Memorial Day is the kick-off, of sorts, to the summer. It’s pleasant enough before the scorching heat of Independence Day, and situated right as school ends for summer break, just before kids get sick of spending time with mom and dad. But what if you’re nowhere near a swimming pool, or a cookout isn’t an option? Here are five family-friendly activities that’ll get you in the water and enjoying the sun.
If you’re interested in adventure, or if Lake Placid didn’t scare you to death, try this boat ride through the Florida Everglades. Keep an eye out for eagles, wild pigs, and even alligators! At the end of the tour you can have your photo taken while holding a live alligator. An added bonus: the airboat rides take you to the heart of Orlando’s top parks and attractions – perfect if your ideal holiday includes both a gator and Mickey Mouse.
But if you’d rather keep some distance between you and the wildlife, try San Francisco’s top waterfront aquarium. Aquarium of the Bay is home to over 20,000 marine animals, including octopi and sharks, housed in a massive aquarium tunnel network for an immersive viewing experience. The aquarium is located in Fisherman’s Wharf, a historical district packed with museums, attractions and top restaurants.
Let’s say your ideal day on the water looks more History Channel than National Geographic. Though boat tours of New York City are a dime a dozen, Clipper City tours stands out by offering great sights aboard a realistic clipper ship, just like the pirates and sailors of old. With a variety of tour options (including a craft beer tasting sail), Clipper City offers a few ways to channel your inner history nerd and explore the city at the same time.
That’s all well and good, but when the summer heat strikes, maybe you want to get wet. Look no further than RocketBoat, San Francisco’s white knuckle bay tour. This speedy boat takes you beneath the Golden Gate Bridge, around Alcatraz, and around the historic waterfront, all to a rock and roll soundtrack. Be prepared to feel the San Francisco Bay’s spray while on your ride!
Looking for something a little more fancy? Board a Hornblower Cruise, which combines the sights on the New York Harbor with top-notch dining. Select from a variety of cruise options, from the Skyline Brunch Cruise to the Starlight Dinner Cruise, complete with four-course meal. These luxurious tours are the perfect way to cap off a busy day or weekend of sightseeing around the city.