This was really tough! We polled the office and narrowed down the options to bring you the top five must-do activities at Lake Martin over July 4th. There's so much more to do than just these five things, but do these to make your holiday complete!
No. 1: The Fireworks at Lake Martin Amphitheater
This is spectacular! We think it’s better than any other fireworks show you might ever see anywhere. While you certainly can park outside the amphitheater and watch the fireworks from a spot along the highway or in the parking area or from a boat on the lake, it is so very worth it to pay the $10 at the gate to go inside. Do it at least once in your life. This show is breathtaking, and you can’t see the best of it unless you are on a spot on the grassy hillside. It’s so worth it. It will knock your patriotic socks off. The amphitheater is on state Route 63, next to Children’s Harbor. The gate opens at 5 p.m., and the show will begin at 6:45 p.m. with The Bank Walkers, a favorite local band. There will be hula-hoop and twist contests with prizes; and then, at 9 p.m., the railroad car on the which the stage was constructed will roll away for the most awesome fireworks extravaganza you might ever see. When the show is over, the stage will roll back into place, and the concert will continue. Don’t miss this!!
No. 2: Wind Creek State Park
Picnicking. Zip line. Putt-putt golf. Swimming at the beach. What a great way to spend the day! And it’s right here in our own backyard. In addition, there are trails to hike and geo-caches to find. You have to take a selfie on the silo; get ice cream at the snack bar and check out all of the woodcarvings. The day-use fee is minimal at $2 for kids 4 to 11 and adults 62 and over and $5 for ages 12 to 61, but the fun is unlimited. Wind Creek State Park is on state Route 128 between U.S. Highway 280 and state Route 63, just 7 miles south of Alexander City. Spending the day at our local state park is a great way to spend the holiday!
No. 3: Goat Island
No visit to the lake would be complete without a stop at Lake Martin’s Goat Island, just north of Martin Dam. The residents are real goats! And they love company. They are very docile and love attention. Pet them and feed them (no corn, please). Take your picture with them. But please, keep dogs off the island, as they pose a great danger to the goats. While dogs may not attack the goats, they do love to chase them, which wears them out, and if the dogs chase the goats into the water, the goats will drown. These goats are beloved family pets, so please help to protect and preserve them by keeping dogs confined to the boat during your visit.
No. 4: Chimney Rock
Chimney Rock on Lake Martin’s Acapulco Island is the social center of Lake Martin. Hundreds of boats gather to raft up and spend the day on a mat or just cool off with a day-long float; listen to music; watch people jump from the island’s height (very dangerous, by the way, and not recommended). Bring lots of water to drink and plenty of snacks, lake toys and floats. You can’t really say you’ve been to Lake Martin unless you’ve seen Chimney Rock.
No. 5: Blue Creek
This popular section of Lake Martin is huge – nearly 3 miles long – and offers access to some of the lake’s best eating and entertainment. Cruise the beautiful homes in the area, starting at The Ridge, which is just outside the mouth of Blue Creek. If you don’t have a boat, you can rent one at one of the marinas in the area. Check out the islands; pull into a quiet cove for an afternoon float; get a pizza; hang out at the lake!
It was so hard to limit ourselves to just these five things to do because there’s so much more here to enjoy! The boat parade; Arti Gras; Parker Creek, tubing; fishing, grilling. The list goes on and on. Find your fun at the lake and submit a photo for Lake magazine. Use the link on our home page or email photos to firstname.lastname@example.org.