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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.

Top hotels in Lexington

Hyatt Regency Lexington
Hyatt Regency Lexington
3.5 out of 5
401 W High St, Lexington, KY
The price is €106 per night from 2 Feb to 3 Feb

Located in Downtown, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Lexington Convention Center and Rupp Arena. University of Kentucky and University of Kentucky Albert ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,004 reviews)

"Very nice stay. Quiet and access control on elevators"…"

Reviewed on 24 Jan 2021

Hyatt Regency Lexington
GLō Best Western Lexington
GLō Best Western Lexington
3 out of 5
1935 Stanton Way, Lexington, KY
The price is €68 per night from 2 Feb to 3 Feb

Situated in the business district, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Alltech's Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co., Lexington Convention Center and Lexington ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (989 reviews)

"Nice new look for a best western. Fun layout in the room and nice appointments."…"

Reviewed on 16 Jan 2021

GLō Best Western 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 €80 per night from 4 Feb to 5 Feb

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. ...

3.9/5Good! (436 reviews)

"Nice place very comfortable and nice clean place and I would stay again"…"

Reviewed on 25 Jan 2021

Lexington Griffin Gate Marriott Golf Resort & Spa
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.

Holiday Rentals in Lexington

TownePlace Suites by Marriott Lexington Keeneland/Airport
TownePlace Suites by Marriott Lexington Keeneland/Airport
2.5 out of 5
980 Midnight Pass, Lexington, KY
The price is €63 per night from 12 Feb to 13 Feb

Located in Beaumont Residential, this aparthotel is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Kentucky Clinic South and within 3 miles (5 km) of Continuing Care Hospital - CHI Saint ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (276 reviews)

"Very clean, and quite. Will be staying here again in the future."…"

Reviewed on 24 Jan 2021

TownePlace Suites by Marriott Lexington Keeneland/Airport
Staybridge Suites Lexington
Staybridge Suites Lexington
3 out of 5
125 Louie Place, Lexington, KY
The price is €80 per night from 28 Jan to 29 Jan

Situated in Lexington, this aparthotel 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 ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (667 reviews)

"Great spot to stay and feel safe with an entire studio apartment set up including a full kitchen."…"

Reviewed on 30 Dec 2020

Staybridge Suites Lexington
Charming Cottage Home On A Farm In The Kentucky Horse Country! Relax!
Charming Cottage Home On A Farm In The Kentucky Horse Country! Relax!
3710 Leestown Road, Lexington, KY
The price is €199 per night from 22 Feb to 23 Feb

Situated in Lexington, this romantic cottage is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Masterson Station Park and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Headley-Whitney Museum. Rupp Arena and Mary ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (121 reviews)
Beautiful country setting

"Beautiful setting - we loved seeing the horses."…"

Reviewed on 12 Jan 2021

Charming Cottage Home On A Farm In The Kentucky Horse Country! Relax!
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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25 Nov 2019

With hindsight we'd have spent more nights in Lexington. There's history to explore, numerous stud farms welcome visitors, and the restaurants are good.

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3 May 2019

If the opportunity arises a visit to the local stud farms, were you can meet some of the worlds top stallions. Coolmore Ashford stud is a must.