Known for its beautiful mountains, incredible views, and outdoor adventures, Massanutten is a destination that invites visitors to get out and explore. Now that the winter snow has melted and summer is officially here, we’re giving you the complete guide to the top things to do in Massanutten: Water Activities Edition. From lazy rivers and slides to kayaking, fishing, and more, spending time on the water is a must during your summer getaway. Get the inside scoop on all these activities and prepare to dive into an unforgettable vacation this summer.

Massanutten Water Park

Brother and sister having fun in water park

The Massanutten Water Park, with indoor/outdoor areas, is one of the most fun ways to spend a day during your vacation. Located at the Massanutten Resort, the park features a wave pool, lazy river, kid’s area, surfing simulator, and multiple slides, including new attractions: MASS Mayhem, Peak Plunge, and Valley Vortex. And that’s just the beginning!

Winner of multiple awards, including the Top Amusement Park in Virginia by ArrivalList, a day at the water park is guaranteed to be the highlight of your vacation. Kids of all ages are welcome, and in addition to the incredible rides, you can also enjoy meals at The Chill Grill and arcade games at Diamond Jim’s! Summer rates and hours vary, so be sure to book in advance. Located just minutes from your VPMS rental, this is definitely one of the top things to do in Massanutten.

Head Out on the Shenandoah River

People tubing down Shenandoah River

Winding for 55.6 miles, the Shenandoah River cuts through some of the state’s most picturesque landscapes. Fed by multiple streams from the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains, Massanutten Mountain, and groundwater runoff from the Shenandoah Valley, the river is a constant source of summer entertainment for folks visiting Massanutten. Some of the most popular summer activities involve getting out and floating along the gentle current.

Canoeing, kayaking, paddleboarding, and tubing are all top things to do on the Shenandoah River, and thanks to its proximity to urban areas, it’s easy to find local boat rental companies no matter where you’re staying. At Massanutten River Adventures, conveniently located at Massanutten Resort, you can choose from multiple self-guided tours guaranteed to provide you with everything you need for an epic day on the water. Not sure which activity is best for your group? Their helpful team can assist in choosing the ideal excursion and get you set up and ready to go!

Regardless of how you head out on the water, some things are important to remember. Bring sunscreen, hats, protective wear, and river shoes. Pack plenty of water (no glass containers). Make sure you have waterproof bags for your personal items. And bring a trash bag so you can help leave the river as beautiful as you found it.


View of a fish under water

If canoeing or floating the river isn’t enough water fun, avid anglers are also in for a treat in Massanutten. At Hopkins or Painters Pond, you’ll find plentiful rainbow and brook trout. Fishing licenses are easy to get, and you can start the process before you even arrive for vacation, so you’re ready to cast a line as soon as you get here. The daily capacity is 4 trout per person, and all other species are catch-and-release.

Beyond the ponds, the Shenandoah National Park contains numerous streams filled with more than 40 different species of fish, all naturally spawned. For information on allowed lure types, be sure to check the park’s fishing regulations.


Getting in the water isn’t the only way to enjoy it during your vacation. From thundering waterfalls to cascading mountain streams, Massanutten and the surrounding areas offer more than 30 miles of trails you can explore. From the easy strolls at Rockingham Springs Arboretum and Doyles River Falls Trail to more challenging treks, whatever your desired intensity level, you’ll find the perfect terrain. Cool off in the cold mountain water, or just take in the immense beauty of the region. Be sure to pack tick and bug repellant, water, and follow well-marked trails.

Book Your Summer Getaway with Vacation Properties Made Simple

patio furniture of home Easy Going

From water parks to wild rivers, making a splash is undoubtedly one of the top things to do in Massanutten this summer. And when it comes to finding the perfect place to stay for your adventure, Vacation Properties Made Simple has you covered.

Search mountain retreats throughout Massanutten and the Shenandoah Valley and find your dream getaway. Whether you’re looking for a pet-friendly property with a hot tub like The Haven or a family-style retreat like Easy Going, you’re guaranteed to find a spot that’s right for you. Browse all our available rentals, and remember to book your stay directly with us for the best rates on your home!