16 Best Houseboats For Rent In Texas, USA - Updated 2024

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Welcoming, vast, and diverse are the words that best describe Texas. Also, the “Lone Star State” is famous for having some of the most beautiful outdoors in the United States. With the Gulf of Mexico, rivers, and beautiful lakes, this state is a destination where staying by the water is very popular. Whether it’s near Lake Travis or Galveston Bay, houseboat rentals are a very popular way of staying right on the water, making it a top choice for romantic getaways and an unforgettable addition to your list of romantic things to do. It allows you to have a unique holiday while staying close to town. If you want to experience all these, check out our list of the best houseboats for rent in Texas, USA.

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1. Houseboat in Huxley Bay; Shelbyville (from USD 83)

This splendid houseboat lets you relish the ultimate blend of comfort and adventure. It is located in the Huxley Bay Marina and offers a cosy bedroom that boasts a queen-sized bed and a sofa. Bask in the lake’s tranquillity from the deck. The central air conditioning ensures your utmost comfort.

The kitchen caters to your culinary desires, and you’ll find solace in the plethora of books available. Relish the excitement as you indulge in swimming, kayaking, or fishing right from your vessel.

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Shelbyville, Texas, United States
321.67 km (199.9 mi) from Woodway Park
17 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Houseboat 1 Bed 4 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the inside of the houseboat is so cozy and comfortable
Cleanliness:
everything was clean and exactly as described
very clean and comfortable will definitely return
very clean she was super nice will go again
Host:
the host amber was very communicative and just outright sweet
everyone up at the marina was extremely friendly and helpful
what a great find amber is a great host perfect place to fish and dock your boat
Location:
perfect location great fishing marina food was great
this place is simply perfection
there were 2 places to eat close by and both had amazing food
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2. Luxury houseboat docked at Parson's Marina; Whitney (from USD 250)

This luxury houseboat for rent in Texas gracefully docked at Parson’s Marina is great for a romantic escape. The air conditioning ensures your comfort and the rental has a fully equipped kitchen and a cosy deck offering mesmerizing lake and marina views.

Stay connected with Wi-Fi, relax in front of a television, or indulge in delicious meals at the outdoor dining area while the barbecue grill sizzles away. The free parking spots on the property are sure to be convenient if you’re driving here. Your beloved pets can also join you on this wonderful retreat.

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Whitney, Texas, United States
54.79 km (34.1 mi) from Woodway Park
15 reviews   Wifi Available
Houseboat 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Cleanliness:
exactly as advertised clean peacefull and quiet
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3. Charming houseboat with a patio, Possum Kingdom Lake (from USD 190)

Have a memorable beach getaway when you book a stay in this charming houseboat. This lakefront accommodation offers a cozy living space that is best for couples and families. It is complete with air-conditioning and heating systems for your comfort and on-site parking spaces to provide you with convenience.

Furthermore, you will have access to a well-equipped kitchen and a patio where you can dine and hang out during your stay. There are also rentals available on the marina for you to fully enjoy the beach.

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191.74 km (119.2 mi) from Woodway Park
3 reviews  
house boat 4 Guests 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 4
Minimum Nights: 2
Refund Policy : 100% refund if you cancel at least 14 days before check-in.

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4. Classic houseboat with modern furnishings on Lake Travis; Hudson Bend (from USD 125)

It’s clean, it’s nice, and it’s comfortable—these are some of the comments you will usually hear when you ask previous guests. This refurbished houseboat is docked on beautiful Lake Travis, which means you’re going to enjoy a relaxing water view while providing you with plenty of recreational activities including fishing, kayaking, and paddleboarding.

Designed to make your stay memorable, this rental’s modern chic design, décor, and furnishings create a cozy vibe all around. A well-equipped kitchen means preparing food won’t be a hassle. It has three beds that can comfortably sleep up to six guests. There’s TV and Wi-Fi access for some indoor entertainment. The furnished roof deck area offers a perfect place to just sit around with a drink on hand while enjoying the calming sights.

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Austin, Texas, United States
139.97 km (87.0 mi) from Woodway Park
house boat 6 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Top guest reviews
Cleanliness:
boat was clean and looked exactly like the pictures it's much bigger than it looks
Host:
owner was easy to reach with questions
kenny was an awesome host my friends and i had a great stay
owner is very nice and deals with any issues on site
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5. Spacious and elegant houseboat with hot tub; Hudson Bend (from USD 667)

This four-bedroom houseboat on Lake Travis is the perfect getaway for those who need some relaxation away from the stress of everyday life. With plenty of space to accommodate up to ten people, it’s one of the largest houseboats in the area. The fully renovated houseboat also comes with top-notch amenities such as Roku TV, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth sound systems, air-conditioning, and a fully equipped kitchen to ensure comfort and convenience.

