Things to Do Near Lake Oconee (When You’re Not in Your Pool)

Summer has been underway for a few weeks now, and while we know you’re in love with your inground pool, we also know that you can’t spend every day splashing in the cool water. After all, if you live near Lake Oconee, there are hundreds of things to do and see that are only a short drive away.

When your fingers and toes are completely pruned and you’ve run out of hiding places for “Marco Polo,” here are some great ideas for fun family activities in the Lake Oconee area. (Don’t worry – you can always get back in the pool when you get home!)

1. Get Out on Lake Oconee

The biggest attraction in the Lake Oconee area is… Lake Oconee! Created in 1979, the lake covers 19,971 acres and offers:

  • Incredible fishing year-round, with record-setting largemouth bass, crappie, hybrid bass, catfish, and other freshwater species
  • Plenty of clear, long runs for waterskiing and tubing
  • Beautiful scenic views for cruising, kayaking, or canoeing

With free public boat ramps located at several places along the lake, it will never take too far to get from your Lake Oconee pool to a much larger body of water.

2. Enjoy Lake Oconee Area Arts and Entertainment

In the past several years, the Lake Oconee region has been home to one of the region’s fastest-growing art scenes. From taking a ballroom dancing or guitar class at Eatonton’s The Arts Barn to taking in an evening of virtuoso musical performances from the Oconee Performing Arts Society, there’s something for every taste.

If the visual arts are more to your taste, both downtown Greensboro and Eatonton are home to art galleries where you can view and shop works from talented local artists.

3. Play Championship Golf at Lake Oconee

If a day at the links comes in second on your to-do list (right behind a day in the pool, of course), the Lake Oconee area has plenty of options.

For those hunting for a premier championship golf experience, Reynolds Lake Oconee offers six exquisite courses designed by some of the greatest names in course design.

The Harbor Club course in Greensboro is a unique public course. Open since 1991, it has been named one of the Southeast’s Top 50 Most Distinctive Golf Courses.

(And after you’ve finished playing 18 in the hot Georgia sun, you can head back home and cool off in the pool!)

4. Explore the Lake Oconee Region’s History

People have called the region around Lake Oconee home for thousands of years, and there are dozens of places in the area where you can learn more about ages past.

Communities all around the lake feature museums and historical sites galore. In Greensboro alone, you’ll find several museums focusing on African American history, agricultural history, and the oldest surviving masonry structure in Georgia.

Even further afield, you can find Eatonton’s famous Uncle Remus Museum, celebrating the life of one of the South’s most beloved and prolific storytellers.

If you’re interested in exploring even further back in history, Rock Eagle 4H Center provides nature education and experiences centered on a prehistoric bird effigy mound dating from around 1000 BCE.

5. Enjoy Lake Oconee Shopping

Whether you need décor for your home, fresh local produce, a stylish look for an evening out, or a new swimsuit for enjoying your pool, the communities around Lake Oconee offer several fun and unique shopping opportunities.

Downtown Greensboro has shopping options galore, with local shops offering:

  • Gifts and mementos
  • Stylish fashions
  • Local art
  • Antiques
  • Local produce and other foods
  • And more!

There’s also great shopping to be had in Eatonton, Madison, and other towns in the Lake Oconee area.

6. Enjoy a Lake Oconee Spa Day

After a fun day on (or in!) the water, enjoy the ultimate in relaxation at one of the area’s luxurious spas.

A soothing massage, peaceful facial treatment, or relaxing steam can help you unwind and get fully into the “lake zone” during a weekend away.

Or, focus on fitness at any one of dozens of area gyms and fitness centers. Whether you’re looking for the intensity of boot camp-style fitness training or are just starting on your wellness journey, you’ll find facilities and trainers to help you on your way.

7. Get a New Pool for Your Lake Oconee Home

Of course, we’ve written this article about all the fun things you can do around Lake Oconee when you’re not relaxing in your home pool – but what if your Lake Oconee home or vacation home doesn’t have a pool? There’s a solution for that, too!

Mid State Pools and Spas is proud to help families in the Lake Oconee region turn their backyards into prime vacation spots. Our custom inground pools are designed to your specifications and built with your selected finishes in a way that seamlessly integrates with your home. With premium add-ons, including beach entries, tanning ledges, splash pads, custom LED lighting, and more, your pool will quickly become your favorite thing to do in the Lake Oconee area.

But Mid State Pools and Spas’ services don’t end with custom swimming pools. We build turnkey outdoor living areas that make your backyard into a true extension of your home. Our outdoor living spaces can include:

  • Chef-quality outdoor kitchens
  • Outdoor A/V setups
  • Pergolas, pavilions, and other outdoor structures
  • Custom built-in fire pits
  • Hot tubs by Bullfrog Spas
  • Big Green Egg outdoor cookers and Breeo smokeless fire pits

Ready to Enjoy Lake Life in Your Backyard? Mid State Pools Has What You Need to Get Ready to Swim at Lake Oconee! 478-953-7300

Mid State Pools and Spas builds custom pools for residential and commercial customers in:

  • Warner Robins
  • Macon
  • Forsyth
  • Perry
  • Milledgeville
  • Lake Oconee
  • And all across Middle Georgia!