Discover fun for the whole family in the Horse Capital of the World! Immerse yourselves in the city's awe-inspiring Horse Country, experience indoor favorites, explore the best nature has to offer in the Bluegrass region's great outdoors, and dine at the locals’ top picks. See for yourself—Lexington is the perfect spot for your family getaway.
HORSE CAPITAL OF THE WORLD
This attraction is for all ages. Children especially enjoy the interactive exhibits at the museum, the parade of breeds and the wide-open spaces. The holiday light show at the park, Southern Lights, Thanksgiving through New Year’s Eve, is a big hit with the whole family.
The life-size horse statues at Thoroughbred Park seem to fascinate the young visitors! These bronze statues make for the perfect photo location. The park is located on the corner of Midland and Main Street.
If your youngsters want to see some equine babies, take a drive through the countryside around Lexington in the spring. Foals are usually born February through June. Check out our driving tours of the Bluegrass backroads: visitlex.com/about/maps-and-directions/
Several area stables offer scenic guided or unguided horseback rides for all levels of riders.
Located at the Blue Grass Airport, children will enjoy plenty of interactive exhibits at this museum dedicated to Kentucky aviation.
Located in The Square, the museum is for ages 10 and under. Numerous galleries feature more than 100 hands-on activities. There’s a special play area for toddlers.
Created in the 1960s to promote arts and science education, visitors may check out their “Spend a day at LASC.”
Lexington is home to an outstanding public parks system. If you’re looking to get your family outside for a low-cost way, check out one of these: Hisle Park, Arboretum at UK, Masterson Station Park, Castlewood, Charles Young, Shilito, Veterans Park, Kirklevington, Woodland and many more.
Fish or paddle boat on this park’s 47-acre lake or let your kids run off some steam on their creative playground.
This 2-acre garden is designed to share the joy and wonder of nature and plants. It is best suited for children ages 2 to 6 and their families. The garden’s features include child-sized representations of Kentucky’s landscapes as well as themed gardens including butterfly, vegetable and transportation gardens. It’s open seasonally and weather permitting.
Where Lexington received its name. Follow in the footsteps of frontier explorers at this park hiking on their trails, taking in wildlife views and checking out their many events.
Hit the trails and enjoy a scenic hike in the Kentucky River Palisades area, a getaway just minutes from downtown Lexington. Many special programs are offered.
Joseph-Beth Kids, located on the lower level, is a store within a store. There’s a large selection of books and education materials, with a seating area for those who want to read on the spot.
This climbing and fitness gym is full service with more than 20,000 sq ft of climbing. Kids can boulder, climb on auto belays, or top rope with a parent or a person 14 or older belaying.
Visit fall through spring to catch a performance! Thirteen plays are presented throughout the season.
Fall through Spring you can take to the ice! Call ahead for open skate times.
With six branches, there will be a library close by and they offer an astonishing number of activities designed for even the youngest amongst us.
Don’t forget socks! Let your children bounce off the walls at this large facility filled with giant trampolines. Call ahead to reserve a spot.
Let the entire fam try their skills at bowling and enjoy the arcade. Make it a night and order food. Located in the hip Southland neighborhood.
FAMILY FRIENDLY LOCAL LEXINGTON RESTAURANTS
An Italian pizzeria and restaurant established in 1973. This Lexington favorite and longtime pizza parlor has a casual vibe and is housed in a former synagogue with stained-glass windows.
The perfect family-friendly spot that's famous for serving breakfast all day. Don't worry! They have a wide variety of delicious lunch and dinner options too.
This restaurant was created to give parents and little ones a relaxed, judgment-free environment where everyone can enjoy a delicious meal without the usual stress of dining out.
It’s the home-style comfort food, the Southern appeal and the genuine hospitality that make this diner feel like home—no matter where you’re from, or which location you visit.