Summer doesn't have to end with Labor Day - this holiday weekend is the perfect time to get out on the water for one final splash. At Great Lake Yachts, we think Labor Day is the ideal kickoff to fall boating. Here are some tips to make the most of this special weekend:
Host a Floating Party
Gather up friends and family for a floating bash aboard your boat. Tie up with other boats for a raft-up party. Decorating your vessels and having plenty of food and drinks makes for a fun floating celebration to close out summer. Consider fun nautical themes when decorating the boats and tablespaces. Make sure to have plenty of anchors, bumpers, and line when rafting up to keep the party safely connected.
Enjoy Water Sports
The generally calm waters and fewer recreational boaters make skiing, wakeboarding or tubing a blast on Labor Day weekend. Invite the kids to play on inflatables and other toys all day long. End with a beautiful sunset cruise. Schedule turns for each kid to take a spin on the wakeboard or skis to keep things fair. The lighter crowds provide more room to maneuver without worrying about other boats in the way. Let the little ones have fun paddling around in floaties while the older kids perfect their wakeboarding technique. With cooler temperatures, you can stay out longer without overheating. Spend the whole day playing on the lake knowing you'll sleep well after tuckering the kids out.
Visiting a Boat-Up Restaurant
Boat up to a lakefront grill or restaurant at dinner time - no need to dock! Many marina eateries have live music on holiday weekends. Arrive by boat for a relaxing meal with fantastic atmosphere. Call ahead to get an estimate for wait times and reserve a spot if needed. Pack drinks and snacks for the cruise there and back to complete the on-the-water dining experience. The best lakefront restaurants have plenty of slips specifically for boaters pulling up to dine. Relax with cocktails on the back deck as you watch the sun go down before heading in for dinner. Many restaurants offer holiday drink specials and live entertainment, adding to the party atmosphere. After eating, stroll the boardwalk or take another boat cruise before heading home. With no driving required, you can fully enjoy yourself without any worries on the ride back.
Watch Fireworks Over the Water
Find a local fireworks display and watch bursts of color reflect beautifully on the lake or river. You'll get the best view of the show from the middle of the action aboard your boat. Check schedules for waterfront fireworks near you. Arrive early to secure a prime viewing spot on the water. Have cameras ready to capture amazing photos of the colorful explosions against the night sky and water reflections.
Scout for End-of-Season Deals
As the unofficial end of summer, Labor Day offers some of the best discounts on boat rentals, slips, storage, and more as marinas prepare for winter. Ask us about our special holiday weekend promotions at Great Lake Yachts! Take advantage of discounted off-season maintenance services as well. Inquire about reduced pricing on winter storage packages to keep your boat protected during cooler months. Labor Day is the perfect time to negotiate rentals for a last dash on the water. Whether you need short-term rental or season-long slip rental, we can offer very competitive rates to close out the boating season.
This Labor Day don't stow your boat away just yet. Take advantage of the ideal weather, water conditions and holiday excitement to make lasting memories on the water. Contact Great Lake Yachts to learn more about how we can make this your best Labor Day weekend yet! We have all the tips and services to send off summer in style.