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Whaling ship in New Bedford to a rugged outdoor speaker

The Morgan was made a National Historic Landmark in 1966.

The Morgan was made a National Historic Landmark in 1966.

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HISTORIC SHIP VISITS NEW BEDFORD

The second-oldest ship afloat, after the USS Constitution, returns to New Bedford in June for an eight-day stay. The Charles W. Morgan, a whaler built in New Bedford and launched from there in 1841, last visited during World War II. Also considered the oldest commercial ship afloat, the Morgan was made a National Historic Landmark in 1966. It returns June 28-July 6 for a grand celebration that includes ship tours, an evening gala, a 1.2-mile open-water benefit swim, a boat parade, whaleboat races, fireworks, a folk festival with 70 performers, and an exhibit featuring 90 juried arts and crafts vendors. 508-979-1745, www.destinationnewbedford.org

VERMONT EXHIBIT TOUTS FLOWERS

Spring is in bloom at the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, where a new exhibit, “Flora: A Celebration of Flowers in Contemporary Art,” fills four galleries with works by 13 artists. See the 18-foot-wide “Indian Summer — Homage to Bonnard,” by painter Robert Kushner, exquisite botanical illustrations by Bobbi Angell on view with living orchids, and dazzling painted bouquets by Janet Fish. The exhibit runs through June 22, and includes artist talks, a guided wildflower walk at Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center, an orchid-care workshop, and a lecture on the status of Vermont’s bumblebees. Admission: $8 adults, $6 seniors, $4 students, under 6 free. 802-257-0124, www.brattleboromuseum.org

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LEGOLAND Florida had added a new play area with preschool-age toys.

OFF-SEASON DEALS AT WALT DISNEY WORLD, RESORT, LEGOLAND

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Preschoolers can enjoy new attractions geared to little ones in Orlando for special off-season rates through May. LEGOLAND Florida had added a new play area with preschool-age toys, including a train and mini tractor. Disney’s Magic Kingdom offers a new daily parade with popular characters from “Frozen” and “Brave,” and an area called New Fantasyland with new shops, restaurants, and rides, including the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train roller coaster, which opens in May. Children ages 3-12 admitted to LEGOLAND Florida for free in May with a full-price adult ticket. Or get a three-night, two-day package at Walt Disney World Resort for two adults and one child age 3-9 from $899. 800-225-0099, www.visitorlando.com/may

ROCK ON AND RIDE THE RAILS IN THE COLORADO ROCKIES

Ride a scenic train through Colorado’s Rocky Mountains to a venue at 9,400 feet elevation, where you can see performances by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Juice Newton, and other favorites, as part of the Mountain Rails Live Concert Series. Hop aboard the Rio Grande Scenic Railroad in Alamosa, southwest of Colorado Springs, any weekend from June through September, and travel 90 minutes to the all-green Fir Mountain concert site, which is powered entirely by wind and solar energy. Here, catch performances by top western folk musicians, or attend the new three-day Americana Music Festival, which features some of the nation’s hottest country bands, including The Wranglers. Tickets start at $19 adult, $9 child. 877-726-7245, www.coloradotrain.com

The four-star hotel is blocks from the National Mall and White House.

NEW HOTEL IN WASHINGTON NEAR ALL THE CAPITAL’S STARS

The Marriott Marquis Washington opens May 1. The four-star hotel, located blocks from the National Mall and White House, will serve as a base for exploring the National Portrait Gallery, 150-year-old Arlington Cemetery, and new CityCenter luxury retail complex, among other highlights. The property will have five bars and restaurants, and one of the largest fitness centers of any D.C. hotel at 8,000 square feet. Take advantage of the Summer Weekends Deal between June 1-Sept. 1, with starting rates at $108 for two-night stays, $90 per night for three-night stays (excluding suites), Thu-Sun (book by May 23 for the best rate). 877-255-0200, www.dcmarquis.com

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Pair your device with the printer by means of Bluetooth, download the free LP Pocket Photo app, then choose which photo you want to print.

PALM-SIZE PHOTO PRINTER FOR iPHONE OR ANDROID SMARTPHONE

Spark a conversation, create a bond, or capture a moment on your next trip with the LG Pocket Photo. This clever, easy-to-use mini printer syncs with your Apple or Android smartphone and tablet, and lets you print an inkless color image on a 2-inch-by-3-inch piece of photo paper. Pair your device with the printer by means of Bluetooth, download the free LP Pocket Photo app, then choose which photo you want to print. The image transmits wirelessly and slips out in about 40 seconds. The printer is about the size of an iPhone but twice as thick, and weighs about 7.5 ounces. $99 for device and 10 pieces of paper. Thirty sheets of paper refills $14.95. 800-321-1484, www.hammacher.com

RUGGED OUTDOOR SPEAKER

Braven outdoor speakers can withstand rain, bumps, drops, and other clumsy maneuvers and still deliver high-definition sound.

Braven’s wireless BRV-X outdoor speaker can withstand rain, bumps, drops, and other clumsy maneuvers and still deliver high-definition sound. The new Bluetooth speaker weighs 1.5 pounds and measures 9-by-3½-by-3 inches. The speaker has a rubber shock-proof exterior, and easy-to-access buttons for adjusting volume, pairing mode, and power setting. Italso has a noise-canceling microphone so you can take hands-free calls. Pair it with another BRV-X to get left-right stereo sound, and use the speaker as a back-up battery for charging USB devices. $229. 877-927-2836, www.braven.com

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