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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
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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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The Kentucky Theater
The Kentucky Theater
Attraction type: Theaters
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Lexington Visitors Center
Lexington Visitors Center
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... 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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All places to eat » Places to eat

Red State BBQ
Red State BBQ
Ranked #1 of 755 Restaurants in Lexington
Cuisines: Barbecue
Gumbo YA YA
Gumbo YA YA
Ranked #2 of 755 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
Merrick Inn
Merrick Inn
Ranked #3 of 755 Restaurants in Lexington
Price: $12 - $32
Cuisines: American
Good for: Large groups, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
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B J Spalding Bakery
Ranked #4 of 755 Restaurants in Lexington
Coles 735 Main
Coles 735 Main
Ranked #5 of 755 Restaurants in Lexington
Price: $10 - $32
Cuisines: Japanese, Mediterranean, Vegetarian, Eclectic
Good for: Outdoor seating
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Bluegrass Extended Stay Hotel
2.0 of 5
Bluegrass Extended Stay Hotel
$60 - $100
Ranked #33 of 64 Hotels in Lexington
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Super 8 Georgetown
2.0 of 5
Super 8 Georgetown
$51 - $71
Ranked #5 of 14 Hotels in Georgetown
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Microtel Inn by Wyndham Georgetown
2.0 of 5
Microtel Inn by Wyndham Georgetown
$51 - $66
Ranked #8 of 14 Hotels in Georgetown
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Courtyard by Marriott Lexington Keeneland/Airport
Courtyard by Marriott Lexington Keeneland/Airport
$123 - $181
Ranked #3 of 64 Hotels in Lexington
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Homewood Suites by Hilton Lexington - Hamburg
3.0 of 5
Homewood Suites by Hilton Lexington - Hamburg
$125 - $224
Ranked #4 of 64 Hotels in Lexington
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La Quinta Inn & Suites Lexington South / Hamburg
2.0 of 5
La Quinta Inn & Suites Lexington South / Hamburg
$78 - $146
Ranked #5 of 64 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
$201 - $304
Ranked #17 of 64 Hotels in Lexington
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