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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
Winsconsin
#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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Hilton Head, South Carolina

Hilton Head, South Carolina

As one of the most popular boating destinations in the US, Hilton Head provides enthusiasts with many different boating activities to enjoy, including several boat marina locations.

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Fort Lauderdale, FL

Fort Lauderdale, FL

With 300 miles of waterways and 40,000 resident yachts, it’s not surprising that Fort Lauderdale is nicknamed “the Venice of America.”

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Ensenada, Mexico

Ensenada, Mexico

Just 70 miles south from San Diego is a weekend getaway often overlooked by Southern California boaters, but one that’s been a favorite for those in the know: Ensenada, Mexico on the Baja peninsula.

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Plymouth, MA

Plymouth, MA

There is no doubt that the area’s rich colonial heritage is worth checking out for history-buff boaters visiting Massachusetts’ Boston South Shore.

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