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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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Indian River, DE

Indian River, DE

“The First State,” as it calls itself because of being “the first state” to ratify the Constitution, is a destination for many of Washington, D.C.'s political pundits as well as politicians. More important, though, is the fact that it's a summer destination for any family with a boat. And because there are so many different kinds of water (oceans, bays and of course inlets), the only debate will be “Where do we go today?”

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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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Jekyll Island

Jekyll Island

In the late 1800s, a group of northern millionaires, among them the Rockefellers, Vanderbilts, Goulds, Astors, Morgans and Goodyears...

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Pomme de Terre Lake

Pomme de Terre Lake

You could travel to Missouri 20 times and never hear of this little, French-named lake on the northern edge of the Ozarks that means "apple of the earth" or for the less romantically inclined, "potato."

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Fish Creek, WI

Fish Creek, WI

At the confluence of Green Bay and Lake Michigan, Wisconsin’s Door County serves up an abundance of natural amenities augmented with historical attractions

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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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