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Don't Miss These Hidden Gems in Santee

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Life is slow in Santee, so just take it easy and plan your day to get outdoors and enjoy the lake and surrounding area. Perhaps play 18 holes at one of Santee’s championship golf courses or get out on Lake Marion for some boating or drop a hook.

Get up early and catch a sunrise on Lake Marion. Really, the beauty of Santee is Lake Marion, so make a point to kick back and enjoy a sunrise when the lake is at its peaceful best. And if you're not an early riser, the sunsets are pretty spectacular as well. Santee State Park or Santee Wildlife Refuge are two great spots to enjoy a sunrise or sunset.

Old Santee Canal Park – After getting your exercise in walking the four miles of trails and boardwalks, stop in at the Interpretive Center and learn about the region’s rich history. After a visit to the Interpretive Center, make sure to head out to the boardwalk and expect to see birds of all description, from graceful wading birds like the great blue heron, or the protected wood stork to small migratory birds such as the bright yellow prothonotary warbler. Keep an eye out for snakes and alligators, too!

Paddle through towering bald cypress trees in Lake Marion. Just rent a kayak or canoe at Santee State Park and hit the water.

Lone Star Barbecue and Mercantile is open on the weekends (but check to make sure) and offers a variety of dishes including barbecue and sides.

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Discover writers share all of the places, activities and adventure that South Carolina has to offer. Read more from some of South Carolina’s locals and discover what’s happening in the Palmetto State.