Falcons fly at Hotel Hershey
A falconry program has opened at the Hotel Hershey in Hershey.
The program educates participants about the birds and the sport's history and includes outdoor free-flight demonstrations, a demonstration of the bird's hunting techniques and a chance for a photo with a bird.
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The program is available weekends in September and October. The cost – $85; $70 for ages 8-12 – includes admission to nearby ZooAmerica North American Wildlife Park, which, like the Hotel Hershey, is part of Hershey Entertainment & Resorts properties.
Participants must be at least 8, and you don't have to be staying at the hotel to take part. Details: www.thehotelhershey.com. To reserve a spot in the falconry program: 717-534-3900.
Ready to fox trot this fall?
The beat goes on nearly all weekend when Osthoff Resort – in Elkhart Lake, between Milwaukee and Green Bay, Wis., about a three-hour drive from Chicago – rolls up the rugs Oct. 24-26 for its annual “Harvest Moon Ball” getaway. That weekend, the dance floor beckons Friday night with a reception and the tunes of the Howard Schneider Big Band. Saturday hoofer wannabes can polish their steps at beginning and intermediate dance lessons, then attend a gala dinner and dance with the Bob Kuether Band. A hearty Sunday buffet breakfast serves as the coda to this musical retreat.
Prices start at $499 per couple for the weekend package, including Friday-Saturday suite accommodations. Tax/tips are additional. Details: 800-876-3399; www.osthoff.com.
More space than ever for kids
A new space for a New Hampshire children's museum includes old favorites as well as new attractions in a building that is fully accessible for children who use wheelchairs or have other mobility issues.
The Children's Museum of New Hampshire opened in July in Dover – in a 20,000-square-foot building on the Cocheco River surrounded by a park.
The museum outgrew its original location in Portsmouth, but it still has a popular exhibit from the original site, the Yellow Submarine, designed to replicate the experience of a deep-sea dive. Other features include a play space for babies and toddlers, an area where kids can dig for fossils, a display about the ecosystem of the river, and “Build It, Fly It,” about aerodynamics. Details: www.childrens-museum.org.
It's an archaeological gold mine
Mesa Verde National Park, in southwestern Colorado, is home to 4,000 known archaeological sites, including 600 cliff dwellings. The natural and manmade wonders of the park, a World Heritage Site, are the subject of an “Out & About in Mesa Verde Package” that provides two nights' accommodations at the aptly named Far View Lodge and two dinners for two, for $699 per couple.
Also included are daily buffet breakfast, a bottle of wine and a private tour of Mesa Verde's ancient sites, as well as the regularly scheduled ranger-led “Cliff Palace” walking tour. Additional costs: transportation to Mesa Verde, park entrance fee, gratuities and energy surcharges. The “Out & About” package is valid through Oct. 20. Details: 888-896-3831; www.visitmesa verde.com.