Located just an hour and a half from DC, Lake Anna is full of fun things to do. There’s something so perfect about visiting a lake in the summer that reminds me of home. A few weeks back my boyfriend and I were looking for an easy weekend trip from DC and immediately thought of this! I’m so glad we ended up going.
We had a great time finding some of the fun things to do in Lake Anna and I’m excited to share this list with you below.
First, I wanted to share where we stayed for a few nights – Stevenson Ridge. It’s such a cute historical property with several different cabins and houses to stay in. Highly recommend it as the personal touches (like the treats for my dog), kind staff, and overall ambiance are just perfect for a little getaway, especially if you’re on a road trip with your dog!
1. Enjoy the beach at Lake Anna State Park
$10 per car, $3 for beach
Inside Lake Anna State Park you’ll find many different things to do, but potentially the easiest is visiting the beach there. You’ll enter the state park and follow the map to the beach area. It can get really crowded, especially in the afternoon. Before entering the beach area, you’ll need to stop at the store to purchase a wrist band to enter the beach. Once inside, enjoy the sand and swim in the calm waters of Lake Anna.
2. Lake Anna Winery
$20 a bottle
One thing I always try to find when traveling is local food and drink. Lake Anna Winery is located just outside Lake Anna State Park making it an easy stop before or after your visit. They have a large patio that they often use for live music events throughout spring and summer. If you go on a weekday, you’re almost sure to have the space to yourselves. Try one of their white wines!
3. Grab some food on the Lake at Tim’s at Lake Anna
If you’re looking for some great food overlooking the lake, Tim’s at Lake Anna is a great option! It’s located on the water near Mineral, Virginia, and known for home-cooked seafood, a unique atmosphere, and scenic dining.
$40 for the day
We chose to rent kayaks through R&R Kayaks at Rocky Branch Marina and Campground. We’re so glad we did! The marina is located in a cove that was really quiet and easy to kayak around. Call ahead to make sure they still have kayaks available and they will meet you right by the water! It was a really beautiful day and after kayaking, we went for a nice swim off the peer right where we had kayaked.
4. Check out the Spotsylvania Courthouse and Battle Fields
The entire area around Lake Anna is rich with Civil War history. There are many different battlefields to visit, but the one I think is most worth visiting is the area around Spotsylvania’s old courthouse. The Battle of Spotsylvania was part of a campaign by the Union to push back the Confederate Army deep into Virginia. The campaign was called the Overland Campaign and eventually led to the Siege of Petersburg and the end of the Civil War.
5. Hike, Fish, and Birdwatch in Lake Anna State Park
I’m grouping all of these together since they are all inside Lake Anna State Park. The state park is actually huge and you’ll find tons of different spots for hiking, fishing, and birdwatching. These are all fun outdoor activities to enjoy year round. You’ll get a full park map when entering the state park and on their website to find the best spots.
Coyote Hole Ciderworks makes hard cider from 100% Virginia apples. It’s located in the heart of Lake Anna in Mineral, Virginia. They have a large tasting room along and enjoy food trucks, live music, events, family games, and more during the summer. They also have a great outdoor space for enjoying a drink!