Ideas for Summer Family Boating Fun

By Discover Boating.

Summer is in full swing, and by now you’ve probably been out on your boat at least a few times (and if you haven’t, be sure to read How to Start Boating: Breaking Down Barriers). But, have you tried something different—like, really different—while out cruising? Tow sports, fishing, and swimming are all fun, but it’s time to mix things up!

Here’re seven summer boating activities you absolutely need to try—we guarantee they’ll be boatloads of fun, for all ages.

1. Boat Camping

While regular camping involves pitching a tent, boat camping simply means sleeping on your boat. Sleeping under the stars is an incredible experience. Plus, when you’re away from shore, you and your kids can identify plenty of constellations.

2. Going to a Concert By Boat

Cities around the country have music venues sitting ocean-, lake-, and riverside, plus plan concerts on barges. Additionally, some marinas arrange bands all summer long to entertain slip holders. See what’s going on in your area. This is the one time that rocking the boat won’t be a bad thing.

3. Boatgating at a Ballgame

Root, root, root for the home team from your own decks, rather than the upper deck of a baseball stadium. Or, arrive in style at a marina near a ballpark and enjoy some onboard tailgating before heading over to the game. Either way, it beats sitting in traffic.