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If you’re the proud owner of a new boat this year and are looking for a few of the most fun family boating activities, we have some excellent ideas for you below!
Of course, going boating is a ton more fun with friends and family, though if you’re new to owning a vessel, finding some fun things to do can be a little tricky.If you’re the proud owner of a new boat this year and are looking for a few of the most fun family boating activities, we have some excellent ideas for you! Click To Tweet
For the family man or woman looking to get the kids out on the water, we have some safe, fun, and memorable activities listed below.
Take a look at our favorite family boating activities below.
Gliding On Tow-toys
Gone are the days where tire tubes were the only things to pull along on the boat. Many tow-toys on the market today are safe and perfect for the kids and adults to hitch a ride on around the lake behind the boat.
Whether you’re looking for a tow-toy for one or even five people, there’s an option for everyone, and a lot of these toys are only around $100, so getting your hands on these is affordable as ever.
For the bigger kids or the adults, waterskiing is another fantastic boating activity for the family looking to get an adrenaline rush.
You’ll be able to find wakeboards and waterskis for only around $150 to $200 depending on the brand, and we’re confident everyone in the family will find hours of use out of these skis.
One of our absolute favorite boating activities is planning a camping trip in a location that cannot be accessed by car.
Have your bags packed and bring along plenty of food and water and scope out the coastlines or lakesides where camping is permitted, and anchor when you find an excellent camping spot for the family.
In doing this, you’ll have no issue social distancing when you ‘dock’ as you’re not going to be sharing a jetty or any other public space with see-goers.
You’ll be in your own area, secluded, and able to relax without the worry of being interrupted by other campers arriving by vehicle.
Find a Snorkel Spot
Of course, there are likely a ton of snorkeling providers in your area that take the public to the hottest snorkeling places in your bay, though with your own boat and family in tow, you can search for your own!
A great tip is to look at Google Maps to find some reefs in satellite view and head out to these areas for a snorkel.
You’ll be, again, in a secluded space away from tourists and keeping your social distance, plus you may even find some rarely seen coral and fish.
Host a Lunch or Sunset Dinner
For our readers with a pontoon or a larger vessel, hosting a dinner or a lunch on your boat is going to be another fantastic and memorable activity for the whole family.
You’ll be able to set down your anchor in a seaside or open water location that gives you the best view of the coast or sunset and begin prepping and serving food and drinks for your guests. Without a doubt, a dinner at sea with friends and family is an excellent take on the traditional at-home dinner party that’s a million times more fun.
Our biggest tip here for our dinner-hosting seafarers is to invest in a vessel that’s quite large or designed for dining. Stay on the lookout for pontoons or wider vessels from retailers and resellers like Grays, and you’ll be the new fan-favorite among your friends when it comes to fun on the water.
To end, getting out on the water to do some fishing is another excellent family boating activity.
Of course, you can stick along the coastline for this activity, though if you’re after a big catch or looking to get a little peace and quiet, heading out on the open water is an excellent idea too.
Krystle Cook – the creator of Home Jobs by MOM – put her psychology degree on a shelf and dived into a pile of diapers and dishes instead. She is a wife and mother to two rambunctious boys, sweating it out in her Texas hometown. She loves cooking, DIY home projects, and family fun activities.