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7 Ways to Explore New England by Boat

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I lived for a year in Colorado. The mountains are strikingly beautiful, but there was one main reason that I only lasted a year- water! I adore being around water. Any kind of water will work, but I want it all- lakes, rivers, harbors and the open seas. My family has a long history with the water and that is a history that I continue to pass on to my kids. 20 years ago I settled in New England because it is an ideal place to continue my love affair with all things water. When you visit my area, exploring New England by water is one of the best ways to experience the best it has to offer. Here are some of my favorite ways to enjoy New England by boat:

Explore New England’s Coastline by Sailboat or Yacht Cruiser
Thank you so much Discover Boating for sponsoring this day on a boat for my family-

My favorite kind of boat has always been a sailboat, but you can also explore the coastline in a motor boat. Renting one anywhere on New England’s coast will be quite an experience. It is where I live, but I especially recommend sailing in Newport, Rhode Island and in Narragansett Bay. You will get to sail under many bridges which are just gorgeous! Rhode Island hugs Narragansett Bay so the waters are protected. It is on my bucket list to take a boat up the coast from Boston to Canada. What an amazing trip that would be sailing past Maine’s national park, Acadia! You can visit Discover Boating to find places to rent a boat to use on your adventure.

Explore our lakes in a Pontoon Boat
Explore New England by boat.
A perfect summer day relaxing in a pontoon boat on Canobie Lake in Salem, New Hampshire.

If you don’t have a lot of boating experience, a pontoon boat is a perfect boat to start in. They are flat, simple boats and the ride is very relaxing. I especially love Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire, but New England is full of large lakes just perfect for relaxing your day away, idling along the lake shore. You can explore what boat is best for you here.

Take a boat ride to one of New England’s islands
Cairns in Rhode Island,
Mohegan Bluffs on Block Island, Rhode Island.

We are so lucky to have Nantucket, Block Island and Martha’s Vineyard to explore right off of the coasts of Rhode Island and Massachusetts. On them you will find historic towns and light houses. The colorful Gingerbread Houses in Martha’s Vineyard are not to be missed. Hiking to Mohegan Bluffs will reward you with one of the prettiest beaches in New England.

SCUBA dive off of New England’s coast.
Once I was SCUBA certified, my best dives happened off of my dad’s boat. New England has many wrecks to discover as well as dives of rock formations around Cape Ann, Massachusetts and Cape Neddick, Maine. You can also check out the Arches around Newport, Rhode Island.

Rent a Jet Boat on one of our lakes and go water skiing or rent jet skis.
If you are in the mood for a thrill, water ski or jet ski on any or all of our water! Find out where to rent jet skis in your area.

My son takes sailing lessons in summer camp. It keeps him busy in a healthy way, reinforces school concepts in the summer and is fun. You can find a summer camp near you for your kids here.

Putter around our shores or ponds with a dinghy, stopping to do some clamming.
Nothing is more New England than clam cakes and chowder and you can make your own after catching some clams. Rhode Island even has our own species, the Quahog. Make sure that you don’t need a license before you go and pay attention that you are catching big enough specimens.

Take any sort of fishing boat out to catch some fish!
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Is there anything more heavenly than a boy and his dog enjoying a boat ride?

Go to the New England fishing calendar to explore all the fish you can catch in New England. Then visit Discover Boating to see if a fishing license is required where you are traveling to and find the perfect boat to make your fishing dreams come true.

Now its your turn to become a New England boater. Can you feel the wind whipping through your hair as you relax in the sun while boating under the Newport Bridge just like professional America’s Cup sailors? Or picture yourself watching the sunset over Arcadia Maine while you have a dinner from aboard your vessel? According to the National Marine Manufacturers Association millions of Americans go boating each year on more than 15 million boats in the U.S. Go make yourself one of them and join me on the adventure!

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Don’t let another sun set without planning your time on the water.

As you can see Discover Boating is the perfect resource to visit to learn everything you need to make boating part of your vacation or life. They even have a monthly newsletter that you can sign up for.

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Life Is Better On A Boat

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It’s officially summer and the temperatures in South Louisiana are heating up, fast! When I was little, summer meant pool parties and going to the beach. Now that I’m older, I still frequent the pool, but getting away to the beach takes coordination and time we (my husband and I) don’t always have. Instead, taking our boat out can be a day trip or even an overnight trip (if we stay at our friend’s camp), weather permitting!

