30 Must-Experience Activities in Lexington, Michigan

Lexington, Michigan / Source: Tripadvisor

Nestled along the shores of Lake Huron’s coastline, Lexington, Michigan offers small town charm and access to incredible natural beauty.

With a population around 1,000 people, Lexington provides a peaceful escape to experience the lakes, lighthouses, and maritime heritage of Michigan’s Thumb region. Here are the top 30 things to enjoy during your Lexington getaway.

1. Climb the Lexington Lighthouse

Lexington Lighthouse / Source: Michelle Chappus

For stunning views across Lake Huron, climb the Lexington Lighthouse. This lighthouse was built in 1830 and stands 52 feet tall. Guided tours let you climb the tower’s 76 steps, see the Fresnel lens up close, and explore the adjoining museum.

2. Relax at Lake Huron Beach

Lake Huron Beach / Source: My Michigan Beach and Michigan Travel

Just north of the pier, Lexington has a public Lake Huron beach area with a sandy shoreline. Visitors can swim, build sandcastles, picnic, or just relax and enjoy the peaceful water views and sunsets.

3. Go Fishing on Lake Huron

Fishing on Lake Huron / Source: Fishing Booker

With a pier and marina on Lake Huron, Lexington is a popular fishing destination. Anglers can catch salmon, steelhead, walleye, perch, and more right from shore or on guided charter trips. Stop by Foertmeyer & Sons bait shop to get gear and tips.

4. Stroll Through Downtown Lexington

Downtown Lexington / Source: Villlage of Lexington

Lexington has a quaint downtown area perfect for strolling. Pop into small shops, antique stores, galleries, and eateries housed in historic brick buildings. Don’t miss photo ops with the large statues on Main Street!

5. Tour Huron County Nature Center

Huron County Nature Center / Source: Tripadvisor

At this free nature center, explore interactive exhibits about the local ecosystem, including live reptiles and amphibians. Outside are scenic walking trails through wetlands to observe native plants and wildlife.

6. Visit Port Sanilac Harbor Lighthouse

Port Sanilac Harbor Lighthouse / Source: Blue Water

Take a short drive south to visit the picturesque Port Sanilac Lighthouse, built in 1886. Climb the anchored wooden pier staircase for panoramic views of Lake Huron and tour the restored keeper’s quarters.

7. Explore the Thumb Octagon Barn

Thumb Octagon Barn / Source: Wikipedia

This historic and unique 8-sided barn was built in 1924. Take a guided tour to see decor from the 1920s, antique tools, farm machines and more. Picnic areas surround the scenic rural grounds.

8. Charter a Fishing Trip on Saginaw Bay

Fishing Trip on Saginaw Bay / Source: Saginaw Bay

Book a party fishing charter out of Lexington Harbor and cruise out on Saginaw Bay for a day catching walleye, perch, salmon, pike and more. Gray FishTag Charters comes highly recommended by locals.

9. Hike at Port Crescent State Park

Port Crescent State Park / Source: Michigan

Just a 20 minute drive west, explore this rugged state park on Saginaw Bay with sandy beaches, dunes, forests, and hiking trails. A great place for camping, birding, cross-country skiing, and nature walks.

10. Play Disc Golf at Veterans Memorial Park

Veteran Memorial Park / Source: UDisc

Right in Lexington, this lakeside park offers an 18-hole disc golf course with baskets tucked throughout the wooded landscape. Great for all skill levels.

11. Visit Historical Village at Lexington

Lexington Historical Society / Source: Lexington History

Experience 19th century life at this outdoor museum with restored historic buildings including a train depot, general store, log cabin, schoolhouse, mills and more.

12. See the Glory Days Exhibit at Sanilac Historical Museum

Sanilac Historical Museum / Source: Sanilac County Museum

Located in the historic 1892 county courthouse, this museum houses exhibits on the maritime history of the Thumb region, including shipwrecks, lighthouses, and commercial fishing.

13. Paddle Sand Point Nature Preserve

Sand Point Nature Preserve / Source: Old-Growth Forest Network

For peaceful paddling surrounded by nature, launch your kayak or canoe at this 700 acre preserve. Meander through coastal wetlands and marshes looking for turtles, herons, orchids and carnivorous plants.

14. Bike the Huron County Nature Trail

Bike the Huron County Nature Trail / Source: Ontario By Bike

Stretching from Port Austin to Sand Point, this paved rail trail offers 10 miles one-way for scenic biking near Lexington. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy along the way!

