8 Best Things To Do In Lexington, North Carolina

things to do in lexington north carolina

Known as the Barbecue Capital of the World, there is actually more to Lexington than this title. Located in central North Carolina, Lexington has a lot of interesting places that you might want to add to your itinerary. Whether it’s historical facts, film, art, antiques, or even classic wines, adventure awaits you at Lexington.

Here’s everything you need to know about the best things to do when in Lexington, North Carolina!

Where to stay in Lexington, North Carolina

It isn’t a secret that Lexington is a busy and vibrant city in the middle of North Carolina. You can even say that that’s one of the many reasons why this picture-perfect city appeals to a lot of tourists. There are plenty of cultural activities to choose from - and you can enjoy this in a city that is not as densely populated as other popular vacation spots in the States. You will find multitudes of quaint accommodations that are located in the heart of the city, most are walking distance to just about everything that you would need in such a place. It surely won’t take long for you to feel at home in Lexington.

Here are our top recommendations on where to stay:

1. Sample the finest wines at Richard Childress Vineyards

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Calling all the wine enthusiasts! Richard Childress Vineyard or commonly known as Childress Vineyard is the largest winery in the Yadkin Valley (which is established in the year 2002). In this beautiful vineyard, you will find their terroir, which features red clay, rock and sandstone, rolling hills.

There are three things you need to know about Richard Childress Vineyards. First, they carry different varieties of some of the finest wine, including: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Malbec, Viognier, Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Gris,and Sauvignon Blanc. Second, 90% of the wines available in the Tasting Room are made from grapes grown on two different properties. Third, one acre in this vineyard typically produces 4 tons of grapes, translating into 660 gallons or 3,300 bottles of wine - so you’re sure you won’t run out of wine!

Richard Childress Vineyards

Address: 1000 Childress Vineyards Road, Lexington, NC 27295

Website: Richard Childress Vineyards

2. Appreciate art at The Bob Timberlake Gallery

Bob Timerlake Gallery sign in Lexington, North Carolina
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Bob Timberlake, an American realist artist who’s known for his watercolor paintings and his designs of finely crafted home furniture. His designs are inspired by 18th-century artisans, giving off a touch of elegance and class with each stroke. The Bob Timberlake Gallery and Museum is a three-in-one place for a gallery, a retail store, and a museum. His gallery also features his original artworks, reproductions and personal memorabilia, home furnishings collection, and even clothing! Any vintage junkie or art aficionado would definitely find an enjoyable afternoon here at the Gallery - so make sure this is part of your Lexington itinerary!

The Bob Timberlake Gallery

Address: 1714 E. Center Street Ext Lexington NC 27292

Website: Bob Timberlake Gallery

3. Discover Boone’s Cave Park

Boone's Cave Park Lexington NC house
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Rumors say that Daniel Boone himself and his family lived in this cave for a year to hide from the roving Indians. However, archaeologists could not verify if he actually lived there - even so, Boone’s Cave Park serves as a tourist attraction for its historical significance and awe-inspiring aura. In this park you will find a 6-mile (9.65 km) hiking trail, fishing and camping opportunities, and the famous cottonwood tree which is the third-largest in the state. It stands 169 feet (51.5 m) tall, more than 16 feet (4.8 m) around the trunk and the canopy is 109 feet (33.2 m) wide. So while Boone’s Cave Park is famed for its historical significance, it also serves as a great getaway for nature lovers.

Boone's Cave Park

Address: 3552 Boone’s Cave Road Lexington, NC 27292

Website: Boone’s Cave Park

4. Stop by North Carolina Vietnam Memorial

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In honor of the 1620 North Carolinians who were killed and missing and the 216, 000 North Carolinian soldiers, the North Carolina Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial recognize these heroes who fought during the Vietnam War.

On the center panel of the front face of the memorial, you will see the names of the people who were killed and missing. Guests and visitors are directed to the monument through a park. Lastly, the Evergreen trees that you will see symbolizes the everlasting memory of the bravery of these people who fought during the war. 58, 000 seeds were planted for the 58, 000 Americans who lost their lives in the conflict.

North Carolina Vietnam Memorial

Address: I-85 Rest Area at Mile Marker 100 Thomasville, NC 27360.

5. Marvel at the collections at Davidson County Historical Museum

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An Old Courthouse distinguished by the antebellum buildings in North Carolina, the Davidson County Historical Museum is one of the only historic buildings in the area open to the public. This museum offers and features a permanent collection which highlights the natural and cultural history of Davidson County, local artifacts, photographs, and archival materials.

The museum has two floors. On the first floor, you will find the diorama entitled, Lexington: The County Seat Comes of Age, the Davidson Room and Gift Shop. On the second floor, you may view the judge’s bench, jury box, and prisoner’s holding cage.

Davidson County Historical Museum

Address: 2 S. Main Street Lexington, NC 27292.

Website: Davidson County Historical Museum

6. Look for great finds at Mainstreet Antiques

Mooresville Historic District (Main Street)
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Another one for the antique junkies! Mainstreet Antiques & Design Gallery is a store that will surely satisfy your vintage cravings! This store and gallery consists of hundreds of vendors showcasing different antiques, vintage goods, arts, clothes, jewelry, accessories, and custom upholstery! Main St. Antiques & Design Gallery is an antique itself and since it features different vendors everyday, you will see different items and pieces regularly. Mainsreet Antiques is open from 10 am to 6 pm from Monday to Saturday and 10 am to 5 pm on Sundays.

Mainstreet Antiques

Address: 500 S Main St, Mooresville, NC 28115

Website: Mainstreet Antiques

7. Enjoy a film at A/perture Cinema

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If you are a film enthusiast or one that supports independent films, then you have to visit a/perture cinema! Established in the year 2010 which only had a small two-screen arthouse, A/perture Cinema now has 3 screening rooms and annually provides more than 4, 000 film screenings and events per year! The focus on showcasing independent, foreign, documentary, and local and festival films. Imagine all the best films - local and international - screened in this happy community! What’s even better is that you may purchase ticket online at their website (listed below), so you need not worry about long lines.

A/perture Cinema

Address: 311 W 4th St, Winston-Salem, NC 27101

Website: A/perture Cinema

8. Have a good time at Badin Road Drive-in Theater

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A staple of Badin or Albemarle area, the Badin Road Drive-in Theater has been around since the mid 1950’s. It features the latest movies in theaters and can accommodate up to 400 cars. Its best for first dates, a night with friends, or even family! The gates open at 6:30 pm and the movie starts when it’s dark. The drive-in is also open on Sundays!

Badin Road Drive-in Theater

Address: 2411 Badin Rd Albemarle, North Carolina

Website: Badin Road Drive-in Theater

A great mix of activities

Lexington NC City Hall
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Adventures are best spent when you just let the day flow, spend it with your closest friends or family, and really discover what the place has to offer. Lexington is the place to be if you like to hop from one place to another; from exploring a cave to going to art galleries, to having fine wine, and to watching cinemas indoor or outdoor! Take photos and create good memories!

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