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Best things to do in Lexington

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Where in the world: USA  /  Kentucky  /  Lexington

Top 15 things to do in Lexington

1. Keeneland

Keeneland, home to one of America's premier thoroughbred horse racetracks, offers live racing and a world-class reference library dedicated to the sport. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the complex began operations in 1936. Notable races include the Blue Grass Stakes and Beaumont Stakes, well known as preparatory races for Kentucky Derby hopefuls. The track's annual horse auctions draw buyers from around the world. If you can’t catch a live race, try one of the racetrack's self-guided tours of its active facilities.
Suggested duration: 4 hours
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2. Kentucky Horse Park

Horses from around the world--including some champions and some rare breeds--reside at Kentucky Horse Park. Watch presentations on horses' daily routines, including work and play. Ride along the outskirts of the park with a guide, or hop on a horse-drawn trolley for a narrated scenic tour, where you'll learn about the park's history. The park's International Museum of the Horse is considered the largest and most comprehensive museum in the world dedicated to the relationship between people and horses.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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3. Mill Ridge Farm

Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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4. Half-Day Thoroughbred Horse Farm Tour in Kentucky

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Experience why Kentucky's Bluegrass Horse Country is world famous! This 3+ hour family-owned thoroughbred heritage horse farm tour offers a fun and informative tour that will provide you with a unique experience and take you through the heart and soul of Kentucky’s beautiful Bluegrass Horse Country. This is an interactive tour were you will get to touch and pet some horses.You will visit a private farm that is exclusive to us and has had winners of both the Preakness and Belmont Stakes and will have two in the Derby this year!
Suggested duration: 3 hours
Tours from $41 › More about this tour at viator.com ›
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5. James E. Pepper Distillery

The Pepper family brand of whiskey is the oldest and most legendary whiskey brand in both Kentucky and American history. Founded during the American Revolution. Visit us in downtown Lexington to tour the distillery and taste our award winning whiskeys.


Wed-Sat tours start every hour 10:30am-3:30pm, retail shop open 10am -7pm

Sunday tours every hour Noon-4pm, retail shop open 11:30am-5:30pm

Learn more at www.JamesEPepper.com
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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6. Taylor Made Farm, Nicholasville

Family owned and operated since 1976, Taylor Made began as a boarding farm for Thoroughbred horses. It is now a leading sales agency, best known for helping clients market and sell their Thoroughbreds at public auction.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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7. Distillery Tours, Louisville

Suggested duration: 4 hours
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8. Unique Horse Farm Tours with Insider Access to Private Farms

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Looking for unique access to the best of Kentucky's thoroughbred horse culture? Go behind-the-scenes with this one-of-a-kind intimate tour experience. Our professional guides are long time insiders that will share a wealth of knowledge and up-close experiences with you. Learn about horse racing and breeding as you visit three horse farms and enjoy an exclusive look at how the horses are bred, raised, and prepared for their racing debuts. Under supervision of your guide, have chance to meet the horses and feed them a treat. Don't miss out on this colorful and entertaining personal tour with beautiful views and a rich history.
Suggested duration: 3 hours
Tours from $49 › More about this tour at viator.com ›

9. Godolphin

Jonabell Farm in Lexington, Kentucky, is the American headquarters for HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s global Godolphin thoroughbred breeding and racing operation and home of the Darley stallions in America. The current stallion roster includes Kentucky Derby winners NYQUIST, ANIMAL KINGDOM, and STREET SENSE, multiple G1 winner FROSTED, and perennial leading sires MEDAGLIA D’ORO and BERNARDINI.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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10. Ark Encounter, Williamstown

At, Ark Encounter you can journey back to Biblical times to meet Noah, his family, and the animals. In addition to the life-size arc, this theme park also features a zoo with exotic animals from around the globe, a restaurant, ziplines, and a gift shop. The extensive multimedia exhibits "teach" about the times before, during, and after the flood, the life on the arc, and other events mentioned in the Bible.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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11. Louisville Mega Cavern, Louisville

Discover the underground world of Louisville Mega Cavern, once a bomb shelter capable of housing nearly 50,000 people. Today, the cavern features the world's only underground zipline course that allows you to plunge off 20 m (70 ft) cliffs into a pit of darkness. If jumping into complete blackness isn't your thing, take a tram tour of the cavern's many passages. The tram stops at a large worm farm, where insects consume trash in order to produce fertilizer. Be sure to dress appropriately--the cavern is 30 m (100 ft) below the city, and temperatures rarely rise above 13 C (56 F).
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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12. Smartphone-Guided Walking Tour of Downtown Louisville Sights & Stories

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Our smartphone-guided tour brings the facts and stories behind Louisville to life because we've taken the same stops and sights we share with our friends and families when they come to town and created an interactive web-based tour for you!Read the stories behind the city, answer questions to reveal fun facts, and experience what makes this quintessential Southern city incredible! Purchase your tour and then navigate to our website to enter your access code and launch the tour. You can either start immediately or create an account and come back when you are ready to explore.Please note that you and your group read the tour aloud to one another - there is no audio functionality at this time.
Suggested duration: 60 to 90 minutes
Tours from $15 › More about this tour at viator.com ›

13. Sun Valley Farm, Versailles

Tours are only available at 9:30 or 1:00. Please contact directly to arrange for your visit.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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14. Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, Cincinnati

Home of the oldest zoo building in the United States, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is known for its extensive breeding and conservation program. In 1987, the oldest portions of the park were designated as National Historic Landmarks: the "Elephant House," the "Reptile House," and the "Passenger Pigeon Memorial." The reptile house claims the title of the oldest--it was built in 1875.
Suggested duration: 4 hours
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15. Louisville Scavenger Hunt: Rounding The Bases

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Let’s Roam is the #1 app-led scavenger hunt company. Walk to all the best landmarks and hidden gems, answering trivia questions and solving challenges. Work with your team or compete against them, as you learn new facts and create memorable experiences. Let’s Roam Scavenger Hunts are great as an everyday activity, or for bachelorette parties, birthday parties, corporate team building events and more! Each player chooses an interactive role, with challenges varying by person.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $12 › More about this tour at viator.com ›