18 Best Airbnb Houseboats In And Around Seattle - Updated 2024

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The metropolitan city of Seattle has plenty of attractions and famous things for visitors - from Space Needle Tower to museums, parks, and Pike Place Market. The city has also had a long history of logging and shipbuilding. Houseboats were originally intended to house loggers who worked by the water. Over time, they were also adopted by wealthier residents for their summer homes. Many of these historic houseboats have been lovingly preserved and this list sets out some options open for rental. If you’re looking for unique vacation rentals, check out one of the city’s historic hotels or any of these amazing Airbnb houseboats in and around Seattle.

Events to look out for in Seattle:

  • Dreaming to visit Japan? Have a sweet introduction to the Land of the Rising Sun by immersing yourself in the vibrant celebration of the Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival. From April 12th to April 14th at Seattle Center, experience the rich cultural exchange between Seattle and Japan through stunning cherry blossoms, dynamic Taiko drums, contemporary arts, and a serene tea ceremony.
  • What better time to visit Seattle and stay in a houseboat than the boating season? Being someone with a strong affinity for all things ocean-related, I wholeheartedly agree with this sentiment. Make your trip count by scheduling it during the opening day of boating season on May 4th, 2024, at the Seattle Yacht Club. A day filled with exciting water activities, including crew and sailboat races, and the Grand Opening Day Boat Parade awaits all spectators!
  • Cinephiles can look forward to the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF), which is celebrating its 50th year this 2024. From May 9th to May 19th, a diverse selection of films from over 70 countries will make the event a cinematic extravaganza. Be sure to keep an eye out for the schedules of the celebration at SIFF theaters and venues across the city.
  • Fitness buffs, this is your time to shine in Seattle! Get ready for the Seafair Triathlon on July 21, 2024, happening at Seward Park. Pro athletes and beginners alike are welcome to join and register for different events, including kids triathlon, two and three-person sprint relay, super sprint, and duathlon.

We handpicked these listings carefully, considering (wherever possible) Superhost status, recent guest reviews, location, accommodation type, prices, availability of dates, decor, and amenities. The image galleries get refreshed with the latest updates regularly. They were last updated on July 08, 2024.

Houseboats and boat rentals in Seattle

Why rent a houseboat in Seattle?

With over 500 houseboats floating on Seattle’s water, this unique stay has been part of the city’s history for nearly a century. Here are the top reasons to stay in a houseboat when you’re visiting the Emerald City.

  • Scenic waterfront views: There's no better place to enjoy Seattle's stunning skyline than a houseboat.
  • Romantic vibes: Enjoy the cozy and intimate setting with your partner.
  • Stay close to attractions: Enjoy prime location from a houseboat as many are moored Lake Union or Lake Washington that provide easy access to the major attractions.
  • Waterfront dining: Savor Seattle's delicious seafood from your personal waterfront dining space. Get your dinner from a nearby restaurant or take advantage of the houseboat's small but equipped kitchens.
  • Water activities: Engage in water activities, like fishing and paddling, easily from your houseboat.
  • Unique experience: Opt for this unconventional accommodation to enhance your experience amid a cozy and nautical atmosphere.
  • Photo ops: Last, but not the least, houseboats will definitely provide excellent photo opportunities to make your trip (and the gram) more memorable.

Dotted around Seattle are various houseboats and boats that you can check out for unique stays. Technically, these rentals aren’t “houseboats” in the true sense; most of them are floating homes that cannot be driven around the waters.

Because some city regulations have prohibited short-term stays on these rentals, these accommodations make perfect choices for longer and extended holidays afloat on Seattle’s waters.

Meanwhile, for short-term stays, keep scrolling to discover the best houseboat and boat rentals in nearby areas listed further below.

1. Historic tugboat best for couples and solo travelers

Back in the water!

Posted by Tugboat Sally S on Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Another houseboat that guarantees a pleasant stay in Seattle, the historic Tugboat Sally S dates back to 1927. Providing one bedroom and one bathroom, the houseboat is excellent for couples or solo travelers who don’t mind staying in a semi-industrial area. It is docked in a small marina with views of a shipyard, condos, and luxury yachts.

