If you’re planning on taking a fishing vacation with the whole family, we found a few ways of keeping those oddballs that don’t fish entertained while you’re out on the water. Visiting a coastal town is not only slow-paced and relaxing, but it’s also photogenic and offers a variety of things to do for the whole family. We’ve gathered up a few of the best fishing cities around the globe for you to consider when planning your next trip!
Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
Our neighbors up north are already known for their friendly demeanors, beautiful architecture, and freshly caught salmon. But, if you were to visit the quaint town of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia you could find yourself fishing for lobsters and scallops! You can also walk the waterfront and see tradespeople assembling boats at the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic. At night you can jive to maritime fiddle music or visit one of the many seafood restaurants. There is plenty to do for the whole family in Lunenburg.
New Port, Oregon
The seafood is abundant in this Oregon town. In fact, fishermen in this area keep the seafood processing companies working around the clock. In this working port, trendy restaurants and shops sit beside fisherman hangouts. Sea lions can be heard barking throughout the summer air. Out on these waters, you can catch Dungeness crab, shrimp, and albacore tuna. For those times you choose to keep your feet on land, make time to see the town’s beaches, marine science center, and famous lighthouses.
This southern gem will turn your skin sun-kissed and will fill up your belly. This fishing town is the 3rd largest port on the Gulf of Mexico. It is home to more than 900 historical homes and buildings. It houses hip shops, eateries, and galleries inside of ship chandleries and net factories from the turn of the century. Yet, this location is far from a tourist trap. Hardworking locals can be seen wearing rubber oyster boots around town, harvesting shellfish that provide up to 90% of oysters sold throughout Florida. If you’re not a fan of shucking oysters, fear-not, as Apalachicola have schools of shrimp, redfish, and mullet.
It’s no secret that Alaska is home to halibut, cod, crab, and of course Salmon. The small town of Kodiak is approximately 400 miles south of Anchorage but ranks in the top 3 for U.S value and volume of fish hauled in. If you want to hear the best big-fish tales, hop into Harborside Coffee & Goods as it is often a crew’s first stop after a long day on the water. Trace Kodiak’s colorful fishing history at Alutiiq Museum and the Russian Baranov Museum located in the downtown district of the town. Or put on your hiking boots to spot Kodiak Bears in the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge.
Vacations are meant to be fun for the whole family. If you’re looking to relax on the waters, head somewhere fun where each member can enjoy themselves. Don’t forget to pack your Pugs Gear with you along with some polarized sunglasses to protect your eyes from the sun and glares of the water!