Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Want to hit the water? Here are the best places to do so in every state.
(Photo: HOWL/Stocksy)From waterfalls to secret wilderness coves to opulent
gated mansions, there are things you simply cannot see and experience from dry
land.
No boat? No problem.
World traveling club Travel went in search of places to get your feet wet, so
to speak, while seeing some of our country’s most amazing sights.
Before you dive into our 50 picks, here is a little primer on typical rental
boats:· Pontoon boats are flat boats supported by floating metal tubes.
They normally have comfortable seating for 6-15 people and engines designed
for a little speed, but mostly just cruising.
· PWC’s are personal watercraft like JetSkis and Waverunners.
They carry one or two passengers at a high rate of speed.
· Powerboats come in all shapes and sizes, the term refers to any
boat with an engine, as opposed to a sailboat.
Be sure to tell the rental company if you plan to fish, ski, or sightsee so
that you get an appropriate boat.
Alabama Just up the road from Gulf Shores, is the fabulous Orange Beach
area.
Rent fishing boats, pontoons, paddleboards, and PWC’s from Wallace
Boats for an excursion on the Gulf.

Alaska Fishing, wildlife watching, and sightseeing in Prince William
Sound are yours for the asking when you rent an enclosed-cabin boat from
Whittier Boat Rentals.

Arizona Your Lake Havasu adventure begins with Sandbar Power Sports,
where you can rent boats, PWC’s and even ATV’s.
 
Arkansas Enjoy Bulls Shoals Lake by renting pontoons,
PWC’s, ski boats, and fishing boats at Bull Shoals Lake Boat Dock.
Or spend more time on the water with a houseboat rental.

California Want to cruise around Newport Beach? Head to Duffy’s.
(Photo: Duffy Electric Boats of Newport Beach/Facebook)A little-known
activity that the whole family can enjoy is a slow cruise in an electric boat.
They are an incredible way to see houses along the shore, marinas, and
shore-side eateries.
We like Duffy of Newport Beach for the proximity to variety of things to do
on your cruise.

Colorado Grand Lake Colorado is one of the most scenic spots in the
Rocky Mountains.
Enjoy this high-mountain lake with a variety of boats available from Trail
Ridge Marina.

Related: 7 Cheapest Ways to Get Your Boat on This
SummerConnecticut Candlewod Lake in the western part of the state is home
to Echo Bay Marina, where you can pick up pontoons and power boats for skiing,
sightseeing, and fishing.
 
Delaware Delaware City Marina rents power boats, sail boats,
fishing boats, and kayaks for exploring the Delaware River.
Florida Feel the sea blowing through your hair like a rock star when you
rent a powerboat from Fort Lauderdale Boat Rentals.
With three locations, you can choose to slow-cruise the Intracoastal, head
out for snorkeling, diving, or skiing.

Georgia Explore Lake Chatuge on a ski boat, deck boat, jet ski,
waterbike, or wakeboard from Boundary Waters.
(Photo: Boundary Waters Resort & Marina/Facebook)
Boundary Waters
Resort & Marina has the usual assortment of boats, kayaks, and canoes for
rent, but they also have something really cool called a Craig
Cat — a two-seater that lets you feel like you are flying across
the surface of the water.

Hawaii Imagine a day spent snorkeling, diving, or whale watching from
your own private boat.
Take a picnic, head across to Molokini, and see the Maui from a new
perspective.
Sea Escape Maui makes it easy.

Idaho Lake Coeur d Alene near the Washington border is one of the
state’s premier glacial lakes.
It has beaches, clear water, and opportunities for fishing and wildlife
watching.
Harrison Water Adventures offers everything you need for fun on the lake,
including the Jetovator — which lets you actually fly like the
eagles that people flock here to see.

Illinois Just southwest of Chicago, in Starved Rock State Park, Starved
Rock Adventures rents everything from houseboats, to pontoons and PWC’s
to complete your over-water exploration of the Illinois River.

