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Shore up summer plans for adventures near the water

By Lynn O’Rourke Hayes, FamilyTravel.com
Published: June 22, 2024, 5:20am

Do you have a summer vacation plan? Here are four destinations that promise to deliver family adventure and magical memories.

Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru

(The Maldives)

Leave life’s challenges behind and find your way to an island sanctuary on the remote northern Baa Atoll in the Maldives. Stay within a natural UNESCO Biosphere Reserve where you and your family can sleep in over-the-water or beach bungalows, tucked aside jungle greens and surrounded by sparkling turquoise waters. Kids will be thrilled to snorkel with manta rays, help rehab sea turtles, identify local dolphin populations and assist with the transplant of coral frames.

You’ll want to cycle through the former coconut plantation on a lizard and bat spotting safari before taking to the water for a wide array of water sports in the sheltered lagoon or beyond. Not ready for a wetsuit? Then sample the experience in the Hologram Room, where family members can virtually “swim” with manta rays, whales, seahorses and octopuses. For an old-school experience, board a resort fishing boat to catch your dinner using traditional hand-line fishing techniques. Then gather under a blanket of stars and learn from Landaa’s on-site astronomers. Ask about the resorts’ Specialty Suites — perfect for multigenerational families — where vast ocean-facing lounge decks, infinity pools, and overwater hammocks combine to create a dream vacation.

For more: https://www.fourseasons.com/maldiveslg

The Broadmoor

(Colorado Springs, Colo.)

Known for their impeccable service and stunning views, this five-star resort has offered up their special brand of Western hospitality for more than a century. Their top-notch golf program draws national tournaments as well as families eager to enjoy the storied game. With Rocky Mountain grandeur as your backdrop, choose from three courses, each providing unique challenges and enjoyment. Kids 12 and under play free with a paying adult after 2 p.m. Ask about family golf clinics held Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays and weekday golf packages.

Beyond the links, families enjoy hiking, horseback riding, resort-style pools, bowling, boating, tennis and spa time. Several family packages are available including the Grand Memories package designed for multigenerational vacations.

For more: www.broadmoor.com; www.colorado.com

Grand Marais, Minnesota

Located on the shores of Lake Superior, this friendly harborside village blends an artistic, creative vibe with an adventurous spirit. Home to nationally renowned artist schools and galleries, Grand Marais also serves as the gateway to the Gunflint Trail National Scenic Byway and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Hike Pincushion Mountain, set sail on Superior or bike along the shoreline. Plan a side trip down the histori

c Gunflint Trail where you’ll have the option to paddle across glacier-carved lakes, hike through ancient forests, fish for walleye and sample Northwoods hospitality.

For more: www.gunflint.com; VisitCookCounty.com; www.OnlyinMN.com

Montauk Yacht Club

(Montauk, N.Y.)

Head to the east end of Long Island, just beyond the famed Hamptons, for a relaxed experience in a beachy enclave where fishermen, surfers, urban hipsters and families easily mix in the salty air. Stroll along the docks to witness (and later sample) the arrival of the day’s fresh catch, as tony yachts and the occasional sightseeing boat, spouting the area’s seafaring history, inch into the harbor.

On your way to or from Montauk, enjoy a casual lunch at the Clam Bar, a family favorite, open-air seafood shack, where platters of fried clams might call your name. Stay in one of 107 stylish guest rooms or historic cottages at the storied Montauk Yacht Club Resort, where all things nautical will serve as your holiday backdrop.

A children’s playground, volleyball and tennis courts, SUP, kayaks and fishing expeditions provide plenty of opportunity for family fun.

For more: www.discoverlongIsland.com; www.montaukyachtclub.com