Top Choices for Family Spring Break(R) 2005 Offer Special Deals

ORLANDO, Fla., Feb. 25 /PRNewswire/ — In a recent independent national survey among parents, Orlando, San Diego and Washington, DC were listed among the top 10 cities of choice for a Family Spring Break(R) vacation. Family Spring Break(R) is a travel trend defined as families traveling together with children, high school-aged or younger, during March and April, the typical spring break timeframe. The three cities are offering easy-to-book travel packages designed to give families an opportunity to spend quality time with one another in popular, family friendly destinations.

Orlando’s Family Spring Break(R) provides the catalyst for families to spend time together and grow individually and as a family. With more than 95 attractions, ranging from the largest and most diverse collection of theme parks in the world and a multitude of smaller attractions, to nature excursions and cultural offerings, the destination ensures that all family members will find their favorite pastime, or discover a new one. Two-night Orlando Family Spring Break(R) travel packages including accommodations, one- day/one-park passes to Universal Orlando Resort, one-day admission to SeaWorld Orlando and one-day admission to Gatorland start at $563, including tax. Prices are based on a search done on Jan. 18, 2005 for a family of four with travel dates of March 15-16, 2005. Prices are subject to change. Additional discounted attraction tickets to Arabian Knights, Cirque du Soleil, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, Orlando Science Center, Silver Springs and others can also be added to any package purchased. To book the Family Spring Break(R) package, learn more about the area’s special springtime events or for helpful hints to plan an Orlando vacation, visit http://www.orlandoinfo.com/springbreak (or call 1-888-ORL-4FUN).

San Diego is consistently rated one of the top travel destinations on the U.S. west coast and is the ideal place to spend spring break with every member of the family. In addition to 70 miles of pristine coastline, near-idyllic weather and an abundance of outdoor recreational activities, the region is home to world-class arts and culture, exciting nightlife, fine dining and shopping, 92 golf courses, European-style spa resorts and popular family attractions like the world famous San Diego Zoo, San Diego Zoo’s Wild Animal Park, SeaWorld San Diego and LEGOLAND California. San Diego’s family spring travel packages include the San Diego Wildlife Attraction Package at the waterfront Bahia Resort Hotel on picturesque Mission Bay. Rates begin at $389 per room, per night, not including tax and the package includes accommodations for four in a Deluxe Garden guest room and two adult and two child five-day unlimited access tickets to the San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld San Diego and the San Diego Zoo’s Wild Animal Park. For more information on San Diego and its springtime offerings, visit http://www.sandiego.org/ . In San Diego, visit the International Visitor Information Center, located on the corner of W. Broadway and Harbor Drive in downtown, and the La Jolla Visitor Center, located at the corner of Herschel Avenue and Prospect Street in La Jolla.

Families who want to mix in a little learning with their spring break fun will find many options in Washington, DC. The city’s signature spring event, the National Cherry Blossom Festival, runs March 27-April 10, giving family spring travelers an opportunity to see the nation’s capital awash with pink blossoms. Whether or not the blossoms are in bloom, however, the city is packed with free, interactive museums and attractions that make it an ideal choice for a family getaway. For example, The Hotel Helix’s Bring the Kids Along package comes with everything families need to have a pizza party in their hotel room: overnight accommodations in one of the hotel’s specialty “Bunk Rooms,” featuring a separate bunk bed area equipped with TV set and built-in DVD player, two large pizzas, two one-liter soft drinks, two pints of Haagen-Dazs(R) ice cream, and a board game (priced at $219 per room, per night, not including tax; standard rooms priced at $179, per room, per night, not including tax). The Washington, DC Convention & Tourism Corporation offers a selection of family-friendly Cherry Blossom packages, available for booking online at http://www.washington.org/ (or by calling 1-800-422-8644).

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