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Compiled by Barbara Kuntz

Don’t miss out on summertime fun by staying indoors. I’ve always thought the best way to beat the months-long heat in Texas is to head to the out-of-doors for relief in bodies of water. Your pick: Float in a swimming pool alternated with rejuvenating dips, pack up for a splashy ride in a spring-fed river, relax on a windy lake or take an easy trip to the breezy beach. Be adventurous! You can always come back to the comfort of air conditioning — and with a lot of great memories.

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Own your own private island with this inflatable float designed for eight people and loaded with everything you’ll need for fun on the water, including a waterproof storage box with four speakers, two built-in coolers, mesh floor cooling area, a sun deck for catching rays, anchor and a detachable boarding platform. Dimensions inflated are 13.5 feet long by 10.4 feet wide, while deflated dimensions are 35 inches long and 24 inches wide.
Available through Amazon, , or Sea-Doo,

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Feel like a princess or an animal tamer as you play in the pool on this swan float. The bird inflates to 75 inches, so multiple riders can hop on back for extra fun. The more the merrier! Or, just claim the swan for yourself and enjoy a relaxing solo drift.
Available at Texsun Pools & Spas, multiple locations,

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$15 each
Classic beach balls get a playful twist with these colorful orbs containing surprises inside. Choose from fish to flamingos to flowers to make playing catch at the beach or a game of pool volleyball much cooler than with a plain ball. Size is 12 inches in diameter.
Available through Pottery Barn Kids, 4047 Westheimer Road, 713-960-8810,

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From Advanced Elements, the AdvancedFrame Convertible Inflatable Kayak offers performance and portability for one or two paddlers. With a reinforced aluminum frame, the kayak is compact, offers generous on-board storage space and has removable seats with adjustable, inflating back supports. Paddle holders are ready for quick stowage while fishing, taking pictures or just relaxing.
Available through Amazon,, and REI, several locations,

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About $350
Capture your next outing with this popular 16-megapixel waterproof digital camera. Whether you're swimming, biking or climbing, this CoolPix model gives you sharp photos and HD video footage. The wide-angle NIKKOR lens is perfect for your action shots and takes images up to 100 feet underwater. Built-in Wi-Fi makes it easy to share stored footage across devices. Memory card sold separately.
Available through Best Buy, , and multiple licensed Nikon dealer

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$34.99 each
Available in a rainbow of colors in three finishes (gloss, brushed or metallic) and 9- to 60-ounce sizes, the Corkcicle features triple-insulated steel construction to keep cold beverages cold (no freezing required) for a full 25 hours and hot drinks hot for up to 12 hours. You’re all set for hydrating — or sips of wine — wherever you roam.
Available through C&D Hardware and Gifts, 314 E. 11th St., 713-861-3551,

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$15 for a set of two hand-held nets and a ball
If you’re still in a frenzy from late-July’s “Shark Week,” grab a pair of whimsically designed shark nets with bright colors and lots of "toothy" personality for a simple game of toss-and-catch. Each net is created with fade-resistant materials, so your sharks will look good as new at the end of the season. Make the catch of the day!
By Spark, available through Amazon, plus Target and Walmart, multiple locations

February’s Glass Designers, 26440 Interstate 45, Spring, 281-367-6921,

crosley radio turntableSKEETER SCREEN PATIO EGG
$18 per kit
Where there’s water, there’s bound to be those pesky mosquitoes. Set or hang the Skeeter Screen Patio Egg anywhere as an easy, safe and effective way to deter biting insects from your outdoor living areas — without power cords, batteries or flames. Just pour in a mixture of the included four ounces of essential oils into the porous ceramic vessel and the scent — and mosquito control —will “hatch.” The Patio Egg comes with a sling and is effective over a space of about 200 square feet.
Available through C&D Hardware and Gifts, 314 E. 11th St., 713-861-3551,

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