Keeneland, with its exciting equestrian races and events, has over the years transformed into one of the most famous attractions in Lexington. In a city that is known for farms and horseback riding, Keeneland has managed to stay on top over the years. Part of the National Register of Historic Places, visiting this amazing landmark for watching a race is a must while in Lexington.
The distillery is named after a historic whiskey maker who marketed whisky under the his own brand name. Being shut for many decades, the distillery restarted in 2017 by an entrepreneur. Visitors can take a tour around the working distillery and savor award winning whiskys. A complimentary Glencairn whisky glass is what guests receive after the tour.
Established in 1978, Kentucky Horse Park aims at providing visitors with knowledge regarding horses. Multiple restaurants located on-site offer guests a refreshing break. International Museum of the Horse, American Saddlebred Museum, the memorial and sculpture park gives visitors deeper insight into the history and varieties of horses. Riding on horse-drawn carriages and ponies makes the educational tour around the park an interesting one. The park is also home to the popular Man O War memorial. Screening of equestrian films, horse racing and equestrian shows are regular features at this park.
Located in downtown Lexington is the Rupp Arena, which plays host to several popular concerts, sporting events, family entertainment shows and conventions. The venue is home to Wildcats - the basketball team. Sound and light systems are high-tech and ample parking space is available. The excellent staff re-defines quality service, which is another plus for the venue. Housed within the arena is ‘The Heart', which was conceived after a popular demand for a medium sized space to hold concerts and meetings.
Built in 1832, the Mary Todd Lincoln House is a beautiful museum in Lexington. This fourteen bedroom house has been restored and maintained well with all the original decor and furnishings. The hallways have family portraits on display and the bedrooms are designed in a classic Victorian style with king-size beds and antique furniture pieces. A great place to spend a day at and see the history this house has to offer.
Founded by an eminent American politician, Henry Clay, Ashland's beginnings date back to 1809, when it started out as a simple block house. By 1811, it expanded into a sprawling mansion with a surrounding garden, that occupied 600 acres (242.81 hectares) of land. The property was named after the Ash trees that surrounded the place. Following Clay's death in 1852, Ashland has housed various occupants, and has been functioning as a historic house and museum since 1950. Visitors can enjoy tours of the magnificent mansion and take in its splendor. End your visit to Ashland by enjoying a relaxed meal at Ginkgo Tree Cafe, located on site.
Church of the Annunciation is a charming red colored church which has been in existence since 1860. Built in the beautiful Gothic Revival style it is an evidence of the ancient time it belonged to. The pleasant and inviting atmosphere of the church makes it even more lovely. Services are regularly held even today and all other ceremonies are routinely conducted.
The Scott County Jail Complex is a finely structured jail complex in and occupies massive historical relevance. It is placed in the Georgetown region of Kentucky. It functioned as the Scott County Jail from its establishment in 1892 until 1990. At present, the building site is home to the renowned Scott County Arts and Cultural Center. The distinguished arts building is designated as a Kentucky Landmark. Tracing the Italianate and the Romanesque styles of architecture, it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Christ Church Cathedral was established in 1796 though the present structure was built in 1848 by Thomas Lewinski, a renowned Lexington architect. This magnificent Gothic Revival edifice is a dominating feature in Downtown Lexington's skyline and history. It was the first Episcopal congregation in town and is the oldest of its kind in the state. Its interiors are just as stately as its facade. Get impressed by stunning stained glass windows, buttresses, arches and the nave. It is the base of The Episcopal Diocese of Lexington. It is also renowned for its music and is a gallery space for religious art as well.
Carriage House Theatre situated on the busy West Bell Court is home to the local theater group Studio Players who have been entertaining the local fans of performing arts since 1953. From auditions and rehearsals to the performance of various home productions of Studio Players are carried out at the Carriage House Theatre itself. The intimate nature of this theater and the powerful performances make you feel as if you are part of the show adding to the overall experience.