Lexington has plenty of popular attractions like Lake Murray, the Icehouse Amphitheater and Lexington County Museum. But this Midlands city also is home to some very cool, if lesser known, treasures. Here are a few you won't want to miss:
Dining on the Dam
Once a year, Lexington combines food and fun for an unforgettable experience on the 1.7-mile Lake Murray Dam, officially known as the Dreher Shoals Dam. Stroll along Lexington's most iconic landmark and enjoy Certified South Carolina Grown dishes and drinks, along with fantastic views of the lake, during the annual Dining on the Dam. Click here for the date of the next Dining on the Dam event.
Vintage Vinyl South Carolina
What’s more vintage than vinyl? Vintage Vinyl South Carolina is a locally owned and operated record store where you can jam to artists like the Beatles, Pink Floyd or Jimi Hendrix. This hidden gem has in-house stereo equipment that allows vinyl lovers to listen to records before taking their favorites home.
Mercer House Estate Winery
You haven’t been to a winery until you’ve been to this one. Mercer House Estate Winery is one of only 10 all-natural and organic wineries in the nation. This 12-acre estate is home to five unique vineyards, each with its own special blend of native grapes, soil, light, elevation and other features that contribute to the wine's taste. Field blending, a technique used by indigenous people over 50,000 years ago, creates flavor profiles impossible to duplicate. This winery produces spectacular wines, whose styles date back as far as 25,000 B.C. If that’s not interesting enough, drinking wine on a floor made of pennies should be.
If you’re an aviation junkie or have a little one who loves all things aircraft, this just might be your Holy Grail. Flight Deck Restaurant is decorated with aviation items from past to present. With a wall sculpture commemorating the iconic scene of King Kong climbing the Empire State Building and snatching up a plane, the decor sets the tone for the visually entertaining and appetizing experience. The collection of aviation memorabilia makes dining at this Lexington landmark enjoyable for the entire family.
Peachtree Rock Heritage Preserve
Home to the only natural waterfall on the state’s coastal plain, Peachtree Rock Heritage Preserve is a hidden gem featuring several hidden gems. Along with the waterfall, you'll want to look for sandstone embedded with ancient marine creatures. Although the namesake rock—eroded over millions of years into an inverted pyramid—has fallen on its side, the 450-acre preserve still features “Little Peachtree Rock,” a similar, smaller rock formation that can be found near the back of the property.