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    Lexington Brewing Company

    by Krumlovgirl Written Sep 24, 2004

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    Established in 1794, Alltech's Lexington Brewery Company continues a splendid tradition of quality brewing producing Kentucky Ale, Kentucky Light and Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale. The brew hall viewing area, bottling operations, gift shop and an authentic Irish pub are available for tours. Bus tours and walk-ups invited.

    Tour time: 1 1/2 hours
    Open Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays; 10 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in April and October, 12 noon to 3:00 p.m. May through September.

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    Lexington Saddlebred Museum

    by Krumlovgirl Updated Aug 17, 2005

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    This privately owned museum located on the grounds of the Kentucky Horse Park is a colorful and contemporary showcase of the American Saddlebred, Kentucky's native breed of horse. If you're going to go to the horse park then I fully reccommend checking this out.

    Tour Time: 45 minutes
    Group Rate: Yes
    Hours: Open year-round Memorial Day to Labor Day, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.daily;
    rest of the year, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.daily. (Closed New Years Day, November 27 & 28,
    and December 24 & 25)
    Closed Mondays and Tuesdays, November to mid-March.
    Open for group tours by appointment.

    Night Mare, part of Horse Mania
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    • Historical Travel
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    Arts Place

    by Krumlovgirl Written Sep 24, 2004

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    ArtsPlace is a multi-purpose arts center which houses a gallery showcasing the works of Central Kentucky artists, and is also the site of free music and dance performances.

    Tour Time:30 to 45 minutes
    Group Rate: Free
    Hours: Open year-round 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday;10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday

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    Farmer's Market

    by Krumlovgirl Written Sep 24, 2004

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    Lexington's Farmers' Market is held every Saturday on West Vine Street and each Tuesday and Thursday at Maxwell and South Broadway. Fruits and vegetables, herbs, flowers, jams and jellies, honey, Kentucky specialties and more.

    Tour Time: 45 minutes-1 hour
    Group Rate: Free
    Hours: Open mid-April through the first part of December. Daylight until the last farmer goes home.

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    Keeneland

    by Krumlovgirl Updated Aug 17, 2005

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    With its tranquil setting and lovely stone fences and buildings, this national historic landmark is one of the most beautiful racetracks in the world. Live Thoroughbred racing takes place April and October. No racing on Mondays or Tuesdays. My ex boyfriend and I were here with about 300 others to pose as extras in the movie "Seabiscuit." They used Keeneland to act as one of the tracks in Maryland because since it hasn't changed much it looks historical.

    Tour Time:Varies
    Group Rate:Yes (for races); grounds tours are free
    Hours: Open year-round.
    During race meets, first post time is 1:15 p.m.
    Grounds are open for visitation from 6:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily

    Mirror Horse, part of Horse Mania
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    Explorium

    by Krumlovgirl Updated Oct 6, 2005

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    Formerly called the Lexington Children's Museum, it is now the Explorium. "Hands-on" is the philosophy at this museum. Seven galleries feature exhibits about nature, the human heart, world geography and culture, archaeology and Lexington history.

    Tour Time:1 1/2 hours
    Group Rate:Yes
    Hours:Open year-round.10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday;
    1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday; Closed on Mondays. Closed the week of Labor Day.

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    Mary Todd Lincoln House

    by Krumlovgirl Updated Jul 6, 2005

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    This late-Georgian-style brick house is the site of the nation's first shrine to a First Lady. In 1977, the home was restored to reflect the Todd family's residency.

    I went here on my first trip when I was in the 5th grade and I was very impressed. It's not a large house and impressive on that level, but they have managed to really recreate the era well. I have worked as a tour guide in several historical homes and tour places like that whenever I can so I find myself a little bit of a snob in that area. To this day I STILL enjoy the Mary Todd house.

    On a side note, there is also a connection with Cassius Clay with the Todd-Lincoln house. If you have time check out White Hall in Richmond.

    Tour Time: 1 hour
    Group Rate:Yes, for 20 or more people
    Hours:(Closed December through mid-March)
    10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday thru Saturday.
    (Last tour begins at 3:15 p.m.)

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    Kentucky Horse Park

    by Krumlovgirl Updated Jul 6, 2005

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    The Kentucky Horse Park is a working horse farm with 1,200 acres surrounded by 30 miles of white fencing. It features two museums, twin theaters and nearly 50 different breeds of horses. You can see all sorts of horse-related activities, from horse shows and competitions to plowing. You can also take rides, including ponies for the little ones, and horse and buggy rides.

