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Summer is Near, it’s time to Discover Boating!

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I am so excited to go boating again in the summer. It’s such a relaxing time for my family and I to enjoy. Being on the open sea, pond or lake just brings me to a happy place where I never want to leave. Have you ever been? Oh, if you haven’t then it’s time to Discover Boating!

Since Summer is near, this is the time we start thinking of fun activities to do that includes our children and boating is one of them. Just a few months ago, we rented a boat for the day. It wasn’t planned but we were visiting an area in Florida and noticed they had Platoon Boats ( I call them Party Boats) to rent. It was one of those moments that I looked at my husband and we both shook our head to yes. I can’t even begin to tell you how happy my children were to this sudden surprise. When I told them that we rented a boat they instantly thought I rented a canoe or something to that sort. But when they first took a look at the 12 passenger boat, all four of my kids were over the moon about it. Specially when they seen it had an in-dash music radio. Yes, you guessed it we were jam’n out on the lake!


We loved it so much that I told my husband someday we will own one of these boats. I guess you can say that I was highly impressed of how the boat handled the waters even with other people using jet skies around us. It was so calm and relaxing just cruising around.


My husband, my 18 year old twins and I each took the boat for a spin. I was pretty amazed how easy it was to drive. I am happy to admit that we all took turns being the captain of this vessel for at least this one special day. It was a wonderful memory that began spontaneously but created so many memories for us.

Many friends including other people we speak to about boating,  just don’t know where to start or begin on the water.  That is when I introduced them to Discover Boating.

Discover Boating is a national program to help people get on the water and to experience the fun in boating. As I already mentioned, many of my friends don’t know where to turn to so having Discover Boating as a reference or a guide provides a great source of information for them.

On their website, you will find an interactive tool that features all things boating, a boat selector guide, cost comparison tool and even rent options. -Plus if you have questions about boating education courses or just need to view some how- to- videos, you can find additional information on their site.

Just look at this Discover Boating video on how boating connects with families along with ways to bond and capture those special moments.

Amazing right?

Have you ever wondered what type of boat would be perfect for you and your family?

Even if you never experienced being on a boat before you must at least put it on your bucket list. It’s amazing and I can wait to do it again!



What are your favorite boating memories? Have you been on a cruise or boat before?

I would love to hear your stories!

Thanks for visiting!


Disclosure: Sunshine and Flip Flops thanks Discover Boating for sponsoring today’s post and inspiring me and others to get on the water. The opinions expressed in this post are my own.  This article is in no way associated with, sponsored or endorsed by facebook, twitter, pinterest or any other social media outlet. This disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10CFR Part 255 Guides/Concerns the use of endorsements and testimony of advertising. For questions and concerns email Michele @Mdickerson316@gmail.com

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Hi, I'm Michele. So glad to see that you stopped by Sunshine and Flip Flops. My blog is devoted to easy recipe creations for busy families like my own, traveling with family, and tips on everyday life solutions. Did I also forget to say? I'm from Central Florida, so bring on the warm weather, flip flops, beaches, and chilled beverages!


  • Robin (Masshole Mommy)

    When I was young, my parents had friends who owned a boat and we went out on the Cape Cod canal ALL THE TIME. We were out there every summer. Then they sold their boat and now I haven't been out on the water in years. I would love to get back out there.
    • Michele

      I love Cape Cod Robin! We have friends that live there as well. It's a beautiful spot for boating. Thanks for visiting!
  • Christy Maurer

    My high school boyfriend had a pontoon boat. It was so much fun to go out cruising on the lake. I'd love to have one now!
    • Michele

      I really want to purchase one but it's not in our cards right now. Hopefully someday it will. Thank goodness we can rent them. It's the next best thing! Thanks for visiting Christy!
  • Felicita Moncada

    My husband wants a boat so bad! We rented a boat for 8 hours in Naples, FL and loved it. It was out first time on one and driving it ourselves. Let's just say we ended up starving because we could not figure out how to park! It was hilarious and I'll never forget that memory.
    • Michele

