the year. Among the animals you can adopt are manatees, alligators, sea turtles and seahorses. The Ritz-Carlton Sarasota is part of the Marriott Bonvoy loyalty program allowing guests to earn and redeem points during their stay.

Grand Wailea Father’s Day Package

The whole family can help dad celebrate his big day at Grand Wailea in Maui. The package includes a Hawaiian cultural experience like kukui nut bracelet weaving as well as a pendulum tour along the coast. In order for dads to teach their children the importance of giving back, the resort also offers guests to visit a nearby Hawaii Land Trust Volunteer Day for an educational and charitable experience. To reward yourself later, the package includes a visit to Wailea Golf followed by a massage at the spa. The resort is a Waldorf-Astoria property offering guests the opportunity to earn and redeem Hilton Honors points during their stay.

Coconut Shelling, Ukulele Lessons and Cocktail Lessons at the Hyatt Regency Maui

Similar to its Mother’s Day package, this Maui resort is preparing dad-friendly activities for Father’s Day. If you missed it this spring, now is your chance to go. During a three-night stay in the Presidential or Palace Suite, guests can learn to play the ukulele, shell fresh coconuts, or practice their bartending skills by mixing new cocktails. Families can enjoy a private table at the resort’s famous luau with their own kid-friendly fire knife lesson plus all-day tent rental with lawn games and other beachside activities. beach. There’s also an astronomy tour led by a NASA astronomer that showcases 80 of the 88 constellations in the sky as well as the chance to earn World of Hyatt points for this $20,000 package (valid for six people for three nights in a suite).

Glamping for families in Houston

Another Hilton Honors participating property, The Woodlands Resort, Curio Collection by Hilton, near Houston, is offering a family-friendly activity this summer. The glamping package includes accommodation, sleeping bag and tent, s’mores kit, flashlight, toys and puzzles to keep everyone entertained. Dads can celebrate their special day with the whole family while earning plenty of Hilton Honors points.

Home Alone Package at The Plaza Hotel

Between June 12 and June 26, the Plaza Hotel is offering a “Don’t Leave Dad Home Package,” which includes accommodations and a limo ride around New York City to visit movie locations like the Empire. State Building, Central Park, Rockefeller Center, and Radio City Music Hall. The self-guided tour, including a box of pizza for the ride, is a great way to explore the city before returning to the hotel for an in-room ice cream sundae (just like the famous movie scene) with 16 balls and all the colorful toppings you can imagine. Guests booking this package (rates start at $1,677 per night) can earn Accor All Live Limitless points during their stay to redeem for discounts on future stays at Accor hotels.

SpongeBob Summer at Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts

By September 7 (reservations must be made by August 30), Riviera Maya and Punta Cana Nickelodeon properties are offering up to 40% off and $400 in resort credit. This could represent mega savings for families. SpongeBob-themed programming is part of the experience, including themed events, special menus, and SpongeBob episode viewing parties. Other activities include quiz contests, scavenger hunts, breakfasts with Pajama Jam characters, arts and crafts get-togethers, and beach parties. Don’t miss Nick Live! Poolside – SpongeBob Edition with pop-up live performances and DJ shows.

Family fun at LEGOLAND New York Resort

In New York’s Hudson Valley, LEGOLAND New York offers a new water park and plenty of family-friendly activities. Starting at $177 per person, this vacation package includes an overnight stay with separate sleeping areas for children, two day passes with guaranteed entry to LEGOLAND, free breakfast, free parking and a hunt treasure with a prize at the end. Children will also be welcomed with a special welcome gift. The rooms have different themes like pirates and LEGO NINJAGO themes. They come with Google Nest Hubs that can send them on bedroom scavenger hunts or even read the kids a bedtime story so parents can relax after a day of family fun.

Explore the Rockies by train

Rocky Mountaineer’s Final Call promotion is offering $150 off per person through October for its many train routes. By now and late August, you can save up to $800 on a train trip for two in 2023. Two- and three-day train trips include onboard food, drink and sightseeing, plus hotel accommodation en route. It’s a family-friendly way to explore popular US destinations, including national parks, without having to worry about driving.

Learn to sail in New York

There’s a new partnership between the Equinox Hotel and Hudson River Community Sailing just in time for Father’s Day. The special hotel package includes a two-hour private sailing lesson, food and beverage credit at the hotel, and two nights at the hotel. It’s a great experience for families. Hudson River Community Sailing is a non-profit organization that helps underserved youth develop leadership skills and achieve academic success through sailing experiences. Be sure to give the hotel two weeks notice if you wish to book this vacation package.

Be a ranger for a week

EcoTraining camps in Southern Africa offer a special parent and child package that allows young visitors to become rangers for the day. Dads and their kids can have a great time hiring a specialist guide to embark on game drives and bush walks. The “Dads and Lads” experience is available at the Pridelands Conservancy, Greater Kruger, Selati Game Reserve or Karongwe Game Reserve for a minimum of two nights from approximately $226 per person per night, meals and accommodation. most drinks included.

Fly over the Panama Canal

The Santa Maria Stopover Package at Santa Maria, A Luxury Collection Hotel & Golf Resort in Panama includes an exciting experience for all ages. In addition to three nights in an executive suite, guests are treated to a helicopter flight over the Panama Canal and the Pearl Islands, followed by a gourmet champagne lunch. Starting at $1,350 per night, the package also includes airport transfers, daily breakfast for two, and the opportunity to earn Marriott Bonvoy points. The package is available through Dec. 20 and works well with Copa Airlines’ own stopover promotion that allows travelers to stay additional nights in the airline’s Panama City hub at no additional cost.

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