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Ranked #1 of 49 attractions in Lexington
Category: Horse Tracks; Casinos/Gaming
Owner description: Part thoroughbred race course, part sales company and considered one of America's most beautiful tracks, Keeneland is known... more » Owner description: Part thoroughbred race course, part sales company and considered one of America's most beautiful tracks, Keeneland is known for its well-designed and meticulous landscaping. The grounds consist of the paddock, a prep area where visitors can view horses up-close just before the race and a combination of dirt and turf race tracks. « less
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Ranked #2 of 49 attractions in Lexington
Owner description: The only park of its kind in the world, the Kentucky Horse Park is a working horse farm, educational theme park and equine... more » Owner description: The only park of its kind in the world, the Kentucky Horse Park is a working horse farm, educational theme park and equine competition facility dedicated to man's relationship with the horse. Set on more than 1,200 acres in the heart of the Kentucky's famous Bluegrass region, the park is THE place to get close to horses! Featuring dozens of breeds of horse at work and at play, the park showcases the horse in daily equine presentations, horse drawn tours, horseback and pony rides, and an array of horse shows and special events throughout the year. The park's International Museum of the Horse, a Smithsonian Affiliate, is the world's largest equestrian museum. Offering both the experienced horseman and novice an opportunity to explore the many facets of humanity's relationship with the horse, the museum is dedicated to all breeds and disciplines of horse and covers some 50-million years of equine history. State-of-the-art technology complements rare artifacts and scholarly research to present a unique, educational, museum experience for all ages. The American Saddlebred Museum, the Showplace for Saddlebreds, celebrates Kentucky's first native breed of horse. The museum features interactive exhibits and a movie. With the park's own tourist activities and the numerous additional horse shows that take place in the equine competition facilities throughout the year, there can be a fair amount of walking involved, depending on visitor interest level. Comfortable shoes and clothing is recommended, appropriate for Kentucky's seasonal weather. Dogs and other pets are permitted on park grounds, as long as they are on a leash or in an approved carrier, although they may not be permitted in some buildings. « less
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Ranked #3 of 49 attractions in Lexington
Category: Historic Sites; Cultural
Owner description: The wife of President Abraham Lincoln grew up in this house, which today contains many pieces of her personal possessions.... more » Owner description: The wife of President Abraham Lincoln grew up in this house, which today contains many pieces of her personal possessions. After their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln visited her family here. Today the fourteen room house contains period furniture, portraits, and furnishings from the Todd and Lincoln families. The property is located in downtown Lexington and has a free parking lot directly behind the house. Convenient walking distance to local hotels and restaurants.Open seasonally March 15th -Nov 30th. Holiday schedule varies. Open Mon.-Sat. (closed Sun.)Guided tours on the hour, 10AM-3PM (closes 4PM)$10 adults; $5 children ages 6-12. « less
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Ranked #4 of 49 attractions in Lexington

This Romanesque-style theater built in 1922 was restored to its original grandeur in 1992. In addition to showing classic, modern and foreign films, the Kentucky Theater hosts a... more »

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Ranked #5 of 49 attractions in Lexington
Category: Cemeteries; Cultural
Established in 1824, this is considered one of America's most beautifully landscaped cemeteries.
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Ranked #6 of 49 attractions in Lexington
Owner description: When you are in the Horse Capital of the World, be sure to stop by and see us at our new downtown Visitor Center, 401 West... more » Owner description: When you are in the Horse Capital of the World, be sure to stop by and see us at our new downtown Visitor Center, 401 West Main Street, in Victorian Square. Look for the awning with the famous blue horse, Big Lex. We are open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Open Sunday afternoons from noon till 5 p.m. in the summer.) Speak with a Visitor Information Specialist, browse our informative brochures and maps, watch videos about the Bluegrass Region on one of five interactive screens and check out our Bourbon still and other memorabilia. « less
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Ranked #7 of 49 attractions in Lexington
Category: Historic Sites; Gardens; Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Cultural
Owner description: The site of celebrated statesman Henry Clay's original 672-acre estate that once grew hemp, tobacco and grain is now a museum... more » Owner description: The site of celebrated statesman Henry Clay's original 672-acre estate that once grew hemp, tobacco and grain is now a museum and National Historic Landmark, where visitors can tour the reconstructed 18-room mansion, grounds and beautiful gardens. « less
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Ranked #8 of 49 attractions in Lexington
Category: Arenas/ Stadiums/ Fields; Theaters & Stadiums
Home of the Lexington Legends, the Houston Astros' Class A affiliate in the South Atlantic League.
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Ranked #9 of 49 attractions in Lexington
Category: Parks; Outdoors

Expansive arboretum features a variety of trees, gardens and walking/jogging paths. Open year-round, dawn to dusk. more »

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Ranked #10 of 49 attractions in Lexington
Category: Educational Sites; Cultural
Owner description: Founded in 1865, the University of Kentucky is the largest public university in the state, educating more than 24,000... more » Owner description: Founded in 1865, the University of Kentucky is the largest public university in the state, educating more than 24,000 students each semester. Home of the UK Wildcats. Walking tours are available. « less
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Ranked #11 of 49 attractions in Lexington
Category: Parks; Outdoors

