Universal Orlando Resort
Like the idea of a late-summer vacation at Universal Orlando Resort? You couldn’t have chosen a better time to visit with the just-announced special rates for U.S. and Canada residents. The more days you spend, the more you’ll save at all three of their theme parks—Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Universal’s Volcano Bay. Ticket prices range from $53 per day for a five-day ticket to $82 per day for a three-day ticket (with access to one theme park per day). Another option is the Stay and Play Vacation Package priced from $85 per night per person, based on a family of four. This package includes accommodations, admission to all three parks, and early park admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, plus select rides at Volcano Bay. Know the key differences between Disney World and Universal Studios before you go.
Tyler Place Family Resort, Vermont
Courtesy Tyler Place Family Resort
To any parent who has mused that the term “family vacation” is an oxymoron, a visit to Tyler Place Family Resort can be nothing short of a revelation. At this popular Vermont family camp-style resort on the shores of gorgeous Lake Champlain, kids experience a fun camp-style week of swimming, hiking, fishing, biking, raft-making, and more. Parents, meanwhile, get a relaxing vacation of their own, with plenty of time to take a yoga class, go kayaking or mountain biking, or simply nap in a hammock. Rates are lowest at the bookends of summer. Plan to visit the first week of September, when all-inclusive rates are up to 30 percent lower than in midsummer, or book an early-season vacation for next summer and shave up to 50 percent off-peak rates.