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10 Must-Do Activities for Your Boat-Loving Kids this Summer

The spring prep is over, your boat is in the water, the school year ends and summer is now in full swing! Are you ready to make it the best summer ever for your kids on the boat?

summer fun boat kidsAs a new boating season gets underway, your “boat calendar” can fill up quite fast. Between summer holidays, weekend trips and entertaining guests, there’s a lot to accomplish during boating season. Summer months can come and go quickly, and you want to be sure the season ends with no regrets – particularly for your kids.

Our kids love boating and their anticipation for activity-filled weekends on the boat reaches a peak by early June when school lets out. Each year they have big expectations as they set out to embrace all that they love about our boating lifestyle.

Now is the time to plan for summer boating activities that will check off a few items on the summer fun bucket list for your boat kids.

In my recent article in Lakeland Boating magazine entitled “Summer Fun Bucket List: 10 Must-do activities for your boat-loving kids” I shared some of our best ideas for your kids to make the most of the boating season.

Here’s a quick round-up of my 10 must-do ideas for a summer bucket list for your boat-loving kids:

  1. Cruise to kid-friendly destinations
  2. Visit waterfront attractions
  3. Experience local events
  4. Watch fireworks on the water
  5. Try unexpected expeditions
  6. Connect with nature
  7. Have a beach bonfire
  8. Relax with water fun
  9. Do a mega raft-up
  10. Bring on VIP guests

You can read more about each of these summer bucket list ideas in the full original article (opens PDF) from Lakeland Boating Magazine.

Lakeland boatingCruising with Kids Column in Lakeland Boating Magazine

As a boater with two boat kids I am thrilled to sharing my experiences in a summer column for a regional boating lifestyle magazine in the Great Lakes region called Lakeland Boating. My new column will run the months of May, June and July in 2016. Be sure to check out my recaps of these columns as they publish, along with links to the full PDFs.

2017 Articles:

May 2017: Gear up for Safety: Choosing the Right Life Jackets for your Kids

June 2017: Fun in the Sun: Protect Your Kids from Harmful Summer Rays

July 2017: Baby on Board: Boating with the Newest Addition to Your Crew

2016 Articles:

May 2016: Spring Prep for Kids: Get your kids ready for the best boating season ever

June 2016: Summer Fun Bucket List: 10 Must-Do Activities for your Boat-Loving Kids

July 2016: Raised on the Water: Inspiring the next generation of boaters

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Diane Seltzer

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Diane is the founder of as well as the boating lifestyle site Active in the boating industry, Diane is the marketing director for SureShade, maker of patented retractable boat shade systems, and founder of Marine Marketing Tools, a collaborative site for sharing marine marketing best practices. Diane is also author of the children's book The Amazing Adventures of Boat Girl.

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