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Family Friendly Attractions

Lake Hartwell Country is your perfect family-friendly getaway. Let your kids reconnect with fun that doesn't need to be plugged in. Explore the great outdoors and connect in a way you never have before. 

Indoor Attractions

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Sweet Retreat Fun Center


510 E Halfway Branch Rd.

Walhalla, SC 29691

Let off some steam at this fun place! They have laser tag, go-carts, putt-putt, an arcade, and ice cream to top it all off. Photo courtesy of Google street view

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Bart Garrison Agricultural Museum


120 History Ln

Pendleton, SC 29670

The "Ag Museum" has several interactive exhibits that your kids will love. There are even some animal friends that would love to meet you!


Bob Campbell Geology Museum


140 Discover Ln

Clemson, SC 29634


This unique museum has on display thousands upon thousands of rocks, minerals, and fossils from the state of South Carolina. There are some awesome exhibits here, including ones on paleontology and geology. Photo courtesty of Bob Campbell Geology Museum Facebook

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Central Railway Museum


108 Werner St.

Central, SC 29630

The centerpiece of this train-focused museum is a “double-decked HO scale model railroad” that fills the majority of the building that the museum is housed in. It’s a sight to behold that you need to see for yourself!

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Exit 4 Escape Rooms


502 N. Main St., Suites G and H

Anderson, SC 29621

Offering 4 unique escape rooms, Exit 4 is a great opportunity to exercise your mind and ingenuity as you and your family work to solve the puzzle and escape within 60 minutes! Photo courtesy of Exit 4 Escape Rooms Instagram page.

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Pickens County Museum of Art and History


307 Johnson St.

Pickens, SC 29671

Discover the rich history of Pickens County at this unique museum. Housed in the old Pickens County Gaol (jail), there are many artifacts to see and much art to appreciate here. Some folks say that there’s a ghost who lives in the building, so keep your eyes peeled! Photo courtesy of Google street view

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World of Energy


7812 Rochester Hwy

Seneca, SC 29672

This fun and interactive exhibit is fun for the entire family. Discover how energy is created in a hands-on way at Duke Energy's World of Energy, located at the Oconee Nuclear Station!


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Doodle Park


Doodle Trail​

Pickens, SC 29671

This playground recently opened in June of 2019 and is a popular choice for families to have fun together. Stop by nearby Bee Well Honey for a pick-me-up while you're there! 


South Cove County Park


1031 S Cove Rd

Seneca, SC 29672

South Cove, located on the shores of Lake Keowee, has a playground, basketball court, horseshoe court, and ample opportunity to have a day of play.

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Mile Creek County Park


757 Keowee Baptist Church Rd

Six Mile, SC 29682

Located on the shores of Lake Keowee, Mile Creek County Park has 4 playgrounds that offer beautiful views of the lake as well as a swimming area. Photo courtesy of Mile Creek County Park


Nettles Park


102 Nettles Park Road

Pendleton, SC 29670

Nettles Park is the largest park operated by the city of Clemson, with several sports fields, a great playground, and a dog park. Photo courtesy of city of Clemson

Kid Friendly Attractions

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Ballyhoo Petting Zoo


849 Norris Road

Anderson, SC 29626

This family-owned petting zoo offers hands-on experiences with more than 30 types of animals, plus exciting seasonal events and workshops! Photo courtesy of Ballyhoo Petting Zoo Facebook page

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Old Waterwheel Trail

624 State Park Rd

Mountain Rest, SC 29664

Length: 1.2 mile loop

Difficulty: Easy/Moderate

This is a fun trail in Oconee State Park that leads to the historic remains of an old waterwheel.

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Twin Falls

Water Falls Rd

Sunset, SC 29685

Length: 0.7 miles one way

Difficulty: Easy

This is a great trail for kiddos because it is level, short, and leads to a beautiful waterfall.

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Lakeside Trail

158 E Ellison Ln

Pickens, SC 29671

Length: 1.9 mile loop

Difficulty: Easy/Moderate

This hike in Table Rock State Park loops around Pinnacle Lake and offers breathtaking views of Table Rock mountain.

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