10 Best Things To Do In Chapin, South Carolina

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Chapin is a small and prosperous lake town, the Capital of Lake Murray. The town is located at the northern end of Lexington County in South Carolina. The city is famous for its charm and warm hospitality and has been continuously getting featured as one of the top ten places to reside in South Carolina. Martin Chapin founded this pretty city in 1889. For your convenience, we have collated some of the best things to do when you are in Chapin, SC.

1. Tipsy Toad Tavern

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Nestled in the heart of downtown Chapin, Tipsy Toad Tavern offers good beer and even better food in a pub-style atmosphere. Diners can enjoy a full menu that includes seafood-heavy options, a nod to Lake Murray nearby. They also have the option of dining indoors to catch a game on the flat-screen TV or dining al fresco in the Charleston-style courtyard to enjoy the surrounding views.

On Friday and Saturday nights, the place offers live music or karaoke. Bands also perform from 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm. Diners can schedule their visit to catch the establishment’s weekly specials and themed events.

Tipsy Toad Tavern

Address: 103 Beaufort St C, Chapin, SC 29036, United States

Website: Tipsy Toad Tavern

Opening hours: Mon - Wed: 2:30pm - 10pm; Thu: 2:30pm - 12am; Fri: 11am - 1:30am; Sun: 11am - 11pm

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2. Jersey Mike's Subs

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Cold subs or hot subs? Either way, this establishment will serve them to you fast and fresh. Jersey Mike’s Subs also provides delicious sandwiches in various sizes, including mini and giant. There are also sides and drinks to finish your meal, not to mention desserts. For foodies aged eight and under, kids’ meals include a delicious cookie!

With catering services provided, this sandwich shop is a go-to place for parties and other gatherings. Just choose among the subs by the box, subs by the bag, or personalized boxed lunches – all up to you. Just be sure to include dessert!

Jersey Mike's Subs

Address: 1221 Chapin Rd Suite F, Chapin, SC 29036, United States

Website: Jersey Mike’s Subs

Opening hours: 10am - 9pm (daily)

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3. Crooked Creek Park

This is a modern recreation complex, which was inaugurated back in 1994. This beautiful park soon became an important part of the town and both residents as well as visitors find it a great social and recreational hub. You can enjoy different kinds of social, instructional, cultural and recreational activities in Crooked Creek Park, irrespective of what age group you fall into all through the day. There is a huge Community Center with a health club, meeting rooms, walking track, fitness areas and racquetball courts. Other interesting inclusions are a disc golf course, playgrounds, facilities for picnicking, tennis courts and athletic fields.

Crooked Creek Park

Address: 1098 Old Lexington Hwy, Chapin, SC, USA

Website: Crooked Creek Park

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4. Market Place of Chapin

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Posted by Market Place of Chapin Antiques and Collectibles on Monday, August 3, 2020

When you are in the town, you just cannot miss the market place of Chapin. In fact, they boast some of the finest collections of vintage items, collectibles, and antiques in the Midlands. The good news is that you can purchase these items at affordable prices here. You can visit the shop for a relaxing time and marvel at the wonderful collection of antique furniture, candles, vintage coins, jewelry and fine silver, glass, fine art, garden art and much more. The market is open all days of the week and is climate controlled.

Market Place of Chapin

Address: 1632 Chapin Rd, Chapin, SC 29036, USA

Website: Market Place of Chapin

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5. Chapin Theatre Company

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

The CCT or the Chapin Committee of Theatre is run and managed by the residents in the locality who serve as its Board of Directors. The aim of this voluntary organization is to provide a memorable theater experience for all. The Arts Commission of South Carolina funds the Chapin Committee of Theatre. Enjoy some of the best theater shows and make your visit a memorable one!

Chapin Theatre Company

Address: 721 Chapin Rd, Chapin, SC 29036, USA

Website: Chapin Theatre Company

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6. Lake Murray Water Sports & Entertainment

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Posted by Lake Murray Water Sports on Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Chapin, being the Capital of Lake Murray, enables its residents as well as visitors endless opportunities to spend their time and unwind themselves at the charming lake. Enjoy a host of activities including fishing, sailing, water skiing and swimming. The numerous boat ramps and marinas around this lake as well as the restaurants, tackle and bait shops, and campgrounds offer plenty of options for the visitors.

