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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. 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
Attraction type: Specialty Museums; Points of Interest & Landmarks; State Parks
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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. After their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln visited her family here. Today the fourteen room house contains period... more Owner description: The wife of President Abraham Lincoln grew up in this house. After their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln visited her family here. Today the fourteen room house contains period furniture, portraits, and furnishings. The property is located in downtown Lexington and has a free parking lot located 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 (last tour at 3PM). Limited to 15 guest per tour. Admission is $12 Adults, $5 Children 6-12 years, free 5 and under. less
Attraction type: History Museums; Historic Sites
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The Arboretum
The Arboretum
Attraction type: Parks
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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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Blue Door Smokehouse
Blue Door Smokehouse
Ranked #1 of 872 Restaurants in Lexington
Cuisines: American, Barbecue
Good for: Dining on a budget, Local cuisine, Families with children, Kids
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Parking Available, Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Merrick Inn
Merrick Inn
Ranked #2 of 872 Restaurants in Lexington
Price: $14 - $40
Cuisines: American
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Large groups, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Harry’s Hamburg
Harry’s Hamburg
Ranked #3 of 872 Restaurants in Lexington
Price: $14 - $50
Cuisines: American, Steakhouse, Seafood, Sushi
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Large groups, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Families with children, Kids
Dining options: Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Ramsey's Diner
Ramsey's Diner
Ranked #4 of 872 Restaurants in Lexington
Cuisines: American
Good for: Dining on a budget, Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine, Families with children, Kids
Dining options: Breakfast, Brunch, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Tony's Steaks & Seafood
Tony's Steaks & Seafood
Ranked #5 of 872 Restaurants in Lexington
Cuisines: American, Steakhouse, Seafood
Good for: Special occasions, Large groups, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

GuestHouse Inn & Suites Lexington
2.5 of 5
GuestHouse Inn & Suites Lexington
$58 - $157
Ranked #8 of 71 Hotels in Lexington
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Hampton Inn Lexington Medical Center
2.5 of 5
Hampton Inn Lexington Medical Center
$126 - $195
Ranked #1 of 71 Hotels in Lexington
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Home2 Suites by Hilton Lexington University / Medical Center
2.5 of 5
Home2 Suites by Hilton Lexington University / Medical Center
$110 - $218
Ranked #3 of 71 Hotels in Lexington
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Homewood Suites by Hilton Lexington - Hamburg
3.0 of 5
Homewood Suites by Hilton Lexington - Hamburg
$107 - $171
Ranked #4 of 71 Hotels in Lexington
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Luxury

21c Museum Hotel Lexington
4.0 of 5
21c Museum Hotel Lexington
$202 - $289
Ranked #10 of 71 Hotels in Lexington
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Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa
4.0 of 5
Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa
$170 - $254
Ranked #15 of 71 Hotels in Lexington
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