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Oceans of Adventure

In Houston on June 5-6, dive into a world of adventure at SEASPACE 2004, which celebrates its 35th year of introducing folks to watersports, travel, and aquatic conservation. This year's event, held at Reliant Center, even features an aboveground swimming pool for paddling, kayaking, and scuba diving. "It's like going to the beach," says SEASPACE executive director Ken Knezick, who recommends bringing along a swimsuit and towel.

If you want to stay dry, don't miss the giant rock-climbing wall or the more than 200 exhibits that focus on sports like sailing and surfing, as well as underwater endeavors like oceanic archeology. SEASPACE will also offer a series of in-depth workshops and seminars on topics ranging from ecotourism to underwater photography. For a closer look at what lies beneath, check out the gallery of underwater photography on loan from the Los Angeles Underwater Photo Society. On June 5, in partnership with the Houston Museum of Natural Science, SEASPACE will showcase the new IMAX film Coral Reef Adventure, which takes viewers on a deep-sea exploration through the coral reefs of the South Pacific.

Visitors can also experience the world of coral reefs through a virtual dive, meet a living "mermaid," and learn more about topics like cave diving, shark behavior, and reef preservation.

Admission ($6; free age 12 and younger or scouts in uniform) benefits marine-related scholarships. For information about advance tickets, or to request a schedule of workshops and seminars, call 713/467-6675; www.seaspace.org. –Maureen L. King

From the March 1998 issue.

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