Florida Summer Fun Under the Sun

Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek

With endless shorelines of pristine oceanfront and plenty of options for outdoor fun, Florida is the ultimate destination for summer travel. And besides being easily accessible from cities all over the U.S., this destination is chock-full of summer vacation deals for family travelers.

Orlando-bound vacationers will have a reason to celebrate this summer as Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek presents SummerBlast!, a summer-long schedule of special events, activities and programs to celebrate 104 days of summer vacation. SummerBlast! will run thorugh Sept. 5 and feature events such as a Hawaiian luau, a Pirates & Princess party, a scavenger hunt and more.

During SummerBlast!, the hotel will offer a Kids Eat Free promotion at the onsite Harvest Bistro for breakfast and dinner (with every paid adult entree). Nightly rates start at $159. For more information, call (888) 353-2013 or visit hiltonbonnetcreek.com.

Families looking for a Florida beach vacation this summer can take advantage of two family packages at The Shores Resort & Spa in Daytona Beach.

The 2-night Family Grand Adventure package, for example, includes an all-access tour to NASCAR’s Daytona International Speedway, a trip to the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse, a visit to the Marine Science Center, miniature golf at the nearby Congo River course, a $100 resort dining credit and a Shores bag of beach toys.

The property’s Stay + Play Family Beach package includes 2-night accommodations, a $100 dining credit at the resort, beach rentals for two days, a family beach pack, and the resort’s “signature s’mores” by the oceanside fire pits.

Rates for both packages start at $326. For more information, call (866) 934-SHORES or visit shoresresort.com.

In Miami, Doral Golf Resort & Spa, a Marriott Resort, is encouraging golf for all ages with the introduction of junior tees on all five championship courses. With the Kids Rent-4-Free program, children will receive a free rental set of Accu-Length clubs, while the Kids Golf-4-Free program enables children 15 and under to play for free when accompanied by a paying adult. Kids also receive a free golf lesson with a paying adult.

After a day on the greens, kids and parents can enjoy  the resort’s Blue Lagoon pool and the 125-ft. Blue Monster waterslide with a 35-ft. drop. The Blue Lagoon also offers cascading waterfalls, a children’s pool, water volleyball and 20 poolside cabanas. Meanwhile, Camp Doral organizes resort activities for children ages 5 through 12.

For more information, including nightly rates, visit doralresort.com.

Meanwhile, on Florida’s northeast coast, the Omni Amelia Island Plantation is introducing a new Vacation Forecast package, offering rates based on the daily high temperatures in Amelia Island.

Through Aug. 31, 2011, each day’s temperature translates into the nightly room rate on a limited number of rooms. Guests must book the Vacation Forecast package at the current retail rate and the rate will be adjusted prior to arrival. The package rate is based on the published temperature for the day from the National Weather Center per adult dbl.