Boston Dragon Boat Festival

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You don’t have to go to Hong Kong to get a glimpse into the allure of Asia. Held on June 8th and June 9th, the 34th Annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival returns to deliver a majestic, cultural display at the Charles River in Boston! Witness 54 teams from around the world compete for coveted medals and honors. Over 20,000 participants and spectators turn out to witness this 3,000 year old Chinese tradition. The Festival premiered in 1979, and has since grown from a small neighborhood event into a highly-anticipated Boston attraction. Best of all – it’s free! Build lasting memories with your travel companions and experience this unique cultural tradition! Teams compete over a 500-meter course in colorful, 39-foot Hong Kong style dragon boats. Time trials begin at 7:00am on June 8th- so sneak a peek at the teams before they compete! The real races take place from 7:00am – … [Read more...]

Have a Whale of Weekend at the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium

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This February 18th and 19th, come celebrate the annual migration of the Pacific gray whale with a wide variety of whale-related activities at the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium. This event celebrates the annual migration - the longest migration, in fact, of any species - of the Pacific gray whale, which travels 10,000 to 14,000 miles round trip all the way from the arctic seas to the warm waters of California and Mexico. At this time of year, whales can be seen from the west end observation deck of the Santa Moncia Pier. Here's a quick look at ho w you can celebrate with the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium: *   Get to know the whales - personally: You'll get the chance to feel the heft of a whale rib, run your fingers over some bristly baleen, and try on some whale blubber for warm - but don't worry, it's only simulated. *   For the kids: Face painting and free whale visors! *   For … [Read more...]

Maui Whale Watching

Every year from approximately December 15th to May 15th, Maui's waters see an influx of humpback wales. An estimated 1,500 to 2,000 of these giant marine mammals congregate around Maui during this time making for some amazing whale watching. It is possible to see whales from shore -- particularly if you have an elevated vantage point. People often see 40-foot long Humpbacks from their cars while driving Maui's coastal roads -- with the unfortunate side effect of sudden braking by an excited whale spotter leading to a fender bender with another car! The Prince Kuhio Wale Watch is a great way to get a little closer to these majestic creatures without putting your auto insurance to the test. The two-hour cruise is included as part of a Go Maui Card and each trip is accompanied by a naturalist who provides commentary and can answer questions about the whales. … [Read more...]

New England Aquarium

No trip to Boston is complete without a visit to the New England Aquarium.  This past Summer I took some time out to pay the aquarium a visit.  It has been much too long since my last visit, so I was really excited to relive some of my childhood memories. The first thing that comes to mind when speaking about the aquarium is the outdoor harbor seal exhibit.  This exhibit is open all year round regardless of the weather and is always a welcoming site for aquarium visitors. Once inside the floor level exhibit of penguins is still as exciting as it was when I was 10.  I’m amazed how quickly these birds move through the water.  The friendly games of chase amongst the penguins can keep me entertained for hours. As you move through the aquarium each exhibit brings back great memories.  The petting tank, the top level of the ocean tank, the piranhas and electric eels all … [Read more...]