Ready to move to one of the fastest growing areas around Columbia? Look no further than Lexington SC. This quaint, historic town is a short, 15 minute drive away from downtown Columbia and offers a multitude of things to do and see. Whether you’re thinking of calling Lexington your new home or are just passing through, below are the top 5 activities to do while you’re in town.
Lexington County Museum
If you’re a first time Lexington visitor or are looking to brush up on the town’s rich history, then we suggest you make your first stop at the Lexington County Museum. Founded in 1970, the museum presents furnishings and artifacts from the Colonial and Antebellum periods of the mid-1700s up until the Civil War. The 7-acre complex also boasts over 30 historic structures including the original Lexington County Post Office, the John Fox House, Oak Grove Schoolhouse, Thomas Wadlington Pigeon House, and many more. Admission is very reasonable at $5.00 for adults and $2.00 for children.
Although Lake Murray is now the most popular spot in the Midlands for enjoying a day on the water with friends and family, it was originally constructed back in the 1930s as a means to provide hydroelectric power to South Carolina. Bordering Lexington, Chapin and Irmo, Lake Murray covers 50,000 acres of land with 650 miles of shoreline. Popular activities include boating, fishing, swimming, and enjoying their annual July 4th fireworks display.
Lexington County Blowfish Baseball
In the mood for some good old fashioned baseball? Head over to the Lexington County Baseball Stadium to catch the members of the Coastal Plain League in action. 2016 marks the second year for the summer collegiate baseball franchise in Lexington after a nine year run at Capital City Stadium in Columbia. If you’re a Hootie and the Blowfish fan then you’ll love this experience even more. Each game the Blowfish honor the group with a special “Hootie” inning and play one of their songs between innings. The Blowfish also offer youth baseball camps at the stadium during the months of June and July where campers will get first-hand instruction from top notch college baseball players and coaches.
Mercer House Estate Winery
Mercer House Estate Winery is one of Lexington’s hidden gems and the perfect spot to enjoy a glass of sweet Muscadine wine. Each of their vineyards has its own unique climate and soil type to make their red, white, and blistered Muscadine wine. Tastings at the winery are offered in their rustic, restored barn and include 8-15 wine samples for $10 per person. They also offer walking or golf cart tours of their beautiful vineyards for $10 per person as well and include one glass of wine. Can’t make it to the winery? They also offer wine delivery or tastings at your home or office.
Visit Lexington SC Local Parks
Whether you’re in the mood for an afternoon stroll through wooded walking paths or are planning a relaxing picnic with family and friends, Gibson Pond Park and Virginia Hylton Park are the perfect spots to do so. Gibson Pond is a 15-acre public park that features a beautiful waterfall, walking trails, a playground, and fishing pond with dock. Virginia Hylton is known for its beautiful gardens and streams that flow through the park. Both parks offer a covered picnic shelter available for rental with ceiling fans to keep cool and a large charcoal grill. Lexington residents can rent the shelters for $10 per hour or $50 per day.
Another great spot to enjoy the great outdoors is at the 460-acre Peachtree Rock Preserve. The unique sandstone formations that can be seen throughout the Preserve were formed by erosion when the waters of the Atlantic Ocean receded long ago. The most notable formation, Peachtree Rock, unfortunately fell off its base back in 2013. This doesn’t deter visitors from coming and exploring the rest of the Preserve, however, including the only naturally occurring waterfall in the Midlands, diverse plant communities, amazing fossil evidence, and miles of hiking trails.