Duffy of Newport Beach Boat Ride Giveaway!

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My family was invited to take a Duffy boat ride by Duffy of Newport Beach last month and it was a  super fun family activity! And I am excited to share that Duffy of Newport was nice enough to offer a giveaway this week of a free boat rental for one of my readers so make sure to enter to win at the end of this post!  Your family will LOVE this experience.

We honestly had a blast from start to finish.  But what was most fun was the fact that my 4 1/2 year old daughter was so excited about going on a “boat ride” you would have thought we were setting sail on a candy boat over a chocolate river!   It was a BIG deal in our house.

Duffy of Newport Beach is located right on PCH and is super easy to get to and had plenty of parking.  We were greeted with a friendly smile and the kids were all given coloring books and crayons for the trip.  The staff made us feel very welcome and it was obvious this was a very family friendly company.

In the little office there was free popcorn for the taking & $1 snacks amongst other things…

Newport Harbor is so amazingly gorgeous.  Since it was the Monday after Christmas, we decided to go from 5 – 7pm in hopes of still seeing some of the Christmas lights.

Here are some of the boats.  All in beautiful shape…

I was told the boats hold 10 people comfortably.  We had 6 adults and 3 kids (all 4 1/2) and we had PLENTY of space.  It was very comfortable.   There was a nice table everyone could sit around and drink holders for your drinks.  Here we are squeezing in for a picture.  In reality we had a lot more space than this!  After my husband got a brief lesson on how to drive (very easy) and we were on our way!

I was a tad worried about the temp since we went at that time last month when it was FREEZING. We all bundled up and my girlfriend brought some hot coco to keep us warm.  As it turns out, there are plastic “windows” that you can opt to have up or all the way down, which kept us so comfortable I didn’t even wear my jacket.  I always thought of Duffy boat rides as a warm weather outing – but SO NOT TRUE!  It was so cozy to go in the wintertime!

The kids were fired up!  Loved every minute of being on the water and doing something new.

The especially loved getting to take turns being the “Captain” and “driving” the boat…

When they got back, the kids were told if they brought back a coloring sheet they could pick a “treasure” from this treasure chest…

Here are two of our little pirates.  Arrrrrrrr!

It was too dark to get good pictures of the scenery, but here was one of the sunset before we departed.

So pretty…

Here are some tips if you plan on taking your own Duffy ride!

1. Go when it is light or plan to return shortly after sunset if you are taking your kids (except during December).  It is more fun for the kiddos to be able to see the water and surroundings.

2. Bring food & drinks along as it is nice to have snacks and drinks. Or you can dock and dine at a waterfront restaurant. Duffy can also arrange made-to-order platters – just ask.

3. Bring a large trash bag! This was one thing we forgot and wished we had!

4. Bring your iPod! They have a hook-up.

5. Make all the kids (and yourself!) go potty before departing. There are no potties on the boat.  You can always dock at a waterfront restaurant, but honestly easier to not have to if you can avoid it.

6. Plan a fun scavenger hunt for the kids ahead of time – things they can be on the lookout for.  Or, do the Duffy one for an additional $25 / boat!

Duffy of Newport Beach is open 7 days a week from 10am – 8pm. You can rent boats for 1, 2, 3 or 4 hours.  For small kids like ours, two hours was the perfect amount of time.   Prices vary for weeknight vs. weekend.  Click HERE and scroll down for pricing.

Hooray!  It’s a Tiny Giveaway!

One lucky winner will receive a FREE Duffy of Newport Beach 2 hour weeknight (Mon – Thurs) boat rental* to take up to 12 people (10 comfortably!)

To enter, please leave a separate comment for each entry. Please also leave your email address in your comment (won’t be published) so I can contact you if you are the winner.

Contest runs through Thursday, 1/27/11 at 5pm PST.  Good luck!

1. Simply comment! – 1 ENTRY

2. {Like} Duffy Electric Boats of Newport Beach on Facebook – 1 ENTRY

3. Follow @DuffyNewport on Twitter – 1 ENTRY

4. {Like} Tiny Oranges on Facebook – 1 ENTRY

5. Follow @TinyOrangesOC on Twitter – 1 ENTRY

6. Join our Tiny Oranges PCRF Run/Walk team to participate on May 1st and raise money for Pediatric Cancer!! Tell me in your comment if you joined our team!

* Duffy Boat prize consists of one 2-hour rental on a weeknight (Monday – Thursday) and must be used between now and June 1st, 2011.

{Disclosure: I received this ride complimentary but this is not a compensated post and all opinions are my honest ones! Your family will love this activity!}

GOOD LUCK & have a GREAT weekend! xo Jen


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  1. 1
    Kelly says:

    My 2 boys would LOVE to do this!!! What a fun idea!

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    Bernadette says:

    Wow, what a fun family activity! We would love this.

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    Bernadette says:

    I follow tiny oranges on facebook.

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    Amy says:

    Sounds like fun!

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    Amy says:

    I like Tiny Oranges on FB.

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    Carolyn says:

    I follow Tiny Oranges on Facebook!

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    Carolyn says:

    This would be so much fun on my daughters birthday!

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    Melissa H says:

    Fun giveaway!
    I like Tiny Oranges on FB!

  9. 9
    Melissa H says:

    I like Duffy on FB!

