Best Attractions & Activities

With all of the things to do and see in a city, deciding how to spend your time can be quite an agonizing decision. 10best has narrowed all of the available attractions in Lexington to a list of the most appealing and reputable, to aide in your decision making. You can rest easy knowing that any choice you make from our list is sure to please.

Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill

Modern visitors find a particular peace while visiting this community, whose members advocated a simple life during its 19th-century heyday. Today, the restored buildings and expansive grounds provide a glimpse of Shaker life, from clean-lined...  Read More

It was at this site that early settlers first named Lexington, having heard news of the start of the Revolutionary War in Lexington, Massachusetts. Through the years, farms and industry made use of the area, which was reclaimed as public...  Read More

Mary Todd Lincoln House

This elegantly proportioned brick home was built in the late Georgian style at the turn of the 19th century. Initially an inn, it was sold in 1831 to Robert Todd, Mary's father and a prominent Lexington businessman, and he, with his second wife...  Read More

Keeneland Race Course
Photo courtesy of Chris Breeze

As famous for its beauty as its racing prominence, Keeneland was constructed in 1936 and is now a National Historic Landmark. Distinguished by its limestone buildings and mature trees, Keeneland helped to reinvigorate horse racing when it was...  Read More

Spanning 240 acres, this facility serves as headquarters for thoroughbred training in the area. At any given time, approximately 700 to 800 horses are housed at the complex, which maintains a number of barns and dependencies, along with two race...  Read More

This joint project promises a wealth of beauty for visitors, residents, and anyone who finds pleasure in nature. Themed gardens place focus on water environments, roses, herbs, butterflies, and the interests of children. Also available is a...  Read More

Waveland State Historic Site

Constructed by descendants of Daniel Boone, this refined, brick-built Greek Revival home features an abundance of classical details, including friezes, mouldings, and Ionic columns. Dating from the mid 19th century, the home (whose name derives...  Read More

Ashland, the Henry Clay Estate

Perhaps Kentucky's most famous statesman, Henry Clay was not only the "Great Compromiser," who warded off the Civil War for a time, but a Speaker of the House and Secretary of State (among other offices). Ashland, the home now considered a...  Read More

Spread across more than 1200 acres, this local complex pays homage to Lexington's source of pride and tourism, the horse. Visitors can view dozens of breeds via horseback and trolley tours, special shows, and in museum exhibits and programs....  Read More

This university-affiliated museum provides "town and gown" communities with an opportunity to view a range of masterworks by well- and lesser-known artists from a variety of countries and times. The permanent collection includes pieces by...  Read More

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