Indiana Tippecanoe Boat Company has a wide range of powerboats for your
exploration of Lake Tippecanoe in Northern Indiana.

Iowa This summer, vacation on a houseboat.
They’re the RVs of the sea! (Photo: S & S Houseboat
Rentals/Facebook)One of the coolest ways to experience the Mississippi River
is onboard a houseboat.
S&S Houseboat Rentals in Lansing lets you do just that.

Kansas Slide into your Lake Perry adventure with a Party Cat boat,
complete with built-in slide.
Lake Perry Yacht & Marina has those as well as big tri-toon boats that
carry 15 people for a grand time on the lake.

Related: Where’s the Boat? Check Out the Transparent
Kayak
</b>Kentucky&#xA0;From houseboats to pontoons and ski boats, Kentucky
Dam Marina rents everything you need to make a splash at Kentucky Lake.
&#xA0;&#xA0;Louisiana&#xA0;Get your Lake Ponchartrain party going with Cajun
food, live music, and boat rentals of all sizes at the Dock at Slidell.
&#xA0;
Maine&#xA0;Whether you choose to see it fast or slow, a boat is the
best way to see Maine&#x2019;s Great Pond, known for fishing and amazing
scenery.
Great Pond Marina rents small runabouts, pontoons, and kayaks.
&#xA0;
Maryland Plenty of boats available at Tlighman Marina.
(Photo:&#xA0;Tilghman Marina/Facebook)See Chesapeake Bay from the comfort of
your private boat.
Tilghman Island Marina has everything you need, including crab and fishing
gear rentals and powerboat training for the inexperienced.
&#xA0;&#xA0;
Massachusetts&#xA0;Nauti Jane&#x2019;s Boat Rentals in Chatham,
rents small sailboats and several sizes of powerboats for your explorations of
Lower Cape Cod.
They also offer sailing lessons to get you started.
Michigan&#xA0;Start with Lake Macatawa, then head into the open waters of Lake
Michigan your boat rental from Holland Water Sports.
Water skis or a tube to pull behind your powerboat are no extra charge.

Minnesota&#xA0;Kinsey Houseboats is how you explore the Minnesota
wilderness.
Dock the boat for hiking, or spend all your time cruising the unspoiled
shoreline of Birch Lake.

MississippiFlip your Gulf Coast experience on its axis when you get off the
beach and onto a pontoon boat rented from Biloxi Boardwalk Marina.

Missouri You can even rent a boat with a built-in water slide! Seriously,
what could be better on a hot day? (Photo: State Park Marina)Branson is so
much more than indoor entertainment.
Step away from the music venues for a day on Table Rock Lake.
Rent a pontoon, ski, or wakeboat from State Park Marina.

Montana&#xA0;Flathead Lake is one of the largest natural freshwater lake in
the Continental U.
S.
west of the Mississippi.
Big Arm Boat Rentals and Rides offers motorized and non-motorized options
that get you on the water and up close to the amazing beauty of Wild Horse
Island.

Related: Love Floats: We Met on a Boat in the Pacific
Ocean</b>
</b>Nebraska&#xA0;Don&#x2019;t let the name scare you
&#x2014;&#xA0;Big Mac Parasailing also has PWC and boat rentals to get you out
on the waters of Lake McConaughy.

Nevada&#xA0;Forgo the Las Vegas casinos and venture out onto the enormous
waters of Lake Mead.
Lake Mead Marina has speedboats, pontoons, and PWC&#x2019;s to make a day on
the lake a real adventure.

New Hampshire&#xA0;Want to see Lake Winnipesaukee from the water?
Fay&#x2019;s Boat Yard has every option you could ask for, from fishing boats
to sailboats.

New Jersey&#xA0;Bridge Marina on Lake Hopatcong has three sizes of pontoons
for rent, including luxury versions.
Fish, swim, or just see the lake.
New Jersey never looked so good.

