The Denver Art Museum has made a grand effort to welcome families to its galleries. Family backpacks full of art supplies, games and puzzles are available for use during visits.
No matter what interests your family, there is plenty of summer fun to be had. Here are five ideas:
1. Boaters in the Bahamas. Make your way to the Abaco Beach Resort and Boat Harbour Marina, 165 miles off the Florida coast and on the Sea of Abaco. You can access the full-service marina to explore nearby islands, historic villages and barrier reefs. Head out for sport fishing, sailing or snorkeling. Then go ashore to picnic on a secluded island. Kids can learn to catch, clean and cook fish, crack a conch and debark a fresh coconut as part of the Bahama Buddies program. Ask about special packages. Contact: 800-468-4799; abacobeachresort.com.
2. Art lovers. From art classes and kid-focused camps to clever create-and-takes, the Denver Art Museum has made a grand effort to welcome families to its galleries. Museum activities encourage families to get comfortable and create. Family backpacks full of art supplies, games and puzzles are available for use during visits. Contact: 720-865-5000; denverartmuseum.org.
3. Cyclers in Ireland. See the Emerald Isle on two wheels. Pedal past castles, through charming villages and alongside dramatic cliffs on a self-guided tour offered by Pure Adventures. Families can choose their pace and style of lodging. Add golf, sea kayaking, horseback riding or a Dublin tour to round out the adventure. Contact: 800-960-2221; pure-adventures.com.
4. Theme park fans. Make your way to Universal Orlando, where an intergalactic war is raging. Climb aboard Transformers: the Ride - 3D, billed as a next-generation thrill ride. You'll feel like you're part of the skirmish, as Optimus Prime and Bumblebee attempt to keep the Allspark from falling to the enemies. Contact: 407-363-8000; universalorlando.com.
5. Rafting on the Rogue. Float through 40 miles of scenic southwestern Oregon and explore the rugged country that drew Native Americans, trappers and prospectors. Stay in the raft or up the adrenaline ante by running the rapids in an inflatable kayak. Designated a Wild & Scenic wilderness area, you will paddle through the Siskiyou Mountains and the Rogue River National Forest. Contact: 800-346-6277; oars.com.
- Dallas Morning News
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» Doors Open is back for the third year and knocking on the doors of some new Milwaukee sites.
Doors Open showcases Milwaukee's finest and most hidden places - churches to skyscrapers, artisan workplaces to hotels, private clubs to architect studios. With Milwaukee City Hall as its downtown headquarters, more than 100 buildings will be open during the weekend and free to the public
This year visitors can see the Wisconsin Gas Building, Soldiers Home, Century City Business Park (formerly A.O. Smith/Tower Automotive), the Moderne, Polaris at the Hyatt Regency, Global Water Center and Bryant's Cocktail Lounge. Also new to Doors Open this year are sites from the Greater Milwaukee Foundation's Healthy Neighborhoods Initiative, such as Sherman Park Commons Senior Living Center, Villard Square Branch Library and Shrager Auction Galleries.
There also will be free passports for children and families to get stamped at 24 selected, kid-friendly sites. For more, visit historicmilwaukee.org.