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Sail at Pink Shell Beach Resort & Spa

Has Pirates of the Caribbean spurred an affinity for ships, treasure, and all things sea in your little adventurers? Even without booty onboard, there’s something magical about taking to the sea, using only the wind in your sails to power your ship towards the horizon. A great summer activity for kids and families, guests at the Pink Shell Beach Resort & Spa in Fort Myers, Florida, can learn how to tack, jib, and eventually man their own sailboat. The popular family resort partners with reputable Offshore Sailing School to offer a variety of sailing courses which leave right from the resort’s own docks. Instruction ranges from a two-hour introductory lesson ($150 per person with a two person minimum) to intensive 11-day programs spent almost entirely at sea. The best option for families is the Learn to Sail course which includes five half days of instruction that culminates in a half-day family sailing trip sans instructors (who’s the captain and skipper in your crew?). Lessons are reserved for those 12 and up, but if the whole family sails together kids as young as seven are welcome aboard. Best of all, the school’s Kids and Teens Learn Free program allows up to four kids (ages 7–17) to take the Learn to Sail course for free when accompanied by two paying adults (from $3,670 for five nights in a two bedroom villa with five day sailing instruction). When the kids are not spending the day out on the water, Sparky’s Kids Kampp for 4 to 12-year-olds features activities like beach games and educational nature walks ($35 per child). Regular summer rates start from $234/night.

Liz Webber

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