I’m On A Boat

Levi and I decided to head out on the boat last weekend.

Boat 1

As you can see from my house in the background, we didn’t get very far. Even though Minnesota is the land of 10,000+ lakes, it’s not always easy to figure out which ones allow motorized boats (like our pontoon) or have public access (since we don’t have a slip).

Luckily, I recently found an awesome website to help me plan our family boating outings: DiscoverBoating.com. It has everything – general boating info, how to buy a boat, operating/owner’s info, and (my favorite) locations to get your boat out on the water!

See, here’s the deal – I don’t really know much about owning a boat. When we bought the pontoon last year with Kristen from Thrifty And Fit and her husband, I didn’t even know pontoons came so small. I had to Google information about infant boating requirements so I could make sure Levi was safe when we brought him out, and to this day, I still haven’t learned how to drive it.

Part of that is because we’ve only taken it out on the water twice. We just haven’t had time yet this year, but Levi and I are ready to go! I used DiscoverBoating.com to find a few lakes near us to take the pontoon out. I love how easy it was using the zip code search, and you can also narrow your results by different criteria like whether or not there’s a public dock, if there’s food/beverages available at the site, and more.

Search for lakes

I can’t wait to keep browsing the site and learn more about things we can do to take care of our boat and new places we can go. I’m excited to unplug and enjoy some quality family time out on the lakes. Maybe I can even convince Jason to do some fishing 🙂

Have You Been Boating This Summer?

I wrote this post while participating in a campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Discover Boating and received a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.


  1. Jessica P. says:

    I wish I didn’t have a fear of large bodies of water. Going boating sounds fun.

  2. Chelsea Saulpaugh says:

    I quite enjoy a day out on a friend’s boat (I don’t have my own) on a hot summer’s day. Not many activities that I enjoy more. Just have to remember to wear lots of sunscreen! I’ve made that mistake before. It wasn’t pretty.

  3. My husband has an older boat that has been sitting because of repairs needed. I’m hoping we can soon have it fixed because I love going out on the water!

  4. Jo-Ann Brightman says:

    I think it is great that you have the boat. I’m sure you will learn how to handle it. I have not been boating in quite a while, but I always enjoyed it.

  5. im in a thousands island too

  6. we haven’t been boating yet. My youngest just asked if we could.

  7. Jennifer Hiles says:

    It’s been a couple years since I’ve been out on the water. I’m really hoping to go this year. I have a 14 month old though so it makes me a little nervous. She would love it but I will probably get a babysitter this time.

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  9. Nikki Elkins says:

    I live in montana and its just now getting warm enough to go to the lake. We hope to head out in a couple of weeks after we move

  10. Jennifer Hiles says:

    Right now would be a good time to be on a boat! And congrats on 10,000 fans! That’s a lot!!

  11. That looks like fun! I’ve never been on a small boat just for fun, EVER! Time for a new experience.

  12. lisa lo says:

    I’d like to go boating but I don’t have one that floats.

  13. Janet W. says:

    We don’t own a boat and I haven’t been out on a lake in years. I would love to though. It’s so relaxing!

  14. I enjoy the idea of being on a boat. I can tolerate being on a lake but not out in the ocean. Looks like fun

  15. I miss boating. We did it a lot when I was younger, but I haven’t been on one in several years. 🙁

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