New Mexico Tubing on Navajo Lake is a perfect way to beat that New Mexico
heat.
(Photo: Navajo Lake Marina)Northern New Mexico shares Navajo Lake with
Colorado.
With a boat rental from Navajo Lake Marina, you can feel like you
aren&#x2019;t sharing it with anybody.
Find your secret spot on this enormous lake and enjoy your day.

New York&#xA0;See the mansions and historical sights of Manhasset Bay with a
boat from Long Island Boat Rentals.
Choose from a tiny Boston Whaler to a luxury Sea Ray for your tour.

North Carolina&#xA0;Ocean Isle Boat Rentals lets you explore the
Intracoastal Waterway in style with a selection of pontoons, deckboats, and
fishing boats.

North Dakota&#xA0;Fishing boat and pontoon rentals are just one way to while
your time at Woodland Resort on Devils Lake.

Ohio&#xA0;Sandusky Bay, on Lake Eerie, is worthy of a water view trip.
Clemons Boats offers up pontoons and ski boats for your adventure.

Oklahoma We&#x2019;re already mentally planning the awesome weekend
we&#x2019;d have with our best buds on this houseboat.
(Photo: Evergreen Marina)Lake Eulfaula offers opportunities for shore
camping, water sports, and sightseeing.
Evergreen Marina has choices of houseboats and pontoons.
This is definitely a lake worth spending more than just a few hours
exploring.

Oregon&#xA0;SK Watercraft Rentals gets you on the Columbia River in style.
Speed along on your PWC, ski boat, or pontoon.
And after your water adventure, check out the Spyder and Segway rentals a
land-based adventure.
&#xA0;
Pennsylvania&#xA0;Pocono Action Sports is how you see
wonderful&#xA0;Lake Wallenpaupack.
Cruise on a pontoon or let your speed demon loose with wakeboard boat or PWC.

Related: 8 Cruise-Ship Pools that Make You Say Wow</b></b>
</b>Rhode
Island&#xA0;Adventure Watersports lets you explore Rhode Island scenery at
your own pace.
Choose kayaks, power boats, or the extreme speed of a PWC.

South Carolina&#xA0;Picnic on a barrier island or explore the Intracoastal
with a boat from Tidal Wave Watersports.
Don&#x2019;t feel confident to manage docking and navigation on your own?
Design a custom charter, complete with a licensed captain to take you where
you want to go.

South Dakota Want to take a boat out on the Missouri River? Cedar
Shore&#x2019;s got you covered.
(Photo: Cedar Shore Resort/Facebook)You can choose to see the Mighty Missouri
River from shore, or you can rent a boat at Cedar Shore Resort and experience
it like the explorers before you, only a little faster.

TennesseeJbeez Watercraft rents boats for use on any of 13 lakes in
Tennessee.
They bring the fun where you want it, whether you want the speed of a PWC or
a lazy cruise on a pontoon.

Texas&#xA0;Galveston Island has so many things to see and do that you might
forget that the number one attraction is the Gulf of Mexico.
Get out on it with a rental from Caribbean Breeze.
Rent a pontoon, a PWC, or a ski boat.
A basic boating lesson for novices is only $50.

Utah&#xA0;Jordanelle Rentals at Jordanelle State Park is how you get a water
fix just thirty minutes from Salt Lake City.
Go fast or go slow.
The choice is yours with kayaks, paddleboards, or ski boats and PWC&#x2019;s.

Vermont&#xA0;Woodard Marine gets you in the action on Lake Bomoseen with
speedboats, fishing boats, and pontoons.
Try out water toys like junior skis and kneeboards for rent, as well.

Virginia This houseboat looks like a party and a half.
(Photo:&#xA0;Parrot Cove Houseboat Rentals/Facebook)Parrot Cove Boat Rentals
on Smith Mountain Lake has all the rental options you need to enjoy a water
vacation in the gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountains, including houseboats.

Washington&#xA0;The Electric Boat Company in Seattle offers yet another way
to explore the Emerald City.
No boating experience needed.
Bring your camera, your favorite tunes, and enjoy a three-hour cruise on Lake
Union.

