10 Amazing Boat Rides for Your Little Seafarers

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Ahoy, Matey! Does your kiddo like to float? Well, with clear skies and sunny days ahead there’s never been a better time to get her out on the water. From pirate ship adventures on the Chesapeake to lazy alligator cruises in the Louisiana bayou, here are 10 great boat rides perfect for mini mariners.

Whale Watching Tour – San Juan Islands, Wa.

Older kids who don't mind spending the afternoon scouring the waves for black Orca fins will love this whale-watching tour off the gorgeous coast of San Juan Island (90 miles north of Seattle). Board the 65-foot twin engine boat and head out to sea, where the chilly waters are home to not only Orcas, but also: gray and minke whales, bald eagles, harbor seals, sea lions, porpoises and great blue herons. The ride also includes an onboard talk by a local naturalist, free binoculars, hydrophones for hearing whale calls, and a guarantee that if you don't see Orcas, you can come back for free.

Tours last three to four hours—so very small children (or those prone to seasickness) may be happier staying on land.

Online: watchwhales.com

photo: Susie L. via Yelp


What’s your favorite boat ride for kid? Share with us in a Comment. 

—Melissa Heckscher

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