Now that the weather is warming up, we all are looking outside for weekend activities that the whole family can enjoy. When theme parks are too crowded, and a picnic in the grass feels too passé, why not take a trip out on the water? This all-day activity is bound to keep your kids engaged and wanting to go back.
Everyone loves boats and water
Whether you’re on a lake, a river, or the salty ocean, it’s impossible not to feel a rush of joy as you set out on the water. There’s a reason why these things are all associated with a laid-back, idyllic lifestyle. It makes a great experience for not only your kids, but for the adults on the trip as well.
It’s Good for Family Bonding
Unlike a park where kids are free to explore and find distractions wherever they want, boats keep the family together. Once on deck, everyone becomes a team. You can even pretend to be sailors or a pirate crew. People can have fun taking turns doing things like steer the wheel. Smaller children, who get distracted easily, can have a “job” such as being the lookout.
Develop an Appreciation for Nature
Boating is an excellent opportunity for children to see a side of nature that they may not notice in their daily lives. They’ll see fish and birds in their natural habitat. If you bring some bait and tackle, then they may even have the opportunity to catch a live fish too! (Whether you choose to release it, or keep it to filet, is your own discretion.) With some snorkel gear, they can even swim with the fish up-close. Of course, you can always get a great view from above the surface as well, all while staying safely inside your boat.
Unlike a road trip or a theme park that tend to result in headaches and expenses, spending a Saturday on the water is a great way to unwind for everyone. If it’s been a year since the last time you pulled the tarp off the family boat, it can’t hurt to visit your local store for new boat equipment. Whether you’re fishing, sailing, or just cruising around, going onto the water is always an adventure, so it’s best to be prepared.