Fun Attractions in Lexington, Kentucky

Looking for things to do and fun attractions in Lexington, Kentucky ? You’re in the right place! Lexington is one of my favorite cities- I’ve traveled all over the world, and it always feels like home.

When I was a student at the University of Kentucky, I had the privilege of living in this great town for five years. Even though I now live closer to Cincinnati, I still make it back to Lex frequently.

🐎 So, what are my favorite attractions in Lexington, Kentucky? 🐎

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The Kentucky Horse Park Considering Lexington is called “the horse capital of the world”, this is the best place to get the feel for Kentucky and its love of all things equine!
There are shows, tours, museum displays, horseback riding, and plenty of activities here for adults and children. This is definitely one of the top attractions in Lexington!
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University of Kentucky Campus Lexington could be considered a “college town”, so the main campus is definitely something you want to explore. Check out the gigantic William T. Young library, the University Presidents’ home, Sorority and Fraternity row, and the student center area with its wildcat statue.
If you want to grab some food, my nearby favorites are Local Taco, Joe Bologna’s, and Tin Roof.things to do in lexington, university of kentucky, attractions in lexington kentucky

Downtown Lexington / Triangle Park The city center of Lexington is relatively small, and very walk-able. There are several historic buildings to check out, and the park has a photogenic row of fountains.
Love antiques? Check out the fascinating items at Heritage Antiques- if nothing else, just go in to see the building because it’s so neat! If you’re a history lover like me, there are also self-guided tours at Mary Todd Lincoln’s childhood home (I highly recommend!)
If you’re hungry, check out nearby Agave & Rye or Pies & Pints.
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Gratz Park While exploring downtown, head a few blocks over. Adjacent to Transylvania University, this park has several (16) stunning historical mansions. The center of the park has a map with a brief history of the homes, and their ages. Also, it’s rumored that a few of the houses are haunted!
If you are into old houses like me, I also LOVE admiring the beautiful antebellum homes on West 2nd Street. Things to do in Lexington, KY!

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Murals In recent years, more and more artistic murals have been popping up throughout the city. My favorites are: The gigantic rainbow colored tribute to Abraham Lincoln, The small “Kentucky” mural outside of the Kentucky Shop boutique, and the flower mural outside of Hive Salon.

Lexington Distillery District The once-defunct industrial corridor known as the Distillery District has transformed into a retail, culinary, and entertainment hub. Anchored by the reopening of the historic James Pepper Distillery, producing original bourbon and offering a museum filled with the owner’s collection of memorabilia.
Other tenants range from a food truck-turned-restaurant Middle Fork, Ethereal Brewing craft brewery, Crank & Boom ice cream, music hall The Burl, and Goodfellas Pizzeria housed in the distillery’s former boiler room.
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Ashland: The Henry Clay Estate This home (built in 1809) and property is truly beautiful, and it has important history to go along with it. The historic home of Kentucky statesman Henry Clay (known as “The Great Negotiator”), the estate offers guided tours.ashland, henry clay, lexington kentucky attractions

Scenic Drives Kentucky horse country is truly beautiful, and the perfect place to go on some slow paced country drives. My favorite stretch of road is Old Frankfort Pike. You can check out old graveyards, beautiful horse farms, and those ubiquitous abandoned barns.
Some days you’ll get lucky, and you can stop to pet the horses who come up close to the fences! If you get hungry, the small café Wallace Station has so much character!
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Me being a true Kentucky girl

Horse Country Tour Home to 150 horse farms, Visit Horse Country offers exclusive horse farm tours, providing access to championship thoroughbred farms (including the only two triple crown winners alive, American Pharaoh and Justify!).
One of the most prestigious horse farms available to tour is Claiborne Farm. This is a 3,000-acre, 109-year-old farm that’s been visited twice by Queen Elizabeth herself!
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Keeneland Race Track If you will be visiting in the months of April or October, the horse races at Keeneland are a MUST! The grounds are absolutely beautiful, and going to the races is an experience very emblematic of Kentucky.
To me, Keeneland is one of the best attractions in Lexington.
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Tailgating, having drinks, and playing corn-hole out in the fields and parking areas before the races is common. Once you head inside, you can bring your own chair for the lawn, or purchase a seat in the grandstand.
Whether you’re a fan of gambling or not, it is the perfect place for people-watching and soaking in the true Kentucky spirit.
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Scenic area of the Keeneland complex

Woodford Reserve While it’s a bit outside of the city, it’s easy to swing by if you’re in the area. One of the most beautiful distilleries on the “Kentucky Bourbon Trail”, this is a fun stop with guided tour options.woodford reserve lexington

Lexington Restaurants I Recommend:

  • Bella Notte – Delicious Italian fare, perfect for a date night!
  • Josie’s – Ideal brunch location!
  • Ramsey’s Diner – Southern cooking that makes you feel at home
  • North Lime Donuts – Craft donuts, need I say more?
  • Malone’s Steak House – If you’re looking for a fancy dinner and night out, this is the place!
  • Corto Lima – Inventive Latin American cuisine!

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Top things to do in Lexington Kentucky during a long weekend. Includes activities in the city and in the beautiful countryside around it! Read on for the best attractions in Lexington, Kentucky!


  • Reply Bryson Fico August 24, 2021 at 5:37 pm

    Love your photographs of the horse farms in Lexington. Ramsey’s Diner seems like the ideal spot for genuine Southern cooking.

    • Reply Michelle W. August 26, 2021 at 7:12 pm

      It is so tasty! I used to be able to walk there from my house in college in under ten minutes 🙂

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