Memorable Activities for the Kids at the Shore

by MyDadBlog on September 9, 2012

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This past week we were at the shore on our annual trip and we always like to break up the routine of staying on the beach all day with some memorable activities for the kids. In years past, we’ve gone to the Cape May Zoo, rented family bikes to ride around, went dolphin-seeing on a boat, or one year, we saw a “Walking with Dinosaurs” show over in Atlantic City while we were in the area. Now that they’re getting older, I thought I’d take them crabbing.

I hadn’t gone crabbing for about 25 years since I was a kid. I remember my dad waking us up at about 5AM to make the 2.5 hr drive down the shore to get an early start to jam crabbing, the beach and the boardwalk all into one day trip. Those were some great times, but having the house down here for a full week certainly makes for the ability to spread things out a bit more.

So, first off, I researched a few places where you can rent a boat for crabbing. Some of the reviews I saw referred people to where you could crab under a bridge or off a dock, but I always liked the ability to drive the boat around and try out different places, especially if the land options were crowded. We found a good place with 4 hour rates and then also rented out lines, cages, life vest and sold bait. It was really a one-stop shop.

My kids are animal lovers so as odd as it may sound, even though we had a good time and caught a few crabs, we just let them go again and didn’t take any home, which is what 99% of the rest of the people are there to do. They really enjoyed being out there on the boat and the thrill of catching the giant crustaceans. The only regret is that I didn’t bring the fishing polls this year. Next year, I’d like to try fishing off the boat as well, as they’ve never gone salt water fishing and they’d probably get a kick out of the various strange looking fish you catch here as opposed to the typical fresh water bass or sunny.

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