Lexington Travel Guide

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Lexington Things to Do

  • Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill

    Shakers were/are a religious group begun in Manchester, England, emigrated to Boston, USA and traveled to Albany,NY. (We have been to Shaker homes and woodcraft places between Rochester, NY and Albany.) After a period of religious languor, a revival in the sect took place and Shakers settled in middle Kentucky and Ohio. Shaker Village at Pleasant...

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  • Oktoberfest

    Seeing the Smithereens playing at Oktoberfest was the primary reason for our visit, they were playing at a nice festival at Christ the King School in Lexington. The festival was very busy, they had a beautiful fall night for the festival. We had eaten before we got there but there was German food and of course a lot of beer! We met some really nice...

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  • Kentucky Horse Park

    We arrived at the Park after it has closed for the day but the gates to the parking lot were still open so we drove in and looked around and decided to park and watch some of the riders jumping. There was a short competition that we watched, the horses graceful, lean and all really tall, the riders ranging from young and inexperienced to old and...

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  • Transylvania University

    Tony, Noel and I was driving home to Nashville from Charleston WV, we went through Lexington Ky..I love seeing beautiful homes and buildings. I love to take photos of them and try to find out the history of the home. I love old homes. I would love to know the history of the homes.Who lived there? When and what ...all the knowledgeable questions and...

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  • Educational, Exciting, Fun- All About...

    The Kentucky Horse Park is terrific! It has everything about all kinds of horses and any visitor will leave with a new appreciation for horses and their impact over the centuries. The International Horse Museum is excellent and good start for a visit to the Park. The trolley tour gives a good overview of what is on the park., Do it early so you can...

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  • Great place to start your visit

    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...

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Lexington Restaurants

  • BBQ on the northside of Lexington

    Someone had suggested Red State when I asked about BBQ or Southern food in Lexington and we were right up the street from it at the Kentucky Horse Park, same exit from the highway. We got there a little after 6pm on a Friday, there was a short wait for a table to open up and lots of people who look like they came from the Horse Park, but we were...

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  • Great Restaurant - Close to I-75

    We have stopped at Malone's twice on drives thru Kentucky. It is always excellent for steaks or seafood. Plenty of seating indoor & outdoors. The Ahi tuna is delicious. Good wines, too. We like staying at the Hampton Inn nearby and then going to Malone's for a great meal. Terrific way to wind down after a full day of driving. It is a very good...

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  • Local Eatery!

    This is a good place for a casual dinner. It is more a small grill with a bar. The food was very good of BBQ pork with great sweet potato fries. The apple dipping sauce is delicious. Plus they had drafts for $2 in happy hour. It's more of a local hang out but fit our dining desires for the evening.

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  • Jalapenos

    Tony and I was traveling home from West Virginia to Nashville, so we stopped at Lexington Ky for lunch at Jalapeno's Mexican Restaurant. It was a pretty good restaurant. Really large and decorative. There was a lot of cars in the parking lot, so that was a good sign...so we stopped!I had the steak fajitas and Tony opted for the Crabmeat and Shrimp...

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  • Parkette Drive In --Bee Bop from the...

    Well ever since I saw the episode on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives on Food Network with Guy..I wanted to try this Lexington Ky landmark. So Friday, Dec 27th on our way home from Charleston WV to our current home in Nashville, TN..we decided to stop.It was easy to locate with my handy yelp smartphone app. We went to the restaurant about 11:15..not...

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  • Eclectic in the Extreme

    This restaurant defies description. It is an experience and not just a meal. The menu is very very eclectic. Cheese grits to chicken satay; apple pie to halwa. The decor is OVER THE TOP Victoriana. Breakfast is served all day, and they serve food until 11 pm. That alone has made this my new favorite restaurant in Lexington! The menu is very broad;...

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Lexington Nightlife

  • Come one come all

    The Beer Trappe has a beer bar with eight taps of rare craft beer, specialty glassware, beer signs, collectibles, and a large selection of hard-to-find bottled beers from all over the world.They have tables on the outside as well as inside and sofas and a lot of tvs for those that come here to have a drink and watch the game. They also offer beer...

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  • Bar Louie

    Great place to go have a drink out by the water and fountains. Very relaxing atmosphere. They often have drink specials. Food menu is good with a lot of choices and on Tuesday nights you can get burgers for only $1 This is a chain type of bar but I still recommend it if you happen to be at the must see Joseph Beth Booksellers. It's also a good...

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  • Live music and films

    The Kentucky Theatre is an old fashioned theater built in 1922, restored to its former glory. It usually features art films, foreign films, classics, or the specialy films that might not always be considered big money makers. It is very popular with college students and younger audiences. The theatre also has live music, including the live taping...

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Lexington Transportation

  • Parking Problems

    We had a problem parking in Lexington. On the University campus when we wanted to visit the museum and library. Because parking was so expensive, we left before we really needed to. But we really had problems everywhere.The website says: 1. VisitorsThere are four recognized types of visitors to campus. They are regular visitors, UK Healthcare...

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  • Stay Away from Nicholasville Rd.

    Somebody forgot to tell this little thoroughfare that Lexington is a small town. This road is absolute chaos! For one thing, its seven lanes wide, and depending on the time of day different lanes head in different directions. In order to figure out if you're heading the right direction or not be sure to look for the x's above the road (like a...

