Escape the everyday hustle and bustle of your life for a fun-filled family vacation at a slower pace. You can enjoy days filled with boating, fishing, and other relaxing Dale Hollow Lake family activities. You can explore the history of this quaint area and learn more about the past. This is your chance to spend some quality time with your family without the demands of day-to-day life with Dale Hollow Lake vacation rentals.

1. Boating

Dale Hollow Lake
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Grab the family and spend a day out on the lake. With two marinas in the area, you can rent a boat if you don’t bring one with you. Once on the lake, you can putter around, enjoy some fishing or soak up some sun. Don’t forget the sunscreen!

2. Good Neighbor Theater

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Enjoy a play or musical put on by the local theater group at the Good Neighbor Theater. Located in Byrdstown, Tennessee, this group of volunteers puts on such greats as “The Sound of Music” and “The Wizard of Oz.” This company also holds competitions for local and visiting talent to show off their skills.

3. Cordell Hull Birthplace & Museum State Park

Cordell Hull Birthplace & Museum State Park
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Learn a little more about America’s longest-serving Secretary of State, Cordell Hull, who served President Teddy Roosevelt. You can step back in time as you explore the home he was born in, and then explore the 50 acres of grounds on foot. The Bunkum Cave Loop Trail offers you the chance to gaze down on the cave where Cordell’s father made moonshine.

4. Pickett CCC Memorial State Park

stargazing at picket pcc memorial park
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Spend a day exploring this state park that offers many walking trails, scenic views, and breathtaking flora and fauna. Stay until after dark, and bring your telescope to the field above the parking lot for some great stargazing. This state park was the first to receive approval for offering clear views of the night sky by the International Dark Sky Association.

5. Sgt. Alvin C. York State Historic Park

Grist mill, Sgt. Alvin C. York State Historic Park
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Visit the birthplace of World War I hero Sgt. Alvin C. York. Enjoy a tour of the home where York and his wife raised their family, and see how they lived day to day in the early 20th century. After the tour, take a walk around the park to view the mill and explore a WWI trench.

6. The Borderlands Foundation Museum

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In Byrdstown, Tennessee, you can take the family to explore the location of the first military actions in the state. Explore the interpretive exhibit that helps you learn more about the people and events that took place here during the American Civil War. View maps, photographs, letters and other objects from that era on loan from local sources.

7. Historic Rugby

Historic Rugby
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Explore a Victorian town at historic Rugby, near Dale Hollow Lake. Thomas Hughes founded this village in 1880. At its heyday, the village was home to more than 350 people with 60 buildings. Today, you can visit the 20 remaining buildings that still stand. The Schoolhouse Visitor Center features exhibits and a film about the area.

8. Muddy Pond Mennonite Settlement

pie at Muddy Pond
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Explore a different way of life when you and your family spend an afternoon at Muddy Pond, a Mennonite settlement. At the Muddy Pond Sorghum Mill and Store, you can watch the locals making molasses. Indulge your urge to buy unique local items at the stores, including fresh baked pastries, pies and leather goods.

9. Highland Manor Winery

highland manor winery
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Round up the group, and head out for a visit to Tennessee’s oldest winery. The Highland Manor winery offers a store, so you can bring home bottles to share with friends as they view your vacation photos. Time your visit for one of the many events that the winery hosts.

10. Golfing

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If you and your group love playing a few holes of golf, find a tee time at one of the seven golf courses in the local area. One golf course offers a full 18 holes. All of these golf courses are within an hour’s drive of the lake so you can be back to your vacation rental in time for dinner.