The main room comes with a smart TV and ample storage space. Walk to the main salon and you can find an L-shaped couch that guarantees relaxation. Doors on each side of the salon lead to an outdoor area, a large kitchen, and a back deck. Enjoy a barbecue fiesta on the deck, which features a barbecue grill and a dining table for al-fresco dining. You can grab any last-minute needs in the Whole Foods Market nearby.

Recommendations from the hosts, Michael And Kelley:

  • Food scene: Chinook's At Salmon Bay (A casual restaurant that serves northwest seafood and has views of Fisherman's Terminal)
  • Attraction: Ballard (Hiram M. Chittenden) Locks (An iconic place for sightseeing in the city)
Stayed at this property?
Seattle, Washington, United States
2.2 km (1.4 mi) from Discovery Park
189 reviews   Wifi Available
Houseboat 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the couch and bed are both super comfy and the kitchen is well appointed
great kitchen bath and sleeping quarters
the internet works great apple tv was a wonderful luxury
very comfortable sleeping space and the shower was great
we tried portage bay café for breakfast and asadero mexican restaurant both in ballard which were quite amazing
Cleanliness:
safety and cleanliness issues
tugboat sally is clean and well appointed
everything was clean and comfortable and incredibly charming
everything was clean & in order at check-in
it was immaculate -- sparkling clean
Host:
the hosts are highly organized and responsive
owners were very helpful and accommodating
big thank you to the hosts who made sally part of our story
michael and kelley were great hosts
mike and kelley are very communicative and helpful
Location:
the location is excellent
the location is fab
plenty of good restaurants close by
great shops and restaurants close by or a short drive away
5 min walking distance and you are at a great brewery (urban family)
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2. Well-built sailboat perfect for a weekend adventure (from USD 8550)

Allegra may only be 38 feet (11.58 meters) in size, but it boasts so many amenities. For starters, you’ll be able to find a large protected cockpit on deck, which allows you to enjoy the view, and when you go downstairs, you’ll see a generous salon with a galley and a private forward cabin that can sleep two people.

If you’re feeling adventurous, this sailboat can also take you to nearby areas that you can explore, such as Poulsbo, Winslow in Eagle Harbor, Kingston, Langley, and Blake Island. But you wouldn’t need to venture for great experiences. As the boat is docked in Shilshole Marina, you’ll only be a short walk to two delectable restaurants and a step away from Golden Gardens Park and Beach. Indeed, your experience staying in Allegra will be one you won’t forget.

Stayed at this property?
Seattle, Washington, United States
2.24 km (1.4 mi) from Discovery Park
5 reviews   Wifi Available
Private room in boat 2 Beds 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 0 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Host:
bill was an extremely gracious host
that is if you ever leave the calm cozy sailboat bill the host was so accommodating and gracious
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3. Renovated houseboat with 180-degree lake views (from USD 175)

If you have ever paddled or boated across Lake Union, you must have noticed Banjo. Get 360-degree views from the roof of this iconic boat or enjoy its totally renovated interiors. The roof is perfect for sunbathing or grilling, while the interiors offer modern-day charm with high-speed internet and a clean bath. As a vegetarian, I like that an updated kitchen is available here to help me prepare my daily meals.

Cafes and restaurants are close by, in case you want to ditch cooking for a day during your month-long stay. The location also puts you close to several bus lines and the light rail station. And if you’re maintaining a jogging or biking routine, you’ll love that the place is also just steps away from Burke Gilman Trail.

