Cruise the Suwannee River on a Houseboat

Get your sea legs and take the entire weekend to travel the 16-hour round trip along the pristine Suwannee River.

Suwannee River houseboat
Suwannee River houseboatFT+L

Start Here: Rent a houseboat from Miller's Marina in Suwannee. After a quick training session, you get your captain's papers and are ready to go. The 44-foot houseboat comes complete with flush toilet, shower and full kitchen, and sleeps six to eight people. Have a serious party weekend or just relax with family as the boat chugs along at a leisurely seven knots down this scenic blackwater river. Keep packing to a minimum because chances are, you'll be living in your swimsuit and that 72-degree water will entice you to jump in.

Weekend To-Dos:

1. Bring your fishing gear and a fryer because you get the best of both worlds —freshwater and saltwater — on this river. Red fish, sea trout, large mouth bass and bream can all be caught here, right from the deck of your floating weekend house.

2. In Fanning Springs, disembark for the fried green tomatoes and smoked mullet dip at the Lighthouse Restaurant (352-463-7771) and the ribs at BBQ Shack, both just a short walk from the river.

suwannee river weekend getaway

suwannee river weekend getaway

Out here on the Suwannee River, your only neighbors are (maybe) a few passing boats.FT+L
suwannee river camps
If you get tired of sleeping over water, you can camp on the shore at the free river camps that have a raised platform shelter (some with electricity and fans!), restrooms and showers.FT+L
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How's that for a front porch view?FT+L
suwannee river kayak weekend getaway

Kayaking on the Suwannee River

Explore the waterways on your own in a kayak or canoe for added adventure.FT+L