Deals on Last-Minute Fall Getaways

One of the best tips I learned when writing our story about Dream Vacations on a Real-Life Budget: September is an awesome month to travel. Around this time of year, I usually pine for the preschool days when our family’s schedule was more flexible. But this year, because my daughter’s school is doing some construction, she actually has off at the end of September. So when I got the finalized school calendar a couple of weeks ago, I went searching for deals. Ultimately, we decided to book plane tickets to London (one of our dream destinations—made only dreamier by two weeks of Olympic coverage). We chose London because of the new Warner Bros. Studio Tour: The Making of Harry Potter (my daughter is obsessed with the series), great, free museums, and low-cost theater tickets (we could see three shows there for the price of one in New York City). I signed up for a TravelZoo alert and jumped on airfare for around $550 per person—an amazing price. But in the process of deciding where to go, I ran across all other kinds of cool deals to share with you. 

Atlantis (Paradise Island, Bahamas) Ranked by Parents as a top beach resort for families, this water-mecca (with shallow pools, dump buckets, water canyons, and much more) has rates that start at $145 per night, including breakfast and the Atlantis Experience Pass. The pass lets your kid interact with a dolphin in shallow water, snags you a couple of free margaritas at Mesa Grill (Bobby Flay’s restaurant), and much more. Find out the details here.

Loews Hotels & Resorts  This top hotel-chain pick from one of Parents’ recent stories is offering Loews Long Weekends—families save 20 percent when they book a stay of three nights or more from Thursday to Sunday. Since Parents last covered the chain, it opened a location in Hollywood. One of my faves is Coronado Bay in San Diego. It’s only a short walk or shuttle ride to the beach, and the hotel has a giant stash of loaner toys and equipment. If you head to San Diego in October, there’s free admission for kids to big-time attractions like SeaWorld, the San Diego Zoo, and Legoland. Click here for details.

DisneyWorld September and October are typically way less crowded (and less hot!) than the summer months. When my daughter was 4, I took her in mid-September and we hardly waited in line for anything. This website always has the most complete list of Disney deals. The sales going on now include up to 30 percent off on hotels and free dining plans when you book a six-night stay. If you want to go to Orlando but not stay in the park, JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes (which has an awesome pool complex with a lazy-river) has rates that start at $199 per night.

Know of any other good offers? Share them with us!



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