Stayed at this property?
Seattle, Washington, United States
6.47 km (4.1 mi) from Discovery Park
Wifi Available
Houseboat 2 Beds 4 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 4

4. Comfy houseboat in Lake Washington Ship Canal (from USD 2208)

Feel the gentle waves of the Lake Washington Ship Canal from this one-bedroom houseboat for up to two people. This home features a queen-sized foam mattress and smart TV for your comfort. The back deck has a grill if you wish to enjoy a nice meal by the water. The living room has a wood stove if you feel like curling up with a good book. The kitchen is also equipped for easy meal preparation

This lovely home is near several restaurants, shops, and attractions like Fremont Sunday Street Market. You’re welcome to use your own vehicle or rent one nearby, as each booking includes a parking space. Getting around is convenient, with downtown just a 10-minute drive and the airport only 25 minutes away.

Stayed at this property?
Seattle, Washington, United States
4.14 km (2.6 mi) from Discovery Park
3 reviews   Wifi Available
Boat 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Cleanliness:
the marina is clean and private
Host:
libby is a great host
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5. Sailboat in a quiet area of Seattle (from USD 4500)

Enjoy views of the water and peaceful mornings away from the noise of downtown when you book this 45-ft (13.7-m) sailboat with super friendly and accommodating hosts. Once you arrive, you will be welcomed by the hosts and their friendly guard dog and will be briefed and shown around.

The sailboat has a bedroom that’s suitable for two guests. It also features a galley where you can prepare coffee. Nice shops and restaurants are just a mile (1.6 kilometers) away from where the boat is docked. But I’d be home before sundown if I were you, as I wouldn’t want to miss the views of the golden hour’s glorious hues from the marina.

Stayed at this property?
Seattle, Washington, United States
4.17 km (2.6 mi) from Discovery Park
42 reviews   Wifi Available
Private room in boat 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 0 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
we had a comfortable sleep and they whipped up coffee and bagels for us in the morning (spoiled)
the room was so fun and unique
Host:
they were wonderful hosts
stan was an excellent host and made us feel right at home
stan was an amazing host and the sailboat is absolutely beautiful
they are very friendly and knowledgeable about seattle
they were very friendly and attentive to our needs
Location:
amazing location and a very unique place to stay
its definitely a beautiful and peaceful location
the walk to golden gardens is very nice in the evening to watch the sunset
the marina is next to a beautiful park and very near to restaurants grocery and wonderful mainstreet shops
the view is gorgeous and is within walking distance to a nice beach and some great seafood
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6. Cozy houseboat best for couples

If you want to experience Seattle in a new way, then you should try staying in this houseboat for a short while. Located on Lake Union in the heart of the city, this rental promises you that you’ll get an experience you will never forget.

Firstly, this rental is extremely cozy — there’s a living room area, an open lofted bed for sleeping, a small yet well-stocked kitchen, and an outdoor area where you can sit and admire the view of the city and the lake. Secondly, you’ll be close to South Lake Union and downtown Seattle, allowing you to explore the city whenever you want.

If you’re looking for a romantic getaway with your significant other, this place is a perfect choice as well since it can accommodate up to two people.

Stayed at this property?
Seattle, Washington, United States
6.52 km (4.1 mi) from Discovery Park
8 reviews   Wifi Available
Houseboat 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

7. Modern houseboat on Lake Union

In Seattle, romantic houseboat rentals are not easy to come by. But this listing will surely interest those traveling as a couple. With eggshell yellow wallets and a navy blue trim, this houseboat makes a charming sight. The inside is clean and modern, with a cheerful natural wood finish and customized bamboo flooring. With one large double bed, it’s perfect for two guests.

Your host has also recently installed insulation to ensure guests stay warm and comfortable even in the chilly winters. The wide-screen television is also equipped with Netflix and Amazon Prime and a surround sound speaker. Location-wise, the houseboat is located on Lake Union, and using your host’s kayak, you’ll have a fantastic time paddling over the lake and visiting the parks and restaurants nearby.

Stayed at this property?
Seattle, Washington, United States
6.49 km (4.1 mi) from Discovery Park
70 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Houseboat 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Nearby rentals on Friday Harbor

This small yet charming seaport is the gateway to the San Juan Islands. Though it’s only a few hours from Seattle, it will make you feel worlds away! This spot is commonly reached via ferry from Seattle. If you plan on going whale watching or kayaking, consider these rentals.

