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    Great place to start your visit

    by lapb Written Apr 3, 2014

    Start your visit off with a little Southern Hospitality at the new Lexington Visitors Center. Get advice from real, live Lexingtonians, watch videos on interactive displays, see a real Bourbon still and lots of other Bluegrass Region memorabilia. Directly across from Triangle Park in the heart of downtown Lexington. If you are looking for things to do in Lexington, this is a great place to start!

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    Mary Todd Lincoln House

    by butterflykizzez04 Written Feb 5, 2014

    On our way back from Christmas Holiday in Charleston, WV we stopped in Lexington, Ky and while Tony waited outside, I took a tour of the Mary Todd Lincoln Home in Lexington. He likes to go into them sometimes, but truthfully he had been partying hard in WV with his family and just wanted to rest and recoup so he stayed in our van in the parking lot.
    I went into the home on the tour with another couple and the guide. He gave us a really detailed tour but we were not allowed to take photos inside the home. Which I HATE..I always turn off my flash, so I don't know why they do that, but it is their job to enforce the rules..so be it!!!
    Here is some history of the home:
    Mary Todd Lincoln House at 578 West Main Street in Lexington, Kentucky, USA, was the family home of Mary Todd, the future first lady and wife of the 16th President, Abraham Lincoln. The three-story house was the home of Robert S. Todd and his family. The family moved to the home in 1832. Mary Todd lived in this home until 1839, when she moved to Springfield, Illinois.
    The house was built c. 1803-1806 as an inn and tavern, which was called "The Sign of the Green Tree" before its purchase by the Todd family. Todd was the president of the Lexington Branch of the Bank of Kentucky and also served in the Kentucky General Assembly for 24 years. He was actively involved in the grocery business in Lexington as well as a cotton-manufacturing firm
    The Mary Todd Lincoln house has the distinction of being the first historic site restored in honor of a First Lady.[2] Operated by the Kentucky Mansions Preservation Foundation, Inc., the house museum was opened to the public on June 9, 1977.

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  • Zip Line Canopy Tour at Boone Creek Outdoors

    by bluegrassgirl Updated Aug 1, 2013

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    Highly recommended! Main reasons are..
    - Located RIGHT off of I75 (exit 99)
    - Minutes from downtown Lex
    - SUPER friendly staff and guides
    - Nice touches like water bottles available, safety briefing and "ground school" to get you comfortable with zipping
    - Obvious pride in their company and product
    - Unique info on the tour (different than other Lexington tours) ... focus on nature, Pioneer history, unique geology, etc..
    - Family and senior-citizen friendly (GREAT for those who want to get outside, but can't necessarily take a 2 1/2 hour hike

    It's hard to believe that something this wild/outdoors related is so close. For everyone in Lexington craving the outdoors and assuming that the Red River Gorge is the only option, you need to check this place out. The canopy tour crosses Boone Creek (named for Daniel Boone) and is 2 1/2 hours long. The guides are really engaging and they only allow 8 people per group, so everything is very personal. The best part of the tour, in my opinion, is that you can literally do it in any season and it's like a new tour every time. In the winter the views are amazing since there are no leaves on the trees, but as they fill out, zipping through the leafy "corridors" is an awesome experience too. After doing zip line tours in countries like Mexico and Costa Rica I was shocked that the best tour was actually this one in Kentucky. I've done it with friends and family and everyone loves the place. Overall just a nice location with friendly people and a refreshing attitude of preservation and pride in showing off the great outdoors in central Kentucky.

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  • zipline

    by p.langdon Written Jun 22, 2012

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    I had an awesome time at Red River Gorge Zipline in the Gorge. The guides made it a lot of fun. We had our whole family and the kids want to go back asap. You go through the trees and then race across this high place. wild.

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    Visitor Center has moved!

    by lapb Written May 16, 2012

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    A new Lexington Visitors Center is located in historic Victorian Square. The friendliest and smartest Visitor Information Specialists you'll ever find are waiting to help you make the most of your visit to Lexington. Don't end up at the old location on the East end of downtown. The new Center is at 401 West Main Street in Victorian Square, across from Triangle Park. Browse brochures, pick up a Visitor Planning Guide, learn about the latest Lexington apps for your smart phone. It's worth a visit just to check out Victorian Square, a unique restoration project that saved the facades of over 16 Victorian era buildings. There are restaurants, bars, boutiques and now, a Visitor Center.

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    Ride the Colt Trolley

    by lapb Updated Jun 15, 2011

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    Lexington isn't big enough to have a "Grey Line" bus tour of the city. But you can hop on free trolleys that take you up and down the main arteries like Main Street, Vine Street, Limestone and others. This gives you easy access to bars, restaurants, small city parks, art galleries, the Kentucky Theatre, the Lexington Opera House, the main library, the University of Kentucky, Transylvania University and more, and there is no cost to ride. It's free.

