Things to Do in Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia

Some travelers think that a getaway to a lake might be a little too sleepy. While there are plenty of opportunities for relaxation, you might also be surprised at all the options for adventure. Take Smith Mountain Lake in Virginia, for example. Here, a long list of activities includes wakeboarding, hiking, fishing, boat trips, parasailing, and more. Keep reading to discover some of the best things to do in Smith Mountain Lake.


1. Wakeboarding

When it comes to Smith Mountain Lake things to do, there are many options on the water. One of the most popular is wakeboarding. If you've never given this adrenaline-inducing activity a try, there are many options for wakeboarding lessons for both kids and adults at Smith Mountain Lake.


2. Golf

Water-based sports aren't the only options for outdoor fun at Smith Mountain Lake. If you want to work on your swing during your vacation, there are many great local golf courses including the Westlake Golf and Country Club and Sycamore Ridge .


3. Parasailing

If you're feeling particularly adventurous, one of the best things to do in Smith Mountain Lake is to go parasailing. Gaining a bird's eye view of the lake is something you and your kids won't soon forget.


4. Horseback Riding

Scenic trail rides are one of the best ways to explore the area around Smith Mountain Lake. You will have many choices for tours here including Smith Mountain Farm and Stables or Shadow Ridge Stables . Both offer tours appropriate for first-time or experienced riders.


5. Fishing

Many people plan entire trips around the fishing at Smith Mountain Lake. That means that there will be plenty of experienced fishermen here, but if you're a first timer, don't let that scare you away. Qualified guides can bring you on a half day or full day excursion on the lake.


6. Boat Rentals

Plan some quality family time with boat rentals. Head out on the lake with a picnic and your family can spend the whole day zipping around the lake, sunbathing, swimming, and sharing stories. If this is your first time visiting Smith Mountain Lake, a boat rental is one of the best ways to explore.


7. Live Music

Daytime isn't the only time you will find entertainment at Smith Mountain Lake. Many local restaurants and bars offer live music in the evenings. If you're looking for a little nightlife, check out Mango's Bar and Grill or the Landing Restaurant .


8. Treat the Kids to a Movie

When it comes to family evening things to do in Smith Mountain Lake, going to the movies tops the list. Visitors have two options, going to the Westlake Cinema or going to the drive-in movie theater, the Mayberry Drive-In .


9. Winery and Vineyard Tours

Are you looking for an adults-only excursion? One of the best is Virginia winery and vineyard tours. These beverages are growing in popularity across the country, and when visiting Smith Mountain Lake you will have a chance to taste them right at the source. Check out Hickory Hill Vineyard and Winery for an option close to Smith Mountain Lake.


10. Relax on the Beach

While there are plenty of outdoor adventure activities, sometimes you just feel like kicking back on the beach. Check out the Smith Mountain Lake State Park for a large, sandy beach that is ideal for sunbathing during the day and stargazing at night. There's also a large playground area here to keep the kids entertained while you dig your toes down into the sand. Book a comfy and affordable Smith Mountain Lake vacation rental for your stay!

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