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    CSeppala says:

    My family would love a Duffy boat adventure!

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    Jennifer says:

    I have wanting to do this with my family for so long! 🙂
    Ps- I’m already a fan on fb

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    CSeppala says:

    I {Like} Duffy Electric Boats of Newport Beach on Facebook!

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    CSeppala says:

    I Follow @DuffyNewport on Twitter!

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    CSeppala says:

    I {Like} Tiny Oranges on Facebook!

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    CSeppala says:

    I follow @TinyOrangesOC on Twitter!

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    Jennifer says:

    Sounds like a blast for our family!

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    Holly says:

    Sounds fun!! My kid would love this! hollyb97@yahoo.com

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    Holly says:

    I already like Tiny Oranges on FB!

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    Holly says:

    I am on the Tiny oranges marathon team!

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    Holly says:

    I like Duffy Electric Boats on FB!

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    Carrie says:

    I grew up going to my aunt’s beach house on the peninsula and remember wishing I could take a ride on one of these. Now that I am grown up, I would love to take my whole family out! My girls love the water!

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    Carrie says:

    I already \"like\" and follow tinyorangesOC on twitter

  23. 23

    This would be so fun! I would love to win and take Ella\’s girl scout troop on a ride 🙂

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    follow @tinyoranges on twitter @glitterfulfelt

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    Lindsay says:

    I am a follower on Tiny Oranges on fb as well.

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    Jennifer says:

    We took our kids on a Duffy boat for the first time last summer and they loved it!

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    Jennifer says:

    I like Tiny Oranges on FB!

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    Maureen says:

    Hi – this looks like soo much fun! I think my 5 yr old boys would love this! Thanks, Maureen (jnomaxx at hotmail dot com)

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    Maureen says:

    I’m a fan of Tiny Oranges on FB. Thanks, Maureen (jnomaxx at hotmail dot com)

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    Maureen says:

    I just became a Fan of Newport Duffy Electric Boats on FB. Thanks, Maureen (jnomaxx at hotmail dot com)

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    Kim says:

    already follow you on FB and Twit – now I follow Duffy on both

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    Sherida says:

    I like Tiny Oranges on FB

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    Sherida says:

    I follow Tiny Oranges on Twitter.

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    Sherida says:

    I like Duffy Boats on FB

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    Sherida says:

    I’m following Duffy Newport Beach on Twitter.

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    Sherida says:

    I want to be part of the PCRF team, but I have to check with my hubby first. I’ve been looking for a reason to get back on my Couch to 5K program. This could be it!

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    Cherryl says:

    I would love to take the kids out on here or even a date night… 🙂

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    Cherryl says:

    I like Duffy Electric Boats on FB.

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    Cherryl says:

    I already like you on FB. 🙂

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    Stephanie E. says:

    Our family would LOVE this! What a COOL giveaway! Wow!

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    Pam says:

    So fun!

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    Stephanie E. says:

    I “liked” Tiny Oranges on Facebook!

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    Stephanie E. says:

    I “liked” Duffy boat rentals on FB.

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    elle says:

    yeay! another fun giveaway! thanks!

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    Cristin says:

    I joined your team.

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    Sara C. says:

    I ‘liked’ Newport Duffy on FB

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    Sara C. says:

    We did an office Duffy ride early in December – already lots of lights up and so fun to do as a team-building event!

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    Mackenzie says:

    Oh I would love to do this!

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    nicole schaeffer says:

    Sounds like so much fun!!

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    Kristen says:

    Would love to do this with my family.

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    Nicole L says:

    EEEEEE!!! This looks like so much fun!! I have 2 boys, ages 1 1/2 and 3 1/2 (with another on the way) who would LOVE to take a ride on a boat! We have some amazing neighbors who would love to do this as well, so we know who we’d invite along :-).


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    Andrew D says:

    My girls love being out on the water and this sounds like a perfect outing.

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    Annika Chase says:

    We LOVE Duffy Boat rides. Have not gone since we had kids. Would love to!

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    Annika Chase says:

    I Like Duffy on Facebook!

  55. 55
    Annika Chase says:

    I like Tiny Oranges on FB! 🙂

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    Jill says:

    My family and friends would love this!

  57. 57
    Ty says:

    I like Duffy on FB!

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    Ty says:

    I like Tiny Oranges on FB!

  59. 59

    Looks like your crew had a blast

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    Liked Duffy Electric Boats of Newport Beach on Facebook –

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    Follow @DuffyNewport on Twitter

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    I already love Tiny Oranges on Facebook –

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    Follow you on twitter – mommyjen99

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    Toza says:

    We haven’t tried this but would love to ..!!!

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    Eve says:

    Sounds fun! Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Debbie says:

    Has anyone done the scavenger hunt on the Duffy boats yet? I am thinking about putting one together for my daughter\\\’s 7th birthday party and was wondering what types of things they do? Is it age appropriate or meant more for adults? Any other ideas on what I could do with the kids for the 2 hour boat ride to keep them entertained? Thanks so much for you ideas/suggestions.

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    Brandy Moore says:

    I like Duffy on FB!

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    Brandy Moore says:

    I follow Duffy on Twitter ChicSageMama

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    Brandy Moore says:

    I like Tiny Oranges on FB!

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    Brandy Moore says:

    I follow Tiny Oranges on Twitter ChicSageMama

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