West Virginia&#xA0;Get wild in the central portion of the state with a
rental on Sutton Lake, where the scenery is purely wilderness.
There are no homes or developments on the lake.
Sutton Lake Marina has all the options you need for your adventure, including
houseboats to extend your time on the water.

Wisconsin&#xA0;Enhance your visit to Door County by boating on Lake
Michigan.
Sister Bay Boat Rental gets you on and in the lake with wakeboards, skis, and
tubes to tow behind your rental.

Wyoming&#xA0;Alcova Lakeside Marina turns your wild west vacation a little
wetter and a little wilder.
Go slow with a kayak or speed things up just a little with a pontoon rental.

WATCH:&#xA0;Floating Alive on the Dead SeaLet World traveling club Travel
inspire you every day.
Hang out with us on&#xA0;Facebook,&#xA0;Twitter, Instagram,
and&#xA0;Pinterest.
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Connecticut&#xA0;Candlewod Lake in the western part of the state is home to
Echo Bay Marina, where you can pick up pontoons and power boats for skiing,
sightseeing, and fishing.
&#xA0;
Delaware&#xA0;Delaware City Marina rents power boats, sail boats,
fishing boats, and kayaks for exploring the Delaware River.
Florida&#xA0;Feel the sea blowing through your hair like a rock star when you
rent a powerboat from Fort Lauderdale Boat Rentals.
With three locations, you can choose to slow-cruise the Intracoastal, head
out for snorkeling, diving, or skiing.

Georgia Explore Lake Chatuge on a&#xA0;ski boat, deck boat, jet ski,
waterbike, or wakeboard from Boundary Waters.
(Photo:&#xA0;Boundary Waters Resort &amp; Marina/Facebook)
Boundary Waters
Resort &amp; Marina has the usual assortment of boats, kayaks, and canoes for
rent, but they also have something really cool called a Craig
Cat&#xA0;&#x2014; a two-seater that lets you feel like you are flying across
the surface of the water.

Hawaii&#xA0;Imagine a day spent snorkeling, diving, or whale watching from
your own private boat.
Take a picnic, head across to Molokini, and see the Maui from a new
perspective.
Sea Escape Maui makes it easy.

Idaho&#xA0;Lake Coeur d Alene near the Washington border is one of the
state&#x2019;s premier glacial lakes.
It has beaches, clear water, and opportunities for fishing and wildlife
watching.
Harrison Water Adventures offers everything you need for fun on the lake,
including the Jetovator&#xA0;&#x2014; which lets you actually fly like the
eagles that people flock here to see.

Illinois&#xA0;Just southwest of Chicago, in Starved Rock State Park, Starved
Rock Adventures rents everything from houseboats, to pontoons and PWC&#x2019;s
to complete your over-water exploration of the Illinois River.

Indiana&#xA0;Tippecanoe Boat Company has a wide range of powerboats for your
exploration of Lake Tippecanoe in Northern Indiana.

Iowa This summer, vacation on a houseboat.
They&#x2019;re the RVs of the sea! (Photo:&#xA0;S &amp; S Houseboat
Rentals/Facebook)One of the coolest ways to experience the Mississippi River
is onboard a houseboat.
S&amp;S Houseboat Rentals in Lansing lets you do just that.

Kansas&#xA0;Slide into your Lake Perry adventure with a Party Cat boat,
complete with built-in slide.
Lake Perry Yacht &amp; Marina has those as well as big tri-toon boats that
carry 15 people for a grand time on the lake.

