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LexingtonUnited States of America

Lose yourself exploring the “Horse Capital of the World,” with its historic houses, breweries, wilderness parks and horse farms.

Located in the heart of Kentucky’s fertile bluegrass region, Lexington is a big city with a strong rural identity. Nicknamed the “Horse Capital of the World,” the city edge is surrounded by horse farms. Take the time to discover its historical houses, sample fresh brewed beer and see the majestic American Saddlebred, the region’s native horse.

Downtown is a mix of modern glass structures and old brick buildings. Start the day with a coffee from one of the many cafés. Pick up local produce from the Bluegrass Farmers Market on Richmond Road. Get around downtown by bus or on foot.

Head to ArtsPlace for a cultural experience in the city center. In this impressive beaux-arts style building you’ll find a number of art exhibitions and workshops. Children can get hands on with science at the children’s museum, Explorium of Lexington. See real planes and try flight simulators at the Aviation Museum of Kentucky just outside the city center.

Lexington is famous for its locally brewed beer. Sample some of the region’s finest beer and spirits at the Barrel House Distillery or Kentucky Ale. Take a guided tour, browse gift shops and try fresh brews in the tasting rooms.

Rent a car to leave town and breathe in the fresh air of the city’s rural outskirts, characterized by gentle rolling plateaus and fertile soil. The biggest city in Kentucky is Louisville, 78 miles (125 kilometers) west of Lexington.

Take a tour of one of the many horse farms to see champion steeds. Watch the speed of these majestic animals at the historic Keeneland Race Course. The American Saddlebred Museum showcases artifacts and displays about this local breed of horse.

Take in the scenic beauty of the region on a hike through the nearby Boone Creek Outdoors wilderness park. Challenge yourself with a zip line canopy tour to see the Boone Creek Gorge from above. Guided tours, fly-fishing trips and more can be booked at the information center at the entrance to the park.

After a busy day, treat the family to local cuisine such as a farmer’s steak and Kentucky chocolates from restaurants in downtown.

Where to stay in Lexington

Sunset in Lexington

Liberty Area

4/5Very Good!(413 area reviews)

If you're spending some time in Liberty Area, Hamburg Place and Hamburg Pavilon are top sights worth seeing.

Liberty Area
Lexington showing tranquil scenes and farmland

Downtown

4.5/5Wonderful!(27 area reviews)

While visiting Downtown, you might make a stop by sights like Rupp Arena and Lexington Public Library.

Downtown
Lexington showing tranquil scenes and farmland

Northside District

4.5/5Wonderful!(81 area reviews)

If you're spending some time in Northside District, Lexington Opera House and West Sixth Brewing are top sights worth seeing.

Northside District
Beaumont Center trail. A lovely trail behind the Beaumont farm apartments. Lovely day for a walk down the trail.

Beaumont Residential

4.5/5Wonderful!(76 area reviews)

If you're looking for some top things to see and do in Beaumont Residential and surrounding area, you can visit Kentucky Aviation Museum and Rupp Arena.

Beaumont Residential
The first United Methodist church downtown Lexington.

Historic South Hill

4/5Very Good!(1 area review)

While Historic South Hill might not have many sights to explore, venturing just a little farther will lead you to top things to see and do like Rupp Arena and Lexington Public Library.

Historic South Hill
Hires Capital of the world. Welcome to the bluegrass

North Upper Street

North Upper Street might not have many top sights, but Rupp Arena and Lexington Opera House are two attractions nearby that you can check out.

North Upper Street

Top Hotels in Lexington

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hyatt Place Lexington
Hyatt Place Lexington
3 out of 5
2001 Bryant Rd, Lexington, KY
The price is $101 per night

Located in Liberty Area, this hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Kroger Field, Fayette Mall, and University of Kentucky. Transylvania University and Lexington Opera ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (2,020 reviews)

"The room was very comfortable. We loved the addition of a couch. And the staff was friendly."…"

Reviewed on May 25, 2020

Hyatt Place Lexington
Lexington Griffin Gate Marriott Golf Resort & Spa
Lexington Griffin Gate Marriott Golf Resort & Spa
4 out of 5
1800 Newtown Pike, Lexington, KY
The price is $119 per night

Located in Griffin Gate, this spa resort is 3.1 mi (5 km) from Whitaker Bank Ballpark and within 6 mi (10 km) of Transylvania University and Hunt-Morgan House. ...

4/5Very Good! (358 reviews)

"Nice resort but stopped to spend the night while traveling for business during pandemic. Everything shut down but I imagine it would be a great place if bars & restaurants were open. Facility a little outdated. Beautiful property."…"

Reviewed on May 29, 2020

Lexington Griffin Gate Marriott Golf Resort & Spa
Staybridge Suites Lexington
Staybridge Suites Lexington
3 out of 5
125 Louie Place, Lexington, KY
The price is $83 per night

Situated in Lexington, this hotel is 1.3 mi (2 km) from Barrel House Distilling and 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from Rupp Arena. Ethereal Brewing and Mary Todd Lincoln House ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (524 reviews)

"Suite was perfect for our family. Staff was friendly and helpful"…"

Reviewed on May 29, 2020

Staybridge Suites Lexington

Popular places to visit in Lexington

University of Kentucky
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University of Kentucky

4.5/5(383 reviews)

Take a campus tour or just explore the area around University of Kentucky, a top university in Lexington. Attend a sporting event or simply enjoy the lively bars while you're in the area.

Rupp Arena
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Rupp Arena

4.5/5(318 reviews)

Catch an event at Rupp Arena, and enjoy other activities in Lexington such as horseback riding. Attend a sporting event or simply enjoy the lively bars while you're in the area.

Kentucky Horse Park
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Kentucky Horse Park

4.5/5(325 reviews)

Explore Kentucky Horse Park, a favorite green space in Lexington, and also enjoy the area's horseback riding. Attend a sporting event or simply enjoy the lively bars while you're in the area.

Fayette Mall
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Fayette Mall

4.5/5(320 reviews)

When you visit Fayette Mall, a popular shopping spot in Lexington, you can search for that perfect souvenir. Wander around the area's the college campus or experience its acclaimed theater scene.

Buffalo Trace Distillery
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Buffalo Trace Distillery

4.5/5(218 reviews)

Buffalo Trace Distillery is one of the more well-known attractions to visit during your trip to Frankfort. You can seek out the hiking trails while in the area.

Lexington Opera House
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Lexington Opera House

4/5(43 reviews)

You can enjoy a show at Lexington Opera House during your stay in Lexington. Attend a sporting event or simply enjoy the lively bars while you're in the area.

Top things to do in Lexington

Thoroughbred Horse Farm Tour of the Kentucky Bluegrass
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Thoroughbred Horse Farm Tour of the Kentucky Bluegrass

100% of travellers recommend
$38
Per adult

Reviews of Lexington

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 15, 2020

Really nice and everything is great.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 11, 2020

I love it here I even plan on relocating here

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Apr 19, 2020

Lexington is a great city where my son and daughter-in-law live and we come to visit fairly often.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Apr 8, 2020

Just stopped there to stay the night so not sure much about Lexinton

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Apr 7, 2020

good housing market

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 21, 2020

Lexington, Ky is a beautiful area to visit!

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