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Welcome to Bluegrass Country, the "Horse Capital of the World." But you don't have to be an avid racehorse fan to enjoy the natural beauty, culture and history that this exciting city has to offer. At the Raven Run Nature Sanctuary, for example, hiking trails wend their way through forests, meadows and gentle creeks, taking you past historic landmarks; there's even a nighttime guided walk for stargazing. The best place in the world for raising thoroughbred horses, Lexington has over 500 horse farms. The Kentucky Horse Park features films, horse shows and exhibits. Be sure to tour the American Saddle Horse Museum, dedicated to the native Kentucky breed, and watch races at the lovely Keeneland Race Course in season... more Welcome to Bluegrass Country, the "Horse Capital of the World." But you don't have to be an avid racehorse fan to enjoy the natural beauty, culture and history that this exciting city has to offer. At the Raven Run Nature Sanctuary, for example, hiking trails wend their way through forests, meadows and gentle creeks, taking you past historic landmarks; there's even a nighttime guided walk for stargazing. The best place in the world for raising thoroughbred horses, Lexington has over 500 horse farms. The Kentucky Horse Park features films, horse shows and exhibits. Be sure to tour the American Saddle Horse Museum, dedicated to the native Kentucky breed, and watch races at the lovely Keeneland Race Course in season. Historic sites are plentiful here, including the Waveland State Historic Site, the childhood home of Mary Todd Lincoln and the Ashland estate of famed Kentucky statesman Henry Clay. less

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Keeneland
Keeneland
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... 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
Attraction type: Horse Tracks
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Kentucky Horse Park
Kentucky Horse Park
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... 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
Attraction type: Specialty Museums; Sports Complexes; Amusement/ Theme Parks; Parks; State Parks
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The Kentucky Theater
The Kentucky Theater
Attraction type: Theaters
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Lexington Cemetery
Lexington Cemetery
Established in 1824, this is considered one of America's most beautifully landscaped cemeteries.
Attraction type: Cemeteries
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Mary Todd Lincoln House
Mary Todd Lincoln House
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... 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
Attraction type: Historic Sites
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North Lime Coffee and Donuts
North Lime Coffee and Donuts
Ranked #1 of 737 restaurants in Lexington
Cuisines: Coffee Shop
Gara's Kabobs and More
Gara's Kabobs and More
Ranked #2 of 737 restaurants in Lexington
Price: $6 - $9
Cuisines: Greek, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner
Gumbo YA YA
Gumbo YA YA
Ranked #3 of 737 restaurants in Lexington
Price: $5 - $10
Cuisines: Cajun & Creole, Seafood, Vegan, Vegetarian
Good for: Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner
Red State BBQ
Red State BBQ
Ranked #4 of 737 restaurants in Lexington
Cuisines: Barbecue
Bourbon n' Toulouse
Bourbon n' Toulouse
Ranked #5 of 737 restaurants in Lexington
Price: $4 - $7
Cuisines: Cajun & Creole, Vegan, Vegetarian
Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Late Night

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Bluegrass Extended Stay Hotel
2.0 of 5
Bluegrass Extended Stay Hotel
$51 - $77
Ranked #30 of 65 hotels in Lexington
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Value Place
Value Place
$33 - $238
Ranked #38 of 65 hotels in Lexington
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

La Quinta Inn & Suites Lexington South / Hamburg
2.0 of 5
La Quinta Inn & Suites Lexington South / Hamburg
$65 - $135
Ranked #2 of 65 hotels in Lexington
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Homewood Suites by Hilton Lexington - Hamburg
3.0 of 5
Homewood Suites by Hilton Lexington - Hamburg
$115 - $221
Ranked #4 of 65 hotels in Lexington
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DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Lexington
3.5 of 5
DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Lexington
$97 - $179
Ranked #5 of 65 hotels in Lexington
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Luxury

Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa
4.0 of 5
Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa
$178 - $256
Ranked #14 of 65 hotels in Lexington
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