Admiring the thoroughbreds at a countryside horse farm
Al fresco dining in the Distillery District
Strolling along a colorful neighborhood street
Incredible views in the mountains outside the city
Thoroughbreds leisurely grazing at sunset
Bocce ball and craft beers on a fun night out in the Distillery District
Victorian-era architecture of The Square, a historic landmark
Fly-fishing with Boone Creek Outdoors, a local outfitter and canopy tour operator
Old-fashioned carriage touring the Kentucky Horse Park
A glass of Kentucky bourbon ready for sipping in a local tavern
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Where horse country meets the charms of city life
Exploring Horse Country
Drive just 10 minutes outside the city’s charming downtown and find yourself in the heart of Horse Country where you can explore the rolling hills of bluegrass, surrounded by 450 horse world-class horse farms. You can see thoroughbreds in action at the Keeneland Racecourse as they charge to the finish line, or you can tour the magnificent thoroughbred farms and nurseries on a Horse Country tour.
All About Bourbon
When it comes to bourbon, Lexington is one Kentucky’s top destinations for sampling and learning about the iconic spirit. Tour one of the 14 bourbon distilleries within 75 kilometers of downtown. Explore old warehouses where row upon row of charred-oak barrels stretch into the darkness, waiting for their chance to be sipped. Then, grab a stool at one of the many world-class bourbon and cocktail bars downtown. In Lexington, every bar is a bourbon bar.
Beyond Southern Comfort Food
Local farms have been supplying Lexington restaurants with farm-to-table ingredients since before it was cool. These fresh foods, along with inventive chefs, are the cornerstone of the city’s thriving culinary scene, which sees new restaurants, cafés, food trucks and bistros popping up almost constantly. Not surprisingly, chefs here also have a knack for incorporating bourbon into cuisine, with bourbon-infused dishes ranging from ice cream to entrees.
Live Music & Nightlife
Lexington is home to the oldest bluegrass music festival in Kentucky, the Festival of the Bluegrass. While bluegrass is about as prevalent as bourbon here, there are also plenty of musicians showcasing other genres. You can find live music in Lexington any day of the week – at restaurants, bars and traditional music venues throughout the city.
There’s also the Distillery District, formerly an abandoned distillery site that has been brought back to life as a funky, unique hangout. The Distillery District is full of restaurants and bars, a brewery and, you guessed it, a few distilleries. Whether you want to eat pizza by the slice, drink a microbrew or play old-school arcade games, this local hot spot the perfect place to unwind and get a taste of the Lexington lifestyle.
Everything’s coming up roses at Lexington’s Arboretum, a preserve that showcases over 1,200 different types of the fragrant flower.
Lexington is surrounded by more than 450 horse farms.
There are 14 bourbon distilleries within 45 minutes of downtown Lexington.