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  • Bluegrass Airport

    Lexington has an airport, the Bluegrass Airport. There aren't that many non-stop flights, but the prices aren't bad. I find them a little cheaper than Cincinatti. When I fly international I usually do Delta and connect either in Cincinatti (which is about a 25 minute flight) or Atlanta. The website usually has some good deals posted on it.

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Lexington Shopping

  • Sqecial Media

    I originally went to Sqecial Media for candles, incense, and stones. (Don’t ask.) I had always been a little intimidated by it because whenever I drove past I would see odd looking people standing outside. Well, after finally venturing in I was really impressed. Yes, they have many New Age items and shelves and shelves of incense and candles, but...

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  • interesting collection of shops

    An impressive grouping of major department, discount and retail stores. If you are in Lexington and on the East side this seems like a wide variety of shops. But there are four enclosed malls in Lexington and other shopping districts range

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  • Victorian reconstruction

    15 buildings were abandoned and left to be taken over by homeless and transients in the center of what is now part of the historic district. A “makeover” of the area saved the exterior of the buildings but gutted the interior. The buildings were combined on the inside to create a beautiful and historic looking “mall” with many shops and...

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Lexington Local Customs

  • University of Kentucky

    We parked in a lot near the Student Union at a meter - max time 45 minutes for 75 cents. We walked to the Art Museum, and after some wrong turns, we found the museum, but they had no Carl Brenner there. Then we walked up to the M.I.K Library (which is NOT named for Martin Luther King, but Margaret Isadora King the first librarian). They said they...

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  • Manners

    One thing you may notice when you visit Lexington, if you are from up north, is that the people are so polite. Where I live, Cincinnati, people let doors slam in your face, shove past you without a word, and will never let you out on the street. In Lexington, people almost always stop to hold the door, say "Pardon me" and when there isa traffic...

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  • Find a riding lesson

    Obviously in this part of the country horseback riding and training is everywhere. We were fortunate in that a friend of the family lives in the area and arranged for our granddaughter to have an hour's lesson with a young woman who teaches regularly here. I am sure anyone could probably arrange such if they did a little research on the net and it...

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Lexington Warnings and Dangers

  • Travel with a peanut allergy

    Here are some suggestions for kid-friendly Peanut Free Local Restaurants:Joe Bolognas 120 W. Maxwell Street Lexington, KY 40507, italian, good bread sticks, pizza, and other dishes. Local favorite Billy's Bar-B-Q, Inc 101 Cochran Road Lexington, KY 40502 pulled pork, ribs etc. Has sauce on side. Very good. Columbia Steak House 201 North Limestone...

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  • Pedestrians stay alert

    Lexington is a small town and crime in simply not an issue for visitors. But as many American small towns, most people drive even when they are only going a few blocks! If you choose to walk, be extra careful at crosswalks and intersections before you step out into the street. Not that many people ride bikes either, so bicyclists should also use...

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  • know where you can go

    Lexington is a huge city and has a diversity of people and crime risk.There are some places in Lexington that are below the crime risk for an average American town and some places that are 1.7 times the average risk of being involved in a risky situation.The best thing to do is to check with the hotel staff and ask if there are any places on your...

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Lexington Off The Beaten Path

  • Scenic drive out Old Frankfort Pike

    As you head towards the Headley-Whitney museum and beyond you will see a very scenic side of Lexington. Rolling hills, fences for miles, horses, and majestic barns. This is a relaxing way to spend some time on a Sunday afternoon.

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  • Shaker Village

    Located about 20 miles south of Lexington, just off of highway 68, there is a large restored village originally founded by the Shakers in the early 1800’s. Originally from England the Shakers were a devoted religious sect that initially located in New England. As they expanded from the New England area, they move to the west and south, settling in...

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  • Drive through the Horse Farms

    Some of the most senic throughbred farms in the world are near Lexington, Ky., most of the time the pictures of this area were taken in the spring or summer. Last year we discovered the winter beauty of winter at the horse farms. On your map draw a triangle between Lexington, Ky., Georgetown, Ky., and Paris, Ky., no matter what season, get out and...

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Lexington Sports & Outdoors

  • Keeneland Race Course

    Keeneland Race Course, established in 1936 is a National Historic Landmark that still has live racing April through October. This is considered one of the best and most original race tracks in existence in the US. It was used in the filming of Secretariat. Morning workouts are at 7:00A-8:30AM. The gates open at 11:00AM and Post Time is 1:05PMLive...

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  • On Hallowed Ground

    My children have competed in Kentucky several times, but not at the prestigious Olympic Level three day event. They have been there at Pony Club Rallies. When I've been there with them, I have not had much of a chance to see anything as I was tied down to the truck and camper. So I had really hoped that I could see the rest of the sites including...

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  • Learn All About Horses

    Lexington has a wide array of activities to explore. Downtown Lexington, the “City in the Park,” offers great sightseeing, dining, shopping and entertainment. So much more than “just horses” the bustling city is rich with historic sites to visit such as the Mary Todd Lincoln House and Ashland, the Henry Clay Estate. Our recommendation is a full day...

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  • rain or shine

    You will be able to check out whether it is rain or shine in Lexington with the link below.It is a webcam with live feed on the Springhill Hotel (863 South Broadway).http://weatherbug.excite.com/LiveCameras/Excite/LiveCameras.aspx?zcode=z4639&camera_group=1&enlarge=1&camera_id=LXNSH&lid=CNXCCE

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  • Kentucky Horse Park

    The park is the headquarters for many equestrian organizations There is a VT location especially for the Horse Park and most of my tips are there.

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