Play hooky from work for an afternoon or take the entire day off to enjoy the sights close to home. You’ll find plenty of fun things to do in Santee no matter where your interests lie. From history to nature, there’s something close by to capture your attention.
Spend the day in the park with multiple playgrounds for every age of kids. On hot days, they will enjoy Sprayground while Boulder Island is the place for the adventurer. Take a walk or ride your bike to get your body moving. Maybe go hiking, camping, or fishing for some fun. You can stay in one of the cabins for an overnight experience or try the unique floating cabin.
Learn about the history of Earth from the Creation perspective. This museum is 10,000 square feet with everything shown in chronological order. There is a dinosaur play area for younger kids as well as a dinosaur garden. You can also visit the human anatomy exhibit and Noah’s Ark.
Get your kids active at this fun park, which is made for kids of all ages. They will enjoy bouncing on the trampolines and sliding down the super slides. Climbing walls and an obstacle course will challenge the more adventurous while others will enjoy the mega play structure. It’s a great place to hang out on rainy days and to meet other kids their own age. The adult lounge includes free Wi-Fi to let parents work or play while their kids have fun.
If you’re an outdoor adventurer, this place will challenge and intrigue you. It happens to be one of the most popular rock-climbing areas around. Thinner faces make it an ideal choice for newbies while steep areas challenge the more experienced. The boulder is located just five minutes from the parking area.
Part of the Santee Historical Society Museum, this farm was built in 1913 as a dairy farm. The owner also created a polo pony ranch, making it a visitor attraction from the start. Over the years, it has been used in many ways, but it was returned as a historic site and is now the oldest building in Santee. The museum tells the history of the area with interesting artifacts.
While you’re enjoying a day out, make time for some authentic barbeque with special sauces and rubs that have been developed over the years. Starting with just four employees, today there are more than 400 people working with Phil at a restaurant that has become a staple in the area. Large portions ensure you get full before you leave. Regular patrons recommend the pulled pork sandwich and baby back ribs, among other menu items.
Plan for some fun right at home in Santee and include one or more of these captivating and entertaining places to add to your itinerary. You don’t have to travel far to explore, learn, and create a day of memories for your family or friends.