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A Greenway carousel to a relaxation app

Inner Balance app

Inner Balance app



Boston’s Rose F. Kennedy Greenway Conservancy has updated the old-fashioned carousel with a New England twist. On Labor Day weekend (Aug. 31), it unveils a new, permanent, custom-built carousel featuring 14 animals native to the land, sea, and sky of Massachusetts including a lobster, cod, sea turtle, peregrine falcon, fox, grasshopper, whale, butterfly, and barn owl. Crafted by Newburyport artist Jeff Briggs, the whimsical characters were inspired by drawings made by Boston schoolchildren. The carousel is on the Greenway, across from

Faneuil Hall Marketplace, within walking distance to the North End, New England Aquarium, and waterfront. $3 per ride.



Let your imagination soar at Fantasy: Imagine, a multimedia exhibition showcasing the work of newly juried members of the League of N.H. Craftsmen featuring flying elephants, whistles, mermaids, gnome homes, butterflies, dragons, and other fanciful themes (through Sept. 18). Also on display: a new selection of objects from the 300-piece permanent collection at the Grodin Permanent Collection Museum, including pieces made by renowned craftspeople such as ceramic artists Otto and Vivika Heino, and Edwin and Mary Scheier. Free. 603-224-3375,



Wreck Bar in FortLauderdale is home to the MeduSirena mermaid show.

Visitors to Fort Lauderdale regularly spot mermaids at the Wreck Bar, home to the MeduSirena mermaid show (www., Fridays 6:30 p.m.), located just steps from the private beach at the Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotel. Those who want to explore their aquatic skills should check out the resort’s Mermaid Package (Aug. 23-Sept. 28, excluding Labor Day weekend) featuring a one-hour lesson from the lead mermaid, Marina Duran-Anderson; reserved seats to the MeduSirena Show (with a chance to make a cameo in a show); $25 credit to use at The Wreck Bar; and accommodations. From $139 per night. Phone-only offer. 800-325-3535,


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Superfly, Whistler, B.C.’s, newest adventure company, introduces ziplines and treetop adventures designed to mimic the sensation of flight. At over 3,200 feet long, Superfly’s tandem ziplines are the longest in Canada, reaching speeds of up to 62 miles per hour with heights of 600 feet above the forest floor. Engineers designed these comfortable lines with a smooth braking system and harness assembly that can transport everyone including children (7 and older) and guests with accessibility challenges. Three-hour tour $129 per person. Combo tours available. 604-932-0647,


The new lobby.

The Langham, Chicago makes its downtown debut in a 52-story landmark tower originally designed for IBM by renowned architect Mies van der Rohe. Architect Dirk Lohan, van der Rohe’s grandson, worked on the new project, converting ground floor office space into a hotel lobby. This historic space also features furniture designed by Lohan, including a sofa pattern his grandfather designed for his daughter in the late 1940s. The hotel offers 316 guest rooms and suites; Travelle, a restaurant and lounge with Mediterranean-inspired cuisine; a 22,000-square-foot spa and exercise facilities; and afternoon tea, a Langham tradition that began in London in 1865. Rates from $475. 312-923-9988,



Stress caused by travel woes (long lines, late flights) can ruin a vacation or affect a business meeting. Now you can turn your iPhone or iPad into a tool that guides you through relaxation techniques and helps prevent, manage, and reverse the negative effects of stress. Inner Balance, a combination app and sensor, is simple to use: Attach a small module to your device and the sensor to your earlobe. It then takes a pulse reading and develops a breathing sequence for you to follow, based on your heart rhythms, to synchronize your heart, brain, and nervous system. If you are afraid of flying, Inner Balance may help eliminate anxiety during turbulence. $99. 800-450-9111,


ShavTech portable electric razor.


ShaveTech is a portable electric razor designed for the busy traveler. The sleek, modern design is lightweight and compact — no larger than a smart phone — and it charges using its own standard USB port, meaning it can be taken anywhere in the world without the hassle of packing bulky adapters. When not charging, the USB port flips into the razor, making it easy to hold. Available in black and white. $29.99. 240-669-6869,


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