Dance Party Boats in Jacksonville

by Alana Armstrong
Come for the party, stay for the breathtaking Jacksonviile views.

Come for the party, stay for the breathtaking Jacksonviile views.

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A typical party boat cruise marries a sit-down dinner and dancing with an evening out at sea. In Jacksonville, Florida, dinner cruises also offer breathtaking views with some of the freshest seafood this side of the Atlantic. Party boats usually add an element of magic to special events, such as weddings, anniversaries, business events, Mardi Gras, or just a fun Friday night out. Next time you're planning a night out, consider staging it on the St. John's River aboard a Jacksonville party boat.

The Area

The St. John's River is where the party boat action is in Jacksonville, Florida. Unlike the quiet, swampy waters of the Everglades that are mostly inhabited by manatees and alligators, the water of the St. John's River is host to a whole other scene. In Jacksonville, the party boats start launching at midday, serving lunches of fresh seafood and cool drinks. By evening, the river is alight with colored lanterns and music that echos across the calm waters.

Jacksonville Party Boat

The Jacksonville Party Boat Company, located at 1501 Riverplace Blvd., is currently the only company that offers regular dance party boats. Their fleet includes a cruise ship and a steam wheeler. Both boats offer unique tours of Florida's First Coast waters for private or special public bookings. The company will accommodate nearly any request, whether you want to take your guests to the dog races, on a shopping spree at another port, deep sea fishing, to the zoo, or to a picnic. At day's end, dance the night away on your return trip.

Lady St. John

The Lady St. John is the biggest style of boat that hosts dance parties on the St. John's River. The boat also offer more options when it comes to hosting an event, such as providing a DJ or a full live band. Like other dance party boats, cruise boats can be chartered for parties of 200 or more. The Lady St. John can also accommodate smaller private parties, or even a dinner and dance reservation for as few as two people.

Annabelle Lee

Have you ever wanted to paddle down the river in an authentic steam wheeler? It's still possible to stage dance parties on boats just like the ones that used to dominate the waters of the St. John's River. The Annabelle Lee is a replica of those classic river boats; the lower deck is typically used for salon-style dining, while the upper deck offers outdoor seating and a partially covered dance floor. The Annabelle Lee can accommodate 150 passengers for private charters.

About the Author

Alana Armstrong started her writing career in 2005, covering street art and graffiti. She currently works as a freelance writer, photographer and artist in Toronto. Armstrong has a diploma in photojournalism from Sheridan College and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in photo media from the University of New South Wales.

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