If you have ever been somewhere and there was nothing planned you know how boring it can quickly become. The same can be true on your houseboat.
If you take out some friends, extended family, or just your immediate family you will want to plan ahead to try and keep people from getting bored. This list of 84 fun houseboat ideas is designed to help you have fun on your houseboat! (or really any boat)
84 Fun things to do on a boat trip
1. Theme night
Pick a theme and center your meals and activities around that theme. Pirates, a movie, a tv show etc. are all a great way to think up a theme for the day
Have contests with everyone on board and give out “medals” for whoever wins. Don’t make everything about speed or talent either. Have plenty of odd ball contests to add more fun and variety to your “olympics”.
3. Cliff jumping
5. Water skiing
9. Water slide
Make your own or buy an inflatable slide at the store. Either way this will work for hours of fun.
10. Read a book
11. Play “Pooh sticks”
This is great with younger kids. Have them throw sticks in the water and see whose stick is the fastest to a certain point. This obviously won’t work if there is no water movement where you are at. Be sure and mark each stick with a carved design so you know who wins.
13. Water basketball
14. Play Cornhole
15. Water Mat
These things are awesome! You can find them almost 20 foot long and 6 foot wide. You lay them on top of the water and you can walk on them, jump off of them or whatever else you can think of.
16. Board & Card Games
17. Paddleboard or Kayaking
18. Remote controlled boats
You can find tons of these in local stores and many of them will last for hours. Get a couple and let your kids (or adults) race them!
19. Scuba Diving
They now make self fill small tanks that you can use for quick 5-10 minute dives. This would be a great fun idea for older teens or younger adults. Being able to explore the water for longer than just a few seconds is pretty awesome!
20. Movie projector
Get a projector, hook it up to a DVD player and play your favorite movie on a large sheet or side of the boat! Be sure and test the quality of the projector before going as there are some cheap ones that have horrible quality and will ruin your night rather than make it better.
22. Cook a special meal
23. Watch the sunrise/sunset
24. Go jet skiing
25. Animal watching (if on the ocean you can watch for whales or dolphins!)
26. Water fight
27. Play Marco Polo
28. Do yoga
29. Get a tan
31. Feed the fish
32. Rock/sea shell hunting
34. Fireworks (Make sure it’s legal!)
35. Explore the shoreline/caves
36. Make a boat
37. Have boat races
Obviously not make or race real boats but you can use models, newspaper, or even just 2 liter bottles with drawings on them. Be sure and clean up your “boats” when you are done
38. Collect trash
Ok, ok hear me out. People love contests and love to help clean up the world. Have a contest to see who can get the most trash out of the water over a specific time frame. The winners get to choose what you do next or other prizes.
40. Make homemade ice cream
Don’t worry you don’t have to hand crank it anymore (although you can). They now have electric ice cream makers that are pretty cheap and it tastes great!
41. Metal detecting
You can go on the shore for this or buy an underwater detector and use it in the shallow areas of the water (make sure to abide by any local laws).
42. Midnight fishing
Fishing is much harder at night especially for kids but the difficulty is part of the fun. No watching the bobbers here you have to feel a fish by the line!
43. Tell ghost stories
44. Bird watching
45. Build sandcastles (if near a beach)
46. Skip rocks
47. Play frisbee
48. Sleep under the stars
49. Nerf fight
50. Put together a puzzle
51. Paint rocks
52. Play tug of war
53. Nap in the sun
54. Rock stacking (have a contest or just be creative with what you can build)
55. Have a jousting competition
56. Have a giant floaties race
57. Water ball
If the people on your boat are teens or older having a water ball can make for hours of fun. They are fun to be in but even more fun to watch the people that are in them!
58. Blow bubbles
59. Make a rope swing
60. Play wiffle ball
61. Sing songs (Grab a guitar or even just a speaker and sing your favorites)
62. Make shadow puppets
No, I don’t mean bowling at a bowling alley. Fill two liter bottles with water and try to knock them down. You can put glow sticks in the bottles to even have nighttime bowling!
64. Have a dance off
66. Collect driftwood
67. Play with a slingshot
You can shoot rocks, sticks, or even just water. Use your imagination.
68. Learn knot tying
This could be boring but only if you make it. It’s always great to learn something new and you could even make up your own “new” knot names.
69. Cloud watching (what do you see)
70. Play I spy (works best with a little older kids as younger ones will run out of ideas quickly)
Yes, just have everyone stop and listen to nature around you. This can be really good at night as there are many new sounds. Make a list of all the creatures that you hear!
72. Ring Toss
Can be done with the same 2 liter bottles from bowling and you just have to add a ring. You can throw a glow necklace or bracelet for night time fun.
73. Play categories
Someone picks a category (for example, cars) and you go around from person to person each naming an item in that category (mustang, corvette, focus, etc). If you can’t think of something or repeat an item already said then you are “out”. Every time someone is out change to a new category. The winner is the last person standing.
74. Play catch with water balloons
75. Build a “fort”
This can be done with a couple of sheets, some rope, and some clothes pins. Great to play under all day and even sleep under at night.
76. Have a seed spitting contest
My family used to do this with cherries all the time. See who can spit the farthest!
77. Balloon volleyball
This can be done on board your boat or while playing in the water. Don’t let the balloon hit the ground/water!
78. Feed the ducks or other waterfowl
79. Have a tea party
80. Tell jokes
This obviously works better with older kids or adults as the jokes younger kids make up can get old fast. (but they think they are hilarious)
81. Make sock puppets
82. Paint your faces
This can be done with washable paint, washable markers, or if you are feeling adventurous, mud from the river/lake.
83. Talk with each other
Quite the novel idea, huh?
84. Build a Lego city
Be sure and keep them all in one place so they don’t get thrown overboard by any younger children.
That’s it! Our list of 84 fun things to do on your boat/houseboat is complete. I hope this list of fun ideas has been helpful for your next boating trip or has sparked your imagination on some fun things to do.