USA TODAY's 10Best Reader’s Choice Award
Lake City, South Carolina Voted Nation’s #1
Best Small Town Cultural Scene

The 2018 travel editors and readers at USA TODAY's 10Best Reader’s Choice Awards have voted & have crowned Lake City, South Carolina as the Best Small Town Cultural Scene in America!

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Welcome to Lake city!

When you visit Lake City, you do more than visit a historic community with deep roots in the agricultural traditions of our past —you experience the best of what a Southern small town can be. While walking through our downtown historic district, you’ll see eye-catching floral scapes made of native plants grown locally by professional horticulturalists at Moore Farms Botanical Garden, as well as beautiful, colorful murals that express our artistic heart & soul. Strolling our downtown sidewalks, take a moment to appreciate the architectural beauty of buildings that have been painstakingly preserved, and stop in our shops that sell fantastic local goods from our area farms and workshops. Treat yourself to some good ole country cookin’, delightful sweet treats and a variety of coffees, or the best in fine dining to make the most of your time with us in Lake City. Be sure to experience the artistic creations on display at our ArtFields® office and at the Jones-Carter Gallery to truly savor the flavor of our town!

For us, “Make Your Art” means creating a community that values the arts, agriculture, and horticulture in equal measures, with an ongoing spirit that encourages us to bring artistry to the everyday. We make art in Lake City; when you join us, you can too. Lake City is home to fabulously talented people, and always has been, from Challenger astronaut and physicist Dr. Ronald E. McNair to financier and philanthropist Darla Moore. Marrying the agricultural traditions of our past with a new focus on enriching our culture artistically as the host of ArtFields®, we are excited to share our vision with visitors from near & far!

Visit Lake City. Experience true community. Make your art.

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