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American Saddlebreds

by Margaret, Horse Blogger

HORSES, HORSES This handsome chesnut gelding is Memories Silk, barn name Silks, an American Saddlebred.

From spring through fall Silks performs in the Horses of the World show for visitors ...

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Celebrating Arabians

by Margaret, Horse Blogger

HORSES, HORSES Here's a photo of Scout, an Arabian who is part of the Kentucky Horse Park's Horses of the World show during the summer season. You can see him now at the Breeds barn, along with ...

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Happy New Year 2015

by Margaret, Horse Blogger

HORSES,HORSES The Snowball Series Mounted Games competition takes place at the Kentucky Horse Park this Saturday and Sunday, January 3 and 4. It's a fun event for kids and teenagers to watch ...

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Wine + Market

by Mindy, Cuisine Blogger

Wine + Market

One of my favorite things about going to larger cities is the neighborhood markets and gourmet deli's. While I don't live downtown and this is not my neighborhood (yet...) an amazing ...

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Merry Christmas

by Margaret, Horse Blogger

HORSES, HORSES Santa Claus stopped by the Kentucky Horse Park to visit with some very special horses and their riders: the Horse Park's Mounted Police Unit, headed by Captain Lisa Rakes.

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Almost Christmas

by Margaret, Horse Blogger

HORSES, HORSES The big draft horses that pull the trolleys at the Kentucky Horse Park look as though they are ready for Christmas. These sturdy Clydesdales and Percherons are favorites with the Horse ...

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Greentree Tearoom

by Mindy, Cuisine Blogger

The Greentree Tearoom is a hidden little gem here in Lexington, KY. Tucked away on West Short Street sits this adorable little green house, that is home to an antique shop and a tea room. 

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Lexington Visitors Center

Come see us at the Lexington Visitors Center on Main Street, in the heart of Downtown.
401 West Main Street, Suite 104.
Monday through Friday 8:30 to 5:00; Saturdays 10:00 to 5:00.

Our friendly Visitor Information Specialists are standing by at our new Visitors Center with advice on things to see and do in Lexington and the Bluegrass Region. Come by to pick up a Visitor Planning Guide or map and browse our materials. Watch videos about the Bluegrass Region on one of five interactive screens, get your picture taken with a life-sized blue horse and check out our Bourbon still and other memorabilia.

Parking is available on Main Street in front of Victorian Square, on the side street, Algonquin at the west end of Victorian Square, and in the Victorian Square parking garage (enter from Short Street).

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New Lexington Visitors Center: Victorian Square, 401 West Main Street, Lexington, KY 40507

Victorian Square is across from Lexington's convention center and the newly renovated Triangle Park. Located at the intersection of Main Street and Broadway, this block of buildings has played an important role in downtown Lexington since the 1870's.

The 16 buildings which make up Victorian Square were originally constructed for commercial use and have included numerous saloons, restaurants, a cigar store, wholesale and retail grocers, a hotel, a confectioners, an opera house, an athletic club, the Lexington Buggy Company and McElhon & Moloney Plumbers -- all prior to 1900. You could also visit this block to purchase tinware and stoves, riding apparel, tobacco, baskets and willow ware and furniture or to get a shave and a haircut.

Victorian Square

In 1983, a decision was made to renovate the entire block to ensure the vitality of this historic cluster of Victorian buildings. The facades of the buildings were left intact whenever possible. As the interior was remodeled, a series of ramps were constructed to connect the many different levels of the original floors. Great care was taken to preserve the decorative metal ceilings including replacing ceiling plates when possible with new ones manufactured using original presses. Interior halls and stairwells featured intricate tilework and ironwork typical of the Victorian Era.  The Victorian Square Shoppes opened in 1985 offering a mix of shopping, galleries, artist studios, restaurants, bars, a children's museum and the Lexington Children's Theater. And as of 2012: the new Lexington Visitors Center!

Construction has just begun as Victorian Square is re-imagined yet again.Stay tuned for exciting changes to this historic block.

Victorian Square is on the National Register of Historic Places. 

See driving directions to the new location.

Take a 360 degree virtual tour of our new Visitors Center.

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Note: VisitLEX, Lexington's convention and visitors bureau, administrative offices and sales force is now located at 250 West Main Street, Suite 2100; the building referred to by locals as "Big Blue."