The houseboat’s exteriors, which include a large fully furnished roof deck, are designed to make your stay as relaxing as possible. The seats and tables offer an outdoor eating area so you can enjoy al fresco dining while enjoying the nice views all around. There’s also a hot tub so you can just relax over drinks.

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Austin, Texas, United States
140.08 km (87.1 mi) from Woodway Park
house boat 8 Guests 4 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

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6. Newly remodelled houseboat with a hot tub; Kemah

This amazing houseboat on Clear Lake in Kemah is like an RV but on water. This relaxing and remodelled houseboat sits in a gorgeous marina that’s also a natural bird sanctuary, so you can spy on different birds from the three private decks. Inside, you will this rental complete with a full kitchen, a marble shower and bathroom, and even flat-screen TVs for entertainment. What’s more, the boat sits on a private man-made island with access to rafts, kayaks, canoes, a barbeque grill, and a hot tub.

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Kemah, Texas, United States
302.48 km (188.0 mi) from Woodway Park
370 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Houseboat 3 Beds 5 Guests 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 5

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the back air conditioner worked better
beautiful houseboat great theaters chairs and tv in living area very comfortable
they’ve thought of toiletries games kitchen amenities and comfort
houston can be hot but the a/c was more than adequate to keep the boat cool
to really enjoy the experience accept you are on a boat and not in a hotel room
Cleanliness:
very well kept and clean
super clean and extra cozy we will be returning
drake was very accommodating and the place was very clean
the boat house was well decorated and very clean
the marina’s pool area and locker room were clean and neat
Host:
the hosts are great
drake is a great host
a great host and neighbors
he was an excellent host
drake is a great host and very responsive
Location:
the location and marina were awesome
close to all clear lake attractions but far from the hustle and bustle
very close to everything and just beautiful
this was an ideal place to stay and look at sailboats for sale close by
cool old houseboat and close to our event on the boardwalk
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7. Cosy one-bedroom houseboat; Kemah (from USD 102)

Looking for cheap houseboats in Texas? You are in luck! On the blue waters of Clear Lake, this cosy houseboat is the epitome of quaint living. This newly remodelled houseboat features all elements of modern living, including a living room with smart TV, a kitchen equipped with cooking essentials, a large bedroom with a soft bed, and a bathroom. Outside, the front deck has a comfy swing to guzzle down some beers while watching the sunset. The marina, where the boat is docked, has an outdoor charcoal grill for you to enjoy a relaxing evening.

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Kemah, Texas, United States
302.65 km (188.1 mi) from Woodway Park
365 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Houseboat 2 Beds 3 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 3

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the boathouse was as perfect as an apartment with all the amenities
great boat nice cozy and charming with all the comforts of home
Cleanliness:
everything was clean and well maintained
it was very clean and quiet
the houseboat was wonder clean cute and comfortable
it was clean and so cute
the space was clean
Host:
the host was very kind and attentive
fey is an amazing host
very helpful hosts
host was wonderful and very helpful
very friendly hosts
Location:
very unique experiences in a great location
marina is close to a strip mall with good restaurant options especially the sushi place
it was close to kemah and easy to access local shopping and outlet malls in texas city
it is in a very quiet location and within driving distance of many great restaurants shopping etc
peaceful spot and great location
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8. Houseboat equipped with home-like amenities; Austin

Lake Travis and its stunning waters beckon you to aboard this stunning and relaxing houseboat. This rental has cloud-like beds that can sleep up to five people and comes complete with a full kitchen, a dining table as well as a full bathroom. So you can stay in comfort, guests also get full access to special additions like a living-cum-dining area with a grill. Stretch out on the deck with your cup of coffee or wine glass and enjoy the stunning surrounding scenery.

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Austin, Texas, United States
139.91 km (87.0 mi) from Woodway Park
181 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Boat 3 Beds 6 Guests 3 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 6

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the air conditioner worked very well
there’s no wifi only dvd player so you might want to bring some favorite dvds
the beds were also super comfy
the wifi goes in and out of it is windy so careful of that as well
it was a nice place very enjoyable although would suggest bringing your own fan
Cleanliness:
it was clean and comfy
very clean cozy house boat
it was very clean
it was clean & welcoming
clean & well stocked with basics
Host:
friendly neighbors who chatted us up a bit
outstanding host quick to return messages
thank you carl for being a great host
everything was as described and the boat was easy to locate with the instructions provided by the host
carl is a great guy and attentive to questions and improving accommodations all the time
Location:
super cute place and great location
best place to visit in summer
carl’s place was in the perfect location
the location is a great jumping off point for many great adventures around lake travis
great place to get away and relax with friends
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9. Rare yacht perfect for couples; Austin

If you want a quiet getaway near Austin, then this stationary yacht in a marina on Colorado River in Lakeway is perfect. Armed with drop-dead gorgeous views, this climate-controlled yacht is ideal for renting in any season. You will find everything here, from kitchen essentials and memory-foam beds to smart TVs with Amazon Prime, Netflix, and other local channels. The best part? You will stay in this 52 Midnight Lace Express Cruiser, a rare yacht that is one of the only three in the world.

