No matter where you live in the United States, there are plenty of great opportunities for Labor Day weekend to celebrate the end of summer. From Orlando, Florida, to Scottsdale, Arizona, cities across America celebrate the holiday weekend with festivals, parades, parties, and even firework displays.
Labor Day falls on Monday, September 2 in 2019, so book your flights, hotel accommodations, and event reservations early to avoid last-minute price increases and the dreaded "sold out" message on venue websites.
The city of Orlando has become known as the theme park capital of the world, which not only gets less crowded come September, it also gets significantly cheaper to visit this time of year. Check for hotel and flights packages if you're planning a long-distance trip, and book far in advance to grab the best deals.
September is the best month to visit Orlando, where you can explore Disney World, Universal Studios, Hollywood Studios, Seaworld Aquatica, SeaWorld Orlando, Typhoon Lagoon, EPCOT, and Gatorland without the massive crowds of June and July.
Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge is new to the Walt Disney World fold, set to open August 29, 2019. You can expect large crowds here, however, as fan hysteria will be in full effect this year. All-new Star Wars themed attractions, custom merchandise, and inventive dining will allure travelers from all over the world.
When you're planning your Labor Day weekend getaway, look for vacation packages from the resorts at each of these theme parks, many of which offer family deals for the last holiday of the summer.
TradeWinds Island Grand Beach Resort: St Pete Beach, Florida
If you'd rather avoid the city of Orlando altogether in favor of a family-friendly trip to the beach, head over to Florida's gorgeous St. Pete Beach, where TradeWinds Island Grand Resort is offering an Off the Clock & On the Beach: 3-Night Labor Day Package. Families can benefit from: a three-night stay at a discounted rate, two adult tickets to the Celebration Party and Taste of the Island Buffet, a plethora of activities, games of skill, and contests, and a firework extravaganza on the beach.
Tyler Place Family Resort: Highgate Springs, Vermont
Nestled on the shores of Lake Champlain in northwestern Vermont, the 165-acre Tyler Place Family Resort has been welcoming families since 1933, and with nine age-divided groups from babies through teens, the children's program is simply unbeatable.
Other highlights include a spectacular lakeside setting, plenty of adult-only activities and classes, delicious farm-to-table meals, and the perfect mix of family time, alone time, and couples time, including a pre-dinner cocktail hour.
Labor Day weekend marks the end of the summer season, with food, wine, and brew tastings and rates up to 30 percent lower than during the peak of summer. Family Adventure Week at the resort, which goes from August 31—September 7, offers all-inclusive family-friendly activities and discounted rates.
Resort at Squaw Creek: Lake Tahoe, California
The Resort at Squaw Creek offers a ton of family fun, beginning with its four pools, a 120-foot waterslide, and three all-season whirlpools. Other activities include hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, tennis, and fly fishing. Kids ages 4 to 12 can enjoy activities of the Mountain Buddies program, which offers biking, hiking, tennis, swimming, arts and crafts, and more. Plus, golf-loving families can play a quick and easy round on the front nine holes from family tees.
Paradise Point Resort: San Diego, California
The plush Paradise Point Resort has an enviable location on Mission Bay right across from SeaWorld. Come for Labor Day and you can take advantage of summer happenings such as drive-in movies, poolside parties, a Sunday summer concert series, nightly fireworks, and even free water-taxi service to the VIP back entrance of SeaWorld. If you're looking for a sunny California adventure that's slightly cheaper than Los Angeles or the foggy San Francisco Bay, visiting San Diego can make an excellent family vacation for kids of all ages.
South Seas Island Resort: Captiva Island, Florida
The Beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel, and the alluring beauty of Captiva Island off the coast of Southwest Florida, is the ideal setting for a family getaway. If there are seashell lovers in your family, these are the best beaches to visit.
Bordered by two and a half miles of pristine white-sand beaches at the tip of Captiva Island in Florida, South Seas Island Resort offers a fun-filled island getaway this Labor Day with an array of activities for the entire family. Along with swimming, lawn games, water sports, and arts and crafts, complimentary weekend festivities include laser battles, beach pong, a carnival with a bounce house and face painting, a family cookout, and a seaside cinema under the stars.
While you're in the area for your Labor Day vacation, be sure to visit CROW, the clinic for the rehabilitation of wildlife; T2 Traders at The Village Shops; and the Bubble Room for a slice of the best cake you've ever tasted. And, for those shell lovers in your family? Visit Cayo Costa island with Captiva Cruises for a half-day shelling cruise.
