Summer is starting to show itself and soon warmer weather will be here and with it, vacation season will be upon us.
Now is the time to start thinking about where you want to go to enjoy some down time and have fun. The next question, what will it cost?
This year, if you're driving, the national average for gas has gone up to $2.92 per gallon. Even locally you'll pay between $2.87- $2.93. So, why not save on gas, skip the long drive and instead, make it a "staycation."
Stay in New England where there are plenty of things to do. New England has some of the most beautiful bodies of water around and thousands of travelers flock here to enjoy them.
Here are five fun cruises that are local and affordable.
Sunapee Cruises: Sunapee, NH
Located just 15 minutes south of Sunapee Harbor, Sunapee Cruises offers 1 ½ narrated tours. Sit back and relax on the upper open deck while the captain of the MV Mt Sunapee tells you about the history, folk lore and landmarks of the lake. See beautiful homes, fully working lighthouses as well as scenic view of Mount Sunapee and Kearsarge.
Mount Washington Cruises:
Cruising Lake Winnipesaukee since the 1800's, The Mount Washington or "The Mount" as it is referred to, offers several options on when and how to cruise the beautiful lake. They offer Daytime Scenic, Evening Dinner/Dance and Special Theme cruises. There are also two smaller boats, The M/V Doris E and the M/V Sophie C. Both have a capacity of 125. There are several cruise destinations to choose from. Docking is out of Weirs Beach, NH which offers a kitchen as well as a gift shop.
The Spirit of Ethan Allen:
Cruising beautiful Lake Champlain, The Ethan Allen is the only cruise ship and floating restaurant on the lake. This triple desk ship offers narrated cruises, public and private scenic tours, as well as brunch, lunch and evening themed dinner cruises. It is highly recommended that you bring your camera as you could get a picture of "Champ" the legendary lake creature. They offer several cruise times and prices.
Casco Bay Tours & Boat Rides, Portland Maine Cruises:
Docking out of Commercial Street in downtown Portland, Maine, Casco Bay tours offers 6 different cruises ranging from 1-2 hours to 5+ hours. The fleet of 6 boats offer scenic tours, music tours, as well as private charters, group tours and even a delicious lobster bake tour. Their busiest time of the year is Memorial Day Weekend, so it is advised that you book early.
Isles of Shoals Steamship Company:
Located in the heart of Portsmouth NH, on Market Street, The Isles of Shoals Steamship offers Rivers, Harbors and Islands. The M/V Thomas Leighton offers a narrated tour to The Isles of Shoals, a 9.6-mile trip to this historical island. Take a day trip cruise to Star Island or extend it into a walking tour. If you just want to stay close, try a cruise of Portsmouth Harbor, one of New England's oldest ports.