Exciting Area Attractions for Everyone
The city of Lexington, located in beautiful Bluegrass Country in Kentucky, offers a multitude of attractions that appeal to visitors of all ages. Whether you're interest is art, history, music, sports, dining, shopping, or nature Lexington is sure to please. Museums, Keeneland Racetrack, the Horse Park, sports games at the Rupp Arena, parks, shopping, and exciting nightlife - it's all close at hand when you stay at the Hilton Lexington Downtown!
Some of Our Most Exciting Attractions
Artsplace - .2 mile / 2minutes: Enjoy art exhibits, concerts and dramatic performances as well as many workshops.
Ashland: The Henry Clay Estate - 1.8 miles / 5 minutes: A visit to this former home of Henry Clay, a U.S. statesman, orator and presidential candidate, will provide visitors with a first-hand look at 19th century life. The tour also includes a period garden and six outbuildings.
Bluegrass Railroad Museum & Scenic Railroad - 15.5 miles / 21 min: This hour-long ride on a historic train travels through beautiful Bluegrass horse and tobacco country. Offered weekends from May to October, plus Santa Claus trains in December.
Downtown Arts Center - 0.6 mile / 3 min: Lexington’s newest art center features the Ann Tower Art Gallery showcasing artwork by local artists. Attend scheduled performances in the 250 seat theatre.
Explorium Lexington Children’s Museum - 0.5 mile/ 2 minutes: Unique hands-on 14,000 square foot museum encourages kids to explore their world through a variety of exhibits, from an “archaeological dig” to giant soap bubbles.
Headly-Whitney Museum - 7.2 miles / 12 min: Explore the decorative arts including ceramics, furniture, metalwork and textiles.
Hunt-Morgan House - 0.8 mile/ 2 min: John Wesley Hunt, Kentucky’s first millionaire, built this Federal-style residence in 1814. This fully restored house contains many family possessions, and includes a Civil War museum on site.
Keeneland Race Course - 5.8 miles / 10minutes: Keeneland Race Course features the finest in horse racing action for two three - week racing seasons April & October. During the off season, this National Historic landmark offers a chance to watch work-outs on the track and also houses one of the most extensive thoroughbred libraries in the world.
Keeneland’s Track Kitchen - 5.8 miles / 10 minutes: The track kitchen is: Open at 6 am year-round, except for major holidays. Open for lunch during races and sales. Large groups (12 or more) should call ahead for reservations 859-288-4147.
Kentucky Horse Park - 10miles / 16 minutes: The only equestrian theme park in the world, the Kentucky Horse Park offers over one thousand lush acres to tour on foot, horseback, shuttle or horse-drawn carriage. View a working horse farm and learn about the park’s 40 breeds during the twice-daily Parade of Breeds. Also see the International Museum of the Horse and the Hall of Champions. The American Saddle Horse Museum is also located on the grounds of the Horse Park.
Lexington Horse Farms & Bluegrass Tours - Van tours of the area’s estates and stables are available through several local companies, including Bluegrass Tours: 859-252-5744, Kentucky Horse Tours: 859-846-9400 and Historic Horse and Farm Tours: 859-268-2906. Self guided tour maps are available at the Visitor’s Bureau at 301 East Vine Street, Lexington.
Lexington Opera House - 0.4 mile / 1 minute: The Marx Brothers, Mae West and Helen Hayes once graced the stage at this 1887 Lexington Opera House. Call for information on upcoming performances.
Mary Todd Lincoln House - 0.7 mile / 2 minutes: This Georgian-style brick structure was the home of the Todd family in the early 1800’s. The home has been restored and contains many Todd and Lincoln personal items and other period furnishings.
Red Mile Harness Racetrack - 1.4 miles / 4 minutes: The oldest race course in Lexington is also the fastest harness track in the world. The Red Mile Harness Track hosts live races during the spring and fall.
Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill - 31.6 miles / 40 minutes: One of America’s largest and most completely restored Shaker communities and a living museum. Visitors enjoy self-guided tours, riverboat excursions, dining and special events.
Waveland State Historic site - 6.9 miles / 14 minutes: This 1847 Greek Revival mansion was built by Joseph Bryan, Daniel Boone’s grandnephew. Waveland museum offers guided tours of the home and its outbuildings. Also enjoy flower and herb gardens and a nature trail.
Whitaker Bank Ballpark - 3.7 miles / 9 minutes: Home of the Lexington Legends baseball team
Golf Enjoy world class Lexington, Kentucky golf courses at affordable prices.
University Golf Club - 6 Miles, 23520 Crawford Avenue
Connemara - 10 Miles, 2327 Lexington Road
Picadome - 0.75 Miles, 469 Parkway Drive