Located in Greensboro, Georgia, approximately an hour from the city of Atlanta, Lake Oconee is the perfect destination for families who are nature lovers. Settle into a spacious cabin, rustic cottage, contemporary apartment, or one of many other, phenomenal Lake Oconee vacation rentals, and wake up to a day full of exciting outdoor activities and sights. With more than 400 miles of shoreline, Lake Oconee offers plenty of things to do and places to explore.

1. Boating

Reserve a family vacation rental with a boat dock, and either bring your boat from home, or rent one from Young Harris, Reynolds, or any other local outfitter. You’ll find multiple types of boats for rent in the area, including ski boats, fishing boats, sailboats, and double-deckers. Pack lunches, snacks, and life jackets, and spend a day cruising around Lake Oconee with your family to explore the beauty of the area.

2. Water Sports

Get your heart pumping while having loads of fun with your family by engaging in water sports while vacationing at Lake Oconee. Take a short trip to Oconee Wild Watersports, Twin Lakes, or Typhoon Tommy’s to rent jet skis, wake boards, tubes, and other types of watersports equipment. These outfitters offer dependable watercrafts that are modern and fuel-efficient to ensure you get the most bang for your buck.

3. Fishing

Don’t forget to leave home without your fishing equipment, as Lake Oconee is a prime spot for seasoned and beginner fisherman. Teach your little ones to fish, or cast your net to gather dinner for the entire family. Catfish, crappie, and largemouth bass are plentiful in Lake Oconee.

4. Golfing

If your family loves golf, reserving a vacation rental in Lake Oconee is an excellent idea, as there are 11 gorgeous golf courses in the area. If you want to stay close to the lake, visit Reynolds Lake Oconee, which was rated one of America’s top golf courses by Golf Digest. Other golf courses in the area include The Plantation Course and Cuscowilla.

5. Tennis

If you love to play tennis with the family or simply want to enjoy a good tennis match, visit Reynolds on Lake Oconee Trail. Reynolds holds tennis tournaments multiple times throughout the year, and you can enjoy them for a nominal fee. If you prefer to play, bring your equipment along, and play on one of the multiple courses available to guests.

6. Hiking

Hiking is a popular activity at Lake Oconee, as visitors love to get out and explore the area. Pack the family up for a day of hiking, and choose from one of many hiking trails in the area, including Angel Pond Trail, Oconee Trail, Saddle Ridge Trail, and Armor’s Ford Trail.

7. Museums and Historical Sites

Spend a day learning the history of the Lake Oconee area, as there are multiple museums, art galleries, and historical sites within a short drive from the lake. Visit Lake Country Discovery Museum to learn the rich history and culture of the lake itself and the people who call Lake Oconee home. If you love classic cars, visit Memory Lane Classic Cars Museum, which attracts thousands of people to the area each year.

8. Local Events

Lake Oconee holds a wide variety of family-friendly events throughout the year. If you’re vacationing during the spring, check out Madison-Fest to enjoy live music and amazing art pieces created by locals. If you’re vacationing in early July, attend the annual Independence Day Concert and Picnic with your family. There’s also a holiday parade in the nearby town of Greensboro each December.

9. Shopping

Check out Reynolds Plantation and Reynolds Landing on Lake Oconee if you’re in the mood to shop till you drop. These master-planned developments serve as the heart of the Lake Oconee area and offer ample shopping for residents and visitors. Boutique shopping is very popular in the area. There are also many specialty shops available for those in search of unique items.

10. Lakeside Dining

Don’t complete your vacation without enjoying a delicious meal with your family at a lakeside restaurant. Arrive at Gaby’s by the Lake by car or boat, and take in the stunning views as you enjoy homemade pizzas, sandwiches, and other casual meals. For a slightly more upscale dining experience, visit Waterside Restaurant on Lake Oconee.