8. Dreamy boat and breakfast (from USD 300)

Stay in a cozy bed and breakfast–but this time, on the water! Enjoy accommodation in the Forward Stateroom, a suite of rooms on a 60-ft (18.3-m) boat docked on Friday Harbor. The space is perfect for two guests but is quite roomy with a salon and a private bathroom.

After a night of peaceful slumber (no need to worry about motion sickness as the boat is quite steady), catch the spectacular sunrise with a cup of coffee on the deck. I also like the fact that the park above the marina provides a panoramic view of the harborside action. Take advantage of the nice location as the place is just walking distance to Washington State Ferries as well as several shops.

Stayed at this property?
Friday Harbor, Washington, United States
106.95 km (66.5 mi) from Discovery Park
56 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Private room in boat 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
wonderful views comfortable accommodations made an old sea going marine have a deja vu moment or two
breakfast on the deck is very special as well
the captains quarters are magical and extremely comfortable
and the breakfast too good to be true thanks laura
breakfast in the morning on the boat deck was beautiful
Cleanliness:
the hot tub is clean and relaxing
the rooms are clean comfortable and beautiful with thoughtfully chosen period antiques
Host:
laura was a great host and hearing the story behind the boat was a highlight
the boat was so full of character and laura was an amazing host
charming orcas island b&b with wonderful hosts and delicious breakfasts
this boat is truly one-of-a-kind and your hosts are gracious friendly and as welcoming as they come
best bnb experience yet laura is a super host very hospitable
Location:
area is very safe and this is close to so many shops and dining options
the location is divine for sitting on the deck and enjoying a glass of wine at sunset
it's super close to the ferry has great access to restaurants and bars and the views are soothing
fantastic place exquisite boat great breakfast couldn't be better
what a lovely place to spend a night and what great hosts
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9. Modern and well-equipped passenger boat (from USD 1600)

Don’t miss a once-in-a-lifetime experience on Zephyr Northwest, a unique research vessel and passenger boat helmed by experienced mariners Ron and Ashley. It comes fully equipped with safety gear and modern equipment, featuring a 16-person life raft, state-of-the-art electronic navigation systems, energy-efficient LED lighting, and more. There is berthing for 10 adults on board, so you can bring along the whole family for a fun adventure filled with cruising along protected shores, wildlife encounters, and hiking.

Note that children below 12 and pets are not permitted. Guests are free to use the galley, but homecooked meals are also provided. Be sure to let the owners know about your preferred pick-up and drop-off points between Hood Canal and Friday Harbor.

Recommendations from the host, Ashley:

  • Bring your binoculars for wildlife watching. Photo enthusiasts must ensure to bring their trusty cameras for sightings of whales, eagles, porpoises, sea lions, and more!
  • Ask about the kayaks should you want to row your way into more water adventures.
Stayed at this property?
Friday Harbor, Washington, United States
107.22 km (66.7 mi) from Discovery Park
5 reviews   Wifi Available
Boat 8 Beds 10 Guests 4 Bedrooms 1 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 10

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the zephyr is a beauty inside and out the beds comfy and the bathrooms roomy for a boat
Host:
the ship is wonderful and the hosts ashley and captain ron are experts at what they are doing
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Nearby rentals across the bay

A cruise across Elliot Bay to see the astonishing sight of Seattle’s skyline is an opportunity you can’t miss. Barely an hour from Seattle via ferry, several places across the bay also offer houseboat rentals you can check out.

10. Charming one-bedroom houseboat with free parking (from USD 170)

Are you looking for the perfect romantic destination for you and your significant other? If so, then you might want to consider this charming one-bedroom houseboat docked at Westbay Marina.

Just recently remodeled, this boat features a large bedroom, an open living area on the main floor, and an outdoor deck space upstairs. You can also find a tiled shower, an RV-type toilet, and a modern kitchen equipped with the necessary tools and materials. But if you wish to skip the chef duties, sink your teeth into the delectable servings at Tugboat Annie’s, one of Olympia’s sought-after restaurants situated in the same marina as the boat.