      Hahaha.. What a awesome memory Felicita! I know the feeling. It does appear to be different to drive since we are not used to it but watch out when we do. Just love it.
  • Terry

    Yes, summer is near. Can't wait!! We stopped boating years ago when we had to rescue an old guy and his Grandkids from the water. What a scary day. But boating can be so much fun.
    • Michele

      Oh yes! Thankfully you were there to help him. I bet he was so thankful for your help Terry. Thanks for visiting!
  • Sara-Jayne

    The only places I've cruised are with Mickey Mouse on his Ships - and we also went out on one of the boats you've pictured with him too for my husband's birthday. I do love boating!
  • HilLesha

    I haven't been boating since I was a child. My family owned a Pontoon and we would go boating a lot. I kind of miss, it, but not sure if it's for me now since I really don't like the idea of being on the water.
  • Krystal

    It looks like you had a wonderful time. We own a smaller boat, that we love to tube behind. Boating is such a fun way to connect with family and friends.
    • Michele

      Yes, we had a blast. My kids would love to tube. It sounds like a lot of fun. Thank you Krystal for visiting!
  • Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle

    It's so much fun to get out on the water! Sometimes we'll spend the whole day just swimming and fishing.
  • Alli

    My husband has been wanting a pontoon boat for years! I thnk I had rather stick to renting one and keep the cost of docking, etc. down. :)
  • touristmeetstraveler

    Boating looks like a ton of fun, it must be great to be out on the water ! Especially on a nice hot summer day, it would be amazing.
  • Jeanine

    I don't have many boating memories but I do have a few. My oldest brothers friend had a lovely boat and took us out often. It was so much fun swimming off. Nothing like it would be in Florida no doubt but it sounds as enjoyable!
  • Dawn McAlexander

    I haven't been boating in years! Well, actually, if you count the cruise ship, that's not true! But, as far as out on a lake or something like that, it has been far too long!
  • Liz Mays

    I've been on tour boat and some friends' boats. It's always so nice being out on the water. I'd love to rent out a boat in Florida like that.
  • lisa

    I love boating. I owned a boat many moons ago with my 1st husband and I loved going out on it during the summer.
  • Shasta

    We love going boating. We camp a lot during the summer and even though we don't own a boat we always rent one. Being out on the water all day is just too much fun to pass up.
  • Nancy

    My uncle used to have a yacht and I went out boating with my parents a couple of times during the summer. I definitely made some great memories that way.
  • Paula Schuck

    There are few things I find more enjoyable than being on a boat out on the water. It's one of the most relaxing things ever and its something I don't get to do often.
  • Christi from sexymoxiemama.com

    I have never used a Pontoon boat but I have been on them plenty of times. These are great for parties. Thanks for sharing.
  • April G

    I've been on a couple of cruises and on a speed boat. I will definitely have to put that on my summer bucket list.
  • Lynndee

    The last time I was on a boat was in 2001. I will never forget it because it was a very memorable vacation that I had with my siblings. I would love to do it again. It was fun!
  • Chubskulit Rose

    Boating is fun! I miss that kind of activity, I grew up in a coastal area so I got to experience this kind of fun!
  • Liz Leiro

    It sounds like you all had a great time going out on the boat! I have always loved being out on the water and there's something amazing about being able to drive far out onto the sea/lake and enjoy the quiet and new perspective :) Hopefully I'll get to experience that again this summer!!
  • Krystal

    I am 100% jealous right now! My husband and I want a poontoon boat SO BAD! We live on a canal in Florida too... perfect place to park one! ;D
  • Michelle @ Dishes and Dust Bunnies

    I used to love going boating with my family back home on the east coast! We have so many great memories and I hope to do it again someday!
  • Ourfamilyworld

    I have never been on a boat. But I have been on a fishing boat and loved the experience. It was exciting to see how fisherman worked
  • Fi Ní Neachtáin

    This looks like so much fun! Can you believe I've lived on an island all my life but have never been on a boat?! It's something I just HAVE to do this summer :)
  • Gabriel

    My father in law lives on a small lake and has a pontoon and it is amazing. The kids love it there and the boat is a ton of fun.

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