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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