Summer is here, and we have lots of fun ideas to keep you and the kids busy all through the long, sticky days.

1. Anne Kolb Nature Center is the perfect place for trailblazing in your very own backyard. You can follow the 2.3-mile long trail as it meanders through the mangroves of the nature center. Anne Kolb Nature Center also offers the chance to go Geocaching, the modern GPS treasure hunting adventure. 751 Sheridan St., Hollywood, FL 33019, 954.357.5161.

2. Officially, it’s called John U. Lloyd Beach State Park – the new name honoring local civil rights heroes Dr. Von Mizell and Eula Johnson becomes official in July. But whatever the name, the park long known as Whiskey Creek has something for everyone in the family, from fishing, snorkeling, canoeing and kayaking to scuba diving. 6503 N Ocean Dr., Dania Beach, FL 33004, 954.923.2833.

3. Tourists pack it in the winter months, but in summer Fort Lauderdale’s Water Taxi is a great way for locals to enjoy our city of waterways. Not only will you be able to explore, but you have the ability to stop and have lunch or visit a shop along the way. And be sure to check out the taxi’s new routes. See the website for full details, including all the places you can catch the water taxi. 954.467.6677,,

4. Get your equestrian on at the Bar-B-Ranch this summer. The Bar-B-Ranch offers every horse related activity, including day and summer camp programs. Learn to groom, saddle, bridle, or leave all that for someone else and just ride the trails. 3500 SW 121 Ave. Davie, Florida 33330, 954.424.1060,

5. Fox Observatory at Markham Park offers a night observing the stars. Bring your telescope and the observatory team will show you how to line it up with the stars you want to view, or just come by and use theirs. 16001 State Road 84, Sunrise, FL 33326, 954.384.0442,

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