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Nestled in the Bluegrass Region, Lexington revels in its nickname, “The Horse Capital of the World.” As you approach the city, you will encounter miles of gentle pastureland, paddocks and many, many horses. But while the horse farms set the stage, the City also offers a vibrant arts and theater scene, landmarks that reveal its storied past and tantalizing Bourbon distilleries.
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If you are coming to Lexington to enjoy the equine culture, you won’t be disappointed. Harness racing fans can enjoy the thrills at The Red Mile, while Keeneland Race Course offers the excitement of thoroughbred racing. You will also get a chance to explore Kentucky Horse Park and the Thoroughbred Training Center.
History and architecture buffs are in a great position to tour numerous landmark estates. It is here that you can find the impressive Hunt-Morgan House, built in 1814, as well as the Alexander T. Hunt Civil War Museum that resides on the second level of the home. Lexington is also host to the Mary Todd Lincoln House and Latrobe’s Pope Villa. If you want to know more about Lexington itself, consider paying a visit to the Lexington History Center.
The University of Kentucky consistently draws visitors to its campus for impressive events. Basketball fans come to see the Wildcats take the court, while art lovers enjoy examining the more than 4,500 items in the permanent collection at the University’s Art Museum. The campus is also home to Martin Luther King Jr. Cultural Center and the Singletary Center for the Arts.
Lexington is also known for its Bourbon. If sampling is in your plans, make a point to tour the Barrel House Distilling Co and Town Branch Distillery before continuing to the neighboring cities which are part of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. Lexington also has burgeoning wine and craft beer industries. Enjoy pours at Grimes Mill Winery or samples at the West Sixth Brewing Company and Alltech Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co.
The entire family will enjoy a show at the Lexington Children’s Theatre or the day spent exploring and creating at The Living Arts & Science Center downtown. And if you are looking for outdoor adventures, head over to historic McConnell Springs, go canoeing on nearby Elkhorn Creek or plan a hike alongside the Kentucky River.