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Paddle Boats on the River

Updated on October 23, 2014

Fun on the River!

In the middle of the river, you can get a different view of your favorite park. The ducks come up to your paddle boat looking for treats and dragonflies land on your head. At our park, you are limited to how far you can go in the paddle boats. You can't get too close to the dam and you can't go past the bridge but it doesn't matter because it takes a lot of strength to move that boat. About an hour is most people's limit.

Riding the paddle boats is a super fun family thing to do. The kids love the different shapes of the boats and the adults love being out on the river. It's something different to do and it's super fun!

Image credit: JenwithFlash

Basic Paddle Boat

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paddle boats

This is a basic paddle boat. It holds up to 5 people - 2 pedaling, 1 in the middle, and 2 in back. Families like to use this one. It has a shade over the top to protect from the sun and there's plenty of room for everyone. The kids in back can even hang their feet in the water. This is one of the most basic ones available for rent.

Image credit: JenwithFlash

The Pink Flamingo

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paddle boats

One of the most popular paddle boats is the pink flamingo. Her name is Flo. People love this one! It's so neat to be driving down the road and see this one out on the river. The pink definitely draws attention! This colorful paddle boat holds 2 adults and one child.

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Water Safety is Top Priority

Kids under 16 should always wear a life jacket to be safe. In fact, it's required if you're renting one of these paddle boats. Our river is very shallow but some paddle boats go out into the deeper water where life jackets are much more important.

Body Glove Child's Phantom U.S. Coast Guard Approved Neoprene Pfd Life Vest (Red/Black)
Body Glove Child's Phantom U.S. Coast Guard Approved Neoprene Pfd Life Vest (Red/Black)

Keep your kids safe and sound when you are out in the paddle boats! Safety first! Always. Make sure they are buckled in and they know what to do before you head out into the deep water.


When Everyone In Your Party is a Little Older

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paddle boats

If you have 4 adults and/or teens, these are the paddle boats that you want to use. All 4 people can do the paddling instead of only 2. Since it's such a large boat, it's still pretty slow even with everyone paddling. Some of them have canopies over the top to protect you from the sun and some are just open. I like using the open one when I'm out on the river.

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The White Swan

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paddle boats

Float lazily along the river in this beautiful swan paddle boat. It's graceful yet sturdy. You'll feel safe and secure in this one! Clyde holds 2 adults and one child.

There's a little story behind Clyde the white swan. One night, vandals let him loose out on the river. He drifted over by the dam and started to fall over the edge. The fire department had to help save him before he fell over the edge!

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The Dragon

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paddle boats

This one is by far the most popular of all of them. It's Dexter the Dragon. He will take you down the river in style! The dragon paddle boat can safely carry three people. If you are taking 2 small kids, they might be able to fit if they're small enough.

If you want to rent this one, you might have to wait for it. It's the one that most people will request when they get there!

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Find a Local Rental Shop

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paddle boats

Rental shops are popping up all along the rivers. They rent out paddle boats, kayaks, canoes, and other recreational boats. The prices are usually reasonable and kids, teens, and adults all enjoy the different experience of being out on a river, lake, or pond. Our rental shop also has bikes of all sizes to rent. Sometimes when we're done on the paddle boats, we take a little bike ride on the river walk.

Get your very own!!

If you go and rent paddle boats a lot, you might be better off buying one. If you own it, you can spend all afternoon lounging out on the river and you don't have to worry about those hourly fees.

Sun Dolphin Sun Slider 5 Seat Pedal Boat with Canopy (Teal)
Sun Dolphin Sun Slider 5 Seat Pedal Boat with Canopy (Teal)

Wouldn't it be great to have your very own paddle boat? If you have a personal pond or a local dock like we have on our river, then you could go out as often as you like and not have to worry about paying by the hour!


Boats are Fun!

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paddle boats

Which one do you prefer?

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Would You Rather Row?

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paddle boats

If you don't have the strength to pedal your way down the river, why not try a rowboat? This one takes arm power to move. The row boat can hold two people. Not many people take this one out so if it's rowing that you enjoy, you shouldn't have a problem getting this one. It's not in high demand.

