Visitor's Guide to Lexington Kentucky

Old Kentucky Chocolates

Old Kentucky Chocolates

oldkycandy.com – 450 Southland Dr. – 859-278-4444 The Shops at Lexington Center, 410 W Vine St. – 859-252-2639 Lansdowne Shoppes, 3385 Tates Creek Rd. – 859-268-4711 Home of Old Kentucky Bourbon Chocolates, Old Kentucky Derby Mints, Chocolate Thoroughbreds, and The Colonel’s favorite (Old Fashion Pulled Creams). Lansdowne Shoppes Hours: Monday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm Tuesday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm Wednesday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm Thursday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm Friday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm Saturday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm Sunday 1:00 – 5:00 pm We’re best known for our Bourbon Chocolates, Bourbon Cherries & Bourbon Truffles. All made with 100-proof Jim Beam Bourbon. When touring our Candy Kitchen you’ll smell the delicious chocolate aroma & see how candy is made. We have free samples of chocolates while you’re browsing through our gift shop. Tours Mon.-Thurs. 10 am & 2 pm and Fri. 10 am Tour groups and buses of 8 to 50 people are invited to tour our candy kitchen on Southland Drive in Lexington (by appointment, please!). Try a free sample and visit our gift shop. This is a physically impaired accessible location. Call 1-800-786-0579 for more...

Explorium of Lexington

Explorium of Lexington

explorium.com – 440 W Short St. – 859-258- 3253 The Explorium has nine discovery zones filled with interactive and hands-on exhibits designed for children of all ages. Monday Closed Tuesday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm Wednesday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm Thursday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm Friday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm Saturday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm Sunday 1:00 – 5:00 pm Guests learn through fun and play, inspiring curiosity and imagination. Explorium focusing on enhancing growth and increasing awareness in the community of this great family learning environment. To further those efforts the current Mission Statement was adopted: Explorium of Lexington creates a fun and dynamic hands-on learning environment that inspires imagination and curiosity. Admission is $8 per person for guests 1 year of age and older.  Special group rates are available. Bring in you Best of Lexington ad to receive $1.00 off regular admission price. Tues.-Sat. 10-5, Sun. 1-5.  ...

ASHLAND, THE HENRY CLAY ESTATE

Richmond Rd. & Sycamore Rd., 266-8581. National Historic Landmark. Located on a beautiful 20-acre wooded estate. Visitors can tour the 18-room house that statesman Henry Clay lived in, along with the 6 outbuildings on the estate.

AVIATION MUSEUM OF KENTUCKY

4029 Airport Rd., Blue Grass Airport, 231-1219. Restored historic aircraft, aviation artifacts, interactive displays & gift shop. Tues.-Sat. 10-5, Sun. 1-5. www.aviationky.org

CARNEGIE CENTER FOR LITERACY AND LEARNING

251 W. Second St., 254-4175. Historic (1902) old public library building on Gratz Park. Full spectrum literacy center offering workshops in all seasons. Art gallery, after-school tutoring, writer-in-residence, book exchange.

DOWNTOWN ARTS CENTER

141 E. Main, 225-0370. The DAC is a diverse and robust entertainment center located in the heart of beautiful downtown Lexington. Our programming celebrates the creation, production, and presentation of innovative, and high-quality arts experiences in theater, dance, spoken word, music, the visual, and new media arts.

EXPLORIUM OF LEXINGTON

440 W. Short St., 258-3253. The Explorium has nine discovery zones filled with interactive and hands-on exhibits designed for children of all ages. Guests learn through fun and play, inspiring curiosity and imagination. With this ad, receive $1.00 off regular admission price. Tues.-Sat. 10-5, Sun. 1-5. www.explorium.com

HUNT-MORGAN HOUSE

201 N. Mill, 233-3290. Federal-style house, includes Alexander T. Hunt Civil War Museum.

JACOBSON PARK

4001 Athens Boonesboro Rd., 288-2900. The 216-acre park offers paddle boating in the lake, playgrounds & picnic areas.

KEENELAND RACE COURSE

4201 Versailles Rd., 254-3412. National Historic Landmark. “A beautiful & genteel racetrack”  with live racing in April & October.

