Visitor's Guide to Lexington Kentucky

Lexington Kentucky

lexington ky horse farmsLexington is the second-largest city in Kentucky. Known as the “Horse Capital of the World“, it is located in the heart of Kentucky’s Bluegrass region.

Lexington was one of the largest and wealthiest towns west of the Allegheny Mountains in the early 1800’s.

So cultured was Lexington’s lifestyle that the city gained the nickname “Athens of the West“.

Lexington offers something for everyone

You can enjoy tasting Kentucky Bourbon and touring distilleries, or visit vineyards, historic homes or horse farms. If you enjoy the outdoors you can indulge yourself by horseback riding, hiking, fishing, playing golf or strolling through the farmers’ markets.

A rich history and a bright future

downtown lexington victorian squareMany of 19th-century America’s most important people spent part of their lives in the city, including U.S. President Abraham Lincoln and Confederate President Jefferson Davis (who attended Transylvania University in 1823 and 1824).

Lincoln’s wife Mary Todd Lincoln was born and raised in Lexington, and the couple visited the city several times after their marriage in 1842.

downtown lexington ky 2Lexington faces a rare challenge among American cities in that it must manage a rapidly growing population while maintaining the character of the surrounding horse farms that give the region its identity.

Lexington ranks tenth among U.S. cities in college education rate.

With its abundance of government and technology jobs, Lexington has one of the nation’s most stable economies and has been described as having “a fortified economy, strong in manufacturing, technology and entrepreneurial support, benefiting from a diverse, balanced business base”.

downtown lexington kyLexington is the location of:

  • Kentucky Horse Park
  • The Red Mile and Keeneland race courses
  • Rupp Arena, world’s largest basketball-specific arena
  • Transylvania University
  • University of Kentucky
  • Bluegrass Community & Technical College.

Lexington was named One of the Top Five Places to Retire by Time Magazine, the 7th best city for Quality of Life in 2014 by Nerd Wallet, and 7th Most Affordable Big City in 2014 by Kiplinger. World Wide Learn has named Lexington as the 6th Most Inspiring Cities for Young Adults.

We hope you enjoy your visit to Lexington

downtown lexington rupp arenaOur vibrant culture, area attractions and fine / casual dining will keep you busy during your stay.

Bring your family and friends for an experience you’ll never forget.

Visit for special occasions, weekend vacations, seasonal horse races and our many area events.

You might not want to leave once you’re here.

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