Things to do in Lake Anna, Virginia

The largest freshwater inland lake in Virginia offers a plethora of water fun just an hour away.

The Boardwalk on Lake Anna // Photo by Steve Benjoar

Lake Anna State Park
More than 3,100 acres make up one of Virginia’s most popular parks. At this oasis in the middle of the state, you can frolic on the beach or bike and hike the trails, and you can even pan for gold. Concessions and camping are also available.

The Boardwalk on Lake Anna
The Boardwalk on Lake Anna has exactly what the little ones want when at the beach: water, mini golf, an arcade and beach volleyball. Along with pizza, a crab house and some shopping along the waterfront with boat access, it makes for a great day on the lake.

Getting more into the music and culture scene, you can take in the Spotsylvania County Museum, which is open daily and offers collections taking you through the history of the county from the early Native Americans to the Civil War. Music lovers can head to Cars, Guitars and More, where you can not only buy guitars but also listen to the sounds of local musicians who play throughout the year.

Belmont Farm Distillery // Photo by Rey Lopez

Wineries and Distilleries
Adult imbibing runs aplenty near Lake Anna, where wineries like Cooper Vineyards, Lake Anna Winery and Weston Farm Vineyard & Winery are open for indulging. Visit each one separately, or take a ride on The Heart of Virginia Wine Trail for $20, visiting six in the vicinity. For something harder, head to Belmont Farm Distillery, owned and operated by the Miller family. It offers almost a dozen whiskeys, vodkas and gins, and tours are available.

(April 2018Trips by Sea)