All in all, this houseboat is exceedingly charming and cozy, and you’ll definitely have a relaxing time here with your partner. To make things better, there’s also free parking in the marina parking lot. So, if you’re bringing a car with you, you can rest assured that it’s parked somewhere safe.

Stayed at this property?
Olympia, Washington, United States
76.14 km (47.4 mi) from Discovery Park
223 reviews   Wifi Available
Houseboat 2 Beds 3 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 3

Top guest reviews
Host:
host really friendly and helpful
it is clear the owners love this boat and i too fell in love with it
the neighborhood was safe and everyone we met was kind and open to saying hello
Location:
i was looking for a random place to just get away and be able to work in peace
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11. Romantic classic sailboat (from USD 375)

Fondly known as True, this remarkable 1965 Pearson Countess ketch promises a classic sailboat experience. Anchored at Eagle Harbor, True will have you dreaming of the high seas while staying in absolute comfort. With three berths, it can sleep up to five people. While a light breakfast is included in your stay, there is also a fully equipped kitchen as well. You can lounge in the cockpit or on the deck.

Note that a two-hour sunset sail is required to book this 44-ft classic sailboat at a separate fee of 38 USD. With the iconic scenery of Bainbridge Island in the village of Winslow as your backdrop, I am certain you’ll look forward to it!

Stayed at this property?
Bainbridge Island, Washington, United States
9.15 km (5.7 mi) from Discovery Park
60 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Boat 6 Beds 4 Guests 1 Bedroom 0 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
it was the perfect one night getaway the beds breakfast and bean bags aboard deck were awesome
oh yes the mattress was much more comfortable than i expected to find on a boat
the ship has beautiful wood dinning and seating areas with a functional kitchen
Host:
ben was the perfect host
they were amazing hosts extremely accommodating and helpful
ben was an amazing host and captain
ben was the perfect host we had such an amazing experience sailing and staying aboard
ben was a great and very responsive to questions via text before and during our stay
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12. Snug cottage-style hideaway

This cottage-style houseboat in Brinnon is a perfect hideaway for two to three guests (plus a well-behaved dog for a small fee). Quaint and well-equipped, the houseboat features an open layout that makes it feel extra spacious. There’s a queen-sized bed, a sofa bed, a U-shaped kitchen, an enclosed bathroom with a shower, and a patio with two teak chairs that makes a great place to enjoy sunsets over a glass of wine. Guests also get access to some of the marina’s facilities, including kayak and standup paddle board rentals. The owners are very welcoming - they only ask that the houseboat be kept neat throughout your stay.

Stayed at this property?
Brinnon, Washington, United States
37.53 km (23.4 mi) from Discovery Park
241 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Houseboat 2 Beds 3 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 3

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
we also really enjoyed eating breakfast and playing cards/games out in the deck in the mornings
the houseboat was so cozy and relaxing
the perfect weekend getaway we loved our cozy little houseboat and spending evenings on the back porch
so comfortable and relaxing we didn’t really want to leave it
Cleanliness:
the housboat was clean and cozy
beautiful quiet and clean place to stay
it was super clean well maintained and well appointed
everything was clean and tidy and we were very comfortable
a very clean and cozy little cabin on the water
Host:
host is very responsive
friendly service good food large servings
the owner is friendly and responsive
and very helpful staff at the marina
lynne is an amazing host with quick responses to resolve issues if any
Location:
amazing location for weekend getaway
very relaxing location near dosewallips state park
it was the perfect unique place to stay and the location phenomenal
exceptional across the board cute relaxing beautiful location right near the best clamming ever
great location for local hikes of all abilities
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13. Cozy floating bungalow with hot tub

Cozy and lowkey, this little bungalow-type houseboat makes a perfect relaxing weekend retreat. Docked at Pleasant Harbor Marina, it has an open layout with one bed, one bathroom, a kitchenette, and an electric fireplace. An ante room with bunk beds makes this houseboat an excellent choice for small families. Note that internet can be a tad slow in this area, so you’re better off making use of the large TV and DVD player for movie nights. It also runs on only 30 amps of power so multiple appliance use should be kept to a minimum. It’s a great opportunity for a semi-off-grid getaway, though! Relax out on the deck or take your dog (note: houseboat has a small pet fee) for a walk along the marina.

