What Are the Best Boating Activities in Florida?

Mother’s day is this weekend, and Father’s day is coming up with its share of excitement and anxiety. How can you stay on a budget while finding a gift that checks all your other boxes: surprising, interesting, meaningful and useful? 

Come and see us at 321 Boat Rental… we have what you need. When renting a boat with 321Boat, you are offered many activities: not just a boat ride, but also relaxing on the water, having fun observing wildlife, water activities and sports: the list goes on and on.

Let’s take a look at the activities on the water that make a perfect gift.


First, let’s brag a minute ! We live in Florida, the Sunshine Sate.

Melbourne, city, Brevard county, east-central Florida, U.S. It lies on the Intracoastal Waterway along the Indian River (a lagoon separated from the Atlantic Ocean by barrier islands), about 60 miles (95 km) southeast of Orlando.

Florida is a paradise for those who love the outdoors. From white sand beaches (Marco island,Pete beach, Sanibel Island, Florida Keys with Key largo and Key West to name a few) and crystal-clear waters ( Blue or Silver springs state park) to tropical rainforests with their lush greenery like Everglades national park , there are endless opportunities here waiting to be explored! Even our cities are on the waters! like Fort Lauderdale, our own private Venice.

The most popular activities that tourists like are our Florida boat tours of course, but also offshore fishing and experience a sunset cruise.

But your are not a tourist and you know that you can ride your own boat and explore our local secret gems. So the question is : What can you do with a boat rental from 321?


Everyday life is stressful and we don’t always have time to go on vacation. Why bother? We live where everybody wants to come for holiday! 

Thanks to our beautiful environment, you can plan your own safari on the water, or experience a quiet moment on a desert island. 



Levels of overall biodiversity for the Indian River Lagoon have been reported in peer-reviewed and popular literature, in agency reports, in news media, on the web and elsewhere ranging from approximately 4,000 to 4,300 species. According to the new research, these estimates seem to have their origin as part of the state’s 1989 efforts to get the lagoon system designated an Estuary of National Significance and part of the National Estuary Program. The number in related documents – 4,315 species – was presented without citations or tabulation and was much higher than the 2,493 species listed in a documented report that was released in 1994. Only in more recent years has the documented diversity exceeded 4,000 species, according to the Smithsonian Marine Station in Fort Pierce.

Seagrasses are perhaps the single most important habitat in the Indian River Lagoon because so many other species depend on them for food and habitat. The IRL is sometimes known as the “seagrass-based ecosystem” due to the nature of seagrass being the predominant plant-based food source for animals in the lagoon. Seagrasses are also valuable to the lagoon because they enhance water quality by removing nutrients and stabilizing sediments. In addition, seagrasses provide critical nesting and spawning habitat for a variety of fish, crustaceans, and mollusks. As a result, seagrasses are essential to the health of the Indian River Lagoon.


Dolphins, turtles, great blue heron, snow egrets, manatees, nurse sharks. Those are a few many others species that you will be able to see in the Indian River. Relax, bring your camera and be ready to take amazing pictures  


How many dolphins are in the Indian River Lagoon?

 The dolphins of the Indian River Lagoon live in a world all their own. More than 1,000 bottlenose dwell here year-round and rarely leave for oceanic life or another river system with freshwater release into an estuary environment like theirs! These beautiful creatures can be found playing near shallow waters where they feed off plantlife that grows along channels leading up from bridges across major roadways throughout this area – 156 miles long if you include everything!!


Bull sharks are notorious for their wanderlust, and researchers have found that these fish prefer to hang out in shallow sea grass beds or sandy habitats. A recent study showed just how particular they can be when it comes time harvest food: he tracked their movements through an Indian River Lagoon system which includes Mosquito Lagoon ( southern portion), Eau Gallie Creek , Crane & Turkey Creeks plus areas nearshore along with Sebastian Inlet . The highest catch rates were recorded there – this region provides important birthing places as well!


The Pelican nesting area is near other wading bird species, in mangroves or trees. Though most breed on the coast they have been seen nest inland as well! The type of habitat depends mostly upon where their nests will be placed.They prefer coastal but can find appropriate places deep into freshwater too if need arises for some reason.

Those animals are well known in our area, but you will be able to see so many more!


Have you ever dreamt of going on a beautiful desert island just to relax? You often can see Instagram pictures of faraway places with no one around, except the person who takes the photo. 

No need to take a flight ticket, just come and see us. Before renting a boat, pack a bag with everything you will need during the day (read our tips here !), bring some food, beverages, beach chairs and rent one of our boats .

If you are planning a family trip, pontoon boat rental can be a great opportunity as those boat can fit to 10 people.