Related: Where&#x2019;s the Boat? Check Out the Transparent
Kayak
</b>Kentucky&#xA0;From houseboats to pontoons and ski boats, Kentucky
Dam Marina rents everything you need to make a splash at Kentucky Lake.
&#xA0;&#xA0;Louisiana&#xA0;Get your Lake Ponchartrain party going with Cajun
food, live music, and boat rentals of all sizes at the Dock at Slidell.
&#xA0;
Maine&#xA0;Whether you choose to see it fast or slow, a boat is the
best way to see Maine&#x2019;s Great Pond, known for fishing and amazing
scenery.
Great Pond Marina rents small runabouts, pontoons, and kayaks.
&#xA0;
Maryland Plenty of boats available at Tlighman Marina.
(Photo:&#xA0;Tilghman Marina/Facebook)See Chesapeake Bay from the comfort of
your private boat.
Tilghman Island Marina has everything you need, including crab and fishing
gear rentals and powerboat training for the inexperienced.
&#xA0;&#xA0;
Massachusetts&#xA0;Nauti Jane&#x2019;s Boat Rentals in Chatham,
rents small sailboats and several sizes of powerboats for your explorations of
Lower Cape Cod.
They also offer sailing lessons to get you started.
Michigan&#xA0;Start with Lake Macatawa, then head into the open waters of Lake
Michigan your boat rental from Holland Water Sports.
Water skis or a tube to pull behind your powerboat are no extra charge.

Minnesota&#xA0;Kinsey Houseboats is how you explore the Minnesota
wilderness.
Dock the boat for hiking, or spend all your time cruising the unspoiled
shoreline of Birch Lake.

MississippiFlip your Gulf Coast experience on its axis when you get off the
beach and onto a pontoon boat rented from Biloxi Boardwalk Marina.

Missouri You can even rent a boat with a built-in water slide! Seriously,
what could be better on a hot day? (Photo: State Park Marina)Branson is so
much more than indoor entertainment.
Step away from the music venues for a day on Table Rock Lake.
Rent a pontoon, ski, or wakeboat from State Park Marina.

Montana&#xA0;Flathead Lake is one of the largest natural freshwater lake in
the Continental U.
S.
west of the Mississippi.
Big Arm Boat Rentals and Rides offers motorized and non-motorized options
that get you on the water and up close to the amazing beauty of Wild Horse
Island.

Related: Love Floats: We Met on a Boat in the Pacific
Ocean</b>
</b>Nebraska&#xA0;Don&#x2019;t let the name scare you
&#x2014;&#xA0;Big Mac Parasailing also has PWC and boat rentals to get you out
on the waters of Lake McConaughy.

Nevada&#xA0;Forgo the Las Vegas casinos and venture out onto the enormous
waters of Lake Mead.
Lake Mead Marina has speedboats, pontoons, and PWC&#x2019;s to make a day on
the lake a real adventure.

New Hampshire&#xA0;Want to see Lake Winnipesaukee from the water?
Fay&#x2019;s Boat Yard has every option you could ask for, from fishing boats
to sailboats.

New Jersey&#xA0;Bridge Marina on Lake Hopatcong has three sizes of pontoons
for rent, including luxury versions.
Fish, swim, or just see the lake.
New Jersey never looked so good.

New Mexico Tubing on Navajo Lake is a perfect way to beat that New Mexico
heat.
(Photo: Navajo Lake Marina)Northern New Mexico shares Navajo Lake with
Colorado.
With a boat rental from Navajo Lake Marina, you can feel like you
aren&#x2019;t sharing it with anybody.
Find your secret spot on this enormous lake and enjoy your day.

New York&#xA0;See the mansions and historical sights of Manhasset Bay with a
boat from Long Island Boat Rentals.
Choose from a tiny Boston Whaler to a luxury Sea Ray for your tour.

North Carolina&#xA0;Ocean Isle Boat Rentals lets you explore the
Intracoastal Waterway in style with a selection of pontoons, deckboats, and
fishing boats.

North Dakota&#xA0;Fishing boat and pontoon rentals are just one way to while
your time at Woodland Resort on Devils Lake.

Ohio&#xA0;Sandusky Bay, on Lake Eerie, is worthy of a water view trip.
Clemons Boats offers up pontoons and ski boats for your adventure.

