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Family Boating Made Easy

The Baltimore boating community is incredibly active and inviting. It’s also great for families who like to go boating with their kids. However, there are lots of factors to consider when engaging in family boating. You’ve got to consider things like safety, keeping your little ones entertained, enjoying the water, and finding a safe place to lay anchor after a long day on your vessel.

Harbor East Marina can provide a safe, family-friendly place to recharge and refuel. We’ve also provided some tips to make the rest of your family boating experience enjoyable. 

Keeping Kids Safe

Before we get to the fun stuff, it’s important to focus on the safety side of family boating. First, make sure that everyone has a life jacket that fits properly. Minor children should be wearing their life jackets at all times while around the water. 

Also, go over some safety basics like what to do in an emergency, how to call for help, and where the first aid kit is located. Don’t wait until there is a real emergency to give everyone a crash course on safety. Plan ahead so that everyone knows what to do if something goes wrong.

Finding Ways to Pass the Time

You might think that spending the day out on the water is the best way to pass the time. While we agree, young children and those new to family boating might get bored while you cruise to your next activity or destination. That’s why you need to come up with a few creative ideas to keep them entertained.

First, consider how old your kids are and then choose some age-appropriate activities. Not sure where to start? Here are a few options:

Go Fishing

Fishing is a great way to immerse your kids in the boating experience. Get them their own rod and reel, teach them how to set up their line, and turn them loose. They’ll always remember when and where they were when they caught their first fish!

Plan a Scavenger Hunt

If you’ve got younger kids, plan a scavenger hunt. Make a list of birds, fish, other animals, and landmarks. Give them a marker and let them check things off as you cruise to your destination. This approach is both fun and educational.

Break Out the Tablets 

We get it. You probably don’t want your kids staring at a screen all day. After all, you planned a Baltimore boating trip and are here to make memories. 

However, it never hurts to have a backup plan. Breaking out the tablets can help your kids pass the time while you are going to your favorite fishing spot or heading back to Harbor East Marina. Download a few games, movies, or shows before your trip, as you probably won’t have an internet connection on the water. 

Taking in the Sights and Sounds

Baltimore is more than just a great destination for families; it’s also a historical hot spot. One of the best on-shore destinations in Charm City is the National Aquarium. While there, you’ll encounter interactive exhibits and fun activities for people of all ages. 

Exploring historic ships can be a fun and informative way to uncover the history of the area. Make sure to check out the Historic Ships in Baltimore museum. While there, you’ll see several top attractions, including the Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse, the USS Torsk submarine, the USS Constellation, and USCG Cutter 37. 

Reserve Your Spot Today

If you’ve got plans to visit this thriving water community, book your spot with Harbor East Marina early. We offer daily, weekly, and monthly rates, making it easy to find the accommodations you need for your family boating adventure. 

While at our marina, you’ll enjoy friendly service and easy access to amenities like fuel nearby, electricity, Boater’s Lounge, and well-appointed shower and laundry facilities. Don’t forget to check out some local restaurants, too. 

Give us a call or reserve your boat slip online. We look forward to hosting you during your time in Baltimore.



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