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Austin, Texas, United States
145.04 km (90.2 mi) from Woodway Park
56 reviews   Wifi Available
Houseboat 3 Beds 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
great wi-fi also
i had an amazing experience on the yacht the a/c kept the place cool on the 100 degree days
with that said the inside of the yacht still felt roomy and comfortable
Cleanliness:
the space is clean tastefully decorated well furnished with many amenities
Host:
victoria is an amazing host
victoria was an outstanding host she was very welcoming and accommodating
victoria and rick were amazing hosts they were so kind and helpful
rick greeted us upon arrival and was very welcoming and informative
the hosts are sweet charming and caring
Location:
great place and quiet location
what an amazing boat the perfect location for a relaxing getaway
perfect location with great water access and beautiful sunsets
what a wonderful and unique place to stay
this trip was amazing the location was great and private and their hospitality was spot on
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10. Tranquil houseboat equipped with a modern bathroom; Pottsboro (from USD 278)

Just a little north of Pottsboro at a cute little marina on Lake Texoma, this vintage-looking houseboat awaits your arrival. There’s a lot to love about this stationary houseboat, from soft beds and a full kitchen to a modern bathroom and a lounge space. Other modern amenities include air-conditioning, heater, outdoor shower, and gas grill for a comfortable stay. While staying at this houseboat rental on Lake Texoma, you can also access the private dock.

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Pottsboro, Texas, United States
263.51 km (163.8 mi) from Woodway Park
3 reviews   Wifi Available
Houseboat 3 Beds 6 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 6

11. Beautiful houseboat with a fully equipped dock; Lake Travis (from USD 300)

Tucked into a private Lake Travis dock is this striking houseboat overlooking Texas Hill Country. There’s a fully equipped kitchen onboard where you can prepare meals to your liking anytime. Four beds can sleep up to eight people, while the bathroom with hot and cold water and bath means you don’t have to rough it. The highlight is its deck where you can kick back with a cold one. Besides paddleboards and kayaks, the property even has a fully equipped dock for fishing enthusiasts.

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Austin, Texas, United States
144.49 km (89.8 mi) from Woodway Park
house boat 8 Guests 4 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the beds were very comfortable
Cleanliness:
the boat house was clean and beautiful we had a blast while we were there
Host:
enjoyed fishing and owner had better equipment than us
absolutely gorgeous lake owners were very helpful and gracious
the owners were great and very easy to work with
the owners are great people who truly want you to have a great experience
the owners had fresh bait and fishing rods ready to go for you
Location:
this was a perfect place for a relaxing mini vacation for the whole family - young and old
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12. Double-decker houseboat on Lake Waco

Get your groove on while aboard this fun houseboat at Lake Waco Marina in Waco. Whether you want to spend quality with family or simply get away from the city, this is perfect for you. This amazing houseboat, which can accommodate seven guests, provides a more comfortable “camping” experience. This double-decker house sits at the quieter end of the marina and is just 10 to 15 minutes from Waco downtown. You will find Wi-Fi, a TV, toys and books, and a barbeque on the houseboat. There’s even a full kitchen and bathroom which means you don’t have to worry about roughing it. There’s also a nearby restaurant that plays live music on weekends!

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Waco, Texas, United States
3.5 km (2.2 mi) from Woodway Park
82 reviews  
Houseboat 5 Beds 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the beds were comfortable with great views throughout
the beds were super comfortable brett was very helpful
Cleanliness:
very clean and comfortable
the houseboat was perfectly clean
the place was clean and there was plenty of room for 6 people to hang out and sleep
it was very spacious and comfortable
Host:
brett is a great host and was great with responses
brett was very responsive
this place is remarkable brett is an awesome host who is very responsive
brett is very responsive to his messages and a fantastic host
great place to stay brett was very helpful
Location:
relaxing environment close to downtown waco
we had a great time so close to downtown
what a fixer upper great location with private access to the house
wonderful relaxing place to stay
this is a great place to stay
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13. Two-level luxury houseboat with walk-in showers; Austin

You might have too many options for houseboats on Lake Travis, but you should definitely look at this luxurious two-level houseboat that feels like a five-star hotel floating on the water. The boat features 4 bedrooms that can sleep up to 10 people, so it’s the ideal rental for a large group of friends or family. The two walk-in showers and full kitchen makes staying here all the more comfortable, while the eight-person hot tub on the upper deck is the perfect place to relax. For some enthralling fun, put on some music on the sound system and zip down the water slide right onto the lake.