A little back story: Josh bought a boat three years ago, before we even got married (priorities, am I right?). I’ll admit I was little wary at first, I mean the only boat we’d ever had before that was a canoe. But, ever since then, it’s been a staple in our weekend plans. After all, weekends on the boat are weekends well spent.

Boating in South Louisiana

This past weekend is the first time we’ve been out in a few weeks due to the abnormal amount of rain we’ve seen lately! Tropical Storm Cindy came through and dumped a ton of rain and even flooded the landing where we launch the boat. The docks were under water, but it’s nothing we’ve haven’t seen before and couldn’t work around.

After launching the boat, we wind our way down the creek that leads to the river that then leads the lake. The lake is usually the final destination and where we can wakeboard, tube, and float! P.S. Did anyone see my wakeboard-ing video on Instagram? It was my first day trying it and I was able to get the hang of it!

Josh has taught me everything I know about boating. For the longest time I was too scared to drive the boat–it’s a little different than driving a car y’all. But, I’ve got the hang of it now! Y’all can call me Captain Allison. Of course, a captain is only as good as his co-captain–meet mine: Laney!

Laney loves taking the boat out as much as we do! She loves the wind in her face and the amount of bugs she gets to chase and eat! She’ll even get in the lake from time to time–it gets pretty hot out there and everyone needs to cool off sometimes. To ease the worry of this fur-momma, she always wears her life jacket! My favorite thing about doggie life-jackets is the fact that they have an easy grab handle, in case you need to yank them out of the water!

The ride down the river is so peaceful; you rarely see any other boats (unless it’s Labor Day weekend or Memorial Day weekend). It’s just you, the sunshine, and the gators! Don’t worry; if you don’t bother them, they won’t bother you! Going down the river is the ultimate relaxation and the best way to clear your mind. In fact, I’d argue that going out on a boat does wonders for your well-being!

If you’re still not convinced that a few hours on a boat can make a great getaway, check out the view of the lake! It’s my favorite when it’s smooth as glass. When planning your next adventure on the water, make sure you’re prepared for a day on the water.


When taking the boat out, I make sure to pack of few things to help make the day run smoothly and so I’m prepared for almost anything! We’ve already covered the first item of business:

Life jackets. We ALWAYS have life jackets in the boat and Laney ALWAYS wears one.
Sunnies. Josh wears his Costas and I always have a pair or two in the boat.

Sunscreen. This is a must even when it’s overcast! I have sensitive skin so brands like Neutrogena and Aveeno work best! Apply and then make sure you reapply.

Snacks on snacks on snacks. I’m currently obsessed with Boom Chicka Pop and Go Squeez Applesauce. Perfect boat snacks! Josh prefers all of the sunflower seeds and sometimes Whales (which he argues are WAY better than Goldfish)!
Towels. You’ll want to dry off after your swim in the lake/river. Towels come in handy if you run into a stray rain shower or two!

Koozie. No one wants cold or wet hands, so make sure you pack a koozie or two! We always store a few in the boat just in case!

An ice chest stocked with drinks. Being out on the boat in the heat of the day can be draining. That’s why we always stock the Yeti with lots and lots of water and other fun drinks!

So what are you waiting for? Get out on a boat today! If you’re interested in owning a boat, visit Discover Boating’s website. They have cost comparison tools that can help make the buying decision easier. Take it from a boat owner, owning a boat is way more affordable than you’d think–and oh so worth it!

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Discover Boating This Summer

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I kinda hate to admit just how wrong I was about this.

Especially since my husband was the one who was right.

But, I was oh-so-wrong about boating and boats.

You see, I thought we didn’t need a boat and that boating was expensive. My husband would show me pictures of boats and I’d glance at them, make some sort of non-committal noise and then go back to whatever it was that I had been doing.

But, then we went out on a friend’s boat a few times.

And suddenly, I got it.

It was so relaxing! While you can do different things on a boat, around here, it means you take a short boat ride to an island and hang out for the day. It’s very laid back: the islands aren’t crowded like the beaches are, there’s only so far the kids can go, and the water is much calmer there than it is at the beaches we normally drive to, so there’s less concern about riptides and strong currents.

We can walk around the island, play in the water, play games in the sand, the kids can fish, and we can just hang out and relax. And bonus: the kids are actually unplugged on these boat trips since we aren’t bringing any devices out on the water.


I started to understand what my husband was saying about wanting a boat. And while we’d see all sorts of boats out on the water: fishing boats, pontoon boats, ski boats… owning a boat can be surprisingly affordable, especially if you’re just looking for an entry-level boat. Boating is predominantly “middle-class” with 72 percent of boat owners having a household income less than $100,000. (Source: Discover Boating Survey by Wakefield Research) Discover Boating has a boat loan calculator that can help, along with a boat selector tool to help you figure out which type of boat fits your lifestyle and budget.

