Keeneland is a wonderful place to attend a day at the races. It is beautiful, made of stone, set in the brilliant green countryside. It is open Spring and Fall (check website for race information). It's always crowded and parking can be a bit of a zoo, so best to get there early.
I usually do not enjoy shopping, or recommend shopping, but Lexington has perhaps the finest independent book store in the country--Joseph Beth Booksellers, located in the Lexington Green off Nicholasville Road and New Circle. It is huge and has a great travel section and a travel agency located in the store. You can listen to compact disks, drink coffee, have lunch, and have a great time browsing through the large selection of books, magazines, compact disks, cards and more. (See picture left at back of the store overlooking lake). Joseph-Beth also has locations in Cincinnati and Cleveland.
Also, the victorian shops located downtown on Main across from Rupp Arena at Triangle Park has several businesses worth visiting--including local artists selling paintings and an old fashioned drug store with soda fountain. (Note the Talbotts outlet, which is a great place to buy clasic styled ladies clothing at very low prices--especially when they have a clearance sale, has moved from the Victorian Square to the Hamburg mall).
The Lexingon Chamber of Commerce web page lists other main places to shop. See, http://www.visitlex.com/quick/shopping.html
Go see a horse race. Even people that don't enjoy wagering on horses usually enjoy Keeneland because it is a great place to take pictures and watch people. Keeneland has live racing in the Spring and Fall. The Spring meet is always in April just before the May meet of Churchhill Downs and the Kentucky Derby in Louisville--always the first Saturday in May. The Red Mile race track is famous in Harness Racing and hosts one of Harness Racing's Tripple Crown events. Watch for Keeneland in the new Sea Biscuit movie (carefully disguised to look like a 1930's track in the east). Sea Biscuit never raced in Kentucky.
A few years ago we enjoyed a 'Horse Mania' public art event. The horses were auctioned at Keeneland to raise money for charity. Successful bidders may leave a few of these horses on display around Lexington. This year doors from an old demolished public housing project have been painted by local artists and are found throughout the downtown area.
I have not seen them ALL but in this part of KY you can find many antique shops.
Ann Greely Interiors and Antiques
497 East Main Street
Antique Mall at Historic Danville
158 North Third Street
Antiques & Collectibles
528 Angliana Avenue
Dana Kelly Oriental Rugs
870 East High Street
The Gift Box
171 West Lowry Lane
Heritage Antique Galleries
380 East Main Street
4205 Fords Mill Road
The Shops at Lexington Center
410 West Vine Street
Lenabelle Harkins Antiques
732 National Avenue
Lexington Antique Gallery
637 East Main Street
Lexington Antiques and Collectibles
528 Angliana Avenue
531 West Short Street
Meadowthorpe Antique Mall
1463 Leestown Road
Old Towne Antique Mall
161 North Main Street
247 North Broadway
765 East Seventh Street
Thomas Baldwin Antiques
115 Clay Avenue
If you drive Route 60 west between Lexington and Frankfort you will see some of the most beautiful horse farms in the world. If that is inconvenient and you travel down I-75 exit Iron Works Pike. Head east to Route 27 and then back west to I-75. You will see many horse farms that way, too.
many horse farms will give tours IF you call in advance and make reservations. for a good list of available tours try
The Kentucky Horse Park will host a special exhibit called "All the Queen's Horses" April 26th through August 24, 2003. This will depict the role of the horse in the British Isles. The Kentucky Horse Park offers the opportunity to see various breeds of horses, ride a horse, or attend one of the many horse shows or other events scheduled at the park. See my Kentucky web page for a photo from the Rolex Kentucky 3-Day Event, arguably the most prestegious U.S. horse jumping event. It is used as a selection for the Olympics and the World Equestrian games. See www.rk3de.org for information about the Rolex 3 day event or www.kyhorsepark.com for general information about the Kentucky Horse Park.
Horse Racing at Keeneland in March and October
Nothing else like it . . . if planned correctly, you can get into several rooms (club house atmosphere) and make it a really special event . . . beware, must plan well in advance
KY. Basketball Museym
rotating art exibits
ballet and music -
concerts at Rupp arena
Ky horse park
take your lunch to one of the small green spaces located within walking distance and enjoy the statues and fountains and relax- eat you lunch- read the paper-
There are also great clubs and Keenland is across from the airport.
There are many distilleries located just outside of Lex that offer free tours
Stop and Smell the Roses
Keeneland is a unique race track that has the best atmosphere of any horse track I've been to. Generally, you get dressed up to go, and you plan to spend your entire afternoon. The paddock area is beautiful, and you have a first hand look at the horses. Very traditional Lexington spot that's lots of fun! Entrace costs about $3 (for standing).
LEXINGTON LEGENDS If you are in Lexington during the summer you should try to take in a Lexington Legends baseball game. Formed in 2001 the Legends are the Single-A affiliate of the Houston Astros.
Congratulations to the Lexington Legends - 2001 South Atlantic League Champions (in their inaugural year).
Visitors who enjoy looking at historic houses have several to choose from. Visitors can tour the Mary Todd Lincoln house located on Main Street near Rupp Arena from April to November. The home of Confederate General John Hunt Morgan is open for tours. This is in the Gratz Park Historic district near Transylvania University. The Henry Clay house, known as Ashland (pictured below), and grounds is in a park like setting with a garden and several outbuildings located South of the central business district on Richmond Road has a house and garden that is worth visiting because it has much of the original furnishings.
Visit the Henry Clay mansion - Ashland. This is perhaps Lexington's best historical site. It is well preserved and offers a wonderful guided tour. Henry Clay is worth knowing about, sadly few today do. He is considered one of the greatest statesmen in the history of the United States. The story of his trip from Kentucky to Washington DC when he became a congressman is particularly fascinating. What now takes 9 hours to drive took Henry Clay much longer.
Keeneland Racing in April and October
This is an absolute must-do activity for anyone and everyone wishing to visit Lexington. The races are run throughout the months of April and October and are a definite cultural experience. Churchill Downs is grand but it cannot compare to the beauty of Keeneland. It is reminiscent of the races at Ascot in England. Women adorn often large and noticeable hats, while men too are often dressed to the tee. But casual is the normal attire for a day at the races. Placing bets on the race is fun, but this is a place to see and be seen. Plan on spending a full day here. And don't forget to try the Kentucky bourbon bread pudding.
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