Lexington, Kentucky

The Best of Lexington

See our list of the top ten things to do while you’re here.

Lexington, Kentucky

Thinking about visiting Lexington? With 14 bourbon distilleries within just 45 miles of our downtown and more than a dozen craft breweries, it’s easy to see why we’re nicknamed the Best Place in America to Grab a Drink—but we’re so much more.

Surrounded by more than 400 horse farms and miles upon miles of fence lined pasture, we’re also the Horse Capital of the World. Recently named one of Zagat’s 30 Most Exciting Food Cities in America, we’re the site of a culinary revolution. And we’re just a short drive from The Red River Gorge, one of Southern Living’s Seven Wonders of the South.

All of this might seem intimidating, we get it. So, to make it easy for you, here are the top ten things to do when you visit Lexington.

Woodford Reserve Barrels
Barrels at Woodford Reserve.

1. Visit a bourbon distillery, such as Buffalo Trace Distillery or Woodford Reserve.

Bluegrass Tavern
Bluegrass Tavern

2. Grab a drink at Bluegrass Tavern, featuring Kentucky’s largest selection of bourbon (over 800 individual bottles!).

Horse Tours
Enjoying a Horse Country Tour.

3. Take a selfie with Triple Crown winner American Pharoah on a Horse Country Tour.

Keeneland Racing
Keeneland Racecourse

4. See Thoroughbreds charge to the finish line at Keeneland in April or October.

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A local favorite.

5. Dine at Dudley’s on Short, named the “Best Restaurant in Kentucky” by Southern Living.

Distillery District
Patio dining at the Distillery District.

6. Spend an evening at the Distillery District–dine at Middle Fork Kitchen Bar, then get ice cream for dessert at Crank & Boom.

Red River Gorge
Hiking at the Red River Gorge.

7. Get outside and explore the Red River Gorge or Raven Run Nature Sanctuary.

Street Murals
One of over 30 street murals.

8. Hunt for some of our 30+ murals around the city.

Brewgrass Trails
The Brewgrass Trail

9. Drink a pint at a craft brewery on the Brewgrass Trail.

Driving through the countryside.

10. Get lost on a drive through the rolling hills of the Bluegrass countryside.

Any questions? If so, you’ve come to the right place. Take a look around, read some guides, then start planning your trip (just click “Add to Itinerary” at the end of any guide to use our Trip Planner tool). Or go straight to TripAdvisor and book your trip.

Here are some of our favorite guides for you to dig in to:


Guide Recap

  • Buffalo Trace Distillery
  • Woodford Reserve
  • Bluegrass Tavern
  • Coolmore’s Ashford Stud
  • Keeneland Racecourse
  • Dudley’s On Short
  • The Distillery District
  • Red River Gorge

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