15. Attend Port Sanilac Summer Festivals

Port Sanilac Summer Festivals / Source: Village of Port Sanilac

Throughout the summer, the small harbor town of Port Sanilac hosts fun festivals like Shipwreck Festival, Thunder Over Sanilac, and Sanilac County Fair & Homecoming. Live music, food, vendors, parades and fireworks.

16. Go Wine Tasting on the Thumb Coast Wine Trail

Wine tasting / Source: My Michigan Beach and Travel

Sample award-winning Michigan wines at the vineyards and tasting rooms along this wine trail near Lexington. Wineries include Pheasant Ridge, Sandhill Crane, and Burning Oak.

17. Play Golf at Washington Shores Golf Club

A Guide to Beautiful Michigan Golf Courses / Source: Pure Michigan

Tee off on this scenic semi-private course with mature trees, rolling fairways, and water features overlooking Lake Huron. Affordable rates and perfect for all skill levels.

18. Browse the On The Decks Art Shows

Outdoor art fair / Source: Blue Water

Held weekly in Port Austin, this outdoor art fair spans two city blocks and features over 100 local artists. Enjoy live music and food vendors while perusing paintings, photography, jewelry, woodwork, and more.

19. Rent a Beach House in Port Austin

Beach House in Port Austin / Source: Airbnb

For accommodations along the shore, book a rental house in Port Austin. Properties feature full kitchens, multiple bedrooms, and sandy beaches right out your back door! Relax on the private deck and enjoy sunset views.

20. Swim at the Lexington Public Pool

Lexington Public Pool / Source: Yelp

On hot summer days, cool off at the public swimming pool located along the waterfront park in Lexington. Features include a large pool with diving boards, kiddie pool, playground, and concession stand.

21. Camp at Port Crescent State Park Campground

Port Crescent State Park / Source: The Dyrt

Immerse yourself in nature by camping at Port Crescent State Park along Saginaw Bay. Tent and RV sites available, plus rustic cabins and yurts. Great base for bay fishing, swimming, hiking, biking and more.

22. Watch the Sunset from Turnip Rock

Sunset from Turnip Rock / Source: Peakpx

Take an evening kayak ride out to Turnip Rock, a unique overturned rock formation in Lake Huron accessible only by boat. Watch incredible sunsets with this coastal landmark in the foreground.

23. Visit the Port Austin Farmers Market

Port Austin Farmers Market / Source: Tripadvisor

Every Friday afternoon from June through September, downtown Port Austin hosts a lively open-air farmers market. Browse fresh produce, baked goods, locally made food, and handcrafted items while listening to live music.

24. Birdwatch at Point Aux Barques Lighthouse

Pointe aux Barques Light / Source: Wikipedia

Spot migratory birds like hawks, owls, and songbirds on the grounds of this lighthouse near Port Hope. Visit in May during the Point Aux Barques Songbird Festival.

25. Take a Train Ride on the Huron and Eastern Railway

Huron and Eastern Railway / Source: A Genesee & Wyoming Company

Departing from Port Austin, ride this historic railway through forests and farm country. Options include dinner trains, pizza trains, birding tours, and more!

26. View Shipwreck Artifacts at the Lore Maritime Museum

Great Lakes Lore Maritime Museum / Source: US-23 Heritage Route

Learn about Great Lakes shipwrecks and maritime history through artifacts, images, and models at this museum in Port Austin. Guided tours provide fascinating stories of sunken ships.

Exhibits of Great Lakes Lore Maritime Museum / Source: Flickr

27. Ride ATVs on Local Trails

Ride ATVs / Source: Big Bear Adventures

Rent ATVs/UTVs from Full Throttle Powersports and ride the challenging trails, dunes, and pathways surrounding Lexington. Guided tours available. Safety training for beginners.

28. Charter a Sailboat on Lake Huron

Sailboat on Lake Huron / Source: Cruising World

Book a private sailboat charter out of Lexington for a scenic cruise on the open waters of Lake Huron. Sunset sails offer magnificent views. Bring food and drinks to enjoy onboard.

29. Explore the Riverview Trailway

St. Clair River / Source: Great Lakes Echo

Stretching from Port Huron to Lexington, this multi-use trail follows the Lake Huron coastline through forests and wetlands, offering excellent views of the St. Clair River. Ideal for walking, running or biking.

30. Visit Krass Market

Butcher shop / Source: The Detroit News

Before leaving Lexington, stop by Krass Market, a butcher shop and deli serving housemade sausage, jerky, smoked fish and meats. They also sell locally made cheeses, gifts, wine, beer and gourmet foods.

With its charming small town ambiance, maritime heritage, and access to incredible natural scenery, Lexington is the perfect base for exploring Michigan’s scenic Thumb region.

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