9 Airbnb Houseboats to Make Your Summer Dreams Come True

Palmetto, FL, Airbnb, houseboat
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If you've ever heard that Lonely Island song (and, of course, you have), you know there's no better place to party than on the water. It's a fact; and the main reason we rounded up the best party lakes in the United States. But the key to any good on-the-water party starts with finding the right boat, preferably one you can also fall asleep on at the end of the night. And that's where Airbnb comes in: here are nine of the coolest houseboats listed in the US.

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Ziggy Stardust - Floating Rockaway

Queens, NY
Body of water: Jamaica Bay
Rate: $850/night
Queens is full of secrets, and one of them could (should?) be this funky surfer-inspired houseboat in Jamaica Bay. She definitely lives up to her Bowie-inspired name, decked out in wall-mounted guitars, hammocks, and salvaged driftwood. Just go ahead and "Wish List" this baby right now.

Houseboat in Sausalito, Airbnb

Romantic 100 Year Old Tugboat

Sausalito, CA
Body of water: Richardson/SF Bay
Rate: $142/night
Built in 1908, this elegant tugboat was refurbished a few years ago but still maintains its gorgeous custom teak/birdseye maple interior with bronze portholes and brass fixtures. In addition to the Old World charms, you also get modern amenities like Wi-Fi, a custom mattress/featherbed down comforter, and a full galley complete with refrigerator and microwave.

Sausalito Houseboat on Airbnb

Magical Artists Sausalito Houseboat

Sausalito, CA
Body of water: Richardson/SF Bay
Rate: $175/night
Let's just go ahead and call this Airbnb's most hipster houseboat -- it's got all the touches of a cool boutique hotel except that your room also... rocks and sways. Expect potted plants, vintage furniture, and a lofted bed with "panoramic views of Sausalito Bay."

Houseboat in Palmetto, Airbnb

Beautiful Floating Condo

Palmetto, FL
Body of water: Manatee River
Rate: $115/night
Docked in Florida's biggest live-aboard marina, this fully furnished barge offers access to a pool and spa, gym, and nearby beaches. Also, manatees! And dolphins. Both of which you can watch from on deck.

Zephye in Portland

The 80' ship "Zephyr"

Portland, OR
Body of water: Columbia River
Rate: $120/night
Not so much a houseboat as a full ocean-going vessel you can sleep on, the Zephyr’s got a killer story; it was once a workboat that retrieved deep submergence crafts and piloted cargo captains to their ships. As such, the quarters are basic, but with space for 10 people, it's a perfect kitsch crashpad after you hit all of Portland's strip clubs.

Houseboat in Saugatuck, Airbnb

Saugatuck Wooden Boat

Saugatuck, MI
Body of water: Kalamazoo River
Rate: $200/night
Don't let Saugatuck's token Midwestern name fool you -- it’s a charming resort town on Lake Michigan with good beer and an artsy vibe. And this wooden barge is your Saugatuck home away from home. Comfy. Cozy. You can even take it for a cruise on the Kalamazoo River.

Flowery Branch, GA houseboat, Airbnb


Flowery Branch, GA
Body of water: Lake Lanier
Rate: $118/night
Apparently, the rare Lake Lanier houseboat with its own private dock, this three-floor beauty rocks a sweet rooftop lounge complete with water slides, diving board, and the kind of cool outdoor furniture usually reserved for trendy nightclubs.  

Jonestown houseboat, airbnb

Carpe Diem Luxury House Boat

Jonestown, TX
Body of water: Lake Travis
Rate: $450/night
Located about 30 minutes from Austin on Lake Travis, this luxury houseboat is perfect for a weekend getaway. Besides five bedrooms across three decks, there's a hot tub, bar and grill (no, not a Chili's), and a rooftop deck with a water slide (!!). You can also order up a captain if you want to seize said day and actually take this bad boy away from the dock.

Seattle houseboat, Airbnb

Rutabaga Houseboat

Seattle, WA
Body of water: Lake Union
Rate: $174/night
The Rutabaga fully embraces its root-veggie name -- the interior is done up with warm and earthy decor, and the outside is even painted beige and purple just like a turnip. Which, incidentally, is the name of the host's OTHER nearby houseboat. Rebuilt from top to bottom (or bow to stern?), it's homey and comfortable and comes with "a beautiful rooftop deck boasting enviable views downtown Seattle and Lake Union." Added bonus: the owner will even set you up with lots of legal cannabis and edibles for your stay (Washington, did we mention we love you?).

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Barbara Woolsey is a Berlin-based writer who just went houseboating in India. It was amazing. Read more about her travels on Facebook and Twitter.

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