Irish and non-Irish alike celebrate St. Patrick’s Day each year by dressing up in green and enjoying a favorite beverage or two with friends and family. But the annual holiday is actually a perfect time to rent a houseboat and enjoy a fun outing at your favorite lake or river anywhere in the country.
Great Rates, Great Time For Spring Getaway
With the holiday falling in the early spring, rental rates for houseboats are often lower and demand is not at its peak as with other favorite vacation days such as Memorial Day or the Fourth of July.
Daily and weekly rental rates vary based on your destination. A 50′ craft that holds two to six guests and includes a gas barbecue grill with fully equipped kitchen can range from $469.00 to $675.00 daily with weekly rates from $429.00 to $596.00 per day.
A 70′ pleasure boat that accommodates 10 people and features a full dining room and complete entertainment center can range from $1,063.00 to $1,274.00 per day with weekly rates from $975.00 to $1,124.00 per day.
Plus, when the holiday coincides on a weekend, it provides the perfect opportunity to have a memorable St. Patrick’s Day party on the water as you and your guests enjoy music, food and perhaps even some fishing from the comfort of your houseboat.
Once the party ends, enjoy an extra day or two cruising down the waterway before stopping off to take in a scenic mountain hike, enjoy a para-sailing lesson from the shore or step off the dock and take an afternoon stroll through the local towns along the route.
Lake of the Ozarks Celebration
While many cities host a St. Patrick’s Day parade, the town of Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri has two. One occurs along the main strip in town and the other on the lake itself. The local chamber of commerce invites boat owners to decorate their crafts in full St. Patrick’s Day party spirit with balloons, banners and more, before taking part in the water parade that starts out in the early morning at the Gravois arm of the lake.
Those looking to rent a houseboat during the holiday can choose to have a close-up view of the festivities from their craft or get involved themselves by participating in the parade. An award for “best decorated” boat is given out by a dancing leprechaun who judges all entries that float past him in the popular event that goes on rain or shine each year.
After enjoying the display of boat floats on the water, step onto dry land at the Bagnell Dam strip to enjoy the parade now in its 29th year. Visitors can enjoy local marching bands, talented singers competing in the “Irish Idol” contest, along with watching the many decorative floats covered in green roll on by the street.
Local restaurants will offer guests special all-Irish meals and treats. Once the parade ends, stay afterwards as during nighttime the strip closes down for an “adults only” celebration that goes on until the wee hours.
Whether enjoying a festive celebration with a large group of friends or taking advantage of a much-needed romantic springtime weekend getaway, St. Patrick’s Day is an ideal time to revel in all things Irish while you enjoy cruising on the water during your houseboat holiday.
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