    You really need to check out their website for an updated schedule because there is always something going on. During Christmas they have a whole Christmas light extravaganza that’s a pretty big deal around here. So big, in fact, that the local radio stations give out tickets as “prizes.”

    OPEN
    March 15 - October 31: Open 7 days a week, 9 am - 5 pm
    November 1 - March 14: Open Wednesday -Sunday, 9 am - 5 pm

    CLOSED
    Monday and Tuesday, November 1 - March 15 Thanksgiving Eve & Day, Christmas Eve & Day, New Year’s Eve & Day

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    Ashland, home of Henry Clay

    by Krumlovgirl Written Aug 16, 2004

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    Henry and Lucretia Clay had a home at Ashland from around 1806 until 1852. At first it was their country home and then in 1809, they moved their growing family to Ashland where they lived until he died. At one time the estate covered up to 600 acres. Hemp, tobacco and grains were grown and livestock was raised. Henry was very interested in stock breeding and imported pure bred stock, particularly sheep and cattle, from all over the world. After Henry Clay's death in 1852, his heirs sold the estate to his son, James Brown Clay. Soon after James acquired Ashland, he had the original house, which had been in bad repair since the 1820s, torn down and a new one built. The second house was completed in 1857. It followed the plan of the first one and is documented to have been built on the original foundation or at least within the original builders trench. It is a registered National Historic Landmark.

    Ashland
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    John Hunt Morgan House

    by Krumlovgirl Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Built in 1814 by John Wesley Hunt, one of Lexington 's most prominent citizens of the time, this Federal-style house is a living museum representing the days when Lexington was known as the " Athens of the West" for its highly cultured lifestyle.

    Tour Time: 45 minutes to 1 hour
    Group Rate: Yes, for 10 or more people
    Hours: Open March through December
    1 to 5 pm Wednesday through Friday
    10 to 4 pm Saturdays
    1 pm- 5pm on Sundays

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    Lexington History Museum

    by Krumlovgirl Written Sep 24, 2004

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    Lexington's newest attraction is housed in the beautiful old Fayette County Courthouse (circa 1900). Inaugural exhibits include a timeline of the area's history, a photographic study of Lexington's African-American community and a special display of the IBM's Selectric Typewriter, once produced locally. Free admission.

    Tour Time: 1 hour
    Hours: Friday, Sunday and Monday: noon to 4:00 p.m.; Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m

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    Headley Whitney Museum

    by Krumlovgirl Written Sep 24, 2004

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    Established in 1968 by artist and jewelry designer George Headley, this unique museum features a fascinating and diverse collection of decorative arts objects.

    Tour Time: 1 to 1 1/2 hours
    Group Rate:Yes, for 20 or more people
    Hours: 10 am to 5 pm. Tuesday thru Friday; noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
    Closed January.

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    Waveland State Historic Site

    by Krumlovgirl Updated Sep 24, 2004

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    Built in 1874 by Joseph Bryan, a grand-nephew of Daniel Boone, Waveland is an outstanding example of the Greek Revival house in Kentucky.

    Tour Time: 1 1/2 hours, tours given on the hour
    Group Rate: Yes
    Hours: Open March through December
    10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday thru Saturday;
    1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

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    Old Kentucky Chocolates

    by Krumlovgirl Written Sep 24, 2004

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    Old Kentucky Candies has been making candy in the Bluegrass for more than 35 years and is best known for its delicious Bourbon Chocolates and Bourbon Cherries, both made with 100-proof Jim Beam Kentucky Bourbon.

    Tour Time: 45 minutes (Mondays thru Thursdays, 10 to 2)
    Group Rate:Free
    Hours:Open year-round.
    9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday thru Friday
    9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday
    1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

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    another Horse Park entry.....

    by davecallahan Updated Feb 21, 2007

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    We visited the Kentucky Horse Park on the hottest day of June in 2001.
    Luckily the place had many tree-lined walks and roof-sheltered horse arenas and the shade from the many-doored horse barns was good.....but the smell was, well, ah, fresh!

    The day we were there they had a special exhibit of 30 of those little shetland ponies (mom, can I have one?). So besides the tutorials and horse demonstrations in the arenas (which was instructive to a dumb city-slicker like me) and the museum of horse pictures and race memorablia (which I found overwhelming and rather boring) and the look at retired race horses and breed horses in the fields and paddocks (which was thrilling), we got to pet and feed the ponies (which was great). They even had some of the little guys hooked up to wagons for race-offs and weight-drags.

    So that is my addition to the myriad of details about the Kentucky Horse Park. Read all the other VT descriptions and look at the website below to learn more.

    Horse Park entrance Shetland Pony Exhibit monument to Secretariat monument to Man Of War
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