Rent A Boat In Knoxville, Tennessee - Updated 2024

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Knoxville, Tennessee nestles along the Tennessee River and is a mixture of modern and historic buildings. The Market Square district of Downtown Knoxville features restaurants and shops, set in attractive buildings from the 19th century. The Museum of East Tennessee History is an interesting visit, with its exhibits relating to Civil War artifacts and also displays of textiles and regional art. For more Civil War history, head to James White’s Fort, which was built by the captain and includes a reconstructed model of a famous 1786 log cabin, the first permanent building in the city. While visiting the city, if you want to get out on the water, rent a boat in Knoxville, Tennessee. Scroll below to find out more.

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1. KokOasis houseboat with breakfast in downtown Knoxville (from USD 454)

Have fun on the Tennessee River in this spacious, modern houseboat. The boat is moored in a quiet urban marina, a short walk from Downtown Knoxville. While the houseboat is docked, at certain times of the year, the owners can offer a cruise on the “Queen Priscilla”, a renovated 1968 US Navy Captain’s Tender. The 75 ft (23 m) boat has heating and air conditioning and the main cabin features a TV and free Wi-Fi is available throughout the vessel. Guests can enjoy relaxing in a hot tub on the upper deck of the houseboat. A fully equipped kitchen is available for daily cooking. The houseboat has three staterooms. One features a king-size bed, a second has a queen-size bed and the third offers two single beds, making it ideal for family stays. There are two bathrooms on board the houseboat.

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knoxville, Tennessee, United States
61 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Houseboat 3 Beds 5 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 5

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Amenities & Room:
there are two televisions and very good wifi service
the property was clean decorated nice and had plenty of amenities
angie was very hospitable and took great care of us
she is extremely responsive and is committed to a great experience for her guests
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2. Houseboat with rooftop party deck (from USD 388)

Stay awhile and party on this houseboat moored at the Volunteer Landing Marina in Knoxville. “Moonlight Madness” is a short walk from restaurants and all the attractions of Knoxville. There are three decks. One is off the bow while another is off the stern and the third is a party deck on the roof of the houseboat. The party deck features ample seating, two flat-screen HD TVs, a gas grill and a gas fire pit for outdoor cooking. The music-themed salon on the boat has a 50” UHD flat-screen TV and high-speed Internet. The well-equipped galley has everything necessary for daily cooking on board. There are two bedrooms, one with a king-size bed and the second with a queen-size bed. There is also a queen-size sofa bed in the salon and there are two bathrooms on board. Guests have access to an EZGO golf cart, two beach cruiser bikes and two kayaks during their stay.

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106 reviews   Wifi Available
Boat 6 Guests 3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 6
Minimum Nights: 2
Refund Policy : 100% refund if you cancel at least 30 days before check-in.

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Amenities & Room:
We came down from MI to celebrate Thankgiving with our daughter who lives in Knox
but it truly was like a little condo on the water and was well furnished with anything you needed Good space on the boat lovely upper deck to relax to watch boats passing by
I was thinking this was going to be more like a camping trip
The golf cart came in handy for riding over to Calhouns Didn't have a chance to use the bikes or kayaks
The property is spotless and the beds are very comfortable
Clean exactly as pictured
The boat was supplied with everything and was quite room for the 4 of us
Al checked in with us right away to make sure we were all settled in and the marina manager Joe was very helpful
We made use of the golf cart and kayaks Owner was very responsive to any questions & made a point to check & make sure our stay was going well
This boat is amazing Al was so easy to work with too
The owner was most helpful and very quick to respond to any questions The staff at the marina were very helpful showing us where to park our car how to access the security gate etc
The owners were great and very attentive organized and available for questions
renters wanting a quiet get away
The boat is in the perfect location to walk into town and to Market Square and to the campus and stadium
The location is perfect for a base to explore the city and surrounding areas
It was a great location and
The nearby Greenway and ease of access to downtown shopping and restaurants was a plus we'll be back
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3. Coastal cruiser for six

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This coastal cruiser is docked at Volunteer Landing Marina in Knoxville and is a short walk from downtown Knoxville and a couple of good restaurants. The salon features an HD TV and a futon couch. The galley comes fully equipped with all major appliances, including a stove, microwave and refrigerator. Enjoy relaxing on the furnished aft deck or bow in the fresh air. The cruiser sleeps six in three bedrooms and there are two bathrooms on the boat.

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Yacht for rent

4. Luxury Dining Yacht

Knoxville bridges
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Andrew Ciscel used under CC BY-SA 2.0

This luxury yacht is moored in the heart of Knoxville. The “Volunteer Princess” is the ideal choice for any celebration, be it a birthday, anniversary or more. Event planners can organize the celebration and a delicious dinner can be served on the yacht. There is also the option of a romantic dinner cruise for two on the water.

Luxury Dining Yacht

Address: Knoxville, Tennessee

Website: Luxury Dining Yacht

Price: From 1,000 USD

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Kayaks for rent

5. Sit-In-Top double kayak for rent in Knoxville

Small 800px double kayak during Indigenous Day Flotilla at Break Free PNW 2016 Photo taken by John Duffy 27035963921_ca4888898b_c
Source: Photo by user Backbone Campaign used under CC BY 2.0

Have fun exploring the Tennessee River in a kayak. Whether kayaking alone, with a group of friends or the whole family, the river is clean and fun to navigate. Head out on the water, watching the world go by as you paddle along, cruising under bridges and viewing downtown Knoxville from the water. The kayak, paddles, life jackets and other safety gear are included in the rental.

Sit-In-Top double kayak for rent

Address: Knoxville, Tennessee, USA

Website: Sit-In-Top double kayak for rent

Price: 35 USD

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6. Single kayak rental in Knoxville

Single kayak
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Go kayaking down the Tennessee River, with beautiful views of Knoxville in a single kayak. Enjoy a full day on the river, stopping off to relax and have a picnic along the way. Life jackets, boards, kayaks and paddles are all included in the rental. A security deposit of 200 USD is required before going out on the water.

Single kayak rental in Knoxville

Address: Knoxville, Tennessee, USA

Website: Single kayak rental in Knoxville

Price: From 50 USD

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7. Single kayak to rent in Knoxville

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Enjoy paddling along on the Tennessee River in Knoxville in this single kayak rented for as low as 19 USD for one hour. All safety equipment is included in the rental. The specialty shop rents stand-up paddleboards and a number of kayaks and beach cruiser bikes for exploring the area. Families can paddle in kayaks along the river to a water splash pad on the riverside, or cycle through the historic sites in downtown Knoxville.

Single kayak to rent in Knoxville

Address: Knoxville, Tennessee, USA

Website: Single kayak to rent in Knoxville

Price: From 19 USD

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8. Tandem kayak rental in Knoxville

Tandem kayak
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Enjoy a guided family kayak tour on the Tennessee River in Knoxville. The tandem kayak is available by the hour from a specialty shop which also rents stand-up paddleboards, beach cruiser bikes and other adventure options. Head along the river as a couple or family group, seeing all the major sights of the city along the way, including the 1982 World’s Fair Site and Market Square.

Tandem kayak rental

Address: Knoxville, Tennessee, USA

Website: Tandem kayak rental

Price: From 29 USD

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Make a splash and have fun in Knoxville, Tennessee, USA

World's Fair Park Knoxville
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user used under CC BY-SA 4.0

Whether you want to head out on the Tennessee River in a great party or dinner boat, relax on the water in a peaceful mooring, rent fun single and double kayaks or exciting yachts, this article gives the best options to rent a boat in Knoxville, Tennessee, USA.

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