The Otesaga Resort Hotel: Cooperstown, New York
If you've got a family of baseball fans, you can combine a visit to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, with a long-weekend stay at The Otesaga Resort and Hotel, part of the Historic Hotels of America. Picture rocking chairs lining the porch on the back veranda, uniformed staff, and sweeping views of the natural landscape. The resort is well-located—it's a short walk into town to enjoy craft breweries, art galleries, and the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
The Double Play Package offers visitors Deluxe accommodations, a breakfast buffet, and tickets to the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Spa and golf packages are also available. The resort thrives on family-oriented activities, including kid-friendly movies, family bingo, lawn games, and ghost stories by the lake.
Whiteface Lodge: Lake Placid, New York
The only all-suite resort in the Adirondacks of New York State, Whiteface Lodge offers a fabulously luxurious experience in a family-friendly atmosphere that's never stuffy or pretentious. A slew of amenities include an indoor-outdoor pool, catch-and-release fishing pond, game room, bowling alley, playground, and even an on-site movie theater. There's also a kids' camp for kids up to age 12.
On Labor Day weekend, you can book the three-night "Stay More, Play More" package and receive at least $100 in credit each day that can be redeemed at the lodge's restaurants, spa, and for other activities. This package also includes resort amenities and a complimentary breakfast for each member of your family.
Mohonk Mountain House: New Paltz, New York
Escape New York City and head upstate to New Paltz, New York, where you can spend Labor Day Weekend at the all-inclusive Mohonk Mountain House resort. Rates include three meals daily, afternoon tea and cookies, the complimentary kids' club, and most resort activities. There will be campfires with s'mores, lake and pool swimming, boating, hiking, tennis, evening entertainment, and much more this year, so check the venue's website for a full schedule of events.
Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa: Austin, Texas
If you're looking for an upscale family getaway in one of the South's biggest artists' cities, the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa is a great destination just outside of Austin, Texas. This wilderness retreat and Hyatt Regency resort has direct access to the Colorado River and offers several water activities, making it a great place to celebrate the end of summer.
On the river, guests can take kayaking or rafting excursions, enjoy airboat rides, or float downstream on inner tubes. The resort is also home to the Crooked River Water Park, which features a lazy river, water slide, sand beach pool, and an adults-only section with a relaxing pool and whirlpool.
The vast 400-acre property offers more than 18 miles of hiking and biking trails as well as zip lining, horseback rides through the McKinney Roughs Nature Park, and even the chance to meet and interact with the property’s Texas longhorn mascots, T-Bone and Ribeye. Finally, Hyatt Regency Lost Pines also features world-class golf at Wolfdancer Golf Club and award-winning spa services at Spa Django.
The Broadmoor: Colorado Springs, Colorado
A mountain escape can offer a surprisingly cool way to cap off the summer, and Colorado Springs in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado is a great destination for families. Here, you can stay at The Broadmoor, a historic property that really delivers for families. The Labor Day Family Celebration Four-Night Package includes accommodations, a $300 dining credit, bike rental, horseback riding or a Jeep tour, admission to Seven Falls, and access to the resort's movie theater and other facilities.
In nearby Colorado Springs, you can take a trip to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, explore the Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center, introduce your kids to an authentic Penny Arcade, or stop in for a tour of the Ghost Town Museum.
Skytop Lodge: Skytop, Pennsylvania
Another mountain destination, this time on the east coast, is the Skytop Lodge in Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains, which has been welcoming families to its resort facilities since 1928. This all-inclusive destination offers a huge selection of activities over Labor Day weekend including zip-lining, kayaking, archery, tennis, boating, biking, rock climbing, and hiking. There is also an excellent supervised children's program as well as unlimited greens fees for golfers staying at the Skytop Lodge.
Sesame Place: Langhorne, Pennsylvania
When traveling with younger children, especially preschoolers, it can be difficult to find a destination that will keep them amused for a full day, much less an entire weekend. Fortunately, Sesame Place in Langhorne, Pennsylvania, can do just that. Dedicated to the iconic television program, "Sesame Street," Sesame Place features all of your kids' favorite characters as well as child-friendly rides, games, and activities. For Labor Day, the park will host an open-air, traditional barbecue in Big Bird's Riverside Pavilion followed by a firework show accompanied by music from the show on Sunday.
Mission Point Resort: Mackinac Island, Michigan
Mission Point Resort, on the shores of Mackinac Island in Michigan, is the place to visit for sunrise lovers and families that want to relax and spend the weekend at an island retreat. The Lakeside Spa & Salon is the island's only full-service spa retreat—the Lilac Facial and Body Treatment is the signature service. The resort also offers an outdoor swimming pool and hot tub, five distinct restaurants, a health club, boutique shopping, an 18-hole putting course, bike rentals, and daily complimentary kids' club from 2:00—5:00 p.m.