Stayed at this property?
Brinnon, Washington, United States
37.26 km (23.2 mi) from Discovery Park
225 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Houseboat 3 Beds 4 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the perfect amount of space with a great little kitchen
it was so cozy and had all the comforts of home
it was very comfortable and surrounded by a beautiful serene mariana and so many opportunities for day hikes
the houseboat is so cozy and comfortable
the house boat was even more adorable than we had expected with beautiful sky lights and cozy furnishings
Cleanliness:
the space was clean and relaxing
the houseboat itself was clean cute and cozy
super clean had everything ya needed
the houseboat was very clean and well furnished and thoughtfully arranged
it's a lovely boathouse clean and cozy
Host:
the owner made everything very easy
lynne is an awesome host
friendly people at the marina
host was excellent super communicative and helpful
so good for dinner and a beer i recommend the nearby geoduck the staff were really nice
Location:
the location in brinnon is great
beautiful location quiet and relaxing
wonderful hiking options close by
peaceful comfortable stay and a great location for our foraging expedition
close to hiking and other fun activities
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Nearby rental north of Seattle

North of Seattle are various island gems that are accessible via a short ferry ride or drive. Check out Anacortes, a friendly community on Fidalgo Island, among other interesting Puget Sound destinations.

14. Vintage yacht with harbor views (from USD 391)

LYLA is a 53-foot (16.15-meter) custom boat that was constructed in 1968, and it cruised the waters of the Puget Sound and beyond every summer, spanning from the year it was built to 2020. Now, this yacht is used as a houseboat for people looking for the perfect maritime getaway.

LYLA will provide you with an experience that’s unlike any other. It’s furnished like a high-class hotel suite — with quartz countertops and stunning woodwork throughout the place. There are also two bedrooms, a salon, and a mid-ship equipped with a wine fridge. Above deck, you’ll find a lounge area where you can use the available barbeque grill while enjoying the sweeping views of the harbor. This yacht even has kayaks, so if you want to try kayaking, you can easily do so.

Since LYLA can accommodate up to five guests, this is perfect for families going on vacation. Your canine friend can even tag along for a minimal fee! Just remember to notify the host if you’re checking in with your dogs.

Recommendations from the host, Kenzie and Griffin:

  • Eats and spirits: Tides Tavern (2925 Harborview Dr., Gig Harbor); Millville Pizza Co. (3409 Harborview Dr., Gig Harbor); Heritage Distilling Company (3118 Harborview Dr., Gig Harbor); Brix 25 (3315 Harborview Dr., Gig Harbor)
  • Family activities: Harbor History Museum (4121 Harborview Dr., Gig Harbor), Gig Harbor Boat & Kayak Rentals; Old Ferry Landing (2700 Harborview Dr., Gig Harbor)
Stayed at this property?
Gig Harbor, Washington, United States
38.73 km (24.1 mi) from Discovery Park
386 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Boat 4 Beds 5 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 5

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
this was the getaway we needed it the view is gorgeous and the place is cozy and clean
very comfortable and updated with new
it was super warm and cozy quiet and exactly what we needed for a local staycation
it feels so cozy and charming as soon as you step inside
Cleanliness:
the place was very clean and presented very nicely
serene sparkling clean walk to everything
a great spot super clean and as described in listing
we had a fabulous time everything was beautiful and so clean
what a fun and unique weekend getaway the boat was very clean and beautifully restored
Host:
the hosts were great as well
the hosts are really nice and easy to communicate with
great hosts including desiree thank you for the attention to detail
Location:
everything was perfect the location is in a good location
we enjoyed walking to the local shops and that it was so close to everything
so many great shops & restaurants within walking distance
great location in gig harbor to walk to restaurants shops distillery brewery etc
such a cute place communication was great too
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15. Classic 39-foot yacht docked in Gig Harbor (from USD 490)

