Things to do in Lexington, KY
There are so many things to do in Lexington KY, we barely have room to tell you! From family attractions, adventures, museums and other educational attractions, rain or shine, we’ve got you covered. There are Kentucky Zipline Tours and if you want to spend some time in the outdoors, Red River Gorge Cabin rentals to fit every budget and family size! Come see all of the beautiful and fun things to do in the Lexington KY area today!
Horse Capital of the World
What’s a trip to Lexington without a tour of its equestrian heritage? Guided tours, private tours, custom tours, and do-it-yourself tours are all available in the area. Check out the grave of the greatest race horse of all time, Secretariat, at Claiborne Farm; give some love to retired thoroughbreds at Old Friends, a nonprofit organization that provides a home for the horse racing industry’s world-class horses during their twilight years; or pick and choose from the dozens of other equestrian sites and attractions in the area.
Lexington for History Buffs
Lexington, like many of its retired champion horses, is a little long in the tooth, so it’s only natural that it possesses a wealth of historical sites and treasures for visitors to enjoy. Visit nearby Waveland to explore a restored historic mansion and slave quarters and learn about the enslaved people who lived on the plantation and how their stories relate to American pioneer Daniel Boone; explore the remains of an old slave market and stand in the site where African Americans received the official emancipation papers that documented their freedom; and visit each site listed on the city’s Civil War Heritage tour. Don’t forget to make it out to the many historic homes in the area including the Mary Todd Lincoln House.
Trails through Lexington
Walking and driving tours are two of the quickest ways to get to know a place. Check out the African American Heritage Trail through downtown Lexington to explore the Main Street Baptist Church, which was erected one year before the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation along with several other sites related to African American History. Be sure to drive along the “Dreamer” tour route to take a look at the many sites featured in the Disney film of the same name including Thoroughbred Park, Calumet Farm, Keeneland Race Course, and more.
Whether you want to go antiquing at the more than 200 bluegrass-area shops, find arts and crafts in nearby Berea, stroll through the Fayette Mall and its 120 stores, check out the upscale shops downtown Lexington, or find deals at the wide variety of different stores in the area, there is definitely something for everyone in the Lexington area. Don’t forget that the gift shops at many of Lexington’s attractions provide many visitors with some of the best shopping experiences.
Kearney Hill Golf Links provides visitors with a Scottish-style links course and is among one of the Top 100 places to play in the United States. There’s also nearby Peninsula Golf Resort 30 minutes away in Lancaster, which has been featured in the Top 200 courses by Golf Digest. In addition, there are four municipal courses in the area along with a few private courses.
Fans of sports can get their fill in Lexington by cheering for the University of Kentucky Wildcats, Lexington Legends, High Impact Roller Derby league, and, of course, all the horse racing at the Keeneland Race Course and Red Mile Harness Track.
The Kentucky Horse Park, Thoroughbred Park, and Deer Run Stables are just a few of the horse-related venues for families to visit during a trip to Lexington. There’s also the Explorium Museum that features 100 hands-on activities, the Aviation Museum, and Hummel Planetarium for those on an educational journey. Lexington also offers several wildlife exhibits, parks to play in, farms to visit, and more.
Bourbon is Kentucky’s house wine for anyone old enough to imbibe, and no trip to the Bluegrass region is complete without a visit to one of the many distilleries in the area. Free tours are offered at the Wild Turkey Distillery all throughout the week. Several other distilleries also give visitors a chance to see how the bourbon is fermented and distilled. Kentucky art and heritage surrounding the bourbon industry abounds at each distillery.