What it is: There’s no need to go twenty-thousand leagues under the sea when there’s so much to observe right at the surface. Snorkeling is an ideal way to gain an appreciation of marine animals -- pretty important since the ocean does cover over 70 percent of the Earth!
Why your family will love it: Cool off on a hot beach day by strapping on your mask and fins to see what creatures are just offshore. For some extra fun, buy a picture book of the area’s fish so your family can compare notes about what you all saw.
Locations we love: Caribbean waters are especially warm and clear, making them idyllic for snorkeling. Turks and Caicos, just below the Bahamas, are famous for their colorful aquatic life. Another idea? Kids are crazy about Stingray City off Grand Cayman, where you can touch -- and even feed -- stingrays.