Need a hideout? Gather up your family and run away from home for a few days of respite from your busy lives. Leave the schedules and the responsibilities on the kitchen counter, turn on the security system, and escape to Lake Keowee, South Carolina. With a wide range of Lake Keowee vacation rentals to choose from, including luxury resorts, hotels, homes, and rustic waterfront cabins, it’s easy to find the perfect accommodations to meet your needs. When you visit is up to you, but while you’re working on your bucket list of things to do at Lake Keowee, here are some top family activities to consider.

1. Jump Off a Rope Swing

Close your eyes for a moment and remember that one, perfect summer at the lake when you and your friends found a rope in a tree. You spent your afternoons daring each other to swing farther and farther. Relive those carefree days at Lake Keowee, South Carolina. Find just the right vacation rental in a condo or a rustic waterfront cabin; then go jump in the lake. The last one in is a rotten egg.

2. Stand Up Paddleboarding

When you’re having fun, the rest of the world seems a million miles away. Paddleboards offer so much joy and relaxation that they can carry your whole family away for an afternoon. Really, you need so little for this sport: a board, a paddle, and a life jacket. That’s it. Well, some balance and a sense of humor help.

3. Catch a Fish

Lake Keowee welcomes serious anglers who love sports fishing along with beginners who want to learn. Take the kids fishing with you, and enjoy the learning experiences together. Bring your own bait and tackle, or stop by the Keowee Marina to rent or buy rods, reels, hooks, and the bait you need for your day of fishing. Some area resorts offer fishing guide packages that include equipment and fishing trips led by experts.

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4. Take Your Dog on the Water

Which is the best fetch toy for the lake: frisbee, stick, or ball? These serious choices must be tested and tried by your water-loving pooch. Look for vacation rentals that welcome pets for a complete family vacation at Lake Keowee. Pack up Fido’s bowls, bed, and bones along with your bags.

5. Take the Kids Kayaking

Double up with the kiddies and take everyone out on the lake for an afternoon of kayaking togetherness. It’s a great way to teach the little ones about balance and rhythm as they learn to use their paddles. Stop by the Keowee Marina to rent kayaks, paddles, and life jackets.

6. Visit Issaqueena Falls

Grab a flashlight and lead the kids through the Stumphouse Tunnel to Issaqueena Falls. It’s an easy hike through what remains of an attempt to link the Port of Charleston to the cities of the Midwest by rail in the 1850s. The Civil War stopped the project, leaving the tunnel, which is now part of Stumphouse Mountain Park.

7. Go Hiking

Take a deep breath, take your time, and take some beautiful photographs along the quarter-mile loop of the Cherokee Interpretive Trail. Signs point the way and provide historical and cultural information about the Native Americans who lived and hunted in the area long ago. Experience backpacking along other trails in the area for the sheer pleasure of clean, fresh mountain air, and enjoy the beauty of the majestic forests.

8. Dine at the Lighthouse Restaurant

Impress the whole family when you take them to a restaurant by boat. The Lighthouse Restaurant offers casual fireside dining on the main level and more formal dining on the second level, where diners enjoy panoramic lake views. Enjoy outdoor dining on the decks or porches. Imagine hopping back into your boat after dinner and tooling across the lake to your vacation house. That’s living.

9. Go Diving

Do you really need a reason to scuba dive? Gather the family together, turn off your devices, and head underwater to discover a whole new world. Swim with the fish to enjoy an exciting, fun-filled day of adventure. Relax, this is your super-hero moment.

10. Go to a Jazz Concert

Carry along some lawn chairs and listen to jazz music under the stars in Seneca, South Carolina, on Thursday evenings April through October. Take the whole family to this free event in Ram Cat Alley, the historic district of Seneca. Explore the local shops and restaurants, or just sit and chill to the coolest vibes in town.

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