The school year has finally come to an end and it’s time to treat the hard working students in the family to an exciting, sunny lake vacation. Smith Mountain Lake offers endless summer fun activities, from the most popular on-water adventures – boating, water sports, swimming and fishing – to great off-water amusements such as shopping, mini-golf, educational sites and drive-in movies. Even better, a vacation at Smith Mountain Lake can be much more affordable than visiting the beach or a big city. Many of the lake’s best opportunities are free or cost very little.
Smith Mountain Lake rental homes are surprisingly affordable. Once you’ve secured a house to stay in, simply make the most of the dock for as much swimming, paddle boating and fishing your kids can stand. On rainy days, stay indoors for games and movies. Great grocery stores nearby make it easy to cut costs on food. Or, venture out to the Franklin County Smith Mountain Lake community park for free swimming at the beach, hiking trails and playground. The Smith Mountain Lake State Park on the Bedford side offers a large beach with picnic pavilion, volleyball and changing rooms for a small fee.
When you want a break from the water, visit amusement areas like Bridgewater Plaza, Mayberry Diner & Drive-In and Hot Shots Family Entertainment Center for inexpensive food, play areas, an ice cream cone, mini golf and shopping. Booker T. Washington National Monument and the SML Dam Visitor Center are perfect for an educational outing fascinating for the whole family. Or visit a library for a quiet time of reading.
If you’re wondering how to keep the kids and grandkids entertained during their Smith Mountain Lake stay, there is plenty to do and most of it is easy on the wallet. Look no further than the SML Chamber of Commerce Visitor Guide and Laker Magazine’s Summer Fun Guide for updated information on all the main lake attractions.