Some suggestions for things to do with family and friends anytime you are in town.
  1. Shop in Downtown Benson for vintage furniture, collectibles and antiques at Morgan's on Main, Farmhouse Vintage Treasures, and Salvaged Heirlooms.
  2. Find the soldier’s uniform from World War I at the Benson Museum of Local History on Main Street in Benson. Or see how many farm tools you can identify.
  3. Stop in Warren's Drug Store on Main for an old-fashioned lemonade from their soda fountain.
  4. Try your hand at trivia nights and music bingo at two locations (Benson has nightlife!) at Fainting Goat Brewing and Salvaged Heirloom's.
  5. Take a picnic lunch to the Benson Singing Grove with the whole family and enjoy the shelter for the adults and playground for the kids!
  6. For the largest southern buffet anywhere, visit Meadow Village Restaurant seven miles south on Hwy 50 from Benson. It is worth the drive, trust me!
  7. Make three stops on the Beer, Wine, and Shine Trail at Broadslab Distillery, Fainting Goat Brewing Co. and Gregory Vineyards. Jeremy at Broadslab will always have a story for you!
  8. Drop in Medlin's Ace Hardware for old-fashioned Christmas candy and shelled pecans for holiday recipes.
  9. Shop at boutiques in Benson for women's clothing and accessories, like Royal Boutique.
  10. Enjoy homemade waffles all day long at Cornerstone Cafe, or gluten-free treats at JP's Pastry after any of the above activities!

Seasonal Events or Attractions - check for dates and times!

Here are a few things to do which are available only at certain times of the year -- mark your calendar for these special events!

  1. Take a trip down a waterslide at Tucker Lake near Benson which is open May to September. Bring some sunscreen!
  2. Honor the farming heritage of Benson and the beast of burden at the annual Benson Mule Days Festival held the fourth weekend each September.
  3. Drive through the bright lights of the Meadow community, ride Santa’s train and visit the Country Christmas Candy Store for some old-fashion sweet treats.
  4. Enjoy a variety of beach music at the Sundown Concerts hosted by the Benson Chamber of Commerce, or head to Benson the fourth weekend in June for the Benson State Singing Convention.
  5. Enjoy a day picking strawberries or blueberries, meeting farm animals, fishing, and enjoying a cold ice cream on a hot day at Smith's Farm.