Jacobson Park is a 216-acre park located in east Lexington. The park includes a reservoir used by the water company and a golf course (Lakeside Golf Course). Amenities: Basketball... more »

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Ranked #12 of 49 attractions in Lexington
Category: Parks; Outdoors

This 2.5 acre park dedicated to the Thoroughbred industry contains seven life-size and lifelike bronze racehorses streaking toward the finish line, while broodmares, foals and the... more »

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Ranked #13 of 49 attractions in Lexington
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Outdoors
Owner description: Don your walking or hiking shoes and follow the trails through this 350-acre tract of land complete with forests, creeks,... more » Owner description: Don your walking or hiking shoes and follow the trails through this 350-acre tract of land complete with forests, creeks, meadows, wildflowers and historic and geological landmarks. « less
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Ranked #14 of 49 attractions in Lexington
Category: Arenas/ Stadiums/ Fields; Theaters & Stadiums
Owner description: Sports and entertainment center seats 23,600 spectators and serves as home to the University of Kentucky Men's Basketball... more » Owner description: Sports and entertainment center seats 23,600 spectators and serves as home to the University of Kentucky Men's Basketball team. « less
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Ranked #15 of 49 attractions in Lexington
Category: Specialty Museums; Museums
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Ranked #16 of 49 attractions in Lexington
Category: Educational Sites; Tours; Cultural
Owner description: Experience the spirit and nobility of Thoroughbreds at The Thoroughbred Center, where the champions of tomorrow are in... more » Owner description: Experience the spirit and nobility of Thoroughbreds at The Thoroughbred Center, where the champions of tomorrow are in training today. Observe trainers up close as they teach their horses the skills they will need to become winners. You may even get to watch a future Derby winner step into a starting gate and break from it for the very first time. After workouts, be amazed at the care, equipment, and methods used to keep these magnificent horses in championship racing condition. Make plans to visit this unique facility during your stay in the Bluegrass, and become a part of Kentucky's world-famous Thoroughbred industry. « less
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Ranked #17 of 49 attractions in Lexington
Category: Historic Sites; Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas; Cultural
Owner description: Experience 19th century plantation life at this historic compound where you can tour the mansion or "big house," see quarters... more » Owner description: Experience 19th century plantation life at this historic compound where you can tour the mansion or "big house," see quarters where slaves lived, visit a smokehouse and other elements of daily life in the Old South. « less
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Ranked #18 of 49 attractions in Lexington
Category: Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas; Outdoors

Known as the "Birthplace of Lexington", a nice walking trail leads to a breathtaking natural spring where Lexington was named in 1775. The campsite of William McConnell, upon word... more »

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Ranked #19 of 49 attractions in Lexington
Category: Horse Tracks; Casinos/Gaming

The Red Mile is Lexington's oldest existing racetrack, dating to 1875, as well as one of the nation's most respected harness tracks. The nation's largest outdoor Saddlebred horse... more »

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Ranked #20 of 49 attractions in Lexington
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Ranked #21 of 49 attractions in Lexington
Category: Convention Centers; Landmarks

This downtown complex includes a hotel, retail center and convention and meeting facilities, a 17,000 square-foot ballroom and an exhibition hall, as well as Rupp Arena, home... more »

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Ranked #22 of 49 attractions in Lexington
Category: Historic Sites; Military Museums; Cultural
The former home of General John Hunt Morgan now houses a second-floor Civil War museum.
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Ranked #23 of 49 attractions in Lexington
Category: Churches/ Cathedrals; Cultural
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Ranked #24 of 49 attractions in Lexington
Category: Parks; Outdoors
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Ranked #25 of 49 attractions in Lexington
Category: History Museums; Specialty Museums; Museums
Owner description: Explore the history and legends of the American Saddlebred, Kentucky's only native breed, at this museum which includes... more » Owner description: Explore the history and legends of the American Saddlebred, Kentucky's only native breed, at this museum which includes various exhibits and an award winning multi-image show, "Saddlebred for America." « less
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Ranked #26 of 49 attractions in Lexington
Category: Educational Sites; Cultural
Established in 1780, this is the oldest American college west of the Alleghany Mountains.
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Ranked #27 of 49 attractions in Lexington
Category: Libraries; Cultural
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Ranked #28 of 49 attractions in Lexington
Category: Children's Museums; Museums
Owner description: Here's a museum where you can touch and play with everything! Explorium of Lexington is a fun and dynamic hands-on learning... more » Owner description: Here's a museum where you can touch and play with everything! Explorium of Lexington is a fun and dynamic hands-on learning environment that inspires imagination and curiosity for kids of all ages. Open Tuesday - Saturday from 10AM to 5PM and Sundays from 1 to 5PM. Open Mondays from Memorial Day - Labor Day 10-5. Admission is $8 per person. « less
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Ranked #29 of 49 attractions in Lexington
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Ranked #30 of 49 attractions in Lexington
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