Check out this cozy floating accommodation if you’re looking to have a relaxing vacation in Gig Harbor. You can go fishing straight from the deck and grill everything you catch. Have a relaxing stroll and enjoy the historic sites and restaurants in the nearby town. Hop on a kayak and explore the beautiful surroundings. Don’t miss out on scrumptious dishes and flavorful drinks served at local joints such as Seven Seas Brewery, Tides Tavern, and The Distillery.

The 39-ft (11.89 m) yacht has everything to make guests as comfy as possible, I can confidently expect a stay without any issues. It comes with two stylish and cozy cabins that can sleep up to four guests in total comfort. The living room and kitchen are fully furnished with nice amenities like WiFi, TV, fridge, microwave, dishwasher, stove, and more.

Stayed at this property?
Gig Harbor, Washington, United States
38.98 km (24.3 mi) from Discovery Park
351 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Boat 2 Beds 4 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
we were here with our 2 school-aged children and all felt like we had plenty of room
the heaters work very well
the kitchen is small but definitely usable for cooking
the beds were very comfortable
the bed was perfect size to rekindle our love
Cleanliness:
the yatch was clean and comfortable
very clean and everything in perfect working order
it was clean inviting and well stocked
it was clean well appointed and everything worked well
it was such a cozy stay everything was very clean and the beds were very comfortable
Host:
the hosts were responsive and helpful
the hosts were great at communicating
the hosts are very responsive and took care of everything
brad was super friendly showing us the kayaks and sharing his enthusiasm for yachts
when we got there the hosts had a bottle wine & music playing it was wonderful
Location:
the location was fantastic and we could walk everywhere
this yacht was perfectly located with restaurants/breweries within walking distance
unique place to stay would recommend
amazing location for a staycation during work from home/ covid days
an amazing and unique place to stay
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16. Well-located yacht with views of Puget Sound (from USD 95)

This gorgeous 36-ft (11-m) yacht is moored at Anacortes, and its location gives guests the best of both worlds! It’s just a block away from downtown and close to hiking and biking trails. Whale watching is accessible from the marina, while you can admire amazing views of Puget Sound right from the deck.

It features two cabins, two bathrooms, and a large TV with a selection of shows and movies if you’d rather spend some time indoors. Else, a cozy spot awaits on deck - all you need is some good company.

Stayed at this property?
Anacortes, Washington, United States
96.17 km (59.8 mi) from Discovery Park
175 reviews   Wifi Available
Boat 2 Beds 4 Guests 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
it was comfortable and all the amenities you need are available
the marina has comfortable amenities and felt extremely safe
the beds are cozy and the back deck is great to sit on
we used the fans provided when necessary which was helpful
the beds were more comfortable and more spacious than i expected
Cleanliness:
and very clean
very clean cozy and in a beautiful area
the place was pretty clean and the kitchen was nicely stocked
the boat was clean and quite cozy
his yacht is clean and the pictures are just as you will find
Host:
host was very nice
the hosts were very responsive and provided hospitable touches throughout
samantha the co-host was available and responsive
the host had some very thoughtful touches knowing it was our honeymoon
james is very helpful and knows the area very well
Location:
great location for walking
right on the water great location for shopping and dinning
the location is wonderful and easy to walk or drive to everything in anacortes
pros; wonderful location in marina next to trails and a short walk to historic downtown
delightful bit of romance close to cute downtown
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Nearby rentals south of Seattle

Vashon Island, one of the best places to visit in Washington is not as well-known as other destinations on the Puget Sound, but there’s no shortage of activities that can be enjoyed here, from kayaking to saltwater swimming. It makes a convenient secluded getaway, being only 20 minutes’ ferry ride from Seattle.