We didn’t need anything fancy, just a way to get out on the water and spend the day with friends. We’ve made it out on the water a few times this summer and plan to go more. It’s such a great family activity.

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If you’re a little skeptical like I was, you can still get out on the water without buying your own boat. has an interactive Go Boating Today tool that generates local options for boat rentals, classes, charters and more, by simply entering a city or zip code.

Or maybe you’ll end up falling in love with being out on the water, and then you can check out their other resources for things like boat safety tips, boating with kids, boat maintenance, and towing your boat (do not expect me to ever be the one to back the boat into the water though… even if that might make for a highly embarrassing entertaining video…).

Be sure to sign up for the monthly newsletter at Discover Boating for tips and tools to get you out on the water.


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Exploring Boats As A Family

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I remember learning how to water ski when I was 7 years old. I had snoopy skis that were tied together so I wouldn’t end up in the splits. I started off standing in about a foot of water and taking off from the shore line. Over the summers I continued to improve and by high school I was able to ski slalom. We had family friends with an awesome lake house and we spent every Labor Day of high school on the lake inner tubing and skiing.

The Mister and I have talked about investing in a boat for some time. He has always been a boat lover. I remember a story his dad tells about tiring him to the mast of a sail boat when he was just shy of grade school. What I would give to see a picture of that. As he got older he continued to spend time on the water;skiing, canoeing, kayaking and rafting. For a summer during college he guided in Big Bend National Park for a rafting outfitter.

When we started dating we spent many weekends canoeing various canyons in Big Bend National Park. In just a few weeks he will be rafting the Grand Canyon with my father in law. It seems natural that we would want our children to grow up loving boating and the water.

Back to buying a boat, so we can’t decide what kind of boat fits our family needs currently and we can’t decide what fits our budget right now either. I’ve been doing some research on to see if we can figure it all out. What I love about this site is that it tells me all about various boats, has a calculator to help me break down the cost of owning a boat and bonus, allows me to search for local boat rental companies.

Since we are in the beginning stages of this decision we thought it would be fun to take JDub out on a boat for the first time and see what he thinks. I used the search feature on the site and located a reputable rental company in our area. Reservations were made and we had an amazing day of family fun out on the lake.

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Summer Solstice on the Lake

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We had a unique opportunity to hit the lake this last Wednesday, and we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to celebrate the summer solstice on the water. Being on a boat is one of my favorite things, albeit I don’t get to do it very often at all. The breeze, smells of summer, and sound of the boat slipping through the water are just the highlights. That’s not to mention the memories your making with your people. They just can’t be beat. Basically, what I’m saying is you need to book a boat now because you absolutely will not regret it!

If there was a vote for who had the most fun, Greer takes the win. This girl is obsessed with the breeze and the way it dances in her hair. She is also a huge fan of the water (bath time is her all-time favorite). Combine the two, and I’m pretty sure our girl would say she got a small taste of heaven. To top it all off, her daddy even let her drive the boat 😉

We opted for an evening to dusk adventure, and I can’t recommend this enough. While I love to go during prime tanning hours of the day (yes, I love to get soak in vitamin D for a healthy glow!), there’s a whole different experience to boating as the sun goes down. It’s so peaceful on the practically empty waters (thanks to a mid-week voyage), and the golden sun sparkling on the water is more beautiful than pictures will do justice.

As much as I would have loved to stay out until the sun was down, we adhere to a toddler bedtime schedule that we like not to mess with. But, that didn’t keep us from having a blast, and we loved every minute on the glistening water. We’d like to say we’re boat people, even if we’re only on the lake once every couple of years 🙂

I packed us a dinner picnic to enjoy on the lake, and brought along our bathing suits on the chance that we would feel up for a dip in the water. If you’re going to boat in the evening, a picnic on the lake + a anchored boat + country music on the radio, makes for a perfect combination. My suggestion is to keep dinner light and simple. We had a cold pasta salad (pasta shells, peas, grape tomatoes, bacon, and avocado), fresh fruit, and chicken poppers that I made just before we left and wrapped up to keep warm. For an extra treat, I made cheesecake brownies.

Our family had an incredible time boating, and decided on the spot that this “boating on the summer solstice” would be a new family tradition. If you’re looking to get out on the water this summer for a day, an evening, or to start your own tradition, be sure to check out all things boating HERE!

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