Lexington, KY

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Lexington featuring a city and a sunset
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

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Lexington South / Hamburg
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Lexington South / Hamburg
2.5 out of 5
100 Canebrake Drive, Lexington, KY, 40509
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $87 per night from Jul 5 to Jul 6
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Lexington. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,129 reviews)
"I liked how nice the room looked. There was nothing I didn’t like."

Reviewed on Jul 3, 2022

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Lexington South / Hamburg
Embassy Suites by Hilton Lexington/UK Coldstream
Embassy Suites by Hilton Lexington/UK Coldstream
3.5 out of 5
1801 Newtown Pike, Lexington, KY, 40511
The price is $149 per night from Jul 6 to Jul 7
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Lexington. Enjoy WiFi, room service, and a fitness center. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (962 reviews)
"The property was great with easy access. Staff was helpful. My only complaint was loud guests in adjoining room."

Reviewed on Jul 3, 2022

Embassy Suites by Hilton Lexington/UK Coldstream
GLō Best Western Lexington
GLō Best Western Lexington
3 out of 5
1935 Stanton Way, Lexington, KY, 40511
The price is $110 per night from Jul 5 to Jul 6
Stay at this 3-star hotel in Lexington. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the clean rooms and the overall value in our reviews. ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (1,810 reviews)
"New and clean"

Reviewed on Jul 1, 2022

GLō Best Western Lexington
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Horse Show on Sherman
Horse Show on Sherman
Lexington, KY
The price is $86 per night from Jul 28 to Jul 29
Stay at this family-friendly vacation home in Lexington. Enjoy WiFi, onsite parking, and a garden. Popular attractions Rupp Arena and Kroger Field are located ...
5/5 Exceptional! (30 reviews)
Awesome stay
"The place was super clean! It was easy for us to get set up with wifi and had helpful notes on where or how to do different tasks. My kids loved staying there and want to go back. It's in a nice neighborhood with great restaurants right down the street."

Reviewed on Jun 17, 2022

Horse Show on Sherman
NEWLY Remodeled House on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail
NEWLY Remodeled House on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail
Frankfort, KY
Stay at this vacation home in Frankfort. Enjoy WiFi, onsite parking, and barbecue grills. Popular attractions Buffalo Trace Distillery and Cove Spring Park are ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (17 reviews)
Perfect location
"Great little house and perfect for a weekend stay. House and parking are just like described. The house is an older house but with modern bathrooms. Very comfortable. Bring an extension cord- as with older houses there are not as many outlets. Great location for the distilleries."

Reviewed on Jul 1, 2022

NEWLY Remodeled House on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail
TownePlace Suites by Marriott Lexington Keeneland/Airport
TownePlace Suites by Marriott Lexington Keeneland/Airport
2.5 out of 5
980 Midnight Pass, Lexington, KY, 40513
The price is $148 per night from Jul 17 to Jul 18
Stay at this business-friendly aparthotel in Lexington. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (514 reviews)
"Nice sized rooms. Staff professional and friendly."

Reviewed on Jun 20, 2022

TownePlace Suites by Marriott Lexington Keeneland/Airport
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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