12 Bachelorette Boat Party Ideas Your Entire Crew Will Love

Feelin' nauti? A boat party is an ideal bach bash.
Sarah Title - Bridal Fashion & Shopping Expert.
Sarah Title
Sarah Title - Bridal Fashion & Shopping Expert.
Sarah Title
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Updated Apr 05, 2024

The best part about planning a bachelorette party is that no activity is off-limits. In fact, there are so many options to choose from it can be hard to pick one. If being by the water is the bride-to-be's love language, that can help narrow things down. From boozy boat trips and creative theme parties to something more low-key like a spa day or yoga on board, the options are endless for over-the-water fun. Read on for a few of our fave ideas for an epic (and trending!) bachelorette bash, and check out The Knot Vendor Marketplace to find a boat bach venue near you.

1. Boozy Party Boat

Whether it's BYOB or a full-service bar, there's something so fun about boozing it up on a boat. There's no better feeling than sipping a cocktail on the open water surrounded by your closest friends and family.

2. Sunset Sail

Take advantage of the golden hour on the water by hopping on a sunset cruise. Have the guests dress to the nines and bring some appetizers and cocktails. Better yet, find a sunset cruise that'll provide the booze and snacks for you. Soak in the last few minutes of sunlight with the bride's crew. Plus, the opportunity for Instagram photos? Endless.

3. Paddleboat

If you want to enjoy an activity while on board, consider booking a paddleboat. Similar to the pedal taverns you see on the road in cities like Nashville, you'll help move the boat forward. Don't worry, there's a pro on board in case you get tired.

4. Pontoon

Pontoon boats were made for leisure on the lake. Rent your own flat-bottomed boat and self-captain it or stay dockside and play music, have snacks and enjoy a few drinks! You can rent one to have all yourself or join a big group of other party-goers. This is a great option for wading in the water or sunbathing.

5. Scenic River Cruise

What better way to take in the sights than on a boat? If you're somewhere scenic it might be the best option for seeing the whole city in one foul swoop. Plus, you might be able to find a cruise that includes food and drink or you can use it as a water taxi to get from one place to another.

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6. Yoga Onboard

Get creative with your boat day! Invite a yoga instructor on board to lead a practice. It doesn't get more relaxing than stretching and moving over gorgeous waters.

7. Theme Party

Let the bride-to-be pick a theme or, better yet, surprise her with one! You can all dress up, decorate, play music and enjoy fun games all related to the theme. You can lean into a tropical theme with leis and hula skirts or go more nautical and get sailor hats for the whole bridal party. Want other ideas? We've got a few.

8. Spa on Board

For something more low-key, why not bring massages, manicures and pedicures on board? Whether you're getting pampered while you're floating on the water or docked, the calming effect of the water will add to the relaxing vibe. Enjoy the stunning waterfront views while you get your nails done and your back rubbed. Sounds like a perfect day to us.

9. Dinner Cruise

Delicious food + gorgeous views = A recipe for an amazing night. Search your bachelorette destination to see if they offer a dinner cruise of some kind. Some dinner cruises may offer multi-course meals where you dine with other guests or you can look into getting something private so you have the whole boat to yourself. Some cruises might even include an after-dinner dance party. Whether you opt for a multi-course dining experience or something more casual is up to you, but no matter the formality, it'll be a guaranteed good time.

10. Casino Night

Get inspired by double 007 and enjoy a night on the water while indulging in a little betting. Hire a local casino night company and play low-stakes games of blackjack, craps and other exciting games. Not into playing for actual cash? You don't have to. A lot of companies will give out tokens that you can cash in for a fun prize at the end like a gift card or a beauty product.

11. Water Sports

Tubing, waterskiing, jet skiing, the options for water sports are endless. Get active on the water and indulge in your favorite watersports or, better yet, learn a brand new one. If some of your guests are hesitant about participating, they can lounge on the boat and spectate. You could also ask the boating company if they have water trampolines or a water slide to go off the side of the boat if you want more lowkey activities.

12. Dock Party

Forgo the boat altogether and use the dock as a fun party spot. Pick a theme, decorate the dock, turn up the music, get the drinks flowing and enjoy time together surrounded by water.

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