In addition to being Mental Health Awareness Month, May also happens to be National Military Appreciation Month.
Families with retired or active military members can enjoy the fruits of their services with a discounted rate on accommodations at Rosen Hotels & Resorts. The 50 percent discount on accommodations is available at four of its family-friendly leisure hotels in Orlando.
Because vacation accommodations are just a portion of the expense of getting away, Rosen Hotels also offer half-off all food and beverage prices, excluding alcohol.
The golfers in the family can dust off their clubs and enjoy a discounted $69 rate at Shingle Creek Golf Club, a stone’s throw from most participating hotels. The discounts will be available all month long.
Any active or retired U.S. Military personnel, including the U.S. Coast Guard, National Guard and Reservists, are included in the special honorary prices offered throughout the month.
For families looking to spend a day or two at Universal Studios, check out nearby accommodations at Rosen Inn. The hotel is conveniently located and offers more than 300 guestrooms. Enjoy the heated swimming pool and video arcade game room with the kids or escape to the fitness center for a little “me” time.
With even more play for your buck, Rosen Inn International is a Universal Partner Hotel, located a short distance from Orlando’s fun shopping and entertainment areas. Let the kids run around on the property playground, playing outdoor pool games or swimming laps.
For the big Disney fans in the family, Clarion Inn Lake Buena Vista is a great option for military families. Enjoy your discounts and easy access to the parks (located about 2 miles away), but a safe distance from the hustle and bustle so you can relax after a long day at the theme park. Kids enjoy the 24-hour game room, children’s water park at the pool and comfortable guestrooms.
Kids ages 5 and younger eat at breakfast and dinner buffets for free, while accompanied by a paying adult, and children aged 6–10 dine on a discount. Guests can easily get to and from all nearby parks with the complimentary scheduled service, but check what specific parks and times may be available before planning your stay.
Walking across The National Mall, I literally crossed paths with Lonnie G. Bunch III, the Smithsonian Institution’s first African American CEO. Dr. Bunch, who first visited the Smithsonian as a 10-year-old Civil War buff, was told by his father, “Here’s a place where you can understand yourself and your country and not be worried by the color of your skin.” Bunch, who famously created the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, was quoted as saying, “I wanted to give back to those institutions that shaped everything I am.”
Sure, we’re barely dipping our toes into winter weather, but isn’t it more fun to think ahead to the warm weather family fun your crew could have at the Jersey Shore? Luckily, Atlantic City, New Jersey, offers far more than sandy beaches and casinos — enough to entertain all ages in all sorts of weather.