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Austin, Texas, United States
139.75 km (86.9 mi) from Woodway Park
9 reviews  
Boat 4 Beds 4 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Cleanliness:
inside was very clean well taken care of and looked great
Host:
douglas and brendan were great hosts and friendly
the host was easy to get a hold of and responded very quickly
the dad and son duo were fantastic douglas and brendan were very hospitable knowledgeable and on point
Location:
other than that it was a great place to stay for the weekend
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14. Houseboat with spectacular Galveston Bay views

If you’re vacationing with six people in Galveston, then this houseboat with sweeping views of the bay is perfect for you. With two bathrooms and lovely shaded decks, you have everything you want to spend a nice time chilling with your friends or family. While it doesn’t have a kitchen, Galveston downtown and its shopping, dining, and entertainment is hardly a five-minute walk. Moreover, the houseboat even has a DVD player and TV to keep you entertained during your stay here.

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Galveston, Texas, United States
340.14 km (211.4 mi) from Woodway Park
9 reviews  
Houseboat 5 Beds 3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Cleanliness:
the location is great the boat clean and the sunsets beautiful
Host:
our host was great
kristan is a great host as well
the host is outstanding very nice and accommodating very helpful
Location:
great place to get away and experience something new
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15. Upscale houseboat with a full kitchen; Cypress Creek Arm

Located on Cypress Creek Arm just outside Austin, this 55-foot (16.7-metre) houseboat is the perfect overwater accommodation. The capacious, two-storey boat features a carpeted porch, a staircase, limestone countertops, and dark hardwood floors. The rental’s interior features a combination of Indian, Moroccan, and Mediterranean styles. It also comes with modern additions such as plush beds, bathrooms, and a full kitchen. The best part? This houseboat offers two camping hammocks for sleeping under the stars.

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Cypress Creek Arm, Texas, United States
136.14 km (84.6 mi) from Woodway Park
10 reviews  
Houseboat 3 Beds 12 Guests 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 12

Top guest reviews
Host:
host is kind and generous
amazing unique stay host is helpful and nice
the host was very nice we appriciate his afford for making it special
houseboat is very lively and the host makes sure to accommodate you with beautiful details like candles
Location:
this place has an amazing location and is great for a quick weekend getaway
i love this place sunset and sunrise
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Other boat accommodations in Texas

16. Luxury yacht with a covered deck; Hudson Bend (from USD 175)

Take a break from stress and book a stay at this luxury yacht. It features a covered deck with space for outdoor dining and a grill where you can cook barbecues and enjoy delightful meals while enjoying stunning views of the lake. Additionally, inside the yacht is a kitchen equipped with modern appliances that allow you to create tasty dishes. There is also a cozy living area where you can watch your favorite movies.

Air conditioning is also provided to keep you cool on sunny days, as well as heating systems to keep you warm on chilly nights. Plus, you will have access to high-speed internet, which is convenient for those working remotely.

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139.84 km (86.9 mi) from Woodway Park
8 reviews   Wifi Available
yacht 5 Guests 2 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 5
Minimum Nights: 2
Refund Policy : 100% refund if you cancel at least 30 days before check-in.

Top guest reviews
Cleanliness:
great host and very clean
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Terrific river and lake houseboats in Texas

The lakes and rivers make up a huge part of the great outdoors of Texas. So why not spice up your vacation by adding a houseboat to the itinerary? Choose from one of these amazing houseboats in Texas, USA, to make your trip here even more memorable.

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Frequently asked questions about houseboats for rent in Texas, USA

1. Which houseboats for rent in Texas are suitable for families?

Families looking for houseboat rentals in Texas can consider this classic houseboat with modern furnishings on Lake Travis and this spacious and elegant houseboat with hot tub. This houseboat in Huxley Bay doesn’t allow infants and little children, however, families are still welcome.

2. Which houseboats for rent in Texas have parking?

Texas offers a range of houseboat rentals that come with parking options, including this houseboat in Huxley Bay, this luxury houseboat docked at Parson’s Marina, and this classic houseboat with modern furnishings on Lake Travis.

Any must-sees we missed? Tell us about them in the comments section or write a post here to help out fellow travelers!
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