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Things to do in Lexington

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Racetrack
“Keeneland is a beautiful place and a must-see while you're in the Bluegrass. If you're visiting during the off season, you can still tour the grounds and have breakfast at the Keeneland Track Kitchen!”
  • 110 locals recommend
Brewery
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“Just a few bloick away. Great beers, fun and food from Smithtown Seafood here. This building is host to multiple organizations. You just never know what may be happening here, but it is a great place to meet locals and find cool stuff. ”
  • 55 locals recommend
Park
“1,032-acre attraction offering a museum, horse-drawn tours & equine presentations, plus campgrounds.”
  • 39 locals recommend
College Basketball Court
“Home of the UK Wildcats and the Big Blue Nation. Catch a basketball game or a concert at a great venue. Don’t forget a Borden ice cream cone :)”
  • 43 locals recommend
Trail
“The Arboretum is a beautiful place to experience. Entry is free, and there is an absolutely magical children's garden available seasonally for a small entry fee. ”
  • 31 locals recommend
Scenic Lookout
“Hiking and walking trails. Gorgeous overlook point of the Kentucky River Palisades. ”
  • 27 locals recommend
Museum
“The site of celebrated statesman Henry Clay's original 672-acre estate that once grew hemp, tobacco and grain is now a museum and National Historic Landmark, where visitors can tour the reconstructed 18-room mansion, grounds and beautiful gardens. ”
  • 19 locals recommend
Diner
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“Breakfast/Brunch - You can see this breakfast/brunch spot from the front door of our Shotgun property. Using mainly KY Proud ingredients and usually hosting students from a local culinary school, the menu and tastes never fail to delight.”
  • 34 locals recommend
Movie Theater
“Beautiful art deco movie house. Started out as a vaudeville theater in the 1920’s. Shows many great independent and art house movies. As well as classic movies, foreign gems, quality mainstream flicks and cult classics. Midnight movies on the weekend. Main st. Two screens. Occasionally live bands perform.—Has been the site for the premiere showing of several movies filmed in the region. A Lexington classic!!”
  • 37 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“Family owned since 1956, this is where Lexingtonians go to satisfy their craving for sweets and fine baked goods. Desserts, cookies, breakfast and deli sandwiches round out your options, but if you’re looking for something truly legendary, you have to try their birthday cake. Most customers go for buttercream icing, and for good reason. ”
  • 31 locals recommend
Bar
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“This is easily one of my very favorite restaurants in Lexington. It is just quirky enough and the food is spectacular. Go here if you can. ”
  • 33 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“A really great and clean mall; lots of food options and next to the Movie Theater”
  • 16 locals recommend
Opera House
“Plays, ballet. music etc. Historic, refurbished old vaudeville and movie theater. Beautiful!”
  • 16 locals recommend
Shopping Plaza
“Eclectic mix of shops and restaurants. Lush, Whole Foods, Fabletics, lululemon, Brooks Bros., Anthropologie, Arhaus, Cru wine bar, Shake Shack, Madewell, Pottery Barn, Crank & Boom ice cream, Bath & Body works, Draper James, Free People, Scout & Molly’s boutique, vineyard vines, Warby Parker eyewear, the Frye Company shoe store, Williams Sonoma, etc etc”
  • 22 locals recommend
Food
“Established in 1794, Alltech's Lexington Brewery Company continues a splendid tradition of quality brewing producing Kentucky Ale, Kentucky Light and Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale. The brew hall viewing area, bottling operations, gift shop and an authentic Irish pub are available for tours. Bus tours and walk-ups invited!”
  • 16 locals recommend
Food
“COUNTRY BOY BREWING WAS FOUNDED IN 2012 BY THREE NATIVE KENTUCKIANS WITH A PASSION FOR GREAT CRAFT BEER. COUNTRY BOY PRIDES ITSELF ON MAKING MINIMALLY PROCESSED BEERS WITH HIGH QUALITY, REAL INGREDIENTS. THEIR PASSION FOR GREAT BEER SHINES THROUGH THEIR CORE BRANDS, COUGAR BAIT AMERICAN BLONDE ALE AND SHOTGUN WEDDING VANILLA BROWN ALE. THEIR RECENT EXPANSION TO GEORGETOWN, KY WITH THE LARGEST PRODUCTION BREWERY IN THE STATE WILL ALLOW THEM TO CAN THEIR POPULAR CLIFF JUMPER IPA AND HALFWAY HOME PALE ALE, IN ADDITION TO SEVERAL SEASONAL OFFERINGS”
  • 25 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Diner
“Breakfast/Brunch - You can see this breakfast/brunch spot from the front door of our Shotgun property. Using mainly KY Proud ingredients and usually hosting students from a local culinary school, the menu and tastes never fail to delight.”
  • 34 locals recommend
Bar
“This is easily one of my very favorite restaurants in Lexington. It is just quirky enough and the food is spectacular. Go here if you can. ”
  • 33 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Our favorite option for an upscale date night! We call this the best steak dinner offered in Lexington. Chic atmosphere and great location right in the heart of downtown. ”
  • 23 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Very close local eatery that offers pizzas, burgers, and a good fish and chips. Reasonably priced with a nice outdoor seating area. ”
  • 21 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Phenomenal food & amazing atmosphere with the most tasteful decor. Great spot for date night or weekend brunch. ”
  • 25 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Dudley's on Short has been a Lexington staple and culinary trailblazer since 1981. They prioritize local foods, preparing the finest ingredients simply and with exceptional hospitality. Winner of Southern Livings Best of the South_Restaurant:Kentucky 2017, 2019 $$$”
  • 26 locals recommend
Pizza Place
“Great pizza and beer selection. Right across the street from Rupp arena with a covered walkway into the arena during inclement weather. ”
  • 15 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Think local meats cured in-house. Crisp vegetables fresh off the vine, pickled onsite. Breads baked fresh each day. The best seasonal ingredients available, sourced from local farms and trusted purveyors. Handcrafted cocktails featuring unique, house-made ingredients, hundreds of bourbons available for tasting, and an award-winning carefully curated wine program. $$$”
  • 19 locals recommend

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