Travel

Here, there, and everywhere

From national lobster day to a parks map app

C. A. Smith Photography (top)

HERE

MAINE WINDJAMMER FESTIVAL

Kickoff the summer season at the 52d annual Windjammer Days Festival (June 22-28) in Boothbay Harbor (pictured below). The centerpiece of the community-led festival is the midweek arrival of 11 historic schooners in Linekin Bay and the parade of sails. (June 25, 1-3 p.m.) Most events are free, including an arts and crafts show, live entertainment, antique boat parade, tour of the US Coast Guard station, fireworks display, kids’ tent activities, and a chance for “apprentice pirates” to attack the town aboard the Must Roos pirate ship. New this year: Cod Fish Race — where teams in foul weather gear transport fish through town — a lobster-eating contest, and food booths from local restaurants. 207-633-2353, www.windjammerdays.org

CELEBRATING CRUSTACEANS FUELS A CYCLING TOUR

Celebrate National Lobster Day (June 15) with a Crustacean Crawl in southern Maine. Organized by the White Barn Inn in Kennebunk, the experience — also offered any day with two-week prior reservation — combines a six-mile bike tour with a day of sampling tasty lobster dishes. Led by avid cyclist and Grand Relais Chef Jonathan Cartwright (pictured above), the tour starts on the inn’s property (bikes provided) before stopping at a nearby marina to chat with a fisherman about the best way to choose a lobster. Cartwright then cycles to local spots and shares his favorite crustacean creations. End the day with an optional multi-course dinner featuring — guess what? — lobster. $300 per person, does not include dinner or accommodations. 207-967-2321, www.whitebarninn.com

THERE

GET JAZZED IN MONTREAL

Savor soulful, swinging, funky, and purely jazzy sensations at the 35th Montreal International Jazz Festival (June 26-July 6). Ranked the world’s largest jazz festival by Guinness World Records, the celebration hosts more than 2 million visitors who enjoy more than 1,000 concerts and activities — two-thirds of them free – in 15 concert halls and on eight outdoor stages. This year’s varied roster includes Diana Ross, Aretha Franklin, Bobby McFerrin, B. B. King, Rufus Wainwright, Michael Buble, Elvis Costello, Tony Bennett, Pink Martini, and Ginger Baker Jazz Confusion with Pee Wee Ellis. New this year: A mobile site (http://mobile.montrealjazzfest.com) allows fans to create personalized schedules. Tickets $23-$147. 855-299-3378, www.montrealjazzfest.com

MERMAID WEDDINGS IN FLORIDA

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INTERACTIVE ARTS BUBBLE UP ON SAN FRANCISCO WATERFRONT

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The Exploratorium, the playful museum of science, art, and human perception on the San Francisco waterfront, debuts its second public commissioned work for its Over the Water series (June 19-January 2015). “We Make the Treasure,” by artist Paul Ramírez Jonas, features ephemeral, pulsing lines of air bubbles that break the surface of the water between Piers 15 and 17, suggesting the ghostly outline of the Bee’s Wing, a schooner that sank in 1863 as it returned to San Francisco from Monterey. Visitors can interact with imagined treasure by using a crane to find, exchange, and value coin-sized objects. Free. Museum admission: Adults (ages 18-64) $25, youth, students, seniors $19, under 4 free. 415-528-4444, www.exploratorium.edu

EVERYWHERE

BLANKET BUG REPELLENT SHOOS THEM OFF

Take bug protection seriously this summer with new Insect Shield outdoor and mini blankets. Designed to repel mosquitoes, ticks, flies, and fleas, the blankets offer built-in, odorless, and effective protection for the entire family. Ideal for family camping adventures, picnics in the park, a day at the beach, or relaxing in your own backyard. Lightweight and washable. Available in assorted colors. Outdoor Blanket, 56 by 74 inches, $29.95; Mini Blanket, 28 by 36 inches, $15.95. 866-712-7110, www.insectshield.com

NATIONAL PARKS MAPS APP

Traveling to a national park this summer? Avenza’s Apple- and Android-friendly PDF Maps app allows users to download maps that can be used at any time, even without Internet access. Maps for family-friendly national parks include Yosemite in California; Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee and North Carolina; Rocky Mountain in Colorado, Bryce Canyon in Utah (above), and more. In the Avenza Map Store you can search for and browse thousands of other professionally made  maps, including from National Geographic, the US Forest Service, Backroad Mapbooks, and more. The app is free. Individual maps 99 cents-$4.99. www.avenza.com/pdf-maps

Necee Regis can be reached at neceeregis@gmail.com.