17. Quaint houseboat on Quartermaster Harbor (from USD 185)

When you need to get away from it all, you might want to consider this quaint houseboat for a tranquil getaway. Be soothed by the steady waters underneath you as you stay on this one-bedroom houseboat that’s great for two guests. You’re sure to get refreshed by the idyllic scenery of Vashon Island, disrupted only by passing boats and stirring marine life. It’s only a short ferry ride from Tacoma or Seattle.

It’s tough for me not to envy the seals often sighted by past guests here. Being an enthusiastic diver, I long to swim, but unfortunately, the area is only suitable for canoeing and kayaking.

Recommendations from the host, Lisa:

  • Experience the stunning views and a broad array of aquatic wildlife in Quartermaster Harbor.
  • Vashon Island is only accessible via ferry or private boat. If you're traveling via ferry, check the Washington State Ferry site (WSDOT) before your trip to ensure a hassle-free visit.
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Vashon, Washington, United States
30.21 km (18.8 mi) from Discovery Park
411 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Houseboat 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
outstanding views and very comfortable stay
the views are amazing from all the rooms
cozy warmth and a wonderful view
this vashon houseboat is very cozy and comfortable
beautiful views warm fireplace and all the kitchen necessities for a wonderful getaway
Cleanliness:
super clean and quick communication
it was clean and comfortable
the houseboat was very quiet and clean
the place was clean and well equipped
the boathouse was very clean and well kept
Host:
staff was nice and welcoming
the host who checked us in was fantastic
hosts where very friendly
great place and accommodating host
hosts were immediately available to answer any questions we had and the check in instructions were very clear
Location:
fun location and comfy place
amazing location in a quiet marina
beautiful house and perfect location
the location is amazing and so relaxing
wonderful location we will be back thanks scotty and lisa
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Nearby waterfront home in Kirkland

18. Waterfront Airbnb home just 30 mins from Seattle (from USD 263)

If you love modern homes and want to stay near the water, this home near Denny Park is your best bet. This unit offers a serene getaway for couples or solo travelers, featuring heated floors and huge glass walls looking out onto the lake. You’ll find many ways to spend your time here, including a TV and Wi-Fi indoors and a private lake-level outdoor deck.

The deck isn’t fenced, so you and your partner can spend hours admiring the waters while relaxing on the two Adirondack chairs. You can even bring your own boat to use on the lake and park it in the dock. Do note, however, that you’ll be sharing the dock with the hosts.

When you’ve had your fill of the view, head back inside to prepare a meal in the kitchen with granite countertops and steel appliances. Visit wineries in Woodinville located 15 minutes away and grab a bottle of nice wine to match your homecooked meals.

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Kirkland, Washington, United States
13.39 km (8.4 mi) from Discovery Park
98 reviews   Wifi Available
ENTIRE RENTAL UNIT 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
very comfortable classy and quality furnishings
wifi good for wfh/remote
plenty of space and beautiful kitchen and living spaces
Cleanliness:
space was clean and modern
great modern and clean place
incredibly relaxing clean and modern
we really appreciated the extra cleanliness
the floor ia well decorated clean and very well maintained
Host:
wonderful hosts with everything we needed
the host was awesome with communicating before our trip
beth and bruce and wonderful hosts and their home so comfortable
bruce and beth are welcoming hosts who also allow their guests their own privacy
bruce and beth are fantastic hosts
Location:
the location was great
beautiful airbnb ideal location on the water
location is convenient to downtown kirkland and walkable to a very nice park
beautiful location would recommend to anyone especially in the summer time
great location very nice people
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Discover Seattle from the water

Airbnb Houseboat In Seattle
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Seattle offers plenty of activities and attractions for all kinds of travelers, including amazing things to do alone or fun ways to spend time with your kids. With their varied shapes and sizes and one of a kind designs, Seattle’s houseboats receive plenty of attention. If you’re curious about living on one of these floating boats, do try out one of the rentals on this list. If you enjoyed this article, share it with your friends on Facebook and save it to Pinterest for future reference!

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