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#1 of 52 in Lexington
Category: Horse Tracks
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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#2 of 52 in Lexington
Travelers' Choice® 2013 Winner Attractions
Category: Specialty Museums; Sports Complexes; Amusement/ Theme Parks; Parks; State Parks
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. « less
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#3 of 52 in Lexington
Category: Cemeteries
Established in 1824, this is considered one of America's most beautifully landscaped cemeteries.
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#4 of 52 in Lexington
Category: Theaters

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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#5 of 52 in Lexington
Category: Historic Sites
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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#6 of 52 in Lexington
Category: Hiking Trails
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#7 of 52 in Lexington
Category: Parks

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

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#8 of 52 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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#9 of 52 in Lexington
Category: Arenas/ Stadiums/ Fields
Home of the Lexington Legends, the Houston Astros' Class A affiliate in the South Atlantic League.
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#10 of 52 in Lexington
Category: Specialty Museums
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#11 of 52 in Lexington
Category: Historic Sites; Gardens; Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Owner description: The home of celebrated statesman Henry Clay, a 600-acre estate that once grew hemp, tobacco and grain is now a museum and... more » Owner description: The home of celebrated statesman Henry Clay, a 600-acre estate that once grew hemp, tobacco and grain is now a museum and National Historic Landmark, where visitors can tour the 18-room mansion, grounds and beautiful gardens. « less
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#12 of 52 in Lexington
Category: Educational Sites
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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#13 of 52 in Lexington
Category: Arenas/ Stadiums/ Fields
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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#14 of 52 in Lexington
Category: Parks

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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#15 of 52 in Lexington
Category: Educational Sites; Tours
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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#16 of 52 in Lexington
Category: Parks

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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#17 of 52 in Lexington
Category: Convention Centers

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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#18 of 52 in Lexington
Category: Specialty Museums; History 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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#19 of 52 in Lexington
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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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#20 of 52 in Lexington
Category: Comedy Clubs
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#21 of 52 in Lexington
Category: Historic Sites; Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas
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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#22 of 52 in Lexington
Category: Military Museums; Historic Sites
The former home of General John Hunt Morgan now houses a second-floor Civil War museum.
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#23 of 52 in Lexington
Category: Horseback Riding Stables
Owner description: Horse riding experience designed for the Advanced* and the first time beginning rider. Learn about safety rules as well as... more » Owner description: Horse riding experience designed for the Advanced* and the first time beginning rider. Learn about safety rules as well as hands on experience in brushing the horse, learn how to saddle and ride! Mount and ride the horse at a walk and trot and learn how to steer. For the brave at heart a canter or lope. Adults and children learn a bit about physiology and psychology of the horse. Did you know that the horse has two lobes in his brain; but unlike people they are not connected. This means the horse can see in front of him and behind him at the same time. Each eye is independent. « less
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#24 of 52 in Lexington
Category: Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas

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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#25 of 52 in Lexington
Category: Churches/ Cathedrals
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#26 of 52 in Lexington
Category: Libraries
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#27 of 52 in Lexington
Category: Horse Tracks

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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#28 of 52 in Lexington
Category: Specialty Museums
Owner description: The Headley-Whitney Museum is a decorative arts museum in the Bluegrass Region of Kentucky. Founded by George Headley, a... more » Owner description: The Headley-Whitney Museum is a decorative arts museum in the Bluegrass Region of Kentucky. Founded by George Headley, a noted jewelry designer from the twentieth century, the Museum houses pieces from Headley's impressive collection of jewelry and bibelots (small, decorative objects of beauty) in addition to an array of rotating exhibits and workshops. The property is also used for special events with many acres of unique and beautiful grounds to enjoy. Visit the Headley-Whitney Museum on your next trip to Kentucky and see why were are truly the Gem of the Bluegrass! « less
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#29 of 52 in Lexington
Category: Theaters
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#30 of 52 in Lexington
Category: Parks
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