Where to Rent a Boat or Get Out on the Water Near Charlotte

It’s heating up in the Queen City, but lucky for us there are plenty of ways to get on the water and cool off this summer. Don’t have a boat or pool? Not to worry, from Lake Norman to Lake Wylie, the Catawba River and beyond, here’s your guide to water activities around Charlotte.

Boat Charters & Cruises near Charlotte

Whether you opt for a sunset sail or a bar-hopping trip, leave the driving and planning to the professionals while you relax on the water.

Carolina Grace via Facebook

Lake Norman

  • Carolina Grace: 100-foot luxury yacht perfect for parties, weddings or other celebrations. They also offer a unique wellness offering featuring antiaging and rejuvenating services on board and yoga classes.
  • Carolina Cruising Charters: All-inclusive luxury boat charters perfect for groups.
  • 77 Watersports: Weekday boat tours with a stop at a waterfront restaurant.
  • Party Pontoon: Sunset cruises, day charters, and even a lakeside bar hopping option.
  • Carolina Tiki: All-inclusive pontoons ready for your next party on the water.

Lake Wylie

Mountain Island Lake

Boat Rentals near Charlotte

Want to drive your own boat around an area lake? You have plenty of options.

Tega Cay Marina via Facebook

Lake Norman

Lake Wylie

Lake Hickory

Cane Creek Park

Cane Creek Park: Canoe, kayak and jon boat rentals, Waxhaw

Jet Skis, Paddle Boarding, Kayaks & more

If adventure and thrills are more your speed, check out these exciting ways to enjoy the water.

Mountain Island Lake Paddle Co via Facebook

Lake Haigler

Catawba River

Lake Norman

Mountain Island Lake

Hotel Pool Passes

Prefer a float and a cold drink under a cabana? Here are some local hotel pools where you can enjoy a well-deserved daycation.

Aura Rooftop Pool via Facebook

Omni Charlotte Hotel: Outdoor pool access, poolside food and drink service from The Coin Bar, towel service and more starting at $54.

Aura Rooftop Pool: Poolside service and two cabana options: Premium Luxury Cabana for up to 4 adults and VIP Luxury Cabana for up to 8 adults.

Sheraton Charlotte Hotel: Spend the day relaxing in the pool then make time for a delicious meal at Social Bar and Kitchen or have a beer or cocktail at Craft City Sports Pub. A day room includes amenity access for up to four guests.

The Ballantyne Hotel: Poolside cabanas are available for rent daily.

The Ritz-Carlton: Non-hotel guests can purchase access to all spa facilities (including The Fitness Center and Aqua Lounge) for $175/day.

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