Oct 26, 2021
If you want to witness a fantastic array of autumn colors, there’s no better way to do it than by boat! Not sure where to travel to for the best views? Check out this list of 5 fall boating destinations that will give you and your family breathtaking views of nature’s beauty.
1. Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri
As the largest man-made lake in the United States with 1,150 miles of shoreline, you’ll have plenty of water to cruise and enjoy the beautiful changing colors of leaves in the fall. Choose to have a picnic out on the water or stop at one of many lake restaurants, but don’t forget to plan you’re itinerary and dress in layers for the cooler weather. It will be an afternoon everyone will enjoy!
2. Montauk, New York
While New York will cool down quicker than the more southern states, it still offers beautiful fall boating and fishing. Well into November, some can look forward to catching striped bass while other boaters enjoy boating to Montauk to explore the village and surrounding areas. Montauk is full of history with a lighthouse dating back to 1797 and a farmhouse built the same year. Although, weather can change quickly in the fall so make sure to keep an eye on your radar.
3. Fort Lauderdale / Miami, Florida
For those who prefer warmer weather even in the fall, they’ll find it in the Fort Lauderdale and Miami area. Native Floridians also delight in the slightly cooler weather that creates a change in pace when boating in the fall. Numerous restaurants offer delicious dining for lunch and dinner by the water, making for a perfect opportunity to cruise the waters and stop for a meal. Fishing is also easily accessible with the Gulf Steam just a few miles offshore. As the Yachting Capital of the World, Fort Lauderdale is home to more than 40,000 yachts and the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show each year in the fall.
4. Lake Lanier, Georgia
45 minutes north of Georgia, you’ll find 700 miles of shoreline at Lake Lanier. It is the most popular lake in the southeast and the largest lake in Georgia. In addition to stunning fall foliage, boaters can enjoy restaurants, shopping, and entertainment. Around the lake are over 45 parks and 10 campgrounds.
5. Fort Myers, Florida
Like the east coast of Florida, the weather on the Gulf side of Florida cools down some in the fall making casual cruising very pleasant. In the Fort Myers area, boaters will find enjoyment and leisurely afternoons on Sanibel Island and Captiva Island. Sanibel beaches are a favorite of shell collectors and the fall weather makes walking the beach very pleasurable and you’ll still find many people swimming. Just north of Sanibel is Captiva Island known for South Seas Island Resort – a perfect place to dock for a long weekend and enjoy their many amenities such as golf, swimming at the pool, restaurants, and much more.
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