Summertime means lazy days spent enjoying the sunshine by the nearest river, lake, or ocean of your choice. Barbecues, watersports, picnics, and sunbathing all culminate to create those classic summer memories that you’ll cherish for years to come. In Virginia, you can take your pick of mountain lakes, creeks, and rushing rivers to make your summer backdrop. To help you navigate through this aquatic playground, we’ve rounded up our top three water sports that can’t be missed this summer.
Full Moon Paddle Boarding
One of the most creative watersport trends of today, SUPing tours are a great way to explore scenic locations without getting wet—if you have good balance of course! Full Moon paddleboarding is one of those unique experiences that’s perfect for a warm summer night. With glow sticks in tow, Mountain 2 Island Paddleboard Company will take you on a relaxing moonlit paddle around one of Roanoke’s most scenic lakes. Looking to paddle by daylight? They also offer paddleboard yoga, sunset SUPing, and SUPing with your pup! Learn more here.
If you’re planning a trip to Roanoke in May, you can’t miss Ramble Weekend, a 3-day event that celebrates the great outdoors with camping, water activities, food, and music. The event kicks off May 18th, with a 3-mile float down Blackwater River after sunset. With plenty of food truck snacks to keep you full, music to serenade you during the evenings, and all types of water fun, you’ll see why this event has been going strong 17 years in a row. See the full schedule here.
Try the Newest Water Toy
If you’ve ever wanted the thrill of a jet ski with the stability of a powerboat, then the CraigCat power boat may be your new best friend this summer. This hybrid motorboat-jetski has been making waves at waterfront destinations nationwide. Since they’re easy to handle, yet still offer speeds up to 30mph, they’re the perfect watercraft for first-timers looking to take the wheel. Whether you want to go for an afternoon of fishing or explore to find your own secluded beach, the CraigCat offers the versatility that makes for the perfect summer adventure. You can rent your own CraigCat at the Stonewall Resort, West Virginia’s top retreat for rustic relaxation.