Budget Travel

5 ways to save on a Spring Break vacation

School kids all over the country have started counting the days to their spring break holiday—a week of vacation that can fall anywhere between mid-March and late April. For parents, it’s time to start planning a family getaway. 

Here are five family spring break vacations that won’t break the bank:

  • 1. Colonial Williamsburg

    Colonial Williamsburg


    Where: Williamsburg, VA Why: Because the Revolutionary City has a good-value package on the table through mid-April that includes much of what families would otherwise have to buy anyway. Book the Revolutionary Experience package starting at $79 per person, per night, and get two nights’ accommodations at the Williamsburg Lodge, daily breakfast, and admission to Colonial Williamsburg and its museums. Good through Apr. 10, 2014.

  • 2. Heavenly Ski Resort

    Heavenly Ski Resort

    Heavenly Ski Resort

    Where: Lake Tahoe, CA Why: Because this family-friendly ski resort overlooking Lake Tahoe has brought back its popular Heavenly on the House special offer. Book a minimum of four nights and get one free night of lodging and one free day of skiing or snowboarding. Book by Mar. 7 and travel through Apr. 20, 2014.

  • 3. Club Med Punta Cana

    Club Med Punta Cana

    Club Med

    Where: Punta Cana, Dominican Republic Why: Because Club Med’s ultra-kid-friendly beach resort in the Dominican Republic offers a slew of fun activities for the whole family, from tennis and sailing lessons to its world-famous circus school. A family of four with two school-age kids can save 20 percent or more during the Jump Sale, when all-inclusive rates start from $139 per person, per night, for a minimum three-night stay; kids 4 and under stay free. Book by Mar. 4 for stays through Aug. 22, 2014.

  • 4. Cruise with Royal Caribbean

    Cruise with Royal Caribbean

    Royal Caribbean International

    Where: Caribbean Sea Why: Because wave season brings out some of the cruise industry’s biggest deals, and this one from Royal Caribbean International is a winner. With the Your Wow, Your Way sale, book a Caribbean cruise of six nights or more and receive up to $300 in onboard credit. Book by Feb. 28 for sailings Mar.-Dec. 2014. (Excludes sailings on Quantum of the Seas, debuting in Nov. 2014.) Use promo code YOURWOW.

  • 5. The Broadmoor

    The Broadmoor


    Where: Colorado Springs, CO Why: Because spring is a great time to score luxury for less at this sprawling Rocky Mountain family resort, whose slew of on-site amenities includes a kids’ club, indoor pool, horseback riding, pee-wee tennis, spa, and even a bowling alley. Spring Break Getaway Package rates start at $105 per person per night. Kids 10 and under eat free, plus many complimentary weekend activities and classes are included. Book by May 15 for stays Mar. 1-May 15, 2014.

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