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    Bible themed mini golf

    by sabogg01 Updated May 8, 2011

    This mini golf course has been featured by the Billy Graham Foundation, Travel Channel's Top 10 Most Unique Miniature Golf courses, and on CBS Sunday Morning Edition.

    The miniature golf consists of 3 courses of 18 holes each (54 holes total). Each is beautifully landscaped with trees and flowers. Waterfalls and streams run through all three courses. Perfect for the whole family! You can choose to play one, two, or all three courses. Each has a biblical theme:
    Course I- Old Testament
    Course II- New Testament
    Course III- Miracles

    Each hole is represented by a biblical verse that explains where the idea for each hole came from.
    Less than $10 for an entire day. Good way to spend a day with the family or friends.

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    Go to a concert/show at Rupp Arena

    by sabogg01 Updated May 3, 2011

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    If you check out ticketmaster.com you can almost always find at least 1 event a month that can be anything from Disney on Ice to a concert that features your favorite band. Of course don't miss the Kentucky Wildcats!!

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    Waveland State Historic Site

    by sabogg01 Updated May 3, 2011

    his beautiful Greek revival home was built in 1847 by Joseph Bryan, a grandnephew of Daniel Boone. Family tradition holds that Daniel Boone surveyed the land where Waveland now stands for his nephew and namesake, Daniel Boone Bryan.

    Tours of Waveland focus on the Bryan family and life on a 19th-century Kentucky plantation.

    The tourguide actually lives in the home so she was very knowledgeable. She was in costume and always spoke in character as well. Out of all the historic homes that I saw this one was my favorite.
    You are free to walk the grounds on your own but must be in the guided tour to go inside the buildings. This home is included in the 4 homes for $15 ticket at the convention center or you can pay per visit. The tours are open April-December. In October and December they do things for the holidays.

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    Hunt-Morgan House

    by sabogg01 Written May 3, 2011

    The Hunt-Morgan House, historically known as Hopemont, is a Federal style residence in Lexington, Kentucky built in 1814 by John Wesley Hunt, the first millionaire west of the Alleghenies. The house is included in the Gratz Park Historic District.
    The Alexander T. Hunt Civil War Museum, located on the second floor of the Hunt-Morgan House, features an extensive collection of Civil War relics and memorabilia. Hours are:
    Wednesday-Friday: 1:00-4:00
    Saturday: 10:00-3:00
    Sunday: 1:00-4:00
    The tours are supposed to begin on the hour but our tour guide was very chatty and the 1 hour tour ended up being over 3 hours so I became a little bored at that point but if you have extra time it is worth a visit.

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    Mary Todd Lincoln House

    by sabogg01 Written May 3, 2011

    Mary Todd Lincoln House at 578 West Main Street in Lexington, Kentucky, was the family home of the future first lady and wife of the 16th President, Mary Todd Lincoln. The three story home was the home of Robert S. Todd and his family. The family moved to the home in 1832. Mary Todd lived in this home till 1839 when she moved to Springfield, Illinois. The Mary Todd Lincoln house has the distinction of being the first historic site restored in honor of a First Lady. The home is operated by the Kentucky Mansions Preservation Foundation, Inc. and was opened to the public on June 9, 1977. The home is open to the public March-November each year. It is $9 for adults and $4 for children or you can go to the Lexington convention center and purchase a pass to go to 4 homes for $15. This is by far the best deal.

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    Headley-Whitney Museum

    by sabogg01 Written May 1, 2011

    Dedicated to the care, collection, and exhibition of the decorative arts, including furniture, textiles, ceramics, and jewelry of George W. Headley III. The shell grotto was my favorite part. EVERYTHING in this area is completely made of shells. Absolutely amazing. If you have AAA you can buy 1 admission ticket get the second free. Beautiful grounds and the tour guides do a great job telling the history.

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    Go see a horse farm

    by JREllison Updated Apr 4, 2011

    Claiborne Farm is north of Lexington near Paris, Kentucky. This breeding farm was the home to the great racing champion Secretariat the 1973 Triple Crown winner. Secretariat lived and is buried at this famous farm outside Paris.

    Open to visitors by appointment only.

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    Lexington is a Sports City and SEC football rules

    by JREllison Updated Apr 4, 2011

    Commonwealth Stadiun is home of SEC football Kenmtucky Wildcats. Every year the Wildcats are in the fight to see who determines the out come of the National Collegate Football championship. Many of the big name schools play here every year, pick your year it might be Alabama, Flordia, Florida State or LSU. Which ever team is the visitor the football will be great.

    Alcohol, containers, food, backpacks and large bags are not permitted.

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    Kentucky Museum of Aviation

    by Toughluck Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    It's a small museum, with a variety of aircraft and information on flight. It's unique attraction is the replica of the Quadraplane and it's first in retractable landing gear.

    Children (0-5 years) and Members - Free
    Children/Youth (6-16 years) - $4.00
    Adults (17-59 years) - $7.00
    Seniors (60+ years) - $5.00

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