Located at Blue Grass Airport, the Aviation Museum of Kentucky pays tribute to the Commonwealth’s rich history of aviation with its impressive squadron of rare and restored aircraft, aviation memorabilia, interactive educational displays, and active aviation restoration shop. Inside the museum, a flock of steel birds suspended on wires hangs from the hangar’s expansive ceiling. A replica of Matthew Sellers’ 1908 quadraplane—the first aircraft built and flown in Kentucky—headlines the museum collection, extending its majestic wings to shake the hands of awestruck visitors. Other exceptional designs include a Skyhawk once flown by the Navy’s Blue Angels, an F-14 Tomcat jet-fighter as seen in the film Top Gun, and a high-bypass turbofan used to propel modern jumbo jets.
Guided tours and interactive exhibits delve into the science and history of flight, while the Kentucky Aviation Hall of Fame honors the lives of those who have soared among the clouds, whether in planes or wrapped around the waist of Michael Jordan. Young ones, meanwhile, can learn more about the variety of aviation careers and set their sights on following the tailwinds of famous pilots and designers.
Collins Bowling Centers continues a tradition that began more than 50 years ago with spacious lanes primed for open-bowling sessions, league play, and inclusive children's birthday parties. The group maintains two Lexington locations: Eastland Bowling Lanes and Southland Bowling Lanes. Aside from offering pin-blasting action throughout the week, both alleyways encourage guests to sign up for bowling lessons at the pro shop, grab a drink at the lounge, or reunite tokens with their estranged relatives in the onsite arcade.
Bluegrass Riding Academy’s owner and director Dr. Sally Haydon schools pupils of all ability in the art of English-style saddle-seat riding atop american saddlebred steeds. During the 30-minute group lessons, equestrians ages 7 and older will cover riding basics, as well as horse care, preparation, and determining which oats are for feeding and which are for wild sowing as they travel around the academy’s indoor arena. Dr. Haydon earned her Ph.D. in equine studies, and her renowned full-service horse-care and -training facility imparts equine knowledge through a broad range of college courses, camps, and lessons that teach casual riders about the breed and prep more serious horsefolk for competition.
Bluegrass Polo Club aims to develop everyday horse lovers into athletes who want to take their golf game to the next level. A friendly instructor draws on more than two decades of experience to craft 60-minute lessons for novices and intermediate players who at least have some horse-riding experience, helping build deep if temporary partnerships with four-legged teammates. After being introduced to polo-appropriate tack and equipment, groups of up to six horse handlers will board practiced polo ponies to learn riding skills, shots, and basic strategy. Trotters seen engaging their horses in deep conversation peppered by such terms as "chukker" and "third man" may join an intermediate group to perfect their mastery of the ball and mallet. This Groupon can also be applied toward a private lesson ($90/hour) for those who'd like to imitate the most genteel of lone bandits.
Head instructor Sandra Middleton cares for neglected and unwanted horses at Paddle Stone Equestrian Center and trains young riders to ride and respect the animals. Since the ranch’s inception in 2000, instructors have introduced beginners as young as 4 years old to horseback riding and helped intermediate riders along the path to mastery through private and group lessons. As hooves beat staccato time, riders learn hunter/jumper techniques, a classic style pioneered by English fox hunters. Western lessons introduce methods developed by cowboys, who needed to stay near steers during long rides or the scary parts of Jurassic Park. The center is home to more than one dozen equines, allowing each pupil to ride a well-rested mount before learning the subtleties of proper handling and care when not in the saddle. Once a student has demonstrated the ability to trot, the center encourages him or her to travel to shows for further improvement.