The first thought on every kid’s mind when returning to school after spring break is, “How many days until summer vacation?” Let the countdown to family vacation begin by scoring a hotel deal near one of the country’s top amusement parks for as much as 60% off.
WALT DISNEY WORLD & UNIVERSAL STUDIOS ORLANDO: Nickelodeon Suites Resort … $79-$109 (60% off)
Orlando, the crown jewel of childhood’s bucket list. The resort’s home to four theme parks, two water parks, five golf courses, 24 themed resorts and two spas. Book a two-bedroom suite for up to six people at the Nickelodeon Suites Resort featuring two water parks, character breakfasts & a 4-D movie theater. Available most dates through September.
CONEY ISLAND, NYC: Fairfield Inn & Suites New York Brooklyn ... $219-$249 (reg. $309)
Despite withstanding major damage in 2012’s Hurricane Sandy, iconic rides like The Cyclone roller coaster and Wonder Wheel will be open and the world-famous Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest will be held in the summer as usual. Fill up with a hot complimentary breakfast before hopping on the Atlantic Avenue subway stop located steps from the hotel. Available most Sunday-Thursday through July.
DISNEYLAND: Red Lion Hotel Anaheim … $109 (45% off) Update: Sold Out.
Stay down the street from Disneyland at the Red Lion Hotel Anaheim in peak season including parking, breakfast for four and an upgraded room with views of the Disneyland fireworks. Visitors staying two nights get a third night free, making the effect nightly rate $73 per night. Available through August.
SIX FLAGS FIESTA TEXAS: Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa ... $159 (40% off)
Just outside San Antonio is Six Flags Fiesta Texas. This summer, it will unveil the Iron Rattler, a hybrid coaster that reaches 70 mph. The AAA 4-Diamond resort is two miles from the park and has its own 4-acre water park. One of Travel + Leisure's 2012 World’s Best Family Hotel, the hotel offers a championship golf course, full-service spa and tennis courts. Available most dates through June 5.
SEAWORLD, SAN DIEGO: Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa & Marina … $119-$129 (30% off) Update: Sold Out.
Set on the shores of Mission Bay, the 4-star hotel is a stone’s throw from SeaWorld. After a day hanging out with Shamu and his crew, take a dip in one of the hotels’ three pools including the area’s only hotel waterslide. Available select dates through June.
VEGAS' ADVENTUREDOME/STRATOSPHERE TOWER: Vdara Condo Hotel ... $79 (45% off)
Part of Circus Circus Hotel & Casino, the dome holds 25 rides, 4-D movie theaters and all-age shows. Thrill-seekers can go for a scream-inducing 108-story fall on Skyjump or be catapulted on the Big Shot at the Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower. Suites at the 5-star Vdara Condo Hotel are nearly 600 square feet. Stay select weekdays May-September; Fridays-Saturdays are $40 more.
KING’S ISLAND, OHIO: The Cincinnatian Hotel ... $129 (reg. $249)
For 11 straight years, this park has won the title of Amusement Today’s Gold Ticket Award-winner for “Best Kids’ Area." The Royal Fountain, the park’s central attraction capable of shooting 10,000 gallons of water into the air each minute, is surrounded by 80 rides. Available select dates through April.
Travelzoo Tip: Single-day admission to California's Great America, the only theme park in Northern California including a water park, are now $34.99, regularly $60 at the gate. Tickets are valid for any public operating day through June 14.