Lexington

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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

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hyatt Place Lexington
Hyatt Place Lexington
3 out of 5
2001 Bryant Rd, Lexington, KY
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
€84
per night
Feb 29 - Mar 1

Located in Liberty Area, this hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Explorium, Lexington Opera House and Mary Todd Lincoln House. Kroger Field and Fayette Mall are ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,929 reviews)

"Enjoyed the breakfast. We wished the pool wasnt so cold to go swimming."…"

Reviewed on 22 Feb 2020

Hyatt Place Lexington
GLō Best Western Lexington
GLō Best Western Lexington
3 out of 5
1935 Stanton Way, Lexington, KY
€90
per night
Mar 2 - Mar 3

Located in the heart of Lexington, this hotel is 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from Mt. Horeb Presbyterian Church and within 6 miles (10 km) of Rupp Arena and Kentucky Horse ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (531 reviews)

"Loved the set up and decor of the room. It was very quiet."…"

Reviewed on 19 Feb 2020

GLō Best Western Lexington
Hyatt Regency Lexington
Hyatt Regency Lexington
3.5 out of 5
401 W High St, Lexington, KY
€159
per night
Feb 24 - Feb 25

Located in Downtown, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Lexington Convention Center and Rupp Arena. University of Kentucky is 1.3 mi (2 km) away.

4.3/5Excellent! (1,470 reviews)

"Beautifully appointed hotel, with a really impressive lobby. Rooms are spacious and modern, and the downtown location is ideal. The lobby staff were courteous and welcoming, as were the bartenders in the main bar. We did have a problem with our shower in that the hot water never got hot. Even at ..."…"

Reviewed on 18 Feb 2020

Hyatt Regency Lexington

Top activities 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
Lexington Puzzling Adventure
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Lexington Puzzling Adventure

€3
Per adult
Operation City Quest of Louisville, KY
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Operation City Quest of Louisville, KY

€9
Per adult
Guided Tour of James E. Pepper Distillery
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Guided Tour of James E. Pepper Distillery

€18
Per adult
Thoroughbred Horse Farm Tour in Kentucky
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Thoroughbred Horse Farm Tour in Kentucky

€38
Per adult
Bourbon in the Bluegrass
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Bourbon in the Bluegrass

100% of travellers recommend
€125
Per adult

Reviews of Lexington

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Nov 25, 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.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

May 3, 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.

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