Nestled among rolling hills and the countryside, Lexington lies in the heart of the Bluegrass State. The most important attractions in Lexington are its horses; the city is famous for horse breeding and races. It’s the second-largest city in the state and is the home of University of Kentucky.
Kentucky Horse Park is 10 miles north of Lexington. It’s a working horse farm that’s open to the public, offering information on horses and city traditions.
Every second Sunday of the month, Athens Schoolhouse Antiques Show displays antiques and local-made decor. In the early summer, the Festival of the Bluegrass attracts national performers.
The Red Mile Harness Track is a 1-mile oval track designed for horse races in the spring and fall. Take the kids to watch daily workouts fall, winter, and spring.
Lexington is renowned as the birthplace of bourbon. Visit the Distillery District to find nine working distilleries, including Buffalo Trace Distillery, Four Roses Distillery, and Barrel House Distilling Company.
The Mary Todd Lincoln House is a historic home filled with family portraits and Lincoln-Todd possessions. The Aviation Museum of Kentucky is designed to be educational for anyone pursuing a career in aviation.
For local goods, head to Clay Avenue Shops or Chevy Chase Village. To buy from national retailers, shop-til-you-drop at the Mall at Lexington Green or Fayette Mall.