The days are growing shorter, but the light show of autumn colors is only just beginning. Have you ever taken a boat ride to see the changing leaves? If you're the planning type, check the Fall Foliage Prediction Map to see where color is peaking, or just take the boat out to your favorite lake and see what you can see. Here are five of the Skipper's picks for colorful fall boating. Door County, Wisconsin Fall colors are beautiful all across the upper Midwest, but autumn in Door County is something special. Canoe, kayak, sail, or motor along the rocky shores of this peninsula that juts into Lake Michigan. There's much to explore for all ages with color tours and events like the Harvest Festival in Sturgeon Bay and the Fall Harvest Fest at Lautenbach's Orchard Country. Damariscotta, Maine The hardwood forests of New England become a veritable fireworks show in early October, and the coastal inlets of Maine are wonderful places to explore by boat. Don't miss the world-famous Pumpkinfest and Regatta in Damariscotta. The festival celebrates the beloved round
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This is the time of year when we wonder if Winter will ever end. It helps to daydream, and to remember that every day brings us closer to Spring, and then Summer! While we're dreaming of beautiful beaches and fun on the boat, we put together a list of five places we'd love to be this summer (and a couple we'd love to be right now!).
Destin, FloridaThe crown jewel of Florida's Emerald Coast, Destin boasts soft, sandy beaches and beautiful clear water waiting to welcome boaters and swimmers. Don't have your own boat? There are boat rentals, fishing charters, and dolphin-watching cruises to enjoy. Speaking of enjoyment, check out those beaches! Destin's Crab Island Waterpark, a floating playground. You might even catch a local band performing on a floating stage.
Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri
The "Magic Dragon" winds over 92 miles in Missouri's northern Ozarks. This curving reservoir welcomes more than five million visitors every year. The surrounding state park is a popular destination for hikers, mountain bikers, fishermen, and boaters, of course. Rent a boat, enjoy a charter cruise, or launch your own vessel for a few dollars. If you're going fishing, check the state Department of Conservation's fishing report to maximize your catch. There is lots of family fun to be had, but Anderson Hollow Cove, aka "Party Cove," is strictly for the grownups.
Door County, Wisconsin