FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- Soldiers and their families are invited to soak up the sun this summer with MWR Central's day trips, beginning with a privately-chartered deep sea fishing day trip May 27.

According to Savery Wile, MWR Central business manager, the trips are designed to appeal to a wide age range, from youth to adults.

"These trips offer affordable fun with all the planning and transportation taken care of for you," she said. "You get to sit back, relax and enjoy the fun while we take care of all the work. We have a variety of trips that we do all year long. Our trips are family friendly and geared to take care of patrons, so they can enjoy the fun without having to worry about planning or transportation.

"The deep sea fishing private charter trips are always a huge hit," she added. "This one is on a 45-foot, walk-around boat that goes out for a six- to seven-hour fishing trip. We recommend bringing a cooler with drinks and snacks, but no glass containers or bottles.

The trip is $175 per person, according to Wiles. The fee includes transportation to and from Destin, Florida, bait, fishing rod, reel, license, 6 hour fishing trip and a tip for them to cut and clean your fish at the end of the trip.

Space is limited to 14-16 people, Wiles said, but space is still available for Saturday's charter and future charters are also available beginning in June.

"We will have additional fishing charters June 3 and 24," she said. "A deep sea fishing trip will take place June 10 on a party boat. This trip is $86 per person and includes transportation to and from Destin, bait, fishing rod and reel, license, six- to seven-hour fishing trip, and tip to cut and clean your fish at the end of the trip. This trip typically takes 35-40 people and is a great time had by all."

Additional MWR Central Trips scheduled this summer include the following.

Shipwreck Island, June 17 -- "This trip is sure to be a fun trip for any age," Wiles said. "We are going to enjoy a day in the sun at Shipwreck Island in Panama City, Florida. The trip is $49 per person and includes transportation to and from the water park and admission to Shipwreck Island."

Whitewater Rafting, July 22 -- "MWR Central has a white water rafting trip to Phenix City to venture down the Chattahoochee River," Wiles said. "This trip gives participants the opportunity to ride rapids that compare to that of Colorado and Zimbabwe. Guests will be accompanied by an expert instructor who will guide them along a three hour rafting experience with Class 4 and 5 rapids. Participants must be age 12 or older. "This trip includes transportation to and from the rafting experience, rafting trip, and safety gear." Cost is $61 per person.

Grape Stomp Festival, Aug. 5 -- "This is one of the best trips we offer," Wiles said. "This is a leisure afternoon filled with samples, vendors, food, music and fun. MWR Central will take you out to the vineyard where you can spend the afternoon stomping grapes and touring the vineyard. We provide the transportation, so participants can enjoy the afternoon safely and not have to worry about getting to and from the fun." Cost is $23 per person and participants are urged to sign up in advance to secure their spot.

"These trips are all inclusive, so you don't have to worry about hidden charges, parking, transportation, or safety," Wiles said. "We take care of everything.

"The more participation we get, the better the trips will become," she added. "We need everyone to join in on the fun, so we can continue to grow the program, and offer bigger and better services to those who are looking for some fun on the weekends."

For more information, call 255-2997 or 255-9517.