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Virginia Dare Paddleboat

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3619 Airport Rd, Moneta, VA 24121
(540) 297-7100
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Bloomington, Indiana
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29 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Took a lunch cruise. Food was ok- nothing special. The cruise on the boat was fun and informative. The captain pointed out sites along the way and the history of the area. Great way to get a good view of the lake and dam.

Thank Carol R
Bradenton, Florida
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

The Smith Mountain Lake cruise lasted about two hours with the Captain giving a good commentary of the area. We had the lunch meal while on board. While the food was ok it definitely wasn't a $20 per person meal so next time we'll just do the cruise and get drinks from the bar. However the service was excellent with... More 

1 Thank RitaBo70
Purcellville, Virginia
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73 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2015

Smith Mountain Lake is big and the best way to see it (if you don't own your own boat) is on Virginia Dare. A two-hour trip takes you from one end down to the dam at the other end and back. We took the Sunday luncheon cruise and had a good meal, too. The captain is quite knowledgeable about the... More 

2 Thank rirri
Northern VA
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56 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

This was the perfect outing on a crisp fall day. It was my first time visiting Smith Mountain Lake ant the Virginia Dare was an excellent way to view the place from the water. You have the option of just sight-seeing or lunch. We had a hefty breakfast at a B&B just down the street so we didn't choose the... More 

1 Thank solochickNOVA
Moneta, Virginia
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31 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

Friends of mine were in town and I wanted them to see the lake from the water and not just driving around. We purchased tickets for the two hour tour but opted not to take the lunch option. It was 20 some dollars for a 2 hour guided sight seeing tour. They pointed out the landmarks, told the history of... More 

2 Thank helen t
Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Enjoyed witnessing a lovely, mid- day romantic wedding, fun reception with DJ and great service. Guests were served attractive heavy finger food and champagne for the toast and a cash bar for mixed and soft drinks. Lovely tour of the wide part of the lake. Delightful experience.

2 Thank bmused55
Gretna, Virginia
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13 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

I have only been on this boat once. I thought it was overpriced since it was $50 a person. We sat on the bottom level where we was fed a roast beef dinner with vegetables. I thought all of the food was bland and the roast beef was extremely dry. The portions that we got was very minute portions. A... More 

2 Thank Love2Travel442
Springfield, VA
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186 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

We recently took a lunchtime cruise on the VA Dare. However, we did not eat lunch but bought the sightseeing tickets only--which worked out better, I think. By not eating, we got to be on the top deck of the boat and therefore able to see everything and move around. (Since the boat was full that day, folks from the... More 

4 Thank Laurie_B_VA
Ashburn, VA
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142 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 173 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

My husband and I went on the Virginia Dare cruise on a Saturday. It was a private charter for a fund raising event, so I don't know if our experience was the norm or not. By the time we got onto the boat, the upper deck was over crowded and they wouldn't let anyone else go upstairs. So we ended... More 

2 Thank VaAlleyCat
North Carolina
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108 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

This is not a real paddleboat, for any kids that may love the thrill of watching a real paddleboat in action- though still fun. The staff was very kind (well, one was kinda rude but there is always one in the bunch). We took the tour only and did not eat lunch with them. We felt for 45 dollars a... More 

1 Thank KimStephen

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Restaurant Details

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    3 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
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  • Address: 3619 Airport Rd, Moneta, VA 24121
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Moneta
  • Phone Number: (540) 297-7100

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