Jump on these Spring Break 2020 Ideas Right Now, Grand Rapids
When do you start making spring break plans? I don’t even think about it till after Christmas. Three months ahead is plenty of time to book a cruise or special trip, right?
To get the best deals, I need to start planning now. Yep, during the holidays. Places (and deals) are filling up fast – many families booked their spring vacations last summer so honestly, I am behind.
Thankfully, there are still deals to be had, especially with the holidays in full swing. Black Friday and other holiday deals could help make that warm weather trip a lot more affordable!
3 Spring Break Trip Ideas for Grand Rapids Families
Nichole Bates-Dziadosz (of Far Far Away Travels in Ada) is a pro when it comes to helping people put together rockstar spring break itineraries. She has the inside scoop on when to book, why the destination is great for families, what to do while you’re there.
Here are her top 3 spring break destinations for Grand Rapids families!
Pro Tip: Far Far Away Travels will often price match–meaning if you can find the exact same room, flights, etc. for a better price, they will match it.
“We also watch for sales up to the time of final payment, to see if we can get you a better deal,” says Nichole.
I love that kind of peace of mind, knowing that someone is watching for the deals for me!
1 – Orlando Packs a Powerhouse Punch with 3 Massive Attractions: Disney, Universal Studios and SeaWorld
“Orlando is always a great choice,” says Nichole. However, if you hope to fly out of Grand Rapids, you should definitely book soon, as spring break seats are filling fast.
Far Far Away Travels can coordinate your entire Disney trip, from lodging to transportation. Nichole and her team visit Disney regularly, so they have serious intel on itineraries that minimize line wait times.
“We make reservations for accommodations either on or off site. We help the family choose the best ticket package for their needs and can advise on, and book, any extra experiences they would like,” she says.
There are different booking windows for getting reservations for character meals, popular restaurants, and fast passes.
“Once we work with the family to discover what they want, we can handle all of that for them.”
So basically, you just need to tell Nichole that you want to go to Disney and she will make it happen. All of it. And there’s no charge for her Disney trip planning.
Disney makes Orlando a worthwhile trip on its own, but there are plenty of other amazing experiences waiting for you, too.
At Universal Studios, you can play in a number of magical worlds. Harry Potter is a major destination for parents and children alike. (Admission: if I took my kids to Orlando, we’d see The Wizarding World of Harry Potter over Disney. It’s what we love!)
Staying at one of the onsite hotels can even give your family an extra hour in the Harry Potter sections of the parks. Three of the hotels also give you free Express Passes that allow you to skip the regular lines.
What’s better than Harry Potter? Harry Potter and DINOSAURS. Universal’s new Jurassic World is a thrilling dinotopia experience.
If you go, Nichole says you have to try Jurassic World: The Ride. This incredible water ride takes you through the world of the Jurassic Park films, where you’ll encounter dinosaurs both gentle and frightening. You may even get chased by the terrifying Indominus Rex!
“An absolute must for all dino-loving family members of all ages!” shares Nichole.
Kids will also dig Camp Jurassic, a massive play area exclusively for kids where they can explore dark caves, cross suspension bridges, and splash around in a water play area.
While Universal and Disney are the well-known destinations in Orlando, “don’t overlook SeaWorld,” recommends Nichole. SeaWorld offers a variety of activities and learning experiences.
Adventurous families will love SeaWorld’s Discovery Cove, a limited ticket park where you can swim up close to a variety of aquatic creatures.
Encounter otters, sharks, rays and others in a safe and educational environment, and see how the people that rescue and rehabilitate animals do their work. Discovery Cove tickets include meals and beverages (even beer and wine for Mom and Dad), making it a great value.
2 – Replenish that Vitamin D with a Beachy Trip to the Caribbean
We all know the Caribbean is a gorgeous beach destination during spring break. But where should you go? All islands are not created equal.
Nichole and Gretchen at Far Far Away will take your family’s preferences and make recommendations based on what’s the best fit for you.
Their favorite family-friendly recommendation is an all-inclusive beach vacation at the Hard Rock Hotel in Punta Cana. This resort has a Tripadvisor rating of 4.5 stars and sits on a white sugar sand beach. It boasts 13 pools, 9 restaurants, 23 bars, a casino, and a Niklaus-designed golf course.
You will love the Hard Rock Hotel’s special room service menus for children, game rooms, organized family activities, and unique spaces just for teens like the Mini-Golf, Arcade and Xtreme Center.
The Kids Club is exclusively designed for kids, and is included. There is also a nanny service if you need some alone time.
3 – If Your Family Thrives on Variety, Book a Cruise
Cruises have become one of the best travel values around. You can travel for $100 per person per day (or less!) which includes room, meals, entertainment, special programs for children and teens, pools, movies, and more.
Children sharing the same cabin with parents cruise for much less, sometimes free.
The Royal Caribbean Rhapsody of the Seas sails from Fort Lauderdale for a seven-night cruise of the Western Caribbean on April 4, 2020 and cabins are still available but going fast.
The Rhapsody has specialty dining, lots of entertainment, great children’s programming, a rock-climbing wall, outdoor movies, pools and much more.
Cruise lines including Princess, Celebrity, Holland America, Carnival, and Norweigan still have limited cabin availability on ships leaving April 4 or 5 from ports such as Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Baltimore,New York, New Orleans, and Galveston.
Black Friday Sales for Spring Break 2020
In recent years, resorts and cruises have saved some of their best sales for the Black Friday weekend. The sales abound, but you must be ready to book! Get updates on travel deals through Far Far Away Travel’s mailing list (click here).
Remember, there is no additional fee for using these professional travel services. We will make certain your travel is arranged properly so you have less stress and can enjoy your vacation.