The gift of travel, especially now, could be the perfect way to spend time with the ones you love this summer. To celebrate Father’s Day, many hotels are developing special packages for dad and the whole family to enjoy. Rather than a gift you can wrap, these travel-focused gift ideas can be an ideal way to surprise Dad this summer. From escape rooms to helicopter tours, your next vacation can be bigger and better than before if you choose one of these creative options.
The world’s largest and highest escape room at Hilton Orlando
This puzzling experience is a fun way to challenge your kids’ minds. Hilton Orlando has the world’s largest and highest escape room experience with a special package through Escape at Hilton Orlando. To enjoy between now and the end of the year, it includes overnight accommodations, an exclusive file with instructions, directions and mission assistance. Guests can earn and redeem Hilton Honors Points for a visit during their stay and take advantage of elite status benefits.
Adopt an animal for marine research
Make your vacation educational at The Ritz-Carlton Sarasota with the Summer Family Package. It includes a private beach walk safari in partnership with a local marine research non-profit organization plus aquarium tickets. You can even adopt your own animal through Mote’s Adopt an Animal program by making a donation and then receive updates and news about how it is doing throughout the year. Among the animals you can adopt are manatees, alligators, sea turtles and even seahorses. The Ritz-Carlton Sarasota is part of the Marriott Bonvoy loyalty program that allows guests to earn and redeem points during their stay.
Grand Wailea Father’s Day Package
The whole family can help Dad celebrate his big day at Grand Wailea in Maui. The package includes a Hawaiian cultural experience such as kukui nut bracelet weaving plus an outrigger tour of the coastline. So that fathers can teach their children the importance of giving back, the resort also offers guests a ride to a nearby Hawai’i Land Trust Volunteer Day for an educational and charitable experience. To reward itself later, the package includes a visit to Wailea Golf and then a massage at the spa. The resort is owned by Waldorf-Astoria and offers guests the chance to earn and redeem Hilton Honors points during their stay.
Coconut Husks, Ukulele Lessons, and Cocktail Lessons at Hyatt Regency Maui
Like its Mother’s Day package, this Maui resort is preparing some father-friendly activities for Father’s Day. If you missed it this spring, now is your chance to go. During a three night stay in the Presidential or Palace Suite, guests can learn to play the ukulele, peel fresh coconuts or practice their bartending skills by making new cocktails. Families can enjoy a private table at the resort’s famous luau with their own fire knife lesson designed for kids, as well as all-day tent rentals with lawn games and other beach activities. There’s also a NASA astronomer-led astronomy tour that showcases 80 of the 88 constellations in the sky, as well as the opportunity to earn World of Hyatt points for this $20,000 package (good for six people for three nights in a suite). ).
Glamping for Families in Houston
Another Hilton Honors participating property, The Woodlands Resort, Curio Collection by Hilton, near Houston, is hosting a family-friendly activity this summer. The glamping package includes accommodation, a sleeping bag and tent, a s’mores set, flashlight and toys and puzzles to keep everyone entertained. Dads can celebrate their special day with the whole family while earning lots of Hilton Honors points.
Package with the theme “Home Alone” at The Plaza Hotel
Between June 12 and 26, The Plaza Hotel is offering a “Don’t Leave Dad Home Alone Package” that includes overnight stays and a limousine ride through New York City to visit filming locations from the film, such as the Empire State Building, Central Park, Rockefeller Center and Radio City Music Hall. The self-guided tour, which includes a box of pizza for the ride, is a great way to explore the city before returning to the hotel to enjoy an in-room sundae (just like the famous scene in the movie) with 16 scoops and all the colorful toppings you can imagine. Guests who book this package (rates start at $1,677 per night) can earn Accor All Live Limitless points during their stay to redeem for discounts during future stays at Accor hotels.
Summer of Sponge Bob at Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts
Between now and September 7 (reservations must be made by August 30), Riviera Maya and Punta Cana Nickelodeon properties are offering up to 40% off and $400 in resort credit. This could mean some mega savings for families. SpongeBob themed programs are part of the experience, including themed events, special menus, and SpongeBob episode parties. Other activities include trivia contests, scavenger hunts, breakfast with Pajama Jam characters, arts and crafts get-togethers, and beach parties. Don’t miss Nick Live! Poolside – SpongeBob Edition with pop-up live performances and DJ shows.
Family fun at LEGOLAND New York Resort
In New York’s Hudson Valley, LEGOLAND New York has a new water park and plenty of family-friendly activities. This vacation package starts at $177 per person and includes an overnight stay with separate sleeping quarters for children, two day passes with guaranteed entry to LEGOLAND, free breakfast, free parking, and a treasure hunt with a prize at the end. Children will also be greeted with a special welcome gift. The rooms have different themes, such as pirates and LEGO NINJAGO themes. They come with Google Nest Hubs that they can send on quests around the room or even read kids a bedtime story so parents can relax after a day of family fun.
Explore the Rocky Mountains by train
Rocky Mountaineer’s Final Call promotion offers $150 off per person on many train routes between now and October. For now and the end of August, you can save as much as $800 on a train trip for two in 2023. The two- and three-rail day trips include food, drinks and sightseeing on board, plus hotel accommodations along the way. It’s a family-friendly way to explore popular US destinations, including national parks, without worrying about driving.
Learn to Sail in New York City
There’s a new partnership between the Equinox Hotel and Hudson River Community Sailing, just in time for Father’s Day. The special hotel package includes a private two-hour sailing lesson, a credit for food and drinks at the hotel and two nights’ accommodation at the hotel. It’s a great experience for families. Hudson River Community Sailing is a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering underserved youth with leadership skills and academic success through sailing experiences. Please allow two weeks notice with the hotel if you want to book this holiday package.
Be a wilderness warden for a week
EcoTraining’s camps in southern Africa offer a special package for parents and children that allows young visitors to become wilderness wardens for a day. Fathers and their children can enjoy a close bond by using a specialist guide for game drives and bush walks. The “Dads and Lads” experience is available in the Pridelands Conservancy, Greater Kruger, Selati Game Reserve or Karongwe Game Reserve for a minimum of two nights from approximately $226 per person per night including meals and most drinks.
Fly over the Panama Canal
The Santa Maria Stopover Package at The Santa Maria, A Luxury Collection Hotel & Golf Resort in Panama offers an exciting experience for all ages. In addition to three nights in an executive suite, guests are treated to a helicopter flight over the Panama Canal and the Pearl Islands, followed by a gourmet champagne lunch. Starting at $1,350 per night, the package also includes airport transfers, daily breakfast for two, and the opportunity to earn Marriott Bonvoy points. Available through December 20, the package works well with Copa Airlines’ own layover promotion that allows travelers to stay extra nights at the airline’s Panama City hub at no extra cost.