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Our Picks: Day Cruises

Soak in your vacation spot with day cruises. The only question is whether you want to pull in Maine lobster traps or play with Florida dolphins.


Dolphin Watches [Clearwater Beach, FL]

Boasting a 99-percent success rate of seeing some of Boco Ciega Bay and Tampa Bay’s 700 bottlenose dolphins, this two-hour-long cruise aboard one of the 41- to 51-foot luxury sailing yachts of Dolphin Landings Charter Boat Center heads to and from Egmont Key, one of the few remaining undeveloped barrier islands in the Gulf of Mexico.

Sandpearl Resort

History Tour [Lake George, NY]

A scenic tour on The Morgan, a replica of a nineteenth-century touring boat that leaves directly from The Sagamore Resort’s pier, takes you through The Narrows of Lake George with views of the Adirondacks, while the captain narrates the history of the surrounding islands, mansions, and resident bald eagles.

The Sagamore Resort

Reef and Ritas Cruise [Key West, FL]

A three-hour afternoon trip to North America’s only living coral reef from your marina resort gets an added dose of relaxation with margaritas aboard a catamaran. Here with Fury Water Adventures, there’s enough space to spread out to catch some Florida rays or dive into the water for time with more than 40 types of marine life, including tropical fish and spiny lobsters. Don’t forget to scan the waves above the water for friendly dolphins playing in the wakes of other boats.

The Laureate Key West | Sunset Key Cottages

Sightseeing Cruise [Delray Beach, FL]

During this two-hour tour, the three-story Delray Yacht Cruises’s 105-foot Lady Atlantic liner cruises South Florida’s Intracoastal Waterway from Delray Beach to Boca Raton, where the biggest attraction isn’t just the local wildlife – like manatees, pelicans, osprey, and other birds – but the waterway’s multi-million- and billion-dollar mansions.

Opal Grand Resort | Delray Sands Resort

Harbor Cruise [Camden, ME]

It’s not uncommon to see seals, porpoises, ospreys, and bald eagles while aboard Camden Harbor Cruise’s Betselma scallop boat or the popular Lively Lady lobster boat day cruises. A one-hour sail along the rocky Maine coastline with a cocktail in hand gives way to traditional and modern sights, like historic lighthouses and seaside mansions, but the most entertaining aspect may be pulling your own lobster traps aboard.

Samoset Resort

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