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Memorial Day Weekend Getaways

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The long weekend with the last Monday in May is unofficially the start of summer in the US. Parades and special events celebrate Memorial Day itself; meanwhile many resorts and hotels kick off the season with Memorial Day Weekend packages -- see below. (See also Memorial Day Parades and other commemmorative events; and for a look at the significance of Memorial Day, head to Memorial Day - history.)

Memorial Day Weekend 2013 is from Friday May 24 to Monday May 27.

Memorial Day Weekend at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, FL

Memorial Day Weekend fireworks - Photo courtesy of Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort.
Photo courtesy of Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort.
Sandestin is a giant resort on the Emerald Coast in northwest Florida, with white-sand beaches on one side of its 2400 acres, a bay side with marina, sailing, and kayaking, and a village with shops and restaurants. Memorial Day events include fun evenings with live music and face-painting, a Memorial Day program presented by Sandestin veterans, and fireworks.

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Rocking Horse Ranch, New York - Memorial Day Package

Memorial Day - Weekend Packages . Photo courtesy of Rocking Horse Ranch.
Photo courtesy of Rocking Horse Ranch.

The Rocking Horse Ranch is just 90 minutes north of NYC and promises "the most fun your family ever had". An all inclusive price includes myriad outdoors activities, plus an indoor water park and other fun. The annual Memorial Day Weekend Celebration includes a BBQ, live entertainment for the whole family, and fireworks. By Memorial Day Weekend, Rocking Horse Ranch will be in full swing with all indoor and outdoor activities, including 6 water slides and 4 pools, water skiing, unlimited horseback riding, a climbing mountain, kayaks, and over 100 activities.*

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Villa Roma Resort, Catskills, New York

This family -friendly large property in the Catskills celebrates all the holidays and has many on-property activities. Memorial Day Weekend package typically includes many meals including a pool-side BBQ, supervised programs for kids and teens, live entertainment and dancing. (Check recent visitor comments.)

Tyler Place, Vermont

Memorial Day Weekend getaways - Tyler Place VT - Photo courtesy of Tyler Place.
Photo courtesy of Tyler Place.
Tyler Place specializes in all inclusive family retreats; click above to read about the many activities at Tyler Place. For Memorial Day weekend, Tyler place has had a "Combination Memorial Day Family Get-away Weekend & Family Retreat"; to find out more, check the Tyler Place site.

Wildflower Inn, Vermont

photo courtesy of Wildflower Inn.
photo courtesy of Wildflower Inn.

Three hours from Boston, the Wildflower Inn has 570 acres and a host of family activities. For Memorial Day weekend, a three-night package includes lodging, country breakfast each morning, afternoon snack, $25 voucher per adult/ $10.00 per child for dinner, BBQ dinner Sunday night. Weekend events include a marshmallow roast, catch-and-release fishing, Saturday morning kids activities, nightly kids movie, kite flying, and more.

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Barton Creek Resort & Spa, Texas

Memorial Day packages - Barton Creek Resort, Texas - photo courtesy of Barton Creek Resort & Spa
photo courtesy of Barton Creek Resort & Spa
With 4000 acres in rolling hills near Austin, this resort has been a pick of Travel + Leisure and Conde Nast magazines and offers top-rated golf, kids' club, family movie night, arts and craft center, and junior and teens nights. Check for Memorial Day Weekend packages.

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YMCA of the Rockies, Colorado

Photo courtesy of YMCA of the Rockies.
Photo courtesy of YMCA of the Rockies.

this great destination has so many activities for families. Check what's offered for Snow Mountain Ranch for Memorial Day Weekend: low price typically includes two nights in a lodge plus meals and many activities. YMCA of the Rockies is a top "family camp"

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To Find More Memorial Day Weekend Getaways:

Many other family resorts offer special packages and activities for Memorial Day weekend: pick a resort that appeals to you, and check out Packages or Specials (almost all hotel/resort websites have a Specials section.)

Or start with a destination city; Hotels.com typically has a whole list of places with Memorial Day Weekend special rates.

Always check sites such as TripAdvisor.com for recent visitor comments about any property.

*Always check destination websites for updates!

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