Classic Boating Family Destinations

Do you love traveling to new destinations? Do you need to find places that are of interest to everyone in order to plan a getaway with the spouse or travel companion? If so, plan a trip that includes something for everyone.

My wife, Grand Daughter and I did just that last March. It was their spring break (wife teaches, grand daughter is school age) and just another week off for me (retired). We planed a week in sunny Florida beginning with a day at the new Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, GA. Here, Sami is trying to sneak up on some creepy, crawly sea creature at the Aquarium when I interrupted her for this “glamor” shot. She loves adventure, volley ball, soccer, boys and boating with G-Pa. She’s an absolute joy to be with.

We then spent three days on the beautiful white beaches of Panama City Beach, FL . Here, wife Karen rearranges furniture while Sami is is working on a tan to impress her fellow classmates.
We did all of this in exchange for just two days at the Sunnyland Annual Antique Boat Festival in Mt Dora, Florida, one of the premiere boat shows in the entire country with literally hundreds of antique and classic boats to enjoy. This coming March the Festival will be moving to Tavares, FL, at the other end of Lake Dora, not far from Mt Dora.

As you can see, Karen and Sami were thrilled to be there while I took in all of the old woodies, saw old friends, met folks and enjoyed my fair share of the week of 2007 Spring Break. Actually, they were very good sports about the exchange of time, a day at the aquarium, three days on the beach for them in exchange for two great days at one of the largest woody boat shows going.

We all enjoyed the entire experience so much that we may just need to do it again some day.

3 replies
  1. woody boater
    woody boater says:

    I will be staying at the River View hotel in New Smyna Beach. They have a spa for my wife. It should work out well. Its a pleasent hr’s drive to Mt.Dora. They still have some rooms available. The owner is a great classic boat and car nut. Last year we also did the Daytona car show. So the location is kinda nice for 3 days. Maybe next year the St johns River Cruise. I would love to do that as well.

  2. Al Benton
    Al Benton says:

    Matt, I have tentative plans made to drive the Motor Home down and park on (or adjacent to) the Festival grounds in Wooten Park. My wife and grand daughter can’t come along this time but I hope to be there. Will you have “Sylvia” in tow? I hope so, I’d love to see her.

    The St. Johns River Cruise would be great fun. Maybe my 17 Deluxe would be ready for that in another year. Sounds like a good goal to me.

  3. woody boater
    woody boater says:

    I am hoping to have Sylvia there. Or Lil Suzy as a back up.. But Sylvia is the one. Also visit the org owners daughter in SC to complete the story…

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