About Lexington

by , SmarterTravel Staff
Kentucky-Lexington Horses in a Field

It's known as the Horse Capital of the World, but Lexington has much more to offer visitors than equine activities. Think: a thriving dining scene, well-preserved history, a vibrant downtown, and of course—bourbon.

Many travelers come to Lexington as they journey through the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. There are five real working distilleries nearby that you can visit (not all of which are official stops on the trail): Woodford Reserve, Buffalo Trace, Four Roses, Town Branch, and Wild Turkey. On a budget? All tours at Buffalo Trace, home of the cult-favorite Pappy Van Winkle, are complimentary (and include a free tasting at the end).


Lexington's dining scene is just as great as its drinking scene, and no matter what type of cuisine you're looking for, you'll find it expertly created here. Check out this list of more than 100 locally owned restaurants for inspirations—no chains here.

As you're wandering around downtown Lexington trying to decide which restaurant to visit, be sure to download the LexWalk Audio Tour App for a free guided jaunt around 19 points of interest.

Lexington might also give you serious house envy, especially if you visit one of the historic homes available for the public to tour here, like the Mary Todd Lincoln House.

Of course, you'll want to fit in some time for thoroughbreds on your itinerary! A great way to get up-close-and personal to Lexington's famous horses is to head out to Keeneland race track for the morning workouts. Anyone is welcome to come see the horses train for their next competition. Workouts take place from about 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and are completely free to watch.

To visit, book a flight into the appropriately named Blue Grass Airport, which is a short drive away from downtown Lexington.

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