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Featured Events

Sep12

Keeneland September Yearling Sales

This sale attracts buyers from all over the world.  Spectators welcome!... more
Sep24

Ronald McDonald Clown Train

Ronald will entertain as only he can do.  He will be passing out free Happy Meal... more
Sep24

Vintage Baseball Game at Waveland

Come enjoy a wonderful day of history, food and of course, the good old American pastime,... more
Sep29

Central Bank Thursday Night Live

Featuring Blind Corn Liquor Pickers!  Beverages, food from local restaurants and... more
Sep30

Black Jacket Symphony

The Beatles "Revolver".  A unique concert experience which recreates... more
Oct5

Split Rock Jumping Tour

With convenient online entries and the All-Inclusive Entry Packages, combined with the... more
Oct6

Central Bank Thursday Night Live

Featuring Mike Archer Band!  Beverages, food from local restaurants and great... more
Oct7

Keeneland Thoroughbred Racing

No racing on Mondays or Tuesdays. See live Thoroughbred racing at the most elegant race... more
Oct7

Night Market

A monthly pop-up open air-market/street festival held on the first Friday of every month... more
Oct8

Perryville Battlefield Re-enactment

Experience 1862 during the re-enactment of the Battle of Perryville and watch history... more
Oct13

Central Bank Thursday Night Live

Featuring Vinyl Richie!  Beverages, food from local restaurants and great music by... more
Oct14

The Bourbon Chase

An overnight relay adventure.  Teams of runners cover 200 miles of scenic byways... more
Oct28

Disturbia at the Distillery

It's a night of dinner, drams and drama!  The night starts with the popular Ghost... more
Nov1

CP National Horse Show

A week-long championship event held indoors at the Alltech Arena, Featuring... more
Nov18

23rd Annual Southern Lights

The 23rd Annual Southern Lights includes a self-guided four mile journey through a... more
Nov18

LexArts Gallery Hop

Thousands of locals and visitors alike converge on downtown Lexington to celebrate art... more

James Burnie Beck

by Stuart, History Blogger

During the 19th century, the Scottish-born James B. Beck was a Lexington lawyer and a respected national politician.

Born in Dumfrieshire, Scotland, on February 13, 1822, Beck received his early ...

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Link, the Percheron

by Margaret, Horse Blogger

HORSES, HORSES This handsome horse is Link, who is new to theBreeds Barn at the Kentucky Horse Park this year.

Link, who stands about 18 hands tall, is a Percheron, whichis one of the breeds of the ...

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Accident or Murder?

by Stuart, History Blogger

In 1854, a New York Times article described the death of Lexington resident James O. Frazer. Although Frazer's demise appeared to be accidental, both Frazer's wife and his overseer were later ...

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Driving & Walking Tours

cherryfencerowThere is no better way to discover the legendary landscape of the Bluegrass Region than driving or cycling the country roads around the Horse Capital of the World. Lush pastures, mile after mile of plank and stone fencing, horses grazing, magnificent homes and barns: all this and more is there for your viewing pleasure!

Love to walk? A variety of tour companies offer guided tours of downtown Lexington on foot. See the Biking and Cycling Thru the Centuries links to the left to learn more about cycling in the Bluegrass.

Here is a great suggestion for enjoying the area by car, by foot, or both:

The Lexington Walk and Bluegrass Country Driving Tour.

This large format annotated paper map is one of our most frequently requested publications, second only to our colorful Visitor Planning Guide, and it's free. We will mail one to you, usually on the same day you make your request! Call (800) 845-3959 or order online. If you are already in Lexington, stop by the Visitors Center and pick one up. Many hotels keep this map on hand for guests. One side is a driving tour of the countryside surrounding our city. The other side is a walking tour of downtown Lexington.

Bluegrass Country Driving Tour: This popular route is divided into three parts. Take a morning or an afternoon and do the whole thing, or just pick the circuit that interests you the most. There's easy access back to town after each circuit. You'll learn about the history and geography of the area and -of course- you'll also learn about our world-renowned horse industry. 

The Lexington Walk: On the reverse side is a walking tour of historic downtown Lexington. There are 33 points of interest along the way. It is best enjoyed on foot, but it can also be driven. There are plenty of places to stop and rest, or eat, along the route. You'll see first hand the charming mix of old and new building that comprise the compact downtown core of Kentucky's second largest city.

Want to know about gas prices in Lexington? Click here.

Organized Guided Walking Tours

Bleu Plate Tours

  • 4008 Boone Creek Road, Lexington
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  • (855) 563-6464

Historic Downtown Walking Tours

  • 220 Market Street, Lexington
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  • (859) 321-5897

Lexington History Walks

  • 2650 Bowman Mill Road, Lexington
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  • (859) 321-4728

Lexington Walking Tours

  • 217 Barberry Lane, Lexington
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  • (859) 825-8702

Old Lexington Tour Company

  • 3376 Blackford Parkway, Lexington
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  • (859) 806-5001

The Inquisitive Walker's Architectural Tour of Lexington

Available through the App Store and Google Play, this walking tour focuses on the area around Lexington's Old Fayette County Courthouse. For more than 200 years, downtown commerce has been conducted in buildings designed by talented architects and constructed by skilled craftsmen. A free app offers a walking tour with in-depth information and photos. Search for 'LexArch Tour'. Download the app, pop in your earbuds, and enjoy listening to cultural geographer Karl Raitz talk about a fascinating selection of historical buildings. Photography by Richard Greissman.