5 Fall Boating Adventures by State

By Alycia Downs

Oct 17, 2019

Five fall boating adventures to check off this season and the best states for them. Enjoy the cool weather and fall foliage views from the deck of a boat.

Fall boating is a combination of my two favorite things—cooler weather and adventure activities! Many people think of going to the woods or mountains this time of year, but getting out on the water might be just the thrill you need for your family outing or romantic getaway. Not sure where to boat in the fall? Here are five fall boating adventures to check off this season and the best states for them.

1. Island Ferry - Florida, New York, Michigan

The thought of cruising by boat to a faraway island is a grand adventure. In Florida, there are boats that shuttle you to the Florida Keys or Tortuga Islands. In New York, you can visit Lady Liberty in a short ride to Liberty Island. For historic charm, try the ferry to Mackinac Island nestled on Lake Huron in Michigan.

2. Primitive Camping - Georgia, South Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee

If you’re more of the paddle-it-yourself type, look for a paddle-in campsite which can commonly be found in the Southeast and MidAtlantic U.S. at state parks and national forests. Intended for the ultimate adventurers who prefer to pack light and indulge in all that nature has to offer.

3. Fall Foliage - Oregon, Colorado, Wisconsin, Maine

Catch the brilliant hues of the changing season by boat! Take in the colorful landscape while cruising the shoreline of your favorite river or lake. There may not be another experience quite as magical. Follow the foliage and there are likely to be places to boat nearby.

4. Sunset Cruise - Illinois, Massachusetts, Washington

From steam-powered paddle boats to private micro-yachts, sunset tours offer an incredible fall boating experience and can be found around many big cities. It’s breathtaking to see your favorite skyline light up at sunset.

5. Beach Bonfires - California

Looking to forgo the boat? Californians may as well have invented beach bonfires. Most state parks and beaches allow bonfires here and the experience can be downright mesmerizing. Warm firelight glow, soft sand, the sound of waves crashing, and a big, illuminating moon. Top it off with a cozy blanket and s’mores and you’ve got yourself a night to remember.

Now that you know where to boat in the fall, bundle up, get outside, and go boating!

Alycia Downs
Alycia Downs
Alycia Downs is a freelance content creator and avid sportsman who contributes to numerous publications promoting tourism, fishing, and outdoors. Alycia is a member of the Florida Outdoor Writers Association and is actively involved with conservation and fishing non-profit organizations. Visit her personal blog at tideandtale.com or on Instagram @tideandtale.