4 Best Houseboats In Knoxville, Tennessee

Anne Nicole
Anne Nicole 
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Knoxville is nestled on the Tennessee River and welcomes guests with a distinct college-town ambiance. The inviting city is home to University of Tennessee, a prestigious university to which the widely celebrated Vols and Lady Vols sports teams belong. Knoxville is known for hosting the World’s Fair in 1982 at World’s Fair Park, now a famous tourist attraction and public park in the city that draws a crowd of locals and tourists each day. A laid-back stroll around the Old City will transport you back in time – something that history buffs should not miss. You can also explore other historic sites such as Blount Mansion, Mabry-Hazen House Museum, and more!

Are you up for a unique experience of sailing on the backwaters and sleeping in the lap of nature? Then you might want to check out the best houseboats in Knoxville, Tennessee, below.

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 February 07, 2024.

1. Pet-friendly houseboat with a rooftop deck (from USD 243)

Seeking a quirky rental where you can stay with your four-legged buddies? This pet-friendly houseboat is the accommodation for you! Fur parents are allowed to bring their fur babies upon prior approval, for an additional cost of 15 USD.

This houseboat is characterized by exposed beam ceilings and wooden floors, giving the space a rustic feel. Although the lodging oozes an old-world charm, it offers chic modern features, including new kitchen appliances to help you whip up your daily meals.

In the mornings, you can enjoy your coffee while feeding your well-behaved pets some tasty treats on the rooftop deck. Just be sure to always keep close attention to them to prevent the danger of them falling into the water.

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1.19 km (0.8 mi) from World's Fair Park
43 reviews   Wifi Available
house boat 5 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 5
Minimum Nights: 2
Refund Policy : 100% refund if you cancel at least 60 days before check-in.

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the newly remodeled interior was cozy and fabulous
waking up to the river out of the master room was a complete joy
Cleanliness:
the beds were clean and cozy
this property was super clean inviting and cozy
it's different convenient and very clean
Host:
the host angie and her family were very gracious and responsive
the check in process was amazing property owner and parents were so personable and welcoming
no issues at all angie was a great host
angie has the touch for decorating and being a wonderful host
i recommend calhoun's the barbecue is spot on it is relaxing and the people are very friendly
Location:
its a cute cozy little spot close to downtown and the greenway path
the location is awesome quiet when you want and just a few blocks from all the action
this by far is the best place we have ever stayed
7 miles away from the boat so trolley or walk and you are good to go
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2. Luxury houseboat at Volunteer Landing Marina (from USD 350)

Admire the beauty of the Tennessee River as you unwind in this luxury houseboat. If you are afraid of sailing towards unknown depths, then this is an excellent accommodation choice that is as fantastic as cruising houseboats. You will be welcomed by an open-air patio where you can get cozy with your loved ones while catching up. The rooftop deck is also a great spot to enjoy commanding views of the tranquil waters.

The property is beautifully adorned with nautical decors and chic fixtures and comes with laundry appliances for your convenience. It is also appointed with modern furnishings, such as a Smart TV and memory foam mattresses, to make your stay as smooth as possible.

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Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
1.33 km (0.9 mi) from World's Fair Park
house boat 10 Guests 4 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Top guest reviews
Cleanliness:
will be back angie and this property are top notch extremely clean and very well done
the boat is beautifully decorated clean spacious safe great location etc
Host:
from the start angie the owner and manager was absolutely fabulous
she was super accommodating meeting us even after our flight in had been delayed by a couple hours
angie was so friendly and available for any questions
the golf cart was especially helpful for running luggage/groceries to and from the car
very comfortable and easy to get to and angie was an awesome host
Location:
if you like to walk there are downtown restaurants and shops nearby
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3. Moonlight Madness (from USD 200)

Moonlight Madness is docked in the backwaters of the Tennessee River. While the houseboat boasts a fully equipped galley, you can easily head to Ruth’s Chris, an award-winning steakhouse, in case you find cooking bothersome.

Outside, you will find a bow deck and a stern deck where you can soak in some sun while admiring the river or enjoy alfresco meals with the whole group. One of the houseboat’s highlights is the spacious party deck equipped with a flat-screen TV. Seating facilities are also available, so you can relish a barbecue feast and casual hangouts with a stunning backdrop.

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Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
1.33 km (0.9 mi) from World's Fair Park
51 reviews   Wifi Available
Houseboat 3 Beds 6 Guests 3 Bedrooms 1 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 6

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the kitchen was adequately stocked with appliances utensils and dinnerware (adding a colander would be beneficial
a great space with ample room to enjoy a gathering with friends
Host:
fonz was very responsive and provided great information
al was responsive when i had questions
al the host was super responsive and friendly
this place is so cool it’s definitely a one of a kind experience that i would recommend to anyone
Location:
finally the location is perfect
great place and great location
houseboat experience was fantastic great location
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Other boat accommodations in Knoxville, Tennessee

4. Beautifully appointed yacht with highspeed Wi-Fi (from USD 329)

This 58-foot (17.68-meter) yacht is second to none with regard to modern amenities that will make your stay comfortable. This is perfect for families or friend groups who seek unique accommodation without sacrificing the traditional comforts of home. On the covered top deck, you can revel in happy hours with a glass of wine and marvel at the Tennessee River while afloat. Speakers and a TV have also been provided for your entertainment.

The air-conditioned property offers high-speed Wi-Fi so you can stay productive. The galley features state-of-the-art kitchen equipment, including a full refrigerator, microwave, and Keurig coffee maker. You will stay in a gated marina close to many points of interest.

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Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
1.21 km (0.8 mi) from World's Fair Park
3 reviews   Wifi Available
Boat 3 Beds 6 Guests 3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 6

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
all were perfect for our stay breakfasts and tailgate burgers
Host:
our host answered all our questions and kept in touch making it even better
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Living afloat along the Tennessee River

Lively theaters, informative museums, family-friendly destinations, and historical landmarks are spread out across the lively city of Knoxville. Catch sight of Knoxville’s wonders from a different perspective while living afloat along the Tennessee River. You can choose the best houseboat from this list and spend a memorable holiday in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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Anne Nicole, a graduate of Bachelor of Science in Tourism Management from Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila, worked as a travel writer for Trip101. Alongside her role as a literary editor and ESL...Read more

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