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Enjoy the beautiful coastlines by taking a boat cruise along the shorelines. There is no better time to enjoy a gorgeous summer day than on a boat in Southern California.

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The Fun Zone Boat Company was the first company to offer nautical tours of the popular Newport Bay. Tours are available daily starting at 11am. There are three different tours available that include a Sea Lion tour and Celebrity home viewing all narrated by the ship captain. Private charters and events are also available.

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Dana Wharf has been offering cruises out of Dana Point Harbor since 1971. They offer a variety of cruises including their popular whale watching and fishing adventures. Children can enjoy a free fishing clinic every Sunday from 12:45 to 5:45pm before going on a ½ day fishing cruise for free with a paying adult.

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Bring dinner and be your own captain while cruising along the harbor in a luxurious Duffy Boat. The boats offer full enclosure, plush padded seats and iPod hookups. The boats can accommodate a maximum of twelve people or ten comfortably. Duffy is open seven days a week from 10am to 8pm with hourly rates starting at $85.

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Harbor Breeze Cruises has been offering cruises for over 20 years. They have joined the Aquarium of the Pacific to offer 3 ½ hour whale watching cruises led by the aquarium experts daily at 11:30am and 3pm. Tickets are available at the Aquarium for $59.95 for adults, $54.95 for seniors and children $38.95. All the cruises include admission to the Aquarium.

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Take a step back into history by taking a ride on the historic 130 foot Tallship. The American Pride’s mission is to educate children about history and the ocean with hands on experiences. Guest can ride the Tallship for Sunday brunch from 10am to 1pm for $45 adults and $32 for children. Saturday cruises are available with a delicious onboard barbecue at 10am and 1pm for $35 per adult and $25 per child.

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Enjoy a glimpse of Venice while cruising around Huntington Harbour in an authentic Italian gondola. The gondolier will sing a song while you and your loved one sip on a glass of sparkling champagne. They provide the ice, cup and blankets. Various packages are available with pricing starting at $50.

Shelby Barone is a freelance writer for 12 publications in Orange County and can be found blogging daily about Orange County at the OC Mom Blog.