The Perfect Day in Lexington SC

Lexington SC is a charming SC Midlands town located just minutes west of the state capital, Columbia. Situated in Lexington County, the town enjoys easy access to major highways and interstates, making it a convenient destination for travelers exploring the Palmetto State.

Lexington is known for its rich history, natural beauty, and vibrant community spirit. Originally settled in the 18th century, the town has grown into a bustling hub of activity while still retaining its small-town charm. Visitors to Lexington can expect to find friendly locals, picturesque landscapes, and a wide range of attractions and amenities to explore.

Look out for interesting rock formations on your hike through the Peachtree Rock Heritage Preserve. Photo credit: jlantern3 (Tripadvisor)

What are the most fun things to do in Lexington SC?

Lexington's outdoor attractions are its greatest treasures. Visitors can spend an entire day exploring the surrounding trails, lakes, and recreational areas. If you're in town for a long weekend, we recommend adding the following items to your Lexington SC bucket list:

  1. Lake Murray: Spend a day soaking up the sun and enjoying water activities at the “jewel of South Carolina.” Lake Murray is one of the largest man-made lakes in the Southeast. It was originally created in the 1920s to provide hydroelectric power to SC. Boating, fishing, swimming, and picnicking are popular pastimes at this scenic destination, which also offers hiking trails and camping facilities for outdoor enthusiasts.
  2. Historic Downtown: Take a leisurely stroll through Lexington's historic downtown area, where you'll find charming shops, boutiques, and restaurants housed in beautifully preserved buildings. Don't miss the Lexington County Museum, which offers a fascinating glimpse into the town's pre-Civil War history through its collection of historic homes and artifacts. Make sure to stop by the Lexington SC Old Mill, which houses over 20 local shops and restaurants.
  3. Icehouse Amphitheater: Catch a live concert or outdoor movie at the Icehouse Amphitheater, a popular entertainment venue located in the heart of downtown Lexington. With its picturesque setting and diverse lineup of events, the amphitheater is a favorite gathering spot for locals and visitors alike.
  4. Peachtree Rock Heritage Preserve: Explore the natural beauty of Lexington's countryside at Peachtree Rock Heritage Preserve, home to unique rock formations, hiking trails, and scenic overlooks. The preserve offers opportunities for hiking, birdwatching, and photography amidst a tranquil setting of forests and streams.
  5. Lexington County Blowfish Baseball: Cheer on the home team at a Lexington County Blowfish baseball game, where you can enjoy America's favorite pastime in a family-friendly atmosphere. With affordable ticket prices and exciting on-field action, a night at the ballpark is sure to be a hit with sports fans of all ages.
Boats on Lake Murray

The perfect day in Lexington SC includes a boat ride on Lake Murray. Photo credit: @lakemurraycountry (Instagram)

Tell me more about Lake Murray fishing…

If fishing is on your agenda, consider planning your vacation to Lexington around one of the Lake Murray fishing tournaments. In 2023, Lake Murray earned Bassmaster's prestigious title of “Top Lake in the Southeast” and ranked as the #4 Lake nationally for premier Bass Fishing. Hosting elite competitions like the Bassmaster Elite Series and Major League Fishing Bass Pro Tour, Lake Murray gained global recognition as the venue for the XVI Black Bass World Championship, drawing participants from 25 countries. With a rich history of hosting events like the FLW Forest Wood Cup six times, Lake Murray boosts regional economies and captivates anglers with competitive Kayak Bass Fishing Tournaments. Explore our events for a thrilling tournament season!

Read more about thrill-seeking fishing expeditions in the Carolinas.

Lake Murray at sunrise

For lakeside accommodations, search for Lake Murray vacation rentals on Airbnb, Vrbo, or Vacasa. Photo credit: Lexington (Tripadvisor)

Where to stay in Lexington SC

Hampton Inn Lexington: Conveniently located near downtown Lexington and the Columbia Riverbanks Zoo, the Hampton Inn & Suites Lexington Columbia offers comfortable accommodations and modern amenities for business and leisure travelers alike. Families traveling together can book connecting rooms in advance, and pet-friendly rooms are available.

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Lexington: With spacious rooms, complimentary breakfast, and a range of on-site amenities, including a fitness center and indoor pool, the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Lexington provides a comfortable and convenient stay for guests visiting Lexington.

Shrimp and grits at Private Property in Lexington SC.

The shrimp and grits at Private Property will change your life. Photo credit: @privatepropertysc (Instagram)

Lexington SC dining options

Head to Main Street for the best food in Lexington. Whether you're in search of mouthwatering BBQ or healthy Mediterranean options, there's a delicious restaurant awaiting you and your group! Here are our recommendations for the best restaurants in Lexington:

  1. Cribb's Sandwich and Sweet Shop: Having recently celebrated 25 years of business in downtown Lexington, Cribb's is a must on your bucket list. We recommend stopping by for lunch to enjoy a soup/salad/sandwich combination and, of course, decadent desserts.
  2. Creekside Restaurant: Get your Southern cookin' fix at this down-home restaurant housed in an old mill. Open from 6 AM to 3 PM, it's the perfect breakfast and lunch spot to stop by in Lexington. Expect massive portions and take advantage of the amazing lunch special at Creekside Restaurant: 1 meat with 2 sides for under $7!
  3.  Private Property: Treat yourself to a fine dining experience at Private Property, a upscale restaurant located in a historic home in downtown Lexington. With an elegant ambiance and innovative menu items like “swamp tacos,” the “voodoo burger” and “magic JuJu shrimp,” Private Property offers a memorable Cajun dining experience for special occasions or romantic evenings out.
  4. Groucho's Deli: Groucho's has been a sandwich shop institution in the Lowcountry since 1941! Order a specialty sandwich or generously portioned salad with homemade Formula 45 dressing (a tasty herb blend of Russian dressing and Thousand Island)

Lexington, South Carolina, offers a perfect blend of history, natural beauty, and southern hospitality, making it an ideal destination for travelers seeking a relaxing getaway or exciting adventure. With its array of attractions, festivals, dining options, and accommodations, Lexington has something to offer everyone who visits this charming southern town.

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