What Are Some Things to Do in Lexington, Kentucky?

Lexington, Kentucky, is home to several equestrian-themed attractions, such as the Kentucky Horse Park, Keeneland Race Course and horse farm tours. Area historic homes and a Shaker village give a glimpse of the history of the region, while several local restaurants offer Southern dishes and other cuisine.

The Kentucky Horse Park is a large complex that houses more than 50 horse breeds and also features farm exhibits, museums, galleries, theaters and acres of pastures. A campground features a nearby grocery store, a swimming pool, tennis and basketball courts, and bathhouses. The park is open year round, though visiting times are limited during the winter.

The Keeneland Race Course, which has live thoroughbred racing and auctions, is a national historic site. Visitors can see champion horses at nearby horse farm tours.

Lexington is home to several historic homes from the 19th century, including the former house of First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln. The restored Shaker village of Pleasant Hill consists of nearly 3,000 acres of land and several 19th-century-style buildings. Live demonstrations highlight Shaker artifacts and craftsmanship, and visitors can also attend music and dance festivals, classes and other events. Several hiking trails, horseback trails and opportunities for boating are available along the Kentucky River.