The canoes are another fun option. Since most people use the paddle boats for the novelty of it, you can usually rent a canoe with not much trouble.

Have you been on one lately?

Do You Enjoy Paddle Boats?

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      Rachel L Alba 3 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      How fun does that all look. I would like to ride in the pink flamingo. lol We have a state park near us and there are paddle boats but they don't look like that and you can only have two people in them, they are still fun though. Thanks for sharing your story and all the great pictures. Voted thump up.

      Blessings to you.

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      Jen withFlash 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks!

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      Jen withFlash 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I like the dragon too! It's pretty awesome the first time you see it out there.

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      Jen withFlash 4 years ago

      @greenspirit: That's so funny that you say that because there's tons of ducks in the river and when you take the swan out there, they all come flocking over! LOL!

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      poppy mercer 4 years ago from London

      No I can't understand it when people choose a paddle boat over a rowing boat. And I wonder with a smile what the swans think when giant swan paddle boats turn up for the first time on the water.

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      sierradawn lm 4 years ago

      I loved the paddle boats at McArthur Park in L.A. but I haven't been in a coon's age

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      EzLoanLookUp LM 4 years ago

      interesting, good lens and no, haven't been on a paddle boat since I was a kid

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Excellent lens. My favourite is the dragon paddle boat

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      beautiful post

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      beautiful post

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      Fay Favored 4 years ago from USA

      Yes, they are so much fun. Haven't been on one in so long I had forgotten about them. Thanks for bringing back some good memories.

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      passingdream 4 years ago

      Really fun read! Thanks :)

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      kmhrsn 4 years ago

      These are so cool! I want to paddle in the dragon. :-)

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      hkhollands 4 years ago

      I would love to paddle around the lake at my parents' cabin in the pink flamingo, swan, or dragon. How whimsical! Thanks for sharing.

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      angelatvs 4 years ago

      Have not been on once since I was a kid. Brings back memories.

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      myspace9 4 years ago

      paddle boats look great.

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      Greathaul2013 4 years ago

      good fun and good exercise!

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      rubiduong 4 years ago

      cool lens

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      creativecreditcooperativesociety 4 years ago

      I just love this.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      The green dragon is my favorite!

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Paddle boats are so much fun!

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      maryseena 4 years ago

      Sure I do. My children love it!

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      Mary Stephenson 4 years ago from California

      The character boats are really cute. I am sure a lot of people would want to ride on one.

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      LoriBeninger 4 years ago

      Did I miss the name of your river? We have paddle boats on a reservoir near us called Lake Vasona (Los Gatos, CA), but the boats are tame compared to these! My granddaughters would love these. Great lens. Congratulations on the Purple Star.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I would be totally freaked out worried about falling into the water with the fish. I have gone on a few before but that was before I was afraid of big fish. lol

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      JaspinderKaur 4 years ago

      i love boating from childhood.

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      LeslieMirror 4 years ago

      I guess it is such a fun to relax on a paddle boat. It is a great way of keeping your nerves calm.

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      mina009 4 years ago

      Paddle Boats are great and you get lots of exercise.

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      DLeighAlexander 4 years ago

      Yes, I've been on a paddle boat and they are a lot of fun, even on the plain kind. But I'm sure it would be even better on some of the cool ones you have pictured here. Congratulations on your lens!

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      lesliesinclair 4 years ago

      I'm not sure I've ever had the opportunity to spend time in a paddle boat but I think I would jump at the opportunity. They all look like fun. If I joined a 4-person boat and sat in back maybe I wouldn't even have to paddle :-)

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      SalinaV 4 years ago

      We recently went to a park where I paddled a white swan. My great niece loved it! Great exercise..I was the only one paddling! She was enjoying the view. Nice memory! Great lens!

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      Gregory Moore 4 years ago from Louisville, KY

      Kayaking is my new thing, but we used to use the paddle boats at a local state park and they are so much fun. Not to mention that they are good exercise!


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