There is so much to do in Lexington and the surrounding area and that’s why we’ve dedicated our blog to this area. Here are just a few of our favorite things to do in Lexington a nutshell. Click on the links within the list to find out in-depth information or head over to our Area Information pages.
Visit a Bourbon Distillery
Taste bourbon straight from the barrel and tour one of the many bourbon distilleries. Lexington has 14 bourbon distilleries within 45 miles of downtown. Less than a couple of miles from downtown is the Alltech Town Branch Distillery, Barrel House Distilling Co, James E. Pepper Distillery and Bluegrass Distillers. For larger distilleries, venture out to Buffalo Trace Distillery, Castle & Key Distillery, Four Roses Distillery, Wild Turkey Distillery or Woodford Reserve Distillery.
Tour a Horse Farm
Tour a horse farm or visit the expansive Kentucky Horse Park. The Bluegrass Region of Kentucky has more than 450 horse farms. Visit retired race horses including Kentucky Derby winners at Old Friends Farm in Georgetown. For a more formal tour of a famous farm, book a tour through Visit Horse Country.
During April and October live racing is in at Keeneland. You can tour the manicured grounds of this National Historic Landmark, go behind-the-scenes of the Keeneland auction house and get the VIP treatment on an Owner’s Tour.
You can also visit famous racehorses in the Hall of Champions at the Kentucky Horse park as well as visit the International Museum of the Horse or see the Parade of Breeds.
Get a behind-the-scenes look at care and training of race horses at The Thoroughbred Center. They offer guided tours where you can see morning workouts, horses track side and in the barns.
Dine at a Farm-to-Table Restaurant
Local farms are key to supplying local restaurants with farm-to-table ingredients. Head to one of these neighborhoods for some amazing eats.
Chevy Chase is only a few miles from downtown and offers shopping as well as great restaurants.
The Distillery District if full of restaurants, bars, entertainment and shopping. It’s home to a brewery and a few distilleries.
A great place to snap photos is the East End and when you visit you will understand why. Less than a mile from downtown, check out Carson’s, Cole’s, Epping’s or Magee’s.
Jefferson Street is also less than a mile from downtown and is home to some of the most locally beloved restaurants. Check out the Grey Goose, Smithtown Seafood or Stella’s Deli.
Limestone is always buzzing as it’s adjacent to the University of Kentucky campus. Check out Distilled, Doodle’s, Oscar Diggs, Sav’s Grill or The Beach House.
Sip Craft Beer Along the Brewgrass Trail
On the Brewgrass Trail you can sample a selection of artisanal beers at our unique breweries. Grab a Brewgrass Trail Passport to collect a stamp at each brewery you visit to get a gift once completed.
Shop The Summit for Luxury Shopping
The Summit is a mixed-use destination that offers 70 shops, bars and restaurants. There is also an on-site hotel if you want to stay in this hotspot.
Order a Cocktail at a Bourbon Bar
One of our favorite bourbon bars is Bluegrass Tavern, where they have more than 800 bourbons to choose from. Rumor has it they have the largest bourbon collection in Kentucky.
Belle’s Cocktail House has an impressive rooftop. The three-story bar focuses on hand-crafted cocktails and offers more than 100 bourbons.
Cork & Barrel is located in the Blue Grass Airport. This is a great way to buy bourbons and take them home in your carry-on. You must pass through security to get to this establishment.
Justin’s’ House of Bourbon is the place to find rare vintage bourbons. You can also bring a bottle from your collection and have it appraised.
Spend the Day at the Distillery District
This is a hotspot for food, drinks and entertainment not to mention some fun shops. Spend the entire day at the Distillery District.
Take a Historic Home Tour
Learn about Lexington’s rich history on a Historic Homes of Lexington Tour. Ashland, the Henry Clay Estate is the former plantation of Henry Clay and boasts 17 acres of wooded grounds. Tour the manion and visit the gardens on your visit.
Gratz Park is home to 16 historic buildings. Check out the walking tour to see these stately buildings.
The Hunt-Morgan House is located in historic Gratz Park and now operates as a museum.
Mary Todd Lincoln House is the first historic site to be restored in honor of a First Lady. Learn about this first lady on a guided tour.
Take a Bluegrass Country Driving Tour
Explore the rolling hills and horse farms of bluegrass country on a driving tour.
Explore Street Art
Complete the Lexington Mural Challenge which is a scavenger hunt including more than 30 murals throughout the city. Take the Mural Challenge and snap a picture in front of ten different murals to claim your gift from VisitLex.
For more information on where to eat, stay and play in the Greater Lexington area, check out our Area Information pages.