Through informative lectures and thought-provoking exhibits, Lexington History Museum assists all age groups in interpreting and internalizing the city's storied past. A family membership grants you and your kin unlimited access to the exhibits, including Play Date With History, an interactive display inviting children and overanxious history majors to dally around with toys, such as tree branches and miniature tea sets, that Abraham Lincoln's children might have played with in the 1800s. Track the history of key plunking with the Antique Typewriters exhibit, which offers a glimpse into the word processor's lifespan, from its heyday in 1872 to the Great Typewriter Rebellion of 2002. Members also receive The Bluegrass History, a quarterly publication, unlimited free ketchup packets from the place down the street, The Vidette newsletter, and a 10% discount on any additional merchandise.
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Real-life attractions permeate the museum’s nine discovery zones, where youngsters enclose themselves in giant bubbles, groom life-sized horses in a stable, and use their hands and feet to play virtual pianos or pop virtual balloons projected onto the floor. Whereas older children can build their own adobe wall in the Homes Around the World area, kids aged 3 and younger can watch wild birds from an observation window or don woodland-creature costumes in the Wonder Woods.
Along with its hands-on exhibits, the nonprofit museum stimulates youngsters with a slew of outreach programs. It keeps the art studio stocked with supplies that kids can use to unleash their creativity and invites more than 100 artists younger than 18 to exhibit and sell their work in the annual Museum Go Round. The museum’s summer camps and weekend programs cover kid-friendly subjects that range from performing drama to breaking down the tax code clause by clause.
Holiday Art Shows gathers together a wide array of contemporary and traditional artwork for arts and crafts fairs held in Lexington, Kentucky; Wilmington, North Carolina; and St. Augustine, Florida. Visitors can shop for paintings, photography, and sculptures to decorate their homes or drape themselves in handmade jewelry and fiber art. A knowledgeable jury reviews each artist's offerings to ensure a high-quality selection.
Named one of Lexington's 10 Best nightlife destinations, Austin City Saloon's honky tonk swagger is bred deep in its bones. Drop in for live music three nights a week, when country crooners including James Otto, Craig Morgan, and Montgomery-Gentry have all graced the stage with sincerity and heartbreak. Sip libations beginning at 7 p.m., tipping back bottles of Ale 8 One ($1.50) or 16-ounce house margaritas ($7), or belly up to a tap table and draft your own glasses of Bud Light ($0.15/ounce) and Natural Light ($0.10/ounce). After flexing your dorsal muscles over a round of Jäger bombs ($6 each), pair fleeting fermented goodness with gooey arrays of chili cheese nachos ($2), pizzas ($5), and mozzarella sticks ($4). Those looking to sweeten up after a tumultuous twirl on the dance floor can nab a moon pie ($1).
Shamrocks is the "Classic" neighborhood pub. We have the best pub food in Lexington and a huge beer & drink selection. The O'round is a must. Everyone is family and laid back. We always have a great cross section of Lexington from families to college students, from lawyers and professionals to painters and plumbers.