Have you ever thought about taking a trip to Lexington, Kentucky? April and May are the perfect times of year to not only enjoy "The Horse Capital of the World," but there are some major events to enjoy during that time. Late April is the Range Rover Three Day Event - the USA's only 4-star horse three day event. The first weekend of May is, of course, the Kentucky Derby in nearby Louisville. There are tons of things for horse lovers to do in Lexington - and non-horselovers as well. Here are some reasons why you might want to take a trip to Lexington.
Kentucky Horse Park
Lexington is home to the famous Kentucky Horse Park. The Park houses many different breeds of horses, and also features the International Museum of the Horse. Kentucky Horse Park offers some of the top horse events in the world, including the Bluegrass Classic, the Annual Egyptian Event, and BreyerFest. Learn, explore, and take in the beautiful setting of the Kentucky Horse Park.
Breeding Farm Tours
If you’d like to tour the local Thoroughbred breeding farms, then Lexington is the place to be. There are countless breeding farms within just a short drive, and you can either arrange for tours with the farms themselves, or have a breeding farm tour service take care of the arrangements for you.
While you’re in Lexington, you’ll be just a short distance from some of the top Thoroughbred breeding farms in the nation. Farms such as Ashford Stud, WinStar Farm, Three Chimneys Farm, Claiborne Farm, Lane’s End Farm, and Taylor Made Farm all boast championship breeding histories and stunning facilities.
Downtown Lexington is home to wonderful restaurants, historic office buildings, specialty shops, and performance arenas. There is tons to do in Downtown Lexington, and the district has an active night life. Head out on a walking tour of the area, or take a tour by horse drawn carriage.
If you’re looking for entertainment, check out the Kentucky Theater or the Lyric Theater. The Lexington Opera House has been newly restored, and the Downtown Arts Center often has musical and theatrical performances.
Lexington features a wide variety of museums that you’re sure to love. Make a trip to the Aviation Museum of Kentucky, the Bluegrass Scenic Railroad Museum, the University of Kentucky Art Museum, or the Headley-Whitney Museum.
Keeneland Race Course
Your trip to Lexington won’t be complete without a trip to Keeneland Race Course. Keeneland is home to live racing and auctions, and is open year-round. Keeneland features some of the top Thoroughbred stakes races, such as the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes, the Shadwell Turf Mile, and Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity.
Lexington, Kentucky is full of rich culture, all with a distinct equestrian influence. If you’re thinking about making a trip to Lexington, then check out the Lexington Visitor’s Center website for more information. Have a great trip!