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The American Saddlebred Museum: 4083 Iron Works Parkway 859-259-2746
Explore the history and legends of the American Saddlebred, Kentucky’s only native breed, at this museum which includes various exhibits and an award winning multi-image show, “Saddlebred for America.”

Area Attractions

  • Lexmark - 0.5mi/0.8km S

  • Convention Center - 2.0mi/3.2km SE

  • Horse Farm Tours - 2.0mi/3.2km N

  • Lexington Center - 2.0mi/3.2km SE

  • Rupp Arena - 2.0mi/3.2km S

  • Shopping Mall - 2.0mi/3.2km SE

  • Victorian Square - 2.0mi/3.2km S

  • Children's Museum/ Explorium - 2.2mi/3.5km

  • Hunt Morgan Home - 3.0mi/4.8km SW

  • Mary Todd Lincoln Home - 3.0mi/4.8km S

  • Ashland (Henry Clay's Home) - 4.0mi/6.4km

  • Red Mile Harness Racing - 4.0mi/6.4km S

  • Calumet Farms - 4.2mi/6.8km N

  • Commonwealth Stadium - 4.4mi/7.1km E

  • American Saddle Horse Musm - 5.0mi/8.0km N

  • Henry Clay Estate - 5.0mi/8.0km SE

  • Kentucky Horse Park - 5.0mi/8.0km N

  • Headley-Whitney Museum - 6.0mi/9.7kmSW

  • Keeneland Racetrack - 7.0mi/11.3km W

  • Restored Shaker Village - 25.0mi/40.2kmSW

  • Old Fort Harrod State Park - 30.0mi/48.3km

The Arboretum: 500 Alumni Dr 859-257-6955

Expansive arboretum features a variety of trees, gardens and walking/jogging paths. Stresses melt away among the 100 acres of marvelous sights and sounds of the garden. The arboretum is open year-round, from dusk til dawn

Ashland: The Henry Clay Estate 120 Sycamore Rd 859-266-8581

The home of celebrated statesman Henry Clay, a 600-acre estate that once grew hemp, tobacco and grain is now a museum and National Historic Landmark, where visitors can tour the 18-room mansion, grounds, and beautiful gardens.

Explorium: 440 W Short St 859-258-3253

A museum where you can touch and play with everything! Explorium of Lexington is a fun and dynamic hands-on learning environment that inspires imagination and curiosity for kids of all ages. Open Tuesday – Saturday from 10AM to 5PM and Sundays from 1PM to 5PM.

Keeneland: 4201 Versailles Rd 859-254-3412

Part thoroughbred race course, part sales company and considered one of America’s most beautiful tracks, Keeneland is known for its well-designed and meticulous landscaping. The grounds consist of the paddock, a prep area where visitors can view horses up-close just before the race and a combination of dirt and turf race tracks.

Kentucky Horse: Park 4089 Iron Works Parkway 859-233-4303

Horse enthusiasts and other visitors can meet and pet their favorite breeds at this 12,000-acre working horse farm dedicated to celebrating man’s relationship with the majestic creatures. The park features two museums, twin theaters and nearly 50 different breeds of horses.

The Kentucky Theater: 214 E Main St 859-231-7924

This Romanesque-style theater built in 1922 was restored to its original grandeur in 1992. In Addition to showing classic, modern and foreign films, the Kentucky Theater hosts a variety of concerts as well as the weekly taping of the syndicated radio show “Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour.”

Lexington Convention Center: 430 W Vine St 859-233-4567

This downtown complex includes a hotel, retail center and convention and meeting facilities, a 17,000 square-foot ballroom and an exhibition hall, as well as Rupp Arena, home of the University of Kentucky Wildcats

Lexington Opera House: 401 W Short St 859-233-4567

Meticulously restored 1886 opera house hosts Broadway Live and Variety Live series, as well as concerts and local arts performances. Contact Front Desk for shows/times.

Mary Todd Lincoln House: 578 W Main St 859-233-9999

The wife of President Abraham Lincoln grew up on this house, which today contains many pieces of her personal possessions. Today the fourteen room house contains period furniture, portraits, and furnishings from the Todd and Lincoln families. Open March 15 – November 30, Monday thru Saturday from 10:00AM – 3:00PM.

Raven Run Nature Sanctuary: 5888 Jacks Creek Rd 859-272-6105

Don your walking or hiking shoes and follow the trails through this 350-acre tract of land complete with forests, creeks, meadows, wildflowers and historic and geological landmarks.

The Red Mile: 1200 Red Mile Rd 859-255-0752

The Red Mile is Lexington’s oldest existing racetrack, dating to 1875, as well as one of the nation’s most respected harness tracks. The nation’s largest outdoor Saddlebred horse show is held here each summer.

Rupp Arena: 432 W Vine St 859-233-4567

Sports and entertainment center seats 23,600 spectators and serves as home to the University of Kentucky Men’s Basketball team.

The Thoroughbred Center: 3380 Paris Pike 859-293-1853

Experience the spirit and nobility of Thoroughbreds at The Thoroughbred Center, where the champions of tomorrow are in training today. Observe trainers up close as they teach their horses the skills they will need to become winners. You may even get to watch a future derby winner step into a starting gate and break from it for the very first time. After workouts, be amazed at the care, equipment, and methods used to keep these magnificent horses in championship racing condition.

Activities & Services

  • Golf Course - 2.0mi/3.2km

  • Unlit Outdoor Tennis Courts - 2.0mi/3.2km

  • Horseback Riding - 5.0mi/8.0km

Lexington Universities & Colleges

University of Kentucky

Founded in 1865, University of Kentucky is the largest public university in Kentucky, educating 24,000

students each semester at its 716-acre campus in Lexington. One of the nation's 20 top public research universities, UK is recognized world-wide for excellence in education, teaching, research, athletics and as a catalyst for intellectual, social, cultural, and economic development. Nestled in the heart of Kentucky's scenic Bluegrass region, UK offers students over 200 majors and degree programs in 17 academic and professional colleges. 

UK boasts the UK Wildcats and the UK Chandler Medical Center, one of the nation's finest academic medical centers. Bounce into the UK Basketball Museum and relive UK Basketball’s biggest moments as college basketball’s winningest team!

Eastern Kentucky University

Located in Richmond, Kentucky, Eastern Kentucky University is a coeducational, public institution of higher

education offering general and liberal arts programs, pre-professional and professional training in education and diverse fields at undergraduate and graduate levels.
EKU boasts a distinguished century - long record of educational and cultural service to the Commonwealth. EKU’s graduate occupational therapy program has been named one of “America’s Best” by U.S. News & World Report. Visit www.eku.edu.

Transylvania University

Established in 1780, "Transy," is the oldest college west of the Allegheny Mountains.

A distinguished liberal arts college of 1,100 students, Transylvania is consistently ranked and praised in the leading national college guides. Transylvania offers 36 majors with the option of design custom major to fit your interests .

Students received a strong liberal arts education in small classes, with an emphasis on career planning.Visit www.transy.edu.

 

 

 

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