Oklahoma We&#x2019;re already mentally planning the awesome weekend
we&#x2019;d have with our best buds on this houseboat.
(Photo: Evergreen Marina)Lake Eulfaula offers opportunities for shore
camping, water sports, and sightseeing.
Evergreen Marina has choices of houseboats and pontoons.
This is definitely a lake worth spending more than just a few hours
exploring.

Oregon&#xA0;SK Watercraft Rentals gets you on the Columbia River in style.
Speed along on your PWC, ski boat, or pontoon.
And after your water adventure, check out the Spyder and Segway rentals a
land-based adventure.
&#xA0;
Pennsylvania&#xA0;Pocono Action Sports is how you see
wonderful&#xA0;Lake Wallenpaupack.
Cruise on a pontoon or let your speed demon loose with wakeboard boat or PWC.

Related: 8 Cruise-Ship Pools that Make You Say Wow</b></b>
</b>Rhode
Island&#xA0;Adventure Watersports lets you explore Rhode Island scenery at
your own pace.
Choose kayaks, power boats, or the extreme speed of a PWC.

South Carolina&#xA0;Picnic on a barrier island or explore the Intracoastal
with a boat from Tidal Wave Watersports.
Don&#x2019;t feel confident to manage docking and navigation on your own?
Design a custom charter, complete with a licensed captain to take you where
you want to go.

South Dakota Want to take a boat out on the Missouri River? Cedar
Shore&#x2019;s got you covered.
(Photo: Cedar Shore Resort/Facebook)You can choose to see the Mighty Missouri
River from shore, or you can rent a boat at Cedar Shore Resort and experience
it like the explorers before you, only a little faster.

TennesseeJbeez Watercraft rents boats for use on any of 13 lakes in
Tennessee.
They bring the fun where you want it, whether you want the speed of a PWC or
a lazy cruise on a pontoon.

Texas&#xA0;Galveston Island has so many things to see and do that you might
forget that the number one attraction is the Gulf of Mexico.
Get out on it with a rental from Caribbean Breeze.
Rent a pontoon, a PWC, or a ski boat.
A basic boating lesson for novices is only $50.

Utah&#xA0;Jordanelle Rentals at Jordanelle State Park is how you get a water
fix just thirty minutes from Salt Lake City.
Go fast or go slow.
The choice is yours with kayaks, paddleboards, or ski boats and PWC&#x2019;s.

Vermont&#xA0;Woodard Marine gets you in the action on Lake Bomoseen with
speedboats, fishing boats, and pontoons.
Try out water toys like junior skis and kneeboards for rent, as well.

Virginia This houseboat looks like a party and a half.
(Photo:&#xA0;Parrot Cove Houseboat Rentals/Facebook)Parrot Cove Boat Rentals
on Smith Mountain Lake has all the rental options you need to enjoy a water
vacation in the gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountains, including houseboats.

Washington&#xA0;The Electric Boat Company in Seattle offers yet another way
to explore the Emerald City.
No boating experience needed.
Bring your camera, your favorite tunes, and enjoy a three-hour cruise on Lake
Union.

West Virginia&#xA0;Get wild in the central portion of the state with a
rental on Sutton Lake, where the scenery is purely wilderness.
There are no homes or developments on the lake.
Sutton Lake Marina has all the options you need for your adventure, including
houseboats to extend your time on the water.

Wisconsin&#xA0;Enhance your visit to Door County by boating on Lake
Michigan.
Sister Bay Boat Rental gets you on and in the lake with wakeboards, skis, and
tubes to tow behind your rental.

Wyoming&#xA0;Alcova Lakeside Marina turns your wild west vacation a little
wetter and a little wilder.
Go slow with a kayak or speed things up just a little with a pontoon rental.

WATCH:&#xA0;Floating Alive on the Dead SeaLet World traveling club Travel
inspire you every day.
Hang out with us on&#xA0;Facebook,&#xA0;Twitter, Instagram,
and&#xA0;Pinterest.
&#xA0;Check out our original adventure travel series A Broad Abroad.
&#xA0;World traveling club Travel went in search of our country's best
boating spots.
Dive in!

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