Family Reunion on Greenwood Lake – Boat Fun and Swimming

Family Reunion on Greenwood Lake pier, boat rental

15 years ago my parents bought a beautiful home on Greenwood Lake in New Jersey. The lake is actually split into two states bordering New Jersey and New York. Both sides, in my opinion, are equally scenic.

On our last family trip to the States, we found out my parents sold their house and are prepared to move somewhere else.

The house was too big for just them, so it was definitely the right decision.

To celebrate the move, the family decided to enjoy it one last time with the kids and my parents rented a pontoon and enjoy the beautiful lake as the final memory of it.

Family Reunion on Greenwood Lake - renting a pontoon

There are a ton of Marinas all over Greenwood Lake.

Weekends during the summer, all boats are totally booked out. But if you rent on a weekday, you can get a pick of the litter and also don’t need to make a specific time, you can pretty much walk in.

The rentals are usually around $200 and up for 2 hours or more. Some include gas into the price, so shop around to get the best rate.

Family Reunion on Greenwood Lake - mama and son selfie

Family Fun on Greenwood Lake

We rented a pontoon for two hours with the option to stay one hour more. Not having to pay for that extra hour until we returned it.

Two hours for us was plenty. The lake isn’t that big to explore for too long. And we also didn’t go fishing, which is probably what the bulk of many people’s time usually is focused on.

However, my kids and my mom, their grandma, jumped in and had a blast in the warm waters of the lake.

This was by far the highlight of the boat trip.

Highly recommended, before going on to make sure you have a ladder. They all should come with one, but sometimes the ladder is in the shed, and by the time you’re out at the lake it’s a real hassle to climb into the boat without one.

Family Reunion on Greenwood Lake - swimming with grandma

We don’t do much boating so this was a real treat for the whole family.

Family Reunion on Greenwood Lake - brothers on a pontoon

And my dad, and his co-pilot, had fun navigating the calm waters.

You don’t need to know how to drive a boat, it’s certainly helpful, but totally unnecessary. The staff give you a few minute tutorial and take a ride out with you before giving it over to us for the rental duration.

Family Reunion on Greenwood Lake - co-captain with grandpa

Even though the lake is split into two States, you can rent on either side without any problem. The only difference might be in the taxes you will pay.

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About Marina Kuperman Villatoro

Marina Kuperman Villatoro CEO of TravelExperta.com, a travel resource site to inspire families to travel with kids of all ages. Marina has been an expat 10+ years in Central America raising 2 boys in a multicultural, trilingual household. She travels all over the world with her family to give first hand experiences of where to eat, stay and play with kids. Needless to say, it’s never boring! Join Marina on Facebook and Twitter for more unique and boutique family travel!

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