Interested in having even more fun when you go boating this summer?
Below are a few activities — some old, some new — that could make your day on the lake an outing to remember.
— Beach games are always fun, especially if you match the game to your friends. For the more athletic, a game of beach volleyball can be a lively pastime. You could even set up the net in the water.
On shore, the Ladder Toss game (a.k.a. “Bolo”) is within everyone’s ability. Other competitions could include badminton, corn hole bean bag toss, bocce ball, water basketball, flying disc toss, and the perennially popular horseshoes.
— More cerebral games include giant chess/checkers, giant Jenga, giant Connect 4, giant dice, and even giant Words With Friends. Because of their size, these larger-than-life games could be played as a team sport.
— Fly a kite or two from your boat. Let the wind determine which way you float. If the wind is light, use your engine to move your boat and to give the kite a lift. Experiment with unusual or oversize kites.
— Try out Stand-Up Paddle Boarding. Not only is this sport good exercise, but it’s also fun. Plus, you can cover a lot of distance without a lot of effort. You could even have racing competitions.
— Crank up the music with large, floating, completely immersible speakers.
— Enjoy snorkeling? You’ll love “Sea Window.” This affordable blow-up raft features a clear plastic window near the top. You can paddle around and watch the underwater world without the inconvenience of goggles.
— Send in the drones! See what’s happening around the lake with a high flying drone. Watch your own gathering from a bird’s eye perspective.
— Fly like a superhero with a hydro-powered jet pack. Just strap on your jet pack and levitate above the water, propelled by jets of water shooting down. Available in different models, this device can range in price from $6,000 to more than $9,000. Before you buy, you might want to try it out first at a rental place.
— Check out the amazing new inflatables for your aquatic entertainment. Many are large; some ginormous. You and several friends can take a nap in a floating inflatable cabana or sofa island. Or, a group of eight can relax in an inflatable lounge. Giant water mats give you and friends the ability to walk on water. Link a few together and you can run on water. Or, tow an oversize floatable mat behind your boat. Heads will turn when you show up with your super-sized, six-foot, inflatable, iconic, yellow rubber duck.
Make this a summer on the lake that will really make waves!