Taking The Kids / Travel & Leisure

Taking the Kids: To Amelia Island

Where are the manatees? "Some folks saw some this morning," says my kayak guide Ray Hetchka, who along with his wife, Jody, runs Kayak Amelia in Talbot Island State Park on Amelia Island, just off the northeastern tip of Florida.

Taking the Kids: Going to L.A. museums

Meet megamouth. Maybe your kids would rather reach out and touch tires that flew in space on the space shuttle Endeavour. The artists in your family can create their own masterpieces while young scientists can watch paleontologists at work.