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Lexington
Travel Guide

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.

Hyatt Regency Lexington
Hyatt Regency Lexington
3.5 out of 5
401 W High St, Lexington, KY
The price is €118 per night from 19 Apr to 20 Apr

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

4.3/5Excellent! (976 reviews)

"Nice hotel. Staff very nice. Outside grounds needed some maintenance"…"

Reviewed on 10 Apr 2021

Hyatt Regency Lexington
Lexington Griffin Gate Marriott Golf Resort & Spa
Lexington Griffin Gate Marriott Golf Resort & Spa
4 out of 5
1800 Newtown Pike, Lexington, KY
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is €98 per night from 18 Apr to 19 Apr

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! (466 reviews)

"Rooms were nice Great shower Building under construction"…"

Reviewed on 11 Apr 2021

Lexington Griffin Gate Marriott Golf Resort & Spa
Embassy Suites by Hilton Lexington/UK Coldstream
Embassy Suites by Hilton Lexington/UK Coldstream
3.5 out of 5
1801 Newtown Pike, Lexington, KY
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is €139 per night from 18 Apr to 19 Apr

Situated in the business district, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Eastern State Hospital, West Sixth Brewing and Mt. Horeb Presbyterian Church. Whitaker ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (774 reviews)

"No"…"

Reviewed on 8 Apr 2021

Embassy Suites by Hilton Lexington/UK Coldstream
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.
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 €115 per night from 18 Apr to 19 Apr

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! (352 reviews)

"I would stay here again. The dogs loved it!! Breakfast was amazing"…"

Reviewed on 6 Apr 2021

TownePlace Suites by Marriott Lexington Keeneland/Airport
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 €204 per night from 13 Apr to 14 Apr

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! (122 reviews)
Scenic Cottage

"We had a lovely, brief stay at this darling cottage situated on a large property just outside of Lexington. Beds were comfortable and communication with the host was a breeze!"…"

Reviewed on 7 Apr 2021

Charming Cottage Home On A Farm In The Kentucky Horse Country! Relax!
Capital City Condo Close to Interstate, Water Park, Restaurants and Shopping
Capital City Condo Close to Interstate, Water Park, Restaurants and Shopping
200 Thistlewood Drive, 301, Frankfort, KY
The price is €89 per night from 20 Apr to 21 Apr

Situated in Frankfort, this condo is within a 15-minute walk of Berry Hill Mansion and Floral Clock Monument. Kentucky State Capitol and Jesse R. Zeigler House ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (12 reviews)
Great starting location for Bourbon hunting

"Simple / basic 1 bedroom condo. No frills but it met all our needs."…"

Reviewed on 3 Apr 2021

Capital City Condo Close to Interstate, Water Park, Restaurants and Shopping
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.