13 houseboats for hire with your crew

Earthlings, get ready for an aquatic adventure! Spend your days fishing, kayaking and enjoying the sunset on these houseboats that you can rent as a family. They have all the kid-friendly amenities you love and a cool factor that will make this family vacation one they won’t soon forget. All aboard!

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This beautiful property on the Willamette River has three bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms. It is surrounded by a cedar deck and is the perfect spot for fishing and kayaking. Take a dip in the hot tub and watch the sunset.

Sleeps: 8
Cost: $ 321 / night
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You’ll love this charming houseboat on the John Day River, just minutes from charming Astoria. This house offers a perfect place to enjoy recreation and relaxation on the river. Originally a floating store, customers now benefit from all modern conveniences mixed with the charm of yesteryear. Sitting next to 16 acres of farmland, enjoy the peace and serenity of country life or use it as a starting point for your coastal adventure.

Sleeps: 8
Cost: $ 207 / night
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This pretty houseboat has a large terrace where you can see Mt. Tam and San Francisco. It is part of the historic houseboat community of Sausalito and is within walking distance of 7 restaurants.

Sleeps: 5
Cost: $ 311 / night
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You will love the location of this magnificent yacht which is a short walk from Marina del Rey and all it has to offer.

Sleeps: 4
Cost: $ 280 / night
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South West

You’ll love your family getaway on this lovely two-story houseboat that featured on the TV show Upper Fixator. One bedroom with a queen bed and another with two bunk beds will sleep all your crew. In the summer, you can often hear live music at the nearby restaurants.

Sleeps: 7
Cost: $ 268 / night
In line: airbnb.com

Midwest

The Mississippi backwaters are home to this year-round barge. It has an amazing roof terrace which you can access during the warmer months and watch the sunset. Rental includes one hour kayak rental for all guests. There is even a water slide!

Sleeps: 12
Cost: $ 274 / night
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It’s a real vintage barge! Several fishing rods are provided to guests as well as two kayaks and life jackets which are free. On the roof terrace you will have access to sun loungers and beach chairs.

Sleeps: 5
Cost: $ 206 / night
In line: airbnb.com

Northeast

This charming renovated houseboat is located at the north end of Newport Harbor. Two single kayaks are at your disposal. Grill local seafood and enjoy the sunsets!

Sleeps: 4
Cost: $ 600 / night
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What a fun option for your visit to Washington, DC! Enjoy panoramic views from the deck while your family spends time on the dock.

Sleeps: 6
Cost: $ 250 / night
In line: airbnb.com

South East

Enjoy incredible sunsets on this houseboat which has everything your family will need. Grill fresh fish on the barbecue, then explore the beauty of the surrounding area.

Sleeps: 4
Cost: $ 264 / night
In line: airbnb.com

A magical getaway awaits when you stay in this tugboat on its own private lake. The luxury tugboat floats on a private 8 acre lake with an island on 142 wooded acres, with over 5 miles of hiking trails. Enjoy swimming, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, fishing, hiking, exploring or just relax on your own beach by the fire pit.

Sleeps: 5
Cost: $ 357 / night
In line: airbnb.com

Accessible only by boat, this little floating house is full of adventure! You will particularly appreciate the large terrace and the outdoor lounge. Two kayaks are at your disposal and dogs are welcome!

Sleeps: 5
Cost: $ 190 / night
In line: airbnb.com

Your family will appreciate this very spacious houseboat with a vaulted ceiling in the main cabin. Plenty of room to move around with a queen size bed in the captain’s quarters (bedroom) and a twin bed in the living room which is a day bed.

Sleeps: 4
Cost: $ 175 / night
In line: airbnb.com

—Kate Loweth

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