Take a boat cruise if you want to enjoy the spectacular sunset near the lake. Lake Murray Watersports & Entertainment boasts of unlimited sports and adventure activities, ranging from fishing boats, kayaks, jet skis, and pontoons to different kinds of events and foot-tapping live music.

Lake Murray Watersports & Entertainment

Address: 1701 Dreher Island Rd, Chapin, SC 29036, USA

Website: Lake Murray Watersports & Entertainment

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7. Tap It! Bottles and Brews

Editor’s note: Establishment is permanently closed

If you want to savor some of the finest beer in Chapin, then this is just the right place for you when you are in the town. It boasts some of the best regional and local beers. Tap It! Bottles and Brews offers a host of events including food and beer pairings, beer tastings and Tap Takeovers. The events page of its website will always keep you updated on the latest events scheduled to be held here.

The best part is that guests are even allowed to drop in with their friends and carry their own food. Play and hang around with your dear ones for hours. Its owners are warm and hospitable and the staffs are extremely knowledgeable to guide you with the selections.

Tap It! Bottles and Brews

Address: 508 Old Lexington Hwy, Chapin, SC 29036, USA

Website: Tap It! Bottles and Brews

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8. South Carolina State Museum

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This is the most comprehensive and largest museum in South Carolina and is situated on the shores of the charming River Congaree. South Carolina State Museum was established in 1988 and serves as a key storyteller for South Carolina through its impressive collection of artifacts. The museum’s diverse and rich collections are displayed to the visitors through highly engaging and interactive exhibitions. The museum provides a beautiful image of the present, future, as well as of the by-gone era. You will find so much to see at this museum through the educational programs and exhibitions hosted here.

South Carolina State Museum

Address: 301 Gervais St, Columbia, SC 29214, USA

Website: South Carolina State Museum

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9. Riverbanks Zoo & Garden

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Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user David.Cole used under CC BY-SA 3.0

Do you want your kids to have a lively time when you are visiting Chapin? The Riverbanks Zoo and Garden constitutes of a zoo, botanical garden and an aquarium. It is situated near River Saluda in Columbia, SC. A part of this zoo stretches up to West Columbia, a nearby city. The functioning of the zoo enjoys accreditation of the AZA or Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Your children will love to explore the zoo and the entire family can spend some wonderful time in the midst of natural beauty.

Riverbanks Zoo & Garden

Address: 500 Wildlife Pkwy, Columbia, SC 29210, USA

Website: Riverbanks Zoo & Garden

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10. EdVenture Children’s Museum

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This is a non-profit educational body and aims to produce new generations of learners who are continuously hungry to know more about things through after school camps, programming and rich museum experiences. The mission of EdVenture Children’s Museum is to shape up and motivate kids to continuously show enthusiasm for learning new things and experience a great deal of joy during the process.

There are options where you needn’t stretch your wallet too much, with a combination ticket that can cover all top three attractions, namely the biggest children’s museum in South Carolina, a superb zoo and the four stories of history and science. When you purchase this special ticket, you pay less compared to buying tickets for individual attractions. Moreover, after all the fun, you will even get discounts if you want to purchase local souvenirs for taking back with you.

EdVenture Children’s Museum

Address: 211 Gervais St, Columbia, SC 29201, USA

Website: EdVenture Children’s Museum

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Come, enjoy a fun-filled holiday at Chapin

Finally, apart from the above things mentioned, you can also enjoy a fining dining experience in some of the city’s locally-owned restaurants or in the well-known national franchises. Irrespective of whether you want to gift something special for your loved one or are looking for a piece of art, Chapin’s innumerable galleries or shops will definitely interest you. Enjoy a great vacation for everyone in Chapin!

Any must-sees we missed? Tell us about them in the comments section or write a post here to help out fellow travelers!
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