Lake Lure Boat Tours Are the Most Fun You’ll Have All Year

If you're searching for a relaxing activity to enjoy during your North Carolina vacation, consider taking a Lake Lure boat tour! This scenic lake is just minutes from The Esmeralda and is perfect for families, couples, or friends looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Listen to the legends of the lake as you take in the views of the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains. With various Lake Lure tours to choose from, it's easy to see why boat rides on Lake Lure are a beloved outdoor activity in Western North Carolina. 

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Top 3 Ways to Enjoy Lake Lure Boat Tours 

1. Guided Boat Tours

Whether you're a history buff, movie buff, or a full-blown nature lover, Lake Lure boat tours are a great way to discover the beauty and charm of the area. Fans of Dirty Dancing will love seeing the local attractions and landmarks featured in the film. On this guided tour, you'll also learn about the legends of the lake as well as the natural and cultural history of Hickory Nut Gorge. Lake Lure Tours sells tickets on a first-come, first-serve basis, and tours depart at the top of the hour starting at 11 a.m.


2. Box Lunch Cruise

Enjoy a light lunch on the lake when you sign up for a Box Lunch Cruise! Much like the guided tour, guests will learn all about the history of the lake while munching on deli sandwiches, chips, and desserts. This tour is an excellent option for large families and runs from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Reservations are required, so be sure to book at least two weeks in advance to place your lunch order and save your seat! 

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3. Pontoon Boat Rentals

If you'd prefer to enjoy the charm of Lake Lure on your own, a pontoon boat rental is an ideal way to get to know the lake! Complete with a nine-person pontoon boat rental and picnic lunches, our Day on the Lake package is an excellent option for boating in Lake Lure.

4. Fishing Boat Rentals

Lake Lure Tours also offers fishing boat, kayak, canoe, and paddleboard rentals. Guests traveling in a group might prefer to rent a fishing boat to cruise around the lake for a few hours.

Local-tip: If you'd like some relaxing exercise while exploring the lake, an hourly or daily kayak or paddleboard rental is the way to go!

Stay Near Lake Lure at The Esmeralda

After a fun day on the lake, return to your room at The Esmeralda and relax. If you're looking for a private getaway, book your stay in one of our cabins. Or reserve the Honeymoon Cottage, a peaceful oasis for newly married couples to spend the evening. All of our guests have access to amenities like the game room and a delicious complimentary breakfast each morning.  

Check our availability and make your reservations. We look forward to having you!