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Lexington

4.5
Casinos · State Parks · Breweries
Horse Capital of the World
Known internationally as the "Horse Capital of the World," Lexington boasts a thriving economy resting largely on its thoroughbred racehorse industry. Surrounded by a picturesque countryside dotted with hundreds of renowned horse farms, Kentucky's second-largest city boasts a compact downtown district filled with shops, theaters, and sports venues. Two large universities attract a growing number of foreign students, flavoring Lexington with a college-town atmosphere and providing it with a much richer culture than most visitors expect from a city of just over 300,000 people. There are plenty of things to do in the pedestrian-friendly downtown, but to appreciate the profound impact the horse industry has had on this town, you'll want to explore the rural areas outside the city proper. Take a look at our United States itinerary builder to refine the details of your trip to Lexington.
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Popular things to do in Lexington

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Casino
Keeneland
4.8
Duration: 4 hours
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State Park
Kentucky Horse Park
4.6
Duration: 4 hours
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Nature / Wildlife Tour
Unique Horse Farm Tours
4.9
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Distillery
James E. Pepper Distillery
4.9
Duration: 1h 30 min

Side trips from Lexington

Specialty Museum
Ark Encounter Williamstown
4.4
Duration: 4 hours
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Distillery Tour
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4.8
Duration: 4 hours
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Cave
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4.6
Duration: 2h 30 min

Hidden gems in Lexington

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Distillery Tour
Distillery Tours
4.9
Duration: 4 hours
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Brewery
West Sixth Brewing
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
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Cemetery
Lexington Cemetery
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
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Garden
Ashland: The Henry Clay Estate
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min

Historic Sites in Lexington

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Historic Site
Mary Todd Lincoln House
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Church
Cathedral of Christ the King
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
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Historic Walking Area
McConnell Springs
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
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Historic Walking Area
Waveland State Historic Site
4.5
Duration: 2 hours

Breweries & Distilleries in Lexington

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Brewery
Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co.
4.2
Duration: 30 minutes
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Brewery
Ethereal Brewing
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Brewery
Country Boy Brewing
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
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Beer Tasting / Tour
Lexington on Tap Tours
4.8
Duration: 2h 30 min

Parks in Lexington

Park
The Arboretum
4.4
Duration: 2 hours
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Park
Jacobson Park
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
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Thoroughbred Park
4.3
Duration: 2 hours
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Park
Wellington Dog Park
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
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Specialty Museum
Aviation Museum of Kentucky
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Specialty Museum
Kentucky Derby Museum Louisville
4.7
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Casino
Churchill Downs Louisville
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
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Specialty Museum
Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory Louisville
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min

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