This week we are taking a look at all the free and fiscally conservative things to do in Lexington. First, you can walk, run, or enjoy a nice stroll with your baby across the Lake Murray Dam. Besides the view, it offers great exercise- 1.7 miles from, as locals say, “The Lexington side to the Irmo side.” That makes a 3.4 mile round trip… just don’t forget your water!!
Next, you could enjoy a picnic in any one of the many parks that are within the Lexington limits. There is the Gibson Pond Park, with spacious shelters, the Scenic Overlook where you can dip your toes in the rapids, and walking trails. Or you could stop by the Virginia Hylton Park behind Lexington Town Hall. This park offers paths, gazebos, a Japanese Koi pond, and a special needs children’s playground. This park has been popular for summer concerts and small weddings.
Also, there is always the Riverbanks Zoo and Garden. Whether or not you’re a seasoned veteran of walking this beautiful zoo or a newbie, this nationally recognized zoo is home to a multitude of animals and splendid gardens. In addition, the Three Rivers Greenway is a great place to walk your dog or meet a friend for a pleasant walk with woods and water as your scenery. Feeling a little more adventurous, Outfitters can provide kayaks, canoes and rafts here where the Broad and Saluda rivers meet to form the Congaree.
If you would like to culture yourself a little bit and learn about the treasured history of Lexington, you could always visit The Lexington County Museum (231 Fox Street in downtown Lexington) and the Cayce Historical Museum (1800 12th Street in Cayce). These two museums honor the hard work and heroism shown by local people in the past. Settled largely by Germans, this “Saxe Gotha” area has been researched, documented, and is on visitor-friendly display at these two locations.
Next, you could tap into some local roots (pun intended) and get out in the country! Experience Lexington’s “Collard Capital of the World” reputation at The Farmer’s Shed on U.S Highway 1. This farm has been owned and operated by a longtime Lexington family that sells fresh, local produce year-round. Owner/chef Shirley Sease serves that produce- as well as delicious meats, breaks, and desserts- in healthy recipes at the small, casual cafe on the premises. Also, you can wander through a difference corn maze each autumn; in addition, visit this farm show your children where their food comes from. Visit The Farmer’s Shed for more information.
As you can see, Lexington has tons to offer that won’t break the bank! It is for this reason that Lexington has flourished and prospered in recent years. Lexington offers everything you could want, from Lake Murray and all the recreational sports you can think of – to Zoo’s, local farmed produce, and a deep history. Lexington is also in close proximity to Columbia and only a couple hours from Myrtle Beach and the coast.