If Southern hospitality is what you’re seeking for your next getaway, then the city of Dadeville, Alabama is the perfect choice. Located at the county seat of Tallapoosa County and known as the “heart of Lake Martin,” this quaint community is surrounded by historic sites and more than 40,000 acres of clear water. Spend the day lounging by the lake that offers 700 miles of shoreline, or hop over to the nearby cities that feature opportunities to ride horses, hike, roller skate, and golf. Book a stay at a vacation rental in Dadeville today. Start off your trip with one of these top 15 attractions.

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1. Roll Around the Rink at Idle Time Family Center

Lace up your skates and plan for a day rolling around the rink at Idle Time Family Center, located near your Dadeville vacation rental. This roller rink offers more than just skating; challenge the kids to game in the bowling alley or showcase your gaming talents in the arcade.

2. Tap Your Toes at The Amp

Enjoy the cool breeze while enjoying the sounds of blues, rock ‘n’ roll, and country music at a live performance near your vacation rental. The Amp at Lake Martin is an open-air concert arena featuring a large stage and outdoor seating for concert goers. With several rolling hills and streams nearby, you can also take in a bit of nature while tapping your toes.

3. Rent a Boat from the Russell Marine

Explore more than 40,000 acres of blue water on Lake Martin when taking a boat trip for the day. Rent a pontoon boat from Russell Marine, a specialty outfitter near Dadeville ready to supply you with the perfect watercraft for your family. Grab a map of the lake from the expert guides before heading out on your waterfront journey.

4. Get in a Game of Golf at Willow Point Golf & Country Club

Test your skills on a 72 par course with a clear view of Lake Martin with just about every shot. The Willow Point Golf and Country Club supplies you with the clubs and tees you need for 9 or 18 holes of golf. You and the kids can also enjoy Southern fare at the country club restaurant following your game.

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5. Find Adventure at Russell Crossroads Adventure Center

Russell Crossroads is the mecca of entertainment in the Dadeville area, featuring nature tours on and off the water. Sign up for a guided tour at the rustic cabin on site and let the naturalists take you through native, wooded areas to see wildlife, flora, and fauna.

6. Ride Along the Russell Forest Trail Ride

Bring your bikes from your Dadeville vacation rental or rent a few from The Company Store and Adventure Center, located right next to the Russell Forest trail. This outfitter supplies you with helmets and bikes to take on the trails that run along Lake Martin and wind through the wooded area.

7. Prepare for Water Adventures with Lakeside Marina

Lake Martin provides you with plenty of opportunities to get wet and wild, and with a watercraft rental from Lakeside Marina, you can feel the need for speed. Rent a jet-ski for a few hours to power through the water, or opt for a relaxing paddle on a rented kayak with the family.

8. Attend the Alexander City Jazz Festival

Journey just a few miles from your vacation rental to Alexander City to attend the annual jazz festival, hosted each year by the city in June. Listen to local and national musicians from the main stage or join the dance party on the wide-open lawn. Grab a bite to eat at the festival or grab a to-go meal from Good Ole Boys BBQ to enjoy while listening to the music.

9. Wrangle a Horse at Willow Point Stables

If the horse enthusiasts in your group need an animal fix, book a horseback ride with Willow Point Stables, located just minutes from the Russell Trails hiking area. Let an expert guide you through the trails or sign up for an interactive lesson learning how to train horses for the day.

10. Karaoke at the Rodeo Club

If you love to croon the country hits, the Rodeo Club bar and grill is the place to be. Sing your favorite tunes while enjoying a cold beverage and American fare at this local bar located in one of Dadeville’s historic buildings.

11. Float the Tallapoosa River with the Tallapoosa River Outfitters

Take the plunge and opt for a day of floating on the Tallapoosa River on canoes or inflatables supplied by the Tallapoosa River Outfitters. Put in your tubes at Wadley Launch and float 19.5 miles downstream. If you are looking for a full-day float to challenge the family, opt for the float that takes you all the way to Horseshoe Bend National Military Park. Expert guides are on hand to supply life jackets and lead the way during this adventure.

12. View Works of Art at the JULE Collins Smith Museum of Art

Just 20 minutes from your Dadeville vacation rental sits Auburn University, home to the JULE Collins Smith Museum of Art. Take the family for a tour of the museum to see both student and professional works of art. From oil paintings to elaborate sculptures, there is something for all art enthusiasts to enjoy.

13. Dine at Popular Dawg’s

You don’t need to spend hours cooking for the family at your Dadeville vacation rental when you can dine on the area’s best steaks, chops, and ribs in the Lake Martin area. This casual eatery is known for its chops, but don’t forget to leave room for dessert.

14. Jump Off Chimney Rock

Give the thrill seekers in your group something to remember after a day of swimming in Lake Martin. Chimney Rock is located on one of the lake’s coves and requires you to climb to the top to take in the views before your jump. Reach Chimney Rock by boat with a rental from Lakeside Marina or head out on the watercrafts this local business rents to tourists.

15. Sight See at Chucks

Dubbed as Alabama’s “little part of Key West,” Chucks is a popular eatery and entertainment venue for the entire family. Order a slice of pizza, drink a cold beverage, and sight-see as the boats motor down Spain Branch while you listen to the live music each evening.

 
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