Lexington

Travel Guide
Lexington featuring a sunset and a city

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

Hyatt Place Lexington
Hyatt Place Lexington
3 out of 5
2001 Bryant Rd, Lexington, KY, 40509
The price is €115 per night from 23 May to 24 May
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Lexington. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (979 reviews)
"Enjoyed our stay. Would suggest trying to get a room on the front of the building. The interstate seemed extra loud in the room for some reason."

Reviewed on 15 May 2022

Hyatt Place Lexington
GLō Best Western Lexington
GLō Best Western Lexington
3 out of 5
1935 Stanton Way, Lexington, KY, 40511
The price is €130 per night from 2 Jun to 3 Jun
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 their reviews. ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (1,776 reviews)
"Great stay"

Reviewed on 16 May 2022

GLō Best Western 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 €120 per night from 23 May to 24 May
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 ...
4/5 Very Good! (1,060 reviews)
"The staff that checked me in were terrific. Very polite and helpful."

Reviewed on 17 May 2022

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Lexington South / Hamburg
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, 40513
The price is €113 per night from 30 May to 31 May
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! (505 reviews)
"Nice property. Would recommend to others."

Reviewed on 8 May 2022

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!
Lexington, KY
The price is €249 per night from 23 May to 24 May
Stay at this golf cottage in Lexington. Enjoy WiFi, on-site parking and a garden. Our guests praise the comfy rooms in their reviews. Popular attractions Keeneland ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (169 reviews)
Lexington stay
"Excellent location for our visit & you couldn’t have more responsive and sweet hosts! Definitely coming back!!!"

Reviewed on 3 May 2022

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
Frankfort, KY
The price is €116 per night from 5 Jun to 6 Jun
Stay at this condo in Frankfort. Enjoy WiFi, a fitness centre and on-site parking. Popular attractions Buffalo Trace Distillery and Berry Hill Mansion are located ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (18 reviews)
House was clean and elegant but appeared bigger in pictures.
"Good"

Reviewed on 11 Mar 2022

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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