Book a Weekend PLAYcation in Lake Murray Country

May 17, 2022

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With accolades like “Top Southern Summer Destination,” “10 Best Spots for a Weekend Getaway in the South” and “One of America’s Best New Food Destinations,” friends, couples and families have the perfect destination for a getaway that takes them far from the ordinary in the Capital City/Lake Murray, South Carolina region. We’re located in the central part of the Palmetto State, anchored by Columbia with convenient access from Interstates I-77, I-20 and I-26.

Outdoor adventures in the region include renting a boat to explore Lake Murray, zip lining at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden, biking at Saluda Shoals Park, hiking Congaree National Parkbooking a tee time at one of many golf courses, kayaking, canoeing and paddleboard adventures, winery tastings and fishing at Dreher Island and Sesqui State Park. In addition to all the outdoor recreation to be found in the region, following are coming events and attractions that add to the reasons to visit Capital City/Lake Murray Country this spring and beyond.


Named one of the “Most Charming Small Towns in America” by the Travel Channel, Newberry’s streets are lined with picturesque shops and restaurants and nearly every building is on the National Register of Historic Places. Stay at the historic Hampton Inn-Newberry Opera House, convenient to downtown as well as to Lake Murray.

The grand French Gothic Newberry Opera House, ca. 1882, fully restored and technologically advanced, hosts music from contemporary jazz to country, from plays to comedy, Broadway to opera, more than 150 events each season. Kids have fun while the rest of the family heads to other entertaining attractions, or “adult time-out” for shopping, the nearby winery or golf.


In Lexington, stroll through a charming historic downtown with a cell phone walking tour, shop along Main Street and visit the Saturday Farmers Market. The Icehouse Amphitheater is the region’s newest outdoor venue, providing year-round concerts and events under the stars within walking distance to Main Street’s many delicious restaurants.  The Lexington Farmers Market is held at the Market at Icehouse every Saturday from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. May 14 through September 24, 2022 (except July 2). In addition to great produce and crafts, there’s live music every week, food trucks and more.


The Capital City of Columbia, with its confluence of rivers, landscaped walking and biking areas and outstanding dining and entertainment is a great getaway for families or couples. Home to the Broadway in Columbia, the University of South Carolina’s Koger Center for the Arts also hosts dance, ballet and symphony performances. Free events including concerts and art exhibits are also offered. The South Carolina Philharmonic performs the Broadway hit “Jersey Boys” on July 31.

Segra Park

The home ballpark for the Columbia Fireflies, the Low-A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals, Segra Park is a state-of-the-art multi-use sports and entertainment venue in the heart of the BullStreet District in downtown Columbia. Segra Park was named “Class A Ballpark of the Decade” by Ballpark Digest because of its layout and amenities including a large club lounge and 365-degree concourse.

Township Auditorium

Centrally located in downtown Columbia, this newly renovated theater hosts a variety of entertainment, comedy, bands and solo artists, including Bonnie Raitt on June 4 and Patti LaBelle on September 2.


The no-admission, free parking Soda City Market is Columbia’s weekly Main Street event with a dozen food trucks, regional produce and unique, handcrafted and produced-in-South Carolina items. Open Saturdays 9 a.m. –1 p.m., year-round, Soda City is a microcosm of Columbia, a melting pot of cultures, and one of the many reasons the city is a real southern hotspot for locals and visitors. A vendor list is posted on the Soda City Facebook page weekly.

Scroll the Capital City/Lake Murray Country events page to find the perfect events during your stay or plan your stay around one don’t-miss events. With substantial diversity and community pride, there’s an event every weekend and festivals every month. Every member of the family will find a favorite, from food festivals to arts and entertainment showcases to cultural, historical and contemporary

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