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Explore these breath-taking boating destinations

Our pick: Cedar Key, Florida

Cedar Key, Florida
Cedar Key, Florida

But despite its out-of-the-way, end-of-the-road status, Cedar Key does draw its share of visitors. Bird-watchers flock to one of the oldest bird and wildlife refuges in the U.S., and those in the know come here for what has to be one of the most impressive can't-miss-restaurants-to-people ratios in the country.

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Top 10 Boating States

Top boating states, ranked by total economic value in 2012, including popular destinations for on-water getaways from DiscoverBoating.com

#1
Florida
#2
California
#3
Michigan
#4
Texas
#5
New York
#6
Minnesota
#7
Wisconsin
#8
North Carolina
#9
Illinois
#10
South Carolina

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Abaco Islands, Bahamas

Abaco Islands, Bahamas

You can go a million miles away by simply traveling east from Florida’s bustling coastal ports about 250 miles. That’s where you’ll find the Abaco island chain, a 130-mile arc of Bahamas Out Islands.

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Caddo Lake, LA

Caddo Lake, LA

Caddo Lake holds the record as the largest natural freshwater lake in the South and the largest Cypress forest in the world. This expansive lake covers more than 26,000 acres on the Texas and Louisiana border.

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Harbor Springs, MI

Harbor Springs, MI

Two couples sit at a picnic table, sipping sodas — correction, this is Michigan, so they're sipping "pops." A 30-foot Tiara idles around a little burr in the bay called Harbor Point, its passengers fully relaxed and partially sunburned as the boat quietly motors toward one of the 46 transient slips at the Harbor Springs Municipal Marina. Exactly an hour ago everyone on or near the water watched a spectacular sunset over Lake Michigan. It is still dusk at this moment, with enough twilight to play or cruise. And it is 10:32 p.m.

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Lake Mead

Lake Mead

The desert on the Arizona – Nevada border may be the last place you think of when some says “boating,” but you’d be missing one of America’s premier water destinations.

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Fort Pierce

Fort Pierce

City Marina located in the heart of the waterfront, features restaurants, a Tiki Bar, Post Office, banks, and slips to accommodate vessels up to 175' in length.

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Penobscot River

Penobscot River

A century ago, one in every 10 American shipmasters came from the small coastal towns situated along the banks of the Penobscot River. If you like history and enjoy scenic splendor...

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