Columbia Parks & Playgrounds :: Virginia Hylton Park


Virginia Hylton Park, located in downtown Lexington, is my favorite outdoor place to play in Lexington. We enjoy playing there so much that I had my daughter’s pictures taken there for her second birthday. When the park closed for renovations a few years ago, we were sad we wouldn’t be able to play there, but excited about all of the improvements being made. The park reopened a few weeks ago and we just had our first visit. 


111 Maiden Lane, Lexington, SC 29072

Virginia Hylton Park is close to the Icehouse Amphitheater and City Hall.

Cost:  Free and open to the public.


  • Two playgrounds
  • Playground swings
  • Porch swings
  • Picnic shelters
  • Volleyball court
  • Amphitheater
  • Walking trails
  • Splash pad
  • Restrooms
  • Benches
  • Lots of shade

What We Love About It

The playground is huge and has something for everyone! The main part of the playground has two connected treehouses over a rubberized foundation. The playground also boasts an enormous xylophone and seats that spin. And what kid doesn’t love to sit and spin?

The second playground sits on the side of a hill. It’s perfect for kids who like to climb, go down slides, and roll down hills. 

Virginia Hylton Park also has a variety of different types of swings; perfect for kids and adults alike! Swings for children of all ages are on the main playground while the porch-style swings for everyone else are scattered throughout the walkways.

The park is full of picnic shelters so make sure you pack a lunch for your playdate! In addition, new walkways have been installed around the park so it’s a great place to get a few laps in.

The beautiful and serene ponds and water features would be great places to sit and enjoy a book. They are so peaceful and calming!

But, with all of that, our favorite new feature at Virginia Hylton Park is the splash pad! My daughter loved splashing and playing in the water. Great for those famously hot days in Cola!There is so much to do at Virginia Hylton Park. If you haven’t been yet, be sure to check it out soon! And be sure to check the park’s Facebook page for upcoming events. Especially since the park now boasts a beautiful new amphitheater!       

Have you been to Virginia Hylton Park? Tell us what you love about it in the comments!

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Allison Linden
Allison Linden is an Alabama native who moved to the Midlands in 2011 with her now husband, Darin. Allison and Darin currently live in Red Bank with their children - Vivian and Henry. Allison has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and obtained her MBA in May 2019, while almost 8 months pregnant with Vivian. She has worked for a retail energy company since 2013 and began working from home during the pandemic. Her husband became a house spouse after the birth of Vivian to allow Allison to pursue her career goals. Balancing working at home with a baby and a preschooler has been a challenge, but she has thoroughly enjoyed watching her children grow up. Allison enjoys taking her children to Edventure, Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Gardens (the garden is way cooler than people give it credit for), local parks, the library, gymnastics, and dance class. When she is not working or momming, Allison enjoys exercising, binging true crime shows on Max, and occasionally having dinner and drinks with friends. Likes: Vacations, concerts, stand-up comedy, nice restaurants, bacon, juicy gossip. Hates: Yard work, driving, pants without an elastic waistband (hard pants), running.


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