#1 Thing To Do Near Lexington - Go Ziplining!

Of course, we're going to recommend ziplining as THE thing to do in Lexington, KY! Just a quick and beautiful 50-minute drive from downtown Lexington, Red River Gorge Zipline needs to be at the top of your to do in Kentucky list!

What's not to love about the thrill of soaring over the Red River Gorge at 55+ MPH, 300ft above the forest floor?

Just imagine the cool air flowing past you as you taken in the magnificent views all around you. Not to mention, you'll be grinning from ear-to-ear the entire 2-hour canopy tour!

Perfect for families (no age limits) and solo travelers alike, a zip line canopy tour at Red River Gorge Zipline is not to be missed during your trip to Natural Bridge, KY!

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American Saddlebred Museum

A “Showplace for Saddlebreds” museum housing the largest collection of Saddlebred artifacts in the world!


The beauty of nature is found in abundance all year long at the Arboretum. For more than 20 years, visitors from all over have enjoyed the 100 acres full of various plants and gardens.

Ashland – The Henry Clay Estate

Travel back in time at the Henry Clay Estate by visiting the politician’s 18-room mansion, cottage from 1846, and several outbuildings located on the grounds.

Aviation Museum of Kentucky

For more than 15 years the Aviation Museum of Kentucky has promoted aviation, aviation safety, aviation facilities, aerospace education and aviation as an industry. Explore the 20,000 square foot indoor exhibit and outdoor exhibits during your visit to the museum.


Southern Madison County doesn’t get any better than this. Whether you’re in town to shop in one of Berea’s many studios and galleries or looking to hit up the area’s nature scene for hiking or kayaking, Berea’s got a little something for everyone.

Bleu Plate Tours

Walking culinary tours of downtown Lexington. Get ready for some fun and some great food!

Bluegrass Scenic Railroad Museum

Saddle up on a train at the Bluegrass Scenic Railroad and ride through horse farms located in Woodford County during your visit to the Bluegrass Scenic Railroad Museum.

Blue Grass Tours

Horses, history, and bourbon are all a part of life for anyone taking part in one of Blue Grass Tours’ many adventures. Certified tour guides provide visitors with an insider’s look at the region.

Deer Run Stables

Learn to rope and ride, celebrate a birthday, join a club or board your horse at Deer Run Stables in Richmond.

Downtown Arts Center

The concerts, galleries, performances and exhibits at the Downtown Art Center give Lexington its pulse. No trip to Lexington is complete without a trip to the DAC.


Kids of all ages can experiment with fun and learning thanks to the interactive exhibits and discovery zones at the Explorium. More than one million guests have stimulated their imaginations at the Explorium since 1990.

Headley-Whitney Museum

If you want to know what good taste looks like, head out to the Headley-Whitney Museum to view some of the most stunning pieces of jewelry, textiles, ceramics, and furniture designed by George W. Headley II.

Heaven Hill Distillery

Prohibition was a bleak time for grain farmers, especially in Kentucky, but Heaven Hill Distillery soldiered on and continues producing bourbon to this day. Tour the distillery and visit the historic town of Bardstown on your next trip to Heaven Hill.

Jim Beam Distillery

Picturesque settings, original artifacts from the first stillhouse, tours of the facility, and tasting rooms all make for an exciting visit to the Jim Beam distillery.


For more than 75 years, Keeneland has offered some of the finest Thoroughbred racing in the world along with the finest amenities for its clients and guests.

Kentucky Horsepark

For more than 200 years the Kentucky Horsepark has been a premier location for equestrians and horse lovers. The horsepark caters to all visitors, even those who have never saddled up before.

Kentucky Speedway

Since 2000, speed junkies from all over the world have flocked to the Kentucky Speedway to watch the best of the best burn rubber around the 1.5-mile track.

Kentucky Theater

The old and the new blend together at the Kentucky Theater where movie buffs flock to watch original runs, independent films and new releases.

Legacy Trail

The 8.5 miles of paved track along the Legacy Trail offer visitors views of the Isaac Murphy Memorial Art Garden and Kentucky Horse Park.

Lexington Ballet

World-class performances, workshops, and chances to be a part of the show are all offered by the Lexington Ballet.

Lexington Children’s Theatre

The Lexington Children’s Theatre provides top-quality theater productions and classes for children of all ages.

Lexington Legends Professional Baseball

For the past 11 years, the Lexington Legends have provided the bluegrass region with a minor league team that keeps the area filled with the sound of bats cracking all summer long.

Lexington Opera House

The Lexington Opera House has provided Lexington with world-class opera performances for more than 100 years.

Lexington Philharmonic

Excellence and innovation are brought together at the Lexington Philharmonic where great music comes to life.

Loudon House Gallery

Visual art comes to life at the Loudon House Gallery, which is a part of the Lexington Art League.

Maker’s Mark Distillery

Whisky makers at Maker’s Mark Distillery invite the public of drinking age to come out to their neck of the woods in the center of whisky country to see how their liquor is made.

Mary Todd Lincoln House

Relive moments in history while touring through President Abraham Lincoln’s wife’s home, which is more than 200 years old.

McConnell Springs

McConnell Springs was once a mill, distillery, gunpowder factory, and dairy farm, and now it serves as a tourist destination as a National Registered Historic Site.

Old Kentucky Chocolates

Chocolate, candies, gift baskets, and more make this Lexington-area business one of the sweetest spots in town.

Red Mile (Harness Racing)

As the second-oldest harness race track in the country, Red Mile provides visitors with some of the best harness racing in the world.

Red River Gorge Zipline

Thrills at 55 MPH, 300ft over the Red River Gorge. Voted One of The Best Things To Do in Kentucky, you're sure to make memories of a lifetime at Red River Gorge Zipline! Canopy tours do fill up fast, so be sure to book your zip line in advance.

Rupp Arena

Located in downtown Lexington, the Rupp Arena is the go-to place for concerts, shows, and so much more. It is also the home of the University of Kentucky Wildcats.

Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill

This National Historic Landmark is the country’s largest restored Shaker community with more than 3000 acres that feature both history and hospitality.

Singletary Center for the Arts

This fine arts center on the campus of the University of Kentucky offers all sorts of events for the whole family all throughout the year.

Soular Massage Wellness Center

Hot stones, reiki, aromatherapy, and all kinds of massages that melt away stress are offered at the Soular Massage Wellness Center.

Sunburst Horsemanship School

Riding lessons, boarding, training, and summer camps are all things offered by the Sunburst Horsemanship School.

Talon Winery & Vineyards

Tour and taste wines at the Talon Winery and Vineyards and take a taste of history in the winery’s 1790’s era farmhouse.

Thoroughbred Center and Theatre for Children

Rent stalls, host special events, learn to ride horses and take in a show at the children’s theater at the Thoroughbred Center and Theatre for Children.

Thoroughbred Park

This cultural and historic landmark offers almost three acres of public parks divided up into five different areas dedicated to the world of horseracing.

University of Kentucky Art Museum

Permanent and changing exhibits along with special events and the popular May Lecture Series bring the University of Kentucky Art Museum to life.

Waveland State Historic Site

The antebellum house and outbuildings at the Waveland State Historic Site give visitors a glimpse into Kentucky’s history.

Woodford Reserve Distillery

Kentucky is home to many of the world’s finest whisky making companies and the Woodford Reserve Distillery is no exception.


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