In the Indian river lagoon, we have plenty of islands where you can deck the boat, on a wood deck or just in the sand. Our team will be more than happy to give you a map of those islands!


If you are more a sporty or like thrills, try watersports!  When you rent a boat from 321 Boat Rentals, we’ll handle everything for your day of water skiing. For just $35 per set, you can focus on having fun instead worrying about logistics like equipment! So whether it be fishing poles or wakeboards (or even knee boards!), all these other goodies are available too without an additional charge onboard our boats so don’t let them keep you down!


You can’t really go wrong with wakeboarding. It’s a fun, exciting sport that will give you the thrill of riding behind another boat as it pulls itself along through waves and currents!

The sport of wakeboarding is not just about pushing yourself around in a boat. It’s also an opportunity for fun and adventure as you ride through large wakes with rope tricks that require skillful coordination between your feet, hands-and core muscles!

Wakeboarding is relatively quick to learn. Unlike most other watersports, wakeboarding has a satisfyingly steep learning curve and depending on your confidence and previous board experience, you can be popping ollies and carving up a watery storm even on your first go.

Got your gear? If the answer is no, and you were wondering where to rent a wakeboard, 321 has wakeboards available for rent alongside their boats. It’s better to rent than buy if you are new to wakeboarding so that you can try different kinds of boards out before investing in one. 


Florida is a dream for many people, including those who want to experience the beauty of crystal-clear water and sandy beaches. One place where you can do this without leaving your home turf? Cocoa Beach! It doesn’t matter if it’s winter or summer – Melbourne also has plenty going on under its own roof . For example: Sebastian Inlet State Park offers amazing snorkeling opportunities alongside 3 miles worth (and more!) stretchings forth along our Indian River Lagoon shorelines; making them perfect spots whether looking into having fun while breathing air.


Fishing is a great way to spend time on the water. It can be exciting and new experiences like catching your first fish make it all worth while! If you’ve never been fishing before, we highly recommend checking off this from your bucket list because there are so many benefits that come with getting into an activity like this one – not just for what’s in store underwater but also mentally since relaxing sounds pretty good too .


Let’s talk about the 2 out of many fishes you can spot in the Indian river lagoon.

There’s no doubt about it, Redfish are the number one catch throughout Indian River Lagoon system and when you think of a true Florida fishing experience this is where your mind goes. There’s plenty for them in these grassy shallow waters withstanding up against all comers from Tarpon to tuna! This guide won’t be complete without talking about how addicted we get every year during April-June when their silver king becomes available – hard fighting but challenging acrobatic fish that inhabits rivers year round

Tarpon are impressive fish that can be found throughout Florida’s rivers. The silver king, also known as “the fighting tippet,” is a challenging but acrobatic inhabitant of our water year-round

The best time for catching these slippery creatures may depend on where you live – some locals prefer dry season bass while others would rather wait out the rains in their hometowns near mangroves or seagrass beds!



Melbourne is home to great Indian River Lagoon fishing because it offers great shallow water opportunities for kayak anglers. There are plenty of locations to rent a kayak from if you didn’t bring your own as well. Not to mention the fact that the water is saturated with huge redfish and speckled trout. If you’re looking for the spot with the highest concentration of large fish, Melbourne is the stop you won’t want to miss. 


If you’re planning a trip around the fall, Sebastian is the place you want to go. The mullet run happens between September and October and it’s a beautiful thing to see. Not to mention the fact that the snook and redfish will be chasing down the mullet so it brings upon some excellent fishing opportunities as well.


Water skiing is a tons of fun, but it can be really dangerous if you don’t pay attention and use caution. The Indian River Lagoon has some great water for safe skiiers because their location minimizes the number distractions like other boats or shoreline obstacles that could cause an accident; there’s still plenty open space to avoid them! If you rent with 321, we’re happy to help you brush up on the basics of water skiing safety and hand signals before you head out.


In our opinion, the Indian River Lagoon is one of the best places to go tubing in the state. Riding on a tube that’s being towed behind a boat can be a lot more fun and exciting than a lazy-river style afternoon floating around. 

At 321 Boat, we also offer fishing equipment and wake boards to enjoy. The location is also packed with sandbars and islands to explore or relax on and some great restaurants if you’d like to stop for a bite or a drink. No need to drive out to a remote river or spring; in the Indian River Lagoon, you can plan an entire day of fun and relaxation that includes going tubing.


The best gifts are often the ones that come from the heart, and what could be more heartfelt than spending time with your loved ones on a beautiful boat? 321Boat offers a variety of rental options that will appeal to everyone in the family. With so many activities available, Mom or Dad is sure to have a blast! Head over to our website and book your rental today. We can’t wait to see you out on the water!

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