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Franklin Park Zoo to mini chargers

Franklin Park Zoo’s Rhino ride.

Neil Burger

Franklin Park Zoo’s Rhino Rescue ride.



Go on a virtual high-speed chase through Africa at a new state-of-the-art ride at Boston’s Franklin Park Zoo. The attraction, called Rhino Rescue, takes you on a crazy, fast-paced ride alongside park rangers as they attempt to stop rhino poachers. Encounter elephants, wildebeest, and other wildlife along the way. Sit in a motion simulator seat and experience wind, motion, sight, and sound. Tickets for the four-minute ride cost $4 for members, $5 nonmembers. Ten cents from each ticket purchase goes to the International Rhino Foun-

dation to benefit rhino conservation. 617-541-5466,



Head for The Fairmont Copley Plaza this summer and take advantage of packages that offer admission for families to the Museum of Science Boston, Franklin Park Zoo, Boston Children’s Museum, and New England Aquarium. The science museum and aquarium packages, good through Dec. 31, include accommodations and admission tickets for two adults and two children. A small portion of the Swimmin’ with the Fishes Package supports the care of one of the aquarium’s species for a year. Rates start at $239 for the science museum package, and $299 for the aquarium package, based on availability.  800-441-1414,



Stay at the Waldorf Astoria New York and enjoy a spa treatment, a dinner entree, and a creative cocktail all made with ingredients from the property’s rooftop garden. The hotel’s outdoor oasis opened last year with six beehives. It now includes fig and apple trees, and nine raised garden beds where executive chef David Garcelon grows edible flowers, alpine strawberries, eight ball squash, and eight varieties of basil that are used in the hotel’s restaurant and spa. Enjoy a pedicure that incorporates rooftop honey and rosemary, a Rooftop Ramble cocktail made with fresh basil leaves, and tagliolini pasta with rooftop kale. Visit the garden on Thursdays or Saturdays during regularly scheduled tours of this grand Art Deco-style hotel. Room rates start at $319, double occupancy. 800-925-3673,

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Stay at a Trump hotel worldwide and enjoy tasty snacks and meals that help keep you healthy on the road. The luxury hotel group has launched three new wellness programs: Nourish, the in-room dining program, provides vegan, gluten-free, and organic offerings. Local farms in Hawaii, for instance, provide the hydroponic lettuces and organic vanilla bean ice cream for the Trump International Hotel Waikiki Beach Walk. Quick Bites offers healthy in-room options that are guaranteed to be delivered in 15 minutes max. The Travel Fit program provides yoga mats, stretch bands, and light weights for in-room use. Guests can also borrow fitness clothing, running shoes, and pre-loaded iPod shuffles for free.  855-878-6700,


The Athenaeum Hotel celebrates the coming birth of a royal baby and the queen’s coronation anniversary by hosting a photo exhibition called “The Royal Child,” and afternoon tea for those 8 years and older on weekends through Aug. 31. The exhibit features 40 rarely-seen images of the queen and her children from Victorian times to present. Don’t miss the image of 4-year-old Elizabeth building sandcastles on the beach in Sussex. The Athenaeum’s Royal Summer Afternoon Tea includes honey roast ham, arugula, and red onion marmalade sandwiches, and scones with clotted cream and homemade jam. Rates: $93 per person; reservations required.  800-335-3300,




Jackery’s new travel-sized chargers don’t just refuel flashlights, phones, and game consoles. The super portable and lightweight Jackery Mini, and the bigger Jackery Bar, can recharge your cellphone, MP3 player, game console, and iPad or other tablet on the fly. The small rectangular mini weighs just 2.7 ounces, measures 3.7 by .09 by .08 inches, and provides up to 50 hours of charge time. The Jackery Bar weighs twice as much and measures an extra inch wider, but offers up to 120 hours of charge time. Both easily tuck into a pocket or the corner of a bag. Currently $29.95-$39.95 at


Practice your golf swing while traveling using GolfSense, a small and unobtrusive motion-sensing device that attaches to the Velcro strap of your glove and wirelessly transmits swing data to your iPhone, iPod, iPad, and Android device by Bluetooth. The gadget, made by Zepp Labs, records real-time, three-dimensional motion analysis of acceleration, tempo, velocity, and body position. The device doesn’t just capture info. It also provides tips and recommendations to help you improve each swing. Your stats get stored in the GolfSense Cloud, which gives you the ability to sync data with other mobile devices. $129.99 at or GolfSense.


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