Middle Tennessee Lakes: Perfect to Discover Boating With Your Family

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It’s hard to believe that school starts for my girls in just a couple of weeks. We’ve had a fantastic summer and one thing we always look forward to every summer vacation is heading to one of our local Middle Tennessee lakes. We’re so lucky to live driving range to three: Old Hickory Lake, Center Hill Lake, and Percy Priest lake.

My husband just took our girls canoeing and tubing on the Harpeth River last week but we’re ready for bigger waters! Growing up my dad always had a boat and I’ve been on ski boats, house boats, catamarans, and more. Boating is just one of those recreational activities that generations can enjoy and share, whether you’re cruising on a houseboat and camping out on the water, water skiing, or fishing. There’s just something about the water and boat lifestyle that is invigorating and just plain fun. Both my husband and I work in technology fields and being out on the water we feel super connected to nature, and not our phones or email!

91 percent of Americans believe there are benefits for children to be on the water, including: getting outdoors; appreciating nature; spending quality time with family; and disconnecting from technology, according to data from Discover Boating/Kelton Research.

A friend as invited us to visit his lake house and we’ll be heading there the end of August. We always love enjoying unplugging and taking his boat out — I love relaxing on the water but our girls are all about tubing!

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My girls tubing on Center Hill Lake here in Middle Tennessee. Do your kids love water sports?

Discover Boating is a great online resource, whether you’re thinking about buying a boat, considering renting one for Labor Day weekend, or you’ve been a boat owner for years. Discover Boating has great resources and educational tools for boaters of all levels:

Boating Activities

Spousal Conversion Kit (ha!)

Youth Boating Programs

Have you heard of country music star Jake Owen? He’s a lifelong boater and angler. To learn more about how he lives (and loves) the boating lifestyle, plus how it is the inspiration behind his feel-good vibe music, you won’t want to miss this Discover Boating interview.

Have you been boating this summer with your family? What’s your favorite water sport?

Discover the Fun of Boating This Summer

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“I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for DiscoverBoating.com. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.”

Some of my fondest memories from childhood involve boating with my family. My dad always had a boat, and whether it was a ski boat, a houseboat, or a sailboat, I grew up loving the water. I learned to navigate a boat long before I learned to drive a car! We spent time on the lake and no trip to the Florida Panhandle was complete without boat time. Today my family loves spending time on the water and although we are not near the beach, we’re lucky to live close to several beautiful lakes here in Middle Tennessee.

I am so excited to announce that I am a Ambassador for Discover Boating! I’ll be sharing information from their website this summer as well as some of my summer boating memories.

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Americans are taking to the water in record numbers: Of the 241.9 million adults in the US in 2013, 36.6%, or 88.5 million, participated in recreational boating at least once during 2013 – one of the highest percentages on record. If you have never been boating, now is a great time to discover the joy of spending time on the water.

Boating in the U.S. is primarily a middle class past time. You don’t have to own a yacht to enjoy spending time on the water, skiing, fishing, or just cruising the water! Seventy-one percent of U.S. boat owners have an annual household income less than $100,000 and 95 percent of boats in the U.S. are less than 26 feet—small boats taken by trailer to local bodies of water.

Boating is also a fantastic way to unplug and spend time with friends and family enjoying the beauty of nature. 91 percent of Americans believe there are benefits for children to be on the water, including: getting outdoors; appreciating nature; spending quality time with family; and disconnecting from technology.

 

Boating Tennessee Discover the Fun of Boating This SummerMy older daughter, Miss C, enjoying an afternoon on the lake a couple of summers ago.

 

If you’ve ever thought about buying a boat for your family, DiscoverBoating.com is a fantastic resource. Check it out! Whether you need information on buying your first boat or you’re looking for an area marina or wanting information on boat safety, it’s a fantastic website. You’ll also want to follow DiscoverBoating on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest for updates and fun contests.

Speaking of contests, the Discover Boating Facebook page will be launching a photo contest this month in which fans can submit their best July 4th boating pictures.

Discover Boating is the U.S. recreational boating industry’s nonprofit awareness program to help people get on the water to experience the fun of boating. For those looking to get their feet wet, DiscoverBoating.com is an unbiased online resource to explore the enjoyment and accessibility of the boating lifestyle. Packed with easy, interactive features to familiarize people with all aspects of life on the water, DiscoverBoating.com offers a boat selector guide, cost comparison tool, renting options, favorite boating destinations, links to education courses – even nautical lingo and how-to videos. Plus, DiscoverBoating.com offers tools and information for experienced boaters looking to learn more. 

What Kind of Traveler Are You? Win 50,000 Marriott Rewards Points!

This giveaway is closed. Matthew, who is a Discoverer, is the winner! Congrats Matthew.

If you know me in real life you know I love to travel and I write about our family travels more and more frequently on my mom blog. One of my favorite hotel chains is Marriott. In fact, I just stayed at the JW Marriott in beautiful Cherry Creek, Colorado, near Denver and loved every minute of my stay! The room was fabulous and everything was top notch. I have a Marriott Rewards account and I love watching the points add up after hotel stays.

 

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My gorgeous room at the JW Marriott in Cherry Creek, Colorado. LOVED the king size bed and the view!

When it comes to travel, are you an Urban Explorer, Luxury Lover, or a Weekend Wanderer? Marriott Rewards has a fun “What’s Your Travel Type? Facebook game running now through August 31. Not only will you gain a fun insight into your travel personality, but you’ll be entered in a drawing for the chance to win one of six dream vacations designed specifically for the type of travel that you love!

travel type What Kind of Traveler Are You? Win 50,000 Marriott Rewards Points!To play the game, visit Facebook.com/MarriottRewards and “Like” the page. Then choose your favorite option from pairs of activities to discover your travel personality and easily share it with friends. Each travel personality has a Marriott brand that embodies your travel type and you can enter to win that dream vacation. You can play the game once a day, every day for the month, and you can also vary your answers to enter the drawings for multiple travel types.

“What’s Your Travel Type?” is part of a new Marriott Rewards campaign that showcases the vast breadth of brands in which Marriott Rewards members can earn and redeem points at over 3,600 locations worldwide.

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Want to win 50,000 more Marriott Rewards Points? (Just think how far those would go toward free hotel stays at any of their properties…I am a big fan of Fairfield Inn & Suites during travel soccer season!)

One lucky BlondeMomShops reader is going to win  50,000 Marriott Rewards Points! Simply take the Marriott travel quiz mentioned above and then leave a comment on this post letting me know what travel type you are.

For up to five additional entries (please leave a new and separate comment on this post for each of these you do):

I’ll select a winner from all eligible comments using Random.org; giveaway closes at midnight CST Monday, September 3. Giveaway is open to U.S. residents, ages 18 and up.

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