Virginia Dare Cruises & Marina
Come experience the beauty of Smith Mountain Lake from aboard a unique 19th century boat. Especially picturesque in spring and fall when the trees surrounding the lake are vibrant with color and the lake provides a brilliant reflection, this is a fun and relaxing way to tour the area.
The 63-foot-long Virginia Dare will take you past Smith Mountain Lake State Park, where nature is brimming with life along the walking trails and golden sand beach. Cruise by three islands and elaborate Nantucket designed houses, along with a house on a private island. Take a step back in time as you view one of the oldest tobacco barns in the area and the whimsical fun of an antique carousel. Spot ospreys soaring overhead as your guide points out their nesting spots. Enjoy a meal aboard the boat as you take in the sights on this two hour cruise around the 22,000 acre Smith Mountain Lake. With over 500 miles of shoreline and the Blue Ridge Mountains forming a dramatic backdrop, Smith Mountain Lake is a peaceful vacation destination.
Plan Your Cruise
Virginia Dare Cruises is located in Moneta, Virginia, at 3619 Airport Road. To book your cruise, they can be contacted at (540) 297-7100. The cost for adults is $25, or $40 with a meal. The cost for children is $15, or $25 with a meal. Cruises are available most days April through December.
Dining at Portside
If you opt for the cruise only, Portside Bar & Grill is a great place along the lake to stop for a meal. Perched on stilts above the water, this is a picturesque dining experience. Relax with a beer and a burger, Cuban sandwich, or wings, and top it off with a slice of key lime pie. With open-air seating right on the lake, this is the perfect spot to take in a Smith Mountain Lake sunset.
At Smith Mountain Lake Properties, we have a wide variety of private homes, cabins, and condos to suit your preferences. Whether you’re looking for a short term vacation rental or to purchase a property, we’ve got you covered with over 19 years of experience in the industry. For more information about the best places to stay and things to do in the area, please contact us at 540-797-0460. You can also view our vacation rentals by clicking here! We look forward to introducing you to Smith Mountain Lake!