KENTUCKY ARTISAN CENTER

Exit 77, I-75 South, Berea, 859-985-5448. A 25,000 sq. ft. facility where visitors can enjoy Kentucky history, arts & crafts and food.

KENTUCKY HORSE PARK

4089 Iron Works Parkway, I-75, exit 120, 233-4303. THE place to get close to horses! Home of the International Museum of the Horse, American Saddlebred Museum and the National Horse Center. See our Treasures of the Bluegrass and visit with our many friendly horses, including some rare and unusual types of breeds, and our Kentucky Derby horses in the Hall of Champions. www.kyhorsepark.com

LEXINGTON CEMETERY

833 W. Main, 255-5522. Nationally recognized arboretum, listed in National Register of Historic Places.

LEXINGTON FARMERS’ MARKET

608-2655. Find the freshest produce; cut flowers; organic meat, vegetables and eggs; honey; herbs; cheeses and soap and body care products. We host musicians, local chefs & educational events for children throughout the season. Call for seasonal hours. www.lexingtonfarmersmarket.com

LEXINGTON LIVERY CARRIAGE COMPANY

171 Saunier Ave., 259-0000. Evening tours by horse-drawn carriage at Vine & Broadway, weather permitting.

MARY TODD LINCOLN HOUSE

578 W. Main, 233-9999. First site restored to honor a first lady. Late Georgian-style house built in 1803. Showcases Lincoln & Todd family memorabilia.

MCCONNELL SPRINGS PARK

416 Rebmann Lane, off Old Frankfort Pike, 225-4073. Educational center. “Hands-on” exhibits, nature trails.

OLD KENTUCKY CHOCOLATES

When touring our Candy Kitchen you’ll smell the delicious chocolate aroma & see how candy is made. We have free samples of chocolates while you’re browsing through our gift shop. We’re best known for our Bourbon Chocolates, Bourbon Cherries & Bourbon Truffles. All made with 100-proof Jim Beam Bourbon. Tours Mon.-Thurs. 10 am & 2 pm and Fri. 10 am at 450 Southland Dr., 278-4444. Call for additional tour times. Also, shop at The Shops at Lexington Center, 410 W. Vine St., 25-CANDY (252-2639) & Lansdowne Shoppes, 3385 Tates Creek Rd., 268-4711. www.oldkycandy.com, info@oldkycandy.com

RAVEN RUN NATURE SANCTUARY

5888 Jacks Creek Pk., 272-6105. 470 acres dedicated to Kentucky River Palisades preservation. 10 miles of hiking.  

RED MILE HARNESS TRACK

1200 Red Mile Rd., 255-0752. Region’s oldest racing track, dating to 1875. Features fast-paced harness racing.

RUPP ARENA

430 W. Vine St., 233-4567. Home court of the UK Wildcats men’s basketball team, plays host to numerous concerts, family shows, motor sports events throughout the year. Arena viewing window is open year-round, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. www.lexingtoncenter.com

THOROUGHBRED PARK

corner of Main & Midland. A tribute to the thoroughbred racehorse with seven life-like bronze horses pounding down the stretch.

TOYOTA MOTOR MANUFACTURING, USA, INC.

(800) 866-4485 or (502) 868-3027. Largest plant outside of Japan. 2,000 vehicles a day are produced. Tours available. Reservations strongly encouraged!

UK ART MUSEUM

corner of Rose & Euclid, 257-5716. Excellent collection of paintings, sculptures, decorative arts, Kentucky art & traveling exhibits.

UK-LEXINGTON ARBORETUM PARK

500 Alumni Dr., 257-6955. Open year-round with gardens and walking/jogging paths.

WAVELAND STATE HISTORIC SITE

225 Waveland Museum Lane, 272-3611. Excellent example of Greek Revival architecture with restored slave quarters. Built in 1847 by Joseph Bryan, a grand-nephew of Daniel Boone.

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