Top 5 Spots for Fall Boating

The weather may be cooling, but boating doesn’t have to stop. In fact, fall boating is the perfect time of year to get out on the water when the sun’s rays are not as harsh. It’s also an ideal season to experience all the beauty and tranquility nature offers in a different light. So if you’re ready to hit the water and head out to catch the best of fall, just grab a pumpkin spice latte and let us show you some of the most fantastic fall boating locations below:

  • 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 picturesque changing colors of leaves in the fall at the Lake of the Ozarks. Plan your itinerary; choose to pack your lunch or stop at one of many lake restaurants, and don't forget to dress in layers for the cooler weather. It will be an afternoon everyone will enjoy. MarineMax Lake Ozark often hosts events on this lake as well, and Wake for Warriors is one to note.

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    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, anglers will delight in catching striped bass. Other boaters enjoy going 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. Weather can change quickly in the fall, so prepare in advance. Discover the best of Montauk on an Aviara.

  • 3. Fort Lauderdale/Miami, Florida

    For those who prefer warmer weather in the fall—it's out 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. Explore this area aboard a Galeon Yacht. 

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    4. Lake Lanier, Georgia

    About 45 minutes north of Georgia, you'll find 700 miles of shoreline at Lake Lanier. This body of water is nearly a century old, is one of the most popular lakes in the southeast, and the largest 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. Cruising along this lake aboard a Sea Ray is often a good time. /p>
  • 5. Lake Murray, South Carolina

    Touted as the “Jewel of South Carolina,” Lake Murray is the prime spot for outdoor recreation, with more than 650 miles of shoreline to explore. Located in the center of the state, just west of Columbia, planning on-the-water adventures is convenient with the boat landings and marinas available on the lake. On land, activities such as golf, hiking, and dining at some of the local restaurants and shops are also popular activities. Whether on a boat to see the changing colors of nature onshore or trekking around the area by foot, Lake Murray is a great place to be when autumn arrives.

  • 6. Lake Norman, North Carolina

    Sunsets are beautiful at this enormous lake located about 20 minutes from Charlotte. Lake Norman happens to be the largest man-made lake in North Carolina and offers boaters the chance to explore 520 miles of shoreline. This scenic location is packed with many things to see and places to visit on and off the water. From fishing to enjoying lunch by the lake on Port City Club to exploring the trails of the Latta Nature Preserve or touring the town on an electric bike, there’s nothing like experiencing fall in this vast lake paradise. Try scoping out Lake Norman on a luxury pontoon from Harris.

  • 7. 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 and swimming pleasurable. Just north of Sanibel (and west of Fort Myers) is Captiva Island, known for South Seas Island Resort—a perfect place to dock for a long weekend and enjoy the many amenities offered. If you’re interested in more details about the area, contact our MarineMax Fort Myers store.
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    Looking for a Unique Fall Experience?

    If you're looking for a truly unique fall boating experience, hop on a plane and head to the islands to charter a power catamaran with MarineMax Vacations in the British Virgin Islands. Charter season really swings into gear in November as people flock there for the crystal clear water, warm trade winds and tropical paradise. Explore over 60 islands aboard a two, three or four cabin boat and make exceptional memories with family and friends. 

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