Lexington is the place where champions are made and thoroughbreds are raised. The city’s famous horse farms lie within the city’s outskirts, featuring rolling hills and lush countryside scenes. Driving towards historical towns nearby creates a wonderful diversion in the Bluegrass Region.
Lexington’s Kentucky Horse Park presents a marvelous collection of over 50 breeds of horses. This is the main source of pride, and tourism revenue, for Lexington. See what’s it like working in the farms where you can tend to the horses. Know everything there is inside the equestrian world and indulge in seeing the lush pasture fields covering 1,200 acres of land. The park is the central figure during the yearly shows and competitions attended by thousands of equine enthusiasts. As for the real deal in thoroughbred racing, crowds troop to the Keeneland Racing Course every April and October to witness the finest horses in action.
Manufacturing Kentucky Bourbon thrives well in Lexington’s distilleries. Buffalo Trace, Wild Turkey, Woodford Reserve and Four Roses provide more than just the typical visitor experience, as all distilling companies guides you through the process, imparting valuable learning in the art of making bourbon.
Lexington stands in the region that has seen notable Civil War events. It was also the very first section of Kentucky to be occupied, thus becoming the foundation of the American West. Relive these glorious moments in history through the well-restored antebellum mansions in Lexington. Foremost places to consider visiting are the Ashland Henry Clay Estate, Mary Todd Lincoln House, Hunt-Morgan House, Waveland and Latrobe House.
Discover the largest Shaker community in the country located in Pleasant Hill. The village offers 3,000 acres of restored lands, modest farmhouses, mills and other life-sized artifacts. Spending some time inside Shaker Village afford visitors the chance to reconnect with life’s simplest pleasures.