Book the Mackinac Family Experience, which is a great value, starting at $267 per adult. The package includes: two-nights accommodation, daily breakfast, one two-course dinner (with wine), half-day bike rentals, one round of golf, Fort Mackinac and Butterfly House tickets, a seasonal fruit plate, round-trip ferry tickets, and luggage transfers.
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Named one of America’s favorite beach towns by Travel + Leisure magazine, Myrtle Beach is a great destination all summer long, and the fun continues through Labor Day weekend and well into fall. Known as “60 More Days of Summer,” this time of year is arguably the best time to visit this friendly Southern beach town, not only for the temperatures but to score amazing deals at popular seaside resorts. Be sure to check for Labor Day vacation packages as many of these resorts often partner with airlines to entice customers to this semi-remote destination on the Atlantic coast.
Crystal Mountain: Thompsonville, Michigan
Another popular Michigan destination for families, Crystal Mountain is a locally-owned ski resort near Traverse City that will wrap up the summer with chairlift rides, kite building, a stand-up paddle board tour, family campfires, a pool party with a hula hoop and limbo contests, a family golf scramble, and poolside movies. The resort also boasts Michigan’s only alpine slide, a water park, and an adventure zone with tubing, kayaking, and biking.
Smugglers' Notch: Jeffersonville, Vermont
At Smugglers' Notch Resort in Jeffersonville, Vermont, the holiday weekend's highlights include a challenge course race for families, a marionette show, and a bird of prey demonstration. The resort offers a slew of activities, from mountain biking and guided nature walks to disc golf (including an evening glow round), and a Country Fair with games, music, and craft making. Smugglers' summer packages include many of these activities and use of the resort's pools and waterslides, indoor FunZone with inflatables and games, and mini golf as well as up to 25 percent savings on childcare through the holiday. Many discounts, including savings of $350, may be applied by calling 1-800-419-4615 to book your vacation.
Wintergreen Resort: Wintergreen, Virginia
High in the Blue Ridge Mountains, the family-friendly Wintergreen Resort will say goodbye to summer with a fun-filled Labor Day weekend featuring bonfire evenings, live music, an arts-and-crafts fair, family movie night, beach Olympics, and more. There will also be tons of kids' activities at a block party on Saturday evening, and the resort offers several outdoor recreational opportunities from biking and ziplining to summer tubing, golf, and kayaking. Labor Day Summer's End Festival weekend festivities include live entertainment and a slew of family activities.
The Stay More, Save More package includes a 30 percent discount when you stay three nights or more at the resort.
Callaway Gardens: Pine Mountain, Georgia
Callaway Gardens' Sky High Hot Air Balloon Festival is set to take place over Labor Day weekend, August 30—September 1, making it the perfect time to visit this famous Smokey Mountain resort. Families staying at Callaway Gardens Resort can watch beautiful balloons in flight and enjoy live music, beach activities, a kids' zone and much more over the holiday weekend. The festivities also include a classic car show, disc dog demonstrations, and a pyrotechnic skydiving demonstration. Atlanta's top-rated food trucks will be on hand to feed festival-goers, and you can cap off the weekend with a final glowing balloon flight Sunday night on Robin Lake Beach.
Fairmont Scottsdale Princess: Scottsdale, Arizona
As the last days of summer sail into the sunset, the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Resort just outside of Phoenix transforms into the S.S. Princess for the annual Labor Day Dreamcation Weekend. Festivities include cruise ship-themed activities including zip-lining over the lagoons, watermelon eating contests, underwater bingo, limbo contests, lei-making and tie-dyeing t-shirts, after dark techno glow pool parties, glow-in-the-dark hula hooping, dive-in movies, fire dancers and fireworks.
Hotel Max: Seattle, Washington
Seattle's contemporary and oh-so-cool Hotel Max is ideal for families for many reasons, number one being it's central location. You'll be within a stone's throw of: Pike Place Market, the Seattle Aquarium, Museum of Pop Culture, Space Needle, and Olympic Sculpture Park—not to mention loads of restaurants, boutique shopping, and all of the coffee you can handle.
Book one of the newly rolled out Bunk Rooms, which comfortably sleeps up to five people in four beds—plus, the colorful room has a couch and other fun amenities like a record player with curated vinyl. The Stay Longer and Save More Package includes two-night discounted accommodations. If you book directly through Hotel Max's website, you'll receive an Insider's Rate at $50 off. The Eat, Sleep and Be Parked Package includes overnight accommodations, $30 credit toward Miller's Guild, and parking.