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The Ultimate Summer Boating Bucket List  

Summer is here, and it’s time to dust off your boats and treat her to some adventures on the water! Whether you’re a seasoned boater or a first-timer, there’s no better way to enjoy the sunny season than by exploring the endless possibilities that boating offers. From thrilling water sports to serene sunset cruises, we’ve crafted this ultimate summer boating bucket list to ensure you make the most of every moment on the water memorable. 

With the 4th of July just around the corner, there's no better time to embrace the spirit of freedom and adventure. Picture yourself celebrating Independence Day on the open water, watching fireworks illuminate the sky from the deck of your boat. So, assemble your crew and prepare to make unforgettable memories out on the water all summer long. 

  • Host a BBQ on the Boat

    Bring summer flavors aboard by hosting a BBQ on your boat. With a Kenyon grill or a portable grill, you can enjoy grilled favorites while surrounded by the beauty of the water. Explore these delicious BBQ recipes perfect for your next boat cookout. 
  • Boat Camping

    Unlike regular camping, where you pitch a tent, boat camping offers a unique experience-sleeping on your boat. Some of the most stunning spots are only accessible by boat. Discover a boat-in campground and immerse yourself in the unique blend of nature and the tranquility of the peaceful waters. It's an adventure you won't want to miss. 

  • View Fireworks from Your Boat

    Celebrate the Fourth of July this summer by watching fireworks from the water. Many coastal towns and lakeside communities host spectacular fireworks shows. Anchor your boat in a prime spot and enjoy the dazzling display reflected on the water’s surface. For the best locations, check out these top boating fireworks destinations.
  • Explore a New Waterway

    Discover hidden coves, pristine lakes, or uncharted coastal areas. Exploring a new waterway not only satisfies your wanderlust but also offers a fresh perspective and stunning scenery. 
  • Plan a Fishing Trip

    For a relaxing yet rewarding experience, gather your gear and crew and head out for a day of fishing. Whether you’re after the big catch or simply enjoying the peaceful ambiance, fishing from a boat is a timeless summer activity that everyone is sure to enjoy.
  • 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 the ballpark to enjoy some onboard tailgating before heading to the game. Either way, it beats sitting in traffic. 
  • Snorkel Scavenge

    There is no reason to pay for a tour when you can create your very own scuba or snorkeling experience. No matter where you live, there are many opportunities for you to explore what's underneath the water. Find a MarineMax event near you!

  • Many boats out on a sand bar

    Raft Up

    Rafting up with other boaters is one of the true pleasures of the boating life. Relax while the kids play in and on the water and enjoy shared food and beverages. Make sure you’re rafting up the right way in order to avoid damaging boats and injuring participants. Check out our article on raft-up tips and tricks.

  • Poker Run

    A poker run is an event where participants, using their boats, visit anywhere from 5 to 7 locations and draw a playing card at each one. The point is for each team to get the best poker hand by the time they are done. Grab your boating friends and organize one yourself for one last big summer hurrah. Or, keep an eye on our MarineMax events and join our next poker run!

  • View from a yachts at sunset

    Sunrise or Sunset Cruise

    Take a quick sunrise or sunset cruise to enjoy some precious moments together with your loved ones. It’s a wonderful way to start the morning or wrap up a busy day. Once school is back in session, schedules are more hectic, and you’ll look back and be grateful for these moments on the water together. Of course, make sure you have the proper equipment and lights on your boat if you’ll be boating at dark. (Check out this video for some rad technology to help you navigate at night.)

  • Waterskiing and Wakeboarding

    Take advantage of the open water for some exhilarating waterskiing or wakeboarding. These sports are perfect for adrenaline seekers and provide a great workout. Whether you're a beginner or an expert, the thrill of gliding across the water is unmatched. Check out some of these wake surfing boats that will take your watersports game to the next level. 

  • Tubing Adventure

    Experience the thrill of tubing with family and friends. This exhilarating activity is perfect for summer fun on the water. Get pulled behind the boat and enjoy the waves and splashes—it guarantees laughter and excitement.
  • Plan a Multi-Day Boating Trip

    Boating doesn’t have to be just for the day! Explore new areas, anchor in different spots each night, or stay for a while and fully immerse yourself in the boating lifestyle. It’s a perfect way to unwind and explore at your own pace—it’s a road trip but on the water! 

  • Concert by Boat

    Cities nationwide 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.

  • Sightseeing by Sea

    Avoid crowded streets and sidewalks by sightseeing from the water. Enjoy unique views of city skylines and landmarks that can only be seen from a boat.

  • Visit a Waterfront Restaurant

    Dock at a waterfront restaurant and treat yourself to a meal with a view. Enjoy delicious food while taking in the scenic beauty of the water. It's a delightful way to combine your love for boating with culinary delights.

  • Capture Stunning Photos

    Remember to capture all your summer fun! Take everyone alone on the journey with you, and make sure to tag @marinemax so we can see all the fun. From picturesque landscapes to candid moments with your crew, these photos will be cherished memories of your summer on the water.

  • Go to a MarineMax Getaways!

    Join a MarineMax Getaways!® for a fully planned and guided boating adventure. These events offer an excellent opportunity to meet fellow boating enthusiasts, explore beautiful destinations, and participate in exciting activities. MarineMax Getaways provide a stress-free and enjoyable boating experience, from island hopping to waterfront dining.
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