June is here. Grab your shorts, kids, family, friends and sunglasses and explore all the awesome things to enjoy this summer right in your own backyard.

History and heritage lovers will want to visit the Civil War commemoration exhibit at the Fort August Museum in Sunbury and the Mifflinburg Buggy Museum's Exhibit - "Gutelius Buggies: Decades of Excellence."

School is out and there is a ton of fun to be found at a variety of summer camps in June: Kid's Cave Kamp at Lincoln Cave in Huntington and children's history and Civil War camps at the Slifer House Museum, to name just two. Kids will also enjoy guided tours at Owens Farm; Kids College (for intellectually curious, highly motivated learners) at Susquehanna University, or the "Dig Into Reading" literacy program that begins Saturday at Snyder, Northumber-land and Union County libraries. it includes a passport program for participants to gain complimentary entrance to participating regional museums.

June is also full of outdoor adventure. Canoe and kayak lovers will not want to miss the North Branch Canal Cruise, the Schuylkill River Sojourn, the North Branch Susquehanna River Sojourn or Canoe Susquehanna's three June events: The McKees Mainstem Adventure, the Lewisburg Appetizer and the Peace of the Susquehanna Guided Kayak Trip. June 15 is opening day of bass season. Be sure to check out our web site for a list of regional fishing tournaments and download the only regional Fishing Guide for the Susquehanna River Valley. And don't miss out on our new Golfing in the Susquehanna River Valley brochure featuring a variety of golf courses throughout the region.

You will not want to miss the inaugural Beaver Bed Race and More at the dragway in Beaver Springs on June 15 that will honor the memory of resident Davy Jones of the Monkees by unveiling a life-sized statue of the star, plus food and entertainment.

And don't forget all the state parks, hiking and biking trails (information is available through the visitors' center). Check out our website later in June for a complete listing of regional fireworks.

For more information on these and other events in the Susquehanna River Valley, go to VisitCentralPA.org; sign up for our weekly e-newsletter; call us at 1-800-525-7320; stop by our Visitor Center on Route 15, or download our new mobile apps at www.VisitCentralPA.org/mobile.asp.

(Andrew Miller is the executive director of the Susquehanna River Valley Visitors Bureau.)