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!
1. Richard Childress Vineyards
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. The Bob Timberlake Gallery
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. Boone’s Cave Park
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. North Carolina Vietnam Memorial
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. Davidson County Historical Museum
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. Mainstreet Antiques
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.
Address: 500 S Main St, Mooresville, NC 28115
Website: Mainstreet Antiques
7. A/perture Cinema
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.
Address: 311 W 4th St, Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Website: A/perture Cinema
8. Badin Road Drive-in Theater
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
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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