Winter Family Vacation Deals: 7 Money-Saving Steals

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January. A month of cold weather and mounds of snow. After the lights and spirit of the holidays, January can seem, well, bland. But there is one great thing about January: travel deals! Resorts in family-friendly destinations from Hawaii to Florida roll out a heap of post-holiday winter travel deals, offering families the chance to relax on the beach, go snow-tubing or take on Space Mountain — all for rock bottom prices.

We’ve rounded up seven money-saving winter travel steals offered before the spring break crowds. Want even more travel bargains? Check out our family travel deals page.

Party with the Mouse: Disney World Resort Area

Star Island Resort and Club, which is located in Kissimmee, Florida, just a few minutes’ drive from Disney World Resort, is currently offering deeply discounted rates for January stays. Save 20 percent on two-night stays and save 30 percent on stays of three or more nights when you visit the resort this January. We like Star Island because it has family-friendly rooms, and suites with multiple bedrooms and kitchens. Plus, there are loads of onsite activities for kids and parents to enjoy, from tennis (there are nine courts on the property!) to jet skiing on nearby Lake Cecile. Click here for details.

Fun in the Caribbean Sun: St. Lucia

Stay at The Landings, a family-friendly beachfront resort, this winter and get a free night’s stay, a free $50 gift card and a free backpack. The resort features three outdoor pools, an impressive kids’ club and multiple-bedroom villas that have kitchens — so it’s an excellent spot for vacationing families. This offer is valid for stays through the end of April. Book your trip by January 24 to take advantage of this deal. Click here for details.

Luau on Big Island, Hawaii

Book the Hilton Waikoloa Village “Winter Escape Package” by February 28 and receive up to $200 in activity credits plus free daily breakfast for two. Guests at the Hilton Waikoloa Village may use the credit to purchase extras like kids’ club admission, spa treatments or a family dinner. You’ll receive a $50 credit for each two-night stay you book, and guests may earn up to $200 in credit with an eight-night stay. Click here for details.

Ski Mt. Bachelor: Sunriver, Oregon

This is one of the best family ski packages we’ve seen this season. Sunriver Resort, near Mt. Bachelor, Ore., is offering a three-night ski package for just $119 per night, per adult. All guests ages 17 and under ski and stay for free. It gets better: You’ll get your third night’s stay free of charge. Sunriver has a complimentary shuttle that takes guests from the resort to Mt. Bachelor, so getting to the slopes is a cinch. Click here for details.

Warm up in the Desert: Scottsdale, Arizona

The Phoenician, a popular family resort in Scottsdale, Arizona, is enticing winter travelers with a $50 resort credit and free meals for kids. Stay through the end of April and receive $50 to use at the resort. This deal is an excellent choice for parents of young children, as kids ages 5 and under may eat at the resort’s five restaurants for free! The Phoenician tops our list of winter destinations in the Southwest because it has year-round kids’ programs, plus plenty of on-site activities and multi-bedroom suites to accommodate families. Click here for details.

Snowtube in the Poconos: Great Wolf Lodge, Pa.

Not a skier? You can still have fun in the snow at Camelback Mountain, which is teaming up with Great Wolf Lodge to offer discounted rates on snow tubing tickets for families. The “Stay ‘n’ Tube Camelback” deal at the Great Wolf Lodge Poconos includes tubing tickets and one night’s accommodations for up to four people, plus access to the resort’s indoor waterpark, starting at $319.99 per night (that’s a 20 percent savings on snow tubing). This offer is valid for travel between January 2 and March 31. Click here for details.

Hang 10 with Mickey on the California Coast: Anaheim

This winter, families can snag a free night at the Anabella Hotel in Anaheim, California. The Anabella is conveniently located right across the street from Disneyland. In addition, the property features special suites for families (including a kids’ suite that has bunk beds), laundry facilities and a fitness center. Book a two-night stay for travel before February 28, and get an additional third night’s accommodations for free. To get this deal, your third night’s stay must take place from Sunday through Thursday. Click here for details.

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