This giveaway is now closed. Thanks for stopping by. The winner is Jennai. Congrats!!
One of the best things about living in Southern California (apart from the weather) is our proximity to water. Before my husband and I had children, we made regular visits to our local beaches. These days it’s a bit more challenging, particularly when combining sand, waves, and small children.
A fabulously fun way to expose children to aquatic activities in a safe environment is to take a boat ride. We recently headed out to Newport Harbor with Aracely and her family for a 2 hour ride on a Duffy Boat. These electric boats can be taken throughout Newport Harbor in hourly increments.
Learning to drive the boat is easy and can be learned in a short amount of time. If you’re planning on making this a family outing, I recommend having someone dedicated to driving the boat and someone dedicated to watching the children (but you can definitely switch it up during your ride).
We opted to take the ride during the evening so we could have dinner on the boat while watching the sunset. The views are spectacular and the entire experience is fun and relaxing. I find that we as a family don’t have enough down time together and this would be a great opportunity to eat dinner together, converse, and enjoy the water.
A Duffy Boat can comfortably seat up to 10 people. There is a table in the center of the boat which makes it ideal for enjoying a meal. You could also opt to bring on some board games or challenge your children to a scavenger hunt (additional fee applies). Each boat is equipped with a CD player and iPod hookup, because music always makes experiences more relaxing.
As I mentioned above, Duffy Boats can be rented by the hour. For our small children, 2 hours was the perfect duration. It was long enough to eat and enjoy the scenery but short enough that they weren’t antsy or bored. Rental rates are as follows:
$85 – 1 hour
$170 – 2 hours
$239 -3 hours
$299 – 4 hours
$99 – 1 hour
$198 – 2 hours
$279 – 3 hours
$349 – 4 hours
While you’re definitely free to bring your own food on board the boat, soft drinks, snacks, and party platters are available for purchase.
If you have small children, be sure you have snacks/food, activities (crayons and coloring books are perfect), and anything else you’ll need since you won’t be able to get off the boat. And, since you won’t be able to get off the boat, ensure everyone uses the restroom before boarding.
If you’re in the OC, a ride on a Duffy Boat is a fun, engaging experience for families and we can’t wait to go out again!
Win It! One of you will win a 2-hour boat rental which can be used Monday through Thursday. Simply leave me a comment with one thing you’re looking forward to! Comments will close on May 28th, 2011 at 11:59 PM PST.
US Residents only. Duplicates and comments not including the above information will be disqualified. Comments are moderated. If you don’t see your comment in a reasonable amount of time, send me an email. Bloggers and non-bloggers may enter. If you don’t want to leave your email address, please be sure to check back for my announcement on the winner. Please note that winners must respond within 48 hours of being announced/contacted or another winner will be drawn.
Want an extra entry? Do any or all of the following and receive an extra entry for each one. Be sure to leave me a separate comment for each additional entry.
Follow me on Twitter AND tweet about the contest.
Like me on Facebook
Subscribe to my feed via email or reader.
Blog about this giveaway. It doesn’t have to be a separate post. Just include a blurb about it when you blog about other giveaways.
Click on one of the very cute buttons below and digg, stumble, fav, etc. Just let me know what you did in the comments!
No compensation was received for this post. I was invited to experience a ride on a Duffy Boat and the company is supplying the giveaway.