The 10 Best Boat Rentals in Virginia, United States

June 20, 2021 Tambra Mccollister

Virginia can make American history come alive. Visit Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, tour Civil War battlefields, explore the living history museum at Williamsburg… the possibilities are endless (if the kids object, break up the historical sightseeing with a visit to Busch Gardens). Arlington, site of Arlington National Cemetery, is just across the Potomac River from all the major sites in D.C. In addition to beaches and historical attractions, Virginia has plenty to offer outdoor enthusiasts. Active families will love the Blue Ridge Highlands, where hiking, canoeing and tubing are just a few of the activities offered. Couples might enjoy a romantic mountain cabin in Virginia after a day of hiking in Shenandoah National Park.

1. Capt Billy's Charters

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Capt Billy's Charters

Fishing Charters and Cruises on the Chesapeake Bay. Making memories for our clients since 1987. We love what we do and it shows! Three boats (19ft, 27ft, 46ft) for groups of 1 to 35 passengers - Family, Friends, Corporate. FISHING - Striped Bass (rockfish), Bluefish, Mackerel, Cobia, Spot, Croaker and more. CRUISES - River cruises, Eco- tours, Bachelor/ Bachelorette cruises, Sunset cruises, Dinner cruises, Tangier Island and custom trips. Voted "Best of the Bay"- Chesapeake Bay Magazine, Best Guide Service in Eastern Virginia- Virginia Living Magazine, "Best Charter Captain"- Rivah Magazine.

2. Twin River Outfitters

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Twin River Outfitters

TWIN RIVER OUTFITTERS is a paddle sports business that rents canoes, kayaks, rafts, and river tubes. We are located just 25 minutes from downtown Roanoke VA. We run Upper James river in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. TRO offers its customers fun and safe river trips that range from lazy river to whitewater paddling experiences with true mountain views. We offer a variety of single day and multi-day river based camping trips. We are the oldest and most experienced outfitter operating on the Upper James River and have been safely running paddle trips since 1978. We maintain the largest kayak and canoe rental fleets in this part of the state with lots of types of canoe and kayak models to choose from.

3. Adventure Kayak Tours

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Adventure Kayak Tours

Experience...Explore...Enjoy... Adventure Kayak Tours is your destination for Kayak & Standup Paddleboarding in Coastal Virginia. Experience personalized trips with modern equipment and individual attention. Each trip is customized to meet the unique needs of our clients. Explore Virginia's natural diversity in a minimum-impact activity. Leaving environments with nothing but our footprints and sometimes better than we find them is the best way to preserve our waterways rich with human history and natural beauty. Without traveling far in Southeastern Virginia, Adventure Kayak Tours can take you from exploring fresh water marshes in Virginia Beach, to entering ancient cypress swamps in Chesapeake, all the way to stepping foot on untouched barrier islands on the Eastern Shore. Adventure Kayak Tours offers a variety of custom kayaking tours including, but not limited to, Fishing Adventures, Geocaching Adventures, Paddle In Trash Out Events, Paddle Under the Stars and Full Moon Paddles.

4. Bay Venture Boat Rentals

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Bay Venture Boat Rentals

Be your own captain ! Explore the vast inland waters of Virginia Beach on your own 24 ft pontoon boat. Full and half day rentals are available during the summer season, seven days a week.

5. VB Boat Rentals

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VB Boat Rentals

Cruise in the comfort of a luxurious Duffy Electric Boat while celebrating a birthday, bridal shower, baby shower, bachelor or bachelorette party, entertaining guests, hosting corporate events, or just recharging your own batteries. Bring your own food or drink, make a quick stop at one of the restaurants, or arrange to have us cater your experience.

6. Northern Virginia Sailing School

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Northern Virginia Sailing School

Recreational sailing is fun and you can bring your entire family! Enjoy the tranquility of the Potomac River and glide across the water with just the power of wind on the sail. The Potomac River stretches an impressive three miles across, and nearly ten wide here and there is plenty of room to play! Our beautiful Catalina sailboats are at least 22 feet and outfitted with outboard motors and plenty of storage space! We offer sailing cruises with a captain onboard, sailboat certifications, sailboat try sail classes, and sailboat rentals. So, try your hand at the tiller as a helmsman, raise the sails, and set your sights for an adventure. There is so much to learn!

7. Assateague Tours

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Assateague Tours

Assateague Boat tours provide boat tours and kayak tours around Chincoteague and Assateague islands. Chincoteague and Assateague have diverse ecosystems unlike anywhere else on the east coast. Assateague boat tours will highlight all the natural wonders the islands have to offer. Experience an incredible daybreak or sunset and enjoy the sublime beauty of the skies and the coastlines. We will give you an experience of a lifetime and memories that will never fade. Our tours book up very fast, please call and book a few days ahead to be sure to not miss the best thing you will ever do on vacation.

8. Assateague Adventures kayak tours & rentals

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Assateague Adventures kayak tours & rentals

Wife & husband owned and operated tours and rentals. We offer information on the history and wildlife. The waterways and marsh host a variety of bird and marine life for everyone to enjoy! Ponies are never guaranteed to see but our guides will show you the best areas for the wildlife. Our main focus is having a fun time while enjoying the outdoors!

9. Snug Harbor Marina Boat Rentals

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Snug Harbor Marina Boat Rentals

Snug Harbor Marina on Chincoteague Island offers motor boat rentals, kayak and canoe rentals and island tours. Snug Harbor Marina is located close to Assateague Wildlife Refuge and is the best location for rentals to explore the islands. Snug Harbor has a wide selection of boat rentals to pick from, they offer Carolina Skiffs and the biggest selection of kayaks on the east coast.

10. Gatewood Park

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Gatewood Park

Southwest Virginia's Hidden Gem - Gatewood Park, Campground & Reservoir is the place for camping, paddleboarding, kayaking, fishing, hiking, mountain biking or just relaxing. Surrounded by the National Forest on the at waterfront of 162 acre peaceful reservoir which allows only paddlecraft and electric motor boats. The campground has 35 campsites or which 16 are waterfront, the park also have 6 remote campsites only accessible by water or hiking. The park is open early April until mid October. The Boathouse at Gatewood Park, rents paddleboards, kayaks, fishing boats with trolling motors, electric powered Craig Cat and pedal boat.

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