May – Travel briefs
Legoland construction underway in Florida
Kids — and adults — who are crazy for Lego building blocks will be happy to know that a new Legoland theme park will be opening in Winter Haven, Florida in October. Located about an hour’s drive from Orlando, Legoland is geared toward families with children ages 2 to 12 and will have more than 50 rides as well as shows, restaurants, shops and botanical gardens. Structures built from Lego will include a shark’s head, a snoring grandpa and Merlin in a castle. There will also be roller coasters, an Egyptian-themed maze and plenty of water rides to cool off visitors. A one-day pass will cost $65 US for adults and $55 for children under 12 and seniors. There are family packages that combine hotel rooms with passes to the park. For information, call (800) 979-9983 or go to http://florida.legolandtravel.com.
Family vacation discounts in Virginia Beach
If you’re looking for an affordable beach vacation this summer, then you might want think about Virginia Beach. Special deals have been put together by the Virginia Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA). For example, the Splash-O-Soleil package offers a 5-night, 6-day stay starting at a $385 US that includes accommodation as well as admission to Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, a kayak tour, bike rentals and tickets to Ocean Breeze Water Park. Participating Virginia Beach hotels include: the Sheraton Oceanfront, The Oceanfront Inn, Wyndham Virginia Beach Oceanfront, Ramada on the Beach, Turtle Cay Resort Dolphin Inn and Red Roof Inn Virginia Beach. Another package, called Surf and the City, allows families to visit Washington D.C. and Virginia Beach starting at $559 US for the week. For more information about these packages (valid until September 30) call (877) 861-8222 or go to www.caaquebec.com and click on “Vacation Packages” and then “Exclusive Getaways.”
Families come first at Bahamas resort
The Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort in the Bahamas has an enticing special on offer for families. Until December 31, book a Family Time in Paradise package (starting at $219 per night) and receive connecting rooms, complementary water sports like kayaking and snorkeling, and a $50 daily resort credit. Children are offered a welcome snack and a kid’s cup that can be refilled with milk, juice and soft drinks for free at the pool. Children are guaranteed one free meal per day, per room. This package also includes a number of activities such as poolside movies and complementary popcorn, fireside stories and Bahamian Idol talent competitions. Or kids can try the Sheraton Adventure Club, which offers arts and crafts, beach bowling, video games and a taste of authentic food and music of the Bahamas. Parents can enjoy some quiet time with the Parent’s Night Out service while children have supervised fun. Located just a 15-minute drive from the airport, the resort offers guests three freshwater pools, waterfalls and white sand beaches with slides going into the ocean. When booking this package, mention rate code LYF50PKG or FAM50. For more information, call (866) 716-8106 or visit www.sheratonnassau.com.