4 Reasons to Rent a Boat for Your Visit to the Indian River Lagoon

Indian River Lagoon

Whether you’re a local Floridian or a tourist on vacation, you’ll want to check out the gorgeous Indian River Lagoon. An estuary located just a few miles from the Kennedy Space Center, the Indian River Lagoon is a hub of fun activities and great sightseeing. The best way to experience the Indian River Lagoon is definitely by boat! Here are 4 reasons why you should rent a boat for your visit to the Indian River Lagoon:

Experience a Unique Local Environment

Estuaries are places where freshwater and saltwater mix, which leads to a lot of interesting diversity among the flora and fauna, and the Indian River Lagoon has the greatest diversity of any estuary! Travelling the estuary by boat, you’ll encounter over 2,000 species of plants and animals, including seagrass communities that serve as the habitat for seahorses, blue crabs, hermit crabs, and even manatees! Get up close and personal with the local wildlife when you rent a boat to explore the estuary. 

Catch Some Fish

If you’re looking to get close to the wildlife in a different way, the fishing in the Indian River Lagoon is for you. Gamefish in the lagoon include seatrout, redfish, snook, and tarpon. You’ll want to check local fishing regulations before you go, but if you’re unsure of what’s safe to catch and what you need to release, you might want to consider doing a guided boat charter instead of renting a boat and going at it alone. A charter guide will know the best locations for fishing and teach you what fish are good to take home and fry up for dinner.  

Try Some Water Skiing

Once you’re done relaxing and you’re looking to amp up the excitement, try out water skiing! Usually, the boat rental company will also rent out equipment such as water skis. Water skiing is a high-intensity exercise as you try to maintain your balance and pull off some sweet tricks while being pulled behind a speeding boat. It’s a thrilling, heart pounding experience, and even when you get flipped and dumped into the water, you’ll want to get right back up and go at it again! Make sure you’re wearing a life jacket when you go!

…Or Maybe Some Tubing

If water skiing sounds too physically intense but you’re still looking for a thrill on the water, try tubing! Unlike water skiing where you have to stand and maintain your balance, tubing tows an innertube behind the boat, which allows for more stability so you can concentrate on the wind in your face instead of your shaking legs. Tubing is also the perfect activity for families who want to get their young children out on the water. You should be able to get a tube that fits two people, which is great for having one parent on a tube while holding a child while the other steers the boat. 

So what are you waiting for? Get out on the water!

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