Last-Minute Labor Day Travel Deals to Keep On Your Radar

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Labor Day is the last holiday weekend of the summer before many go back to school and resume work, and there are lots of deals to take up on before vacation time comes to a close for a while. Domestic locations are a great choice when considering a last-minute vacation, especially when celebrating a national holiday. Here’s a list of some Labor Day deals to look into so that you can soak up every last bit of summer there is.

Visiting Orlando, Florida

On average, Labor Day holiday deals in this popular Floridian city offer 10 to 30 percent more savings than other holiday weekends, such as Christmas, New Years and the Fourth of July. Aside from saving big, Orlando can offer travelers a variety of fun things to do – whether you’re traveling as a couple, a family, or a group of friends. There are also loads of things to do and places to go both inside and outside of this city this Labor Day weekend, from film festivals to annual balls, national park excursions, comedy shows and more.

They say Virginia is for lovers – well, so is Orlando this Labor Day weekend. There are several hotel offers available throughout this September weekend, including the “Labor of Love” package with Rosen Shingle Creek, which includes discounts at the resort’s breakfast buffet, bars, spa and golf club, along with some select dining options; the “Labor Day Shop and Stay” package with Crowne Plaza Orlando, which offers guests overnight accommodations with a $25 AMEX gift card per night that reaches up to $100 per stay and takes them to The Florida Mall as well as other outlets via a complimentary shuttle service; as well as discounted weekend rates and special offers at The Renaissance Orlando Airport Hotel and the CoCo Key Hotel and Water Resort.

Along with hotel deals, city businesses and parks are also offering visitors exclusive Labor Day weekend experiences. Escape Room Entertainment, a series of games and puzzles that immerses thrill-seekers in different genres, settings, characters and stories, allows those who book to save $8 on standard ticket prices all weekend long. Those who play on Monday, September 4 between 1 and 5 p.m. can take part in the Labor Day Party with food, soda and trivia to win prizes. Game options include The Lost Tomb of Monthu, Crisis at 1600, Pandemic, Face Off and more. 

Wild Florida and the Harry P. Leu Gardens are both offering free park entry and admission on September 4, while Kayak Central Florida is offering a 25 percent discount on a guided kayak tour for four throughout the weekend. The Crayola Experience will be thanking “True Blue Heroes” from September 1 through September 4 by offering veterans as well as active and retired military members free admission with military ID. Immediate family members of veterans will also receive 25 percent off general admission.

For travelers looking for a little extra indulgence, Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant will be hosting its sixth annual “Great Irish Hooley” with Irish song, dance, food, hand-crafted cocktails and live music performances starting each day at 3 p.m. from September 1 through 4, free of cover charge. The Ritz-Carlton Orlando is also hosting its Labor Day Highball & Harvest on Sunday, September 3 from 5:30 to 10 p.m., where the resort’s signature restaurant will cater Southern-inspired cuisine, Florida craft beers, cask wine and more hand-crafted cocktails and live entertainment. Note that reservations are required for the latter event.

The Central Florida Film Festival is also going on the same weekend, and will showcase films from around the world for the 12th year in a row in the nearby town of Ocoee. A mere 20-minute drive due west, tickets start at $35 while single film tickets and VIP packages are also available. On Sunday, September 3, The Sak Comedy Club is hosting a “Pre-Labor Day Show” at 7:30 p.m. with tickets at $17 for general admission, $14 for Florida residents and $10 for military, student and hospitality discounts.

All September long, Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month, sponsored by American Express, will be celebrating Orlando’s “emerging culinary scene,” offering prix fixe dinners at more than 100 different restaurants in the area. Meals are set at $35, while participating restaurants can be found close to theme parks and on International Drive. One dollar from each meal also goes toward Freedom Ride and BASE Camp Children’s Cancer Foundation, as part of Visit Orlando.

Staying With Best Western

With the addition of the brand’s two newest BW Premier Collection properties – Stratosphere Hotel & Casino and Aquarius Casino ResortBest Western Rewards members can save big when they book last-minute vacations by Labor Day. AAA/CAA members can also receive a $20 Travel Card, which can be redeemed at participating Best Westerns globally, for each night they stay at a Best Western. 

These openings also coincide with and contribute to the brand’s expansion and success in Las Vegas and Laughlin, Nevada. To celebrate, the brand is also bringing back the BW Baggage Bucks promotions for a limited time. This offer lets any Best Western Rewards member staying at a Best Western property and flying commercial in the United States between August 1 and September 30 receive a $25 Travel Card for up to two checked bags. Travelers only have to send a proof of payment to [email protected].

Traveling With Marriott

With Marriott, guests can save from upwards of $89 for end-of-summer bookings to Washington D.C. to Manhattan, Atlanta, Dallas and beyond. Marriott hotels nationwide are also in close proximity to fun Labor Day weekend events that guests can enjoy during their weekend getaway. 

Not far from the Atlanta Evergreen Marriott Conference Resort is Stone Mountain Park. This Labor Day weekend, the park is hosting a celebration that will include the Lasershow Spectacular in Mountainvision that will be followed by a fireworks show September 2 - 4. At the hotel company's location in Charlotte, North Carolina,The Ballantyne, a member of the Luxury Collection, will host an end-of-summer celebration with a pool party, pig roast cookout, yoga and evening dive-in movies. Meanwhile, the Detroit Jazz Fest is taking place Labor Day weekend, celebrating its 38th year as the largest free jazz festival nationwide. Lucky for jazz lovers, the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center is offering a VIP festival package as an special weekend treat. 

More Labor Day weekend events are happening nearby other Marriott hotels in cities like Boston, Chicago, Dallas, New Orleans, Nashville and more.

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