Lexington, Kentucky

The UK Family Weekend Guide

The top 11 most Lexington things to do when parents visit their UK students.

Belle's Cocktail House Rooftop

Lexington is a special place for college students—and their families. Here are some of the best ways to get out and explore the city to make the most of your family visit.

Keeneland Race Course

1. See the races at Keeneland. You’re in the Horse Capital of the World after all, and there really is no place quite like Keeneland.

Photo shoot at the Summit on Friday September 8, 2017 in Lexington, Ky. Photo by Mark Cornelison /UKphoto
The Summit at Fritz Farm

2. Shop at The Summit at Fritz Farm. Check out national retailers like Bonobos, Anthropologie, Free People and more.

Rupp Arena

3. Join Big Blue Nation. You haven’t lived until you’ve been to a basketball game at Rupp Arena, or a football game at the recently renovated Kroger Field.

The Distillery District

4. Check out the historic Distillery District for Goodfella’s Pizza, Crank & Boom craft ice cream, and some good old-fashioned axe throwing.

Red River Gorge

5. Explore the Kentucky landscape at the Red River Gorge or Raven Run Nature Sanctuary.

Middle Fork Kitchen

6. Try a new restaurant. Lexington is home to innovative chefs and plenty of farm-to-table restaurants. Browse through our Beyond Grits guide and find your new favorite place to eat.

The Burl Arcade

7. Play retro video games at The Burl Arcade. Show the kids what real video games look like.

Mary Todd Lincoln House

8. Find a history lesson. Check out historic sites like Ashland Estate, The Mary Todd Lincoln House, Lexington Cemetery or Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill.

Abraham Lincoln Mural

9. Take the Mural Challenge—it’s a great way to explore downtown Lexington and the street art that makes it so colorful.

Horse Tours
Horse Country Tour

10. Tour a local horse farm through our friends at Horse Country and see where the world’s best racehorses, stallions and mares are born, bred and raised. (Can’t choose? Check out our Map to the Stars to see which farms some of our four-legged celebrities call home.)

Old Frankfort Pike

11. Just go for a drive. Head out in any direction and surround yourself with the beauty of the Bluegrass region. It’s free, and absolutely breathtaking.

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