1. If there were ever a time to permit your children run wild in a candy store before noon, The Candy Factory is the place to do it. You’ll be googly-eyed yourself rediscovering your favorite candies from childhood that a sugar rush seems justifiable before lunch. Bins brim with every sweet treat imaginable, from Peanut Butter Logs to Mary Janes.
2. The Davidson County Historical Museum offers an excellent primer on many facets of the area’s history, detailing its role in events such as the Civil War, the underground moonshine industry, the 1901 Wild West train wreck, and more.
3. You’d be remised to visit Lexington and not eat the city’s famed barbecue, known for its zippy ketchup-based vinegar sauce and tender pork shoulder. Founded in 1962, Lexington Barbecue attracts barbecue pilgrims from across the state and even farther. Once just an ice cream parlor, Bar-B-Q Center started selling the pig once ice cream sales took a dip one winter, and the rest is history. Add a handful of other venerable Lexington barbecue institutions and few hush puppies in the fryer, and you’ve got a whole afternoon planned. A Lexington Tour de Barbecue, anyone?
4. New to the area is Bull City Ciderworks. The taproom got its start in Durham, but its owners grew up just outside of Lexington. See what North Carolina’s growing cider industry has to offer by sampling pours that feature ingredients ranging from black tea to local honey. Prefer fermented fruit of grape variety? Lexington boasts several wineries, including Childress Vineyards, Native Vines Winery, and Weathervane Winery.