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11 Ideas for Rainy-Day Fun at Smith Mountain Lake

When you’ve had enough fun in the sun or if Mother Nature isn’t cooperating, there are plenty of indoor activities to keep you and your family busy in the Smith Mountain Lake region. Here are 11 of our favorite ideas.

Wine glasses raised in a toast
Concession stand and arcade games at Westlake Cinema
Two girls participating in axe throwing
Woman working out with personal trainer
Exteior of Downtown Moneta shopping area
Cute lake-themed gift ideas like signs and frames
Woman relaxing during spa treatment

Raise a Glass

If you appreciate distinctive, locally produced libations, visit our area’s wineries, distilleries or craft breweries. Most offer special events throughout the year, often with festive live music and tasty regional fare. 

Indulge in Retail Therapy

Enjoying the bounty of outdoor adventures at SML can be exhausting. The perfect cure? Spend a relaxing day perusing our shops and boutiques. From sporting goods to home decor, souvenirs to clothing and jewelry, you’ll find it all when you hit our eclectic shopping scene. 

Pamper Yourself

When you’re ready to be treated like a VIP, the spas and salons that dot the SML area offer a wide range of services. Pamper yourself with everything from hair cuts and colors to manicures, pedicures, massages, facials, body treatments and spray tans. 

Catch a Flick

Take in a movie in the cool confines of Westlake Cinema, a four-plex movie theater with stadium seating, Real D 3D, concessions and games. It’s open year-round and conveniently located in the heart of Westlake Corner.

Get Your Sweat On

If working out is on your vacation itinerary, pick up a one-day pass and enjoy the amenities at an area fitness facility or yoga studio. For an even more personalized experience, schedule a session with a local fitness and nutrition specialist. 

Find Your Groove

An absolute must is to check out the Harvester Performance Center in nearby Rocky Mount, an acclaimed, intimate venue that has made a name for itself with top local, regional and national musicians in a wide range of genres.

Come See Us!

Stop by the Smith Mountain Lake Visitor Center at Bridgewater Plaza. A state-certified visitor center and home of the SML Regional Chamber of Commerce, we’re staffed daily to assist visitors with resources and answers. Pick up maps, brochures, magazines and guides to help you plan your next SML adventure.

Try Something Axe-citing

Enjoy the latest craze at the new, state-of-the-art axe-throwing facility at Hot Shots Bar & Grill in Moneta. Walk-ins are welcome and lanes are covered making it a fun activity rain or shine.


Community service is a big part of life at SML with people of all ages dedicating their time and talents to a wide variety of nonprofits and outreach programs. You can help create an impact by spending a few hours volunteering for a local organization

Bridgewater Plaza

Even if the weather isn’t cooperating, you can always find activity happening at Bridgewater Plaza. Stroll the covered decks, pop in the shops and restaurants or spend some time testing your skills at Fun-N-Games, the indoor arcade. 

Chill Out

Finally, there’s nothing wrong with just hunkering down if the weather is rough or you’re just ready for some R&R. Spend quality time with family and friends indoors playing games, working puzzles, reading books, watching movies or sharing stories.

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