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 bustle of city life. A knowledgeable guide will tell you all about the lake’s history as you take in the views of the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains. You can even paddle off into the sunset! With four excursions to choose from, it’s easy to see why Lake Lure boat tours are a beloved outdoor activity in Western North Carolina. Here are a few of our favorite trips.

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Top 4 Lake Lure Boat Tours

1. Guided Tours

Whether you’re a history buff, movie buff, or a full-blown nature lover, guided tour is a great way to see Lake Lure. Fans of Dirty Dancing will love seeing the attractions and landmarks featured in the film. You’ll also learn about the legends of the lake as well as the natural and cultural history of Hickory Nut Gorge. Tickets for guided tours are sold on a first come, first serve basis and tours depart every 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 dessert. This tour is a great option for large families and runs from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Be sure to book at least three days in advance to place your lunch order! 

3. Sunset Cruise

For a romantic evening on Lake Lure, make reservations for the beautiful Sunset Cruise. This trip is available to passengers 21 and over and lasts for approximately two hours on Friday and Saturday evenings. Call ahead for details.

4. Dinner Cruise

Lake Lure’s Dinner Cruise is the only one of its kind on the lake. Enjoy a relaxing guided tour through the water, then have dinner at a local restaurant. Departing at sunset, this cruise makes for an incredibly romantic evening and returns to the marina around 9 p.m. Dinner cruises are for adults only and reservations are required. 

Book Your Stay at The Esmeralda Inn & Restaurant

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, outdoor hot tub, and a delicious complimentary breakfast each morning. Check our availability and call us at (888) 897-2999 to make your reservations. We look forward to having you!

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