You wait all year for a chance to recharge your batteries and reconnect with the kids. Head to Lake Powell to make some memories that last a lifetime. Located right on the Utah and Arizona state line, you can boat, swim, fish, and splash in the lake to your heart’s content. Then, when you’re ready to get out of the water, there are plenty of options on dry land. While you look for the perfect Lake Powell vacation rental, here’s a list of the very best Lake Powell family activities.

1. Take an Air Tour

grand canyon

Look at the Grand Canyon from an airplane to get a sense of its vastness and beauty. Westwind Air Service and Papillon Lake Powell Tours offer scenic air tours from Page, Arizona over Rainbow Bridge National Monument, Monument Valley, Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, or Zion National Park.

2. Make Some Waves

Lake Powell

Enjoy boating? Any boat you want from canoes to cabin cruisers await you at Wahweap Marina. Tie a little row boat to your private dock at the back of your waterfront cabin, or put your yacht in at the marina for the duration of your vacation.

3. Explore the Desert

Rainbow Bridge National Monument

Forget everything you ever knew about jobs and bills and responsibilities; just lose yourself in the fascinating natural beauty of Lake Powell’s desert terrain. One of the boat tours from Wahweap Marina in Page includes 50 miles over water, along with a walk of just over a mile to view Rainbow Bridge National Monument.

4. Go Jet Skiing

Jet-ski at Lake Powell

Take out a jet ski on a sunny afternoon to enjoy an amazing day on the lake. Let yourself go bonkers jumping your jet ski over waves and catching the spray on your face that your antics create. Only experienced riders should take the kids out, and all riders must wear life jackets.

5. Take a Lake Tour

Lake Powell

One of the reasons you vacation at Lake Powell is the incredible beauty of the surrounding area; one of the best ways to see it up close and personal is from the lake. Experience a pleasant day-long boat tour around the lake to majestic rock formations and desert vistas. The tour includes lunch on the boat, which is an added adventure for the kiddies.

6. Go Golfing

Lake Powell National Golf Course
Source: lakepowell.com

If your family loves golf, Lake Powell National Golf Course gives you the perfect place to stay and play in Page, Arizona. Step away from your daily grind and experience the lush fairways, brave multiple hazards, and swing your way out of sand traps. Look into a vacation rental package that includes tees for two.

7. Hike the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument

Vermilion Cliffs National Monument
Source: Flickr / Bureau of Land Management

Put your hiking shoes on, grab some water, and take a hike to see the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument. Professional guides brief you before leaving to ensure everyone is prepared and to ensure your safety. Take your camera, but leave the backpacks, tripods, and selfie sticks back at the vacation rental cabin.

8. Go Fishing

fishing
Source: Flickr/Robert Shea

When a princess catches her first fish, go ahead and call it Moby Dick, as her smile will be huge. Pick up rods, reels, and bait at Wahweap Marina or Bullfrog Marina if you don’t have your own. Watch their eyes light up when they land that first catch of the day.

9. Teach the Kiddies to Kayak

Kids kayaking on a lake

Put paddles in their hands and watch them row, row, row their boats and build their self-esteem. Zip over to the Wahweap Marina in Page to outfit everyone in the family with correctly-sized kayaks, paddles, helmets, and life jackets. The rentals include some instructions for use and safety to set the family off on a great adventure together.

10. Explore

Antelope Canyon

Riding in a Jeep is an adventure, but riding one through Antelope Canyon adds a dimension of excitement. The canyon looks like a fantasy world where wind and water carved out swirls and whirls of sculptured limestone over millions of years. Enjoy the rugged scenery, learn about the geology and culture of the area, and take lots of pictures.