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Re: activities for kids in the 1000 islands

Are you talking about off the SW Florida coast? I assume you are.

Well, something fun is getting a net and a large tupperware container. Just walk out and scoop up the sand and dump it in. THere is no telling what all you will find, from things as simple as scallops to crabs and sea horses. Its fun.

The fishing should be good there, give that a try.

What about sailing south to Marathon? We will be there in a few days too. You have the Dolphin and Turtle hospital and you can grab a ball off of SOmbrero light and do some awesome snorkeling. My kids fell in love with that. If you take a cab to key west, you can see the Butterfly consortium and Mel Fishers museum of sunken gold. Down the channel towards Key Largo, there are a lot of wonderful snorkeling spots that are great for kids. Just make sure you trail a line off the boat so they can hold onto it without drifting away.

I will warn you, if you have never been to that part of the country, bring a LOT of bug spray. The No-seeums are generally really bad. The water is really shallow too... but I guess you probably know that.

If you want inside things to do, I can give you some ideas there too.

Brian

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