Some of the most family-friendly attractions in Lexington require nothing but a good pair of hiking shoes and an adventurous spirit. Filmmaker, entrepreneur and Lexington local AJ Hochhalter shares his secrets to combining the pleasures of family fun and outdoor activities.
Take a scenic drive to show your kids racehorses, then take them 9 miles down the road and let them sit on the rails at Keeneland and experience the power of the same horses up close.
Ashland, The Henry Clay Estate
120 Sycamore Road
The home of notable statesman Henry Clay, Ashland is located in the midst of one of Lexington’s most beautiful neighborhoods and features “beautiful gardens, huge lawns and old trees – plus, it’s very quiet.” says AJ. “It’s nestled in a neighborhood that has some of the most picturesque streets in all of Lexington, especially in the fall.” henryclay.org
500 Alumni Drive
With rambling walking paths and more than 100 acres of plants, herbs and shrubs, the University of Kentucky’s Arboretum is a true treasure. “It’s awesome for stroller walks when you have little kids. They have a great Children’s Garden where kids can get their hands dirty and learn about how to plant things and the environment.” arboretum.ca.uky.edu
Evans Orchard and Cider Mill
198 Stone Road, Georgetown
“Hay rides, apple & pumpkin picking, and a massive slide and playground” is what you’ll find at this scenic Georgetown stop, offering locally-grown farm fresh fruits and vegetables as well as fun-on-the-farm activities to be had by all. “Plus, it has a picturesque horse country drive out there.” evansorchard.com
Red River Gorge
“It is amazing that just 40 minutes away, you can hike, camp and climb in a world-famous park.” AJ says of the popular camping, hiking and climbing canyon system known as Red River Gorge, “Also, you MUST stop at Miguel’s and get a pizza and an Ale8.” redrivergorge.com
“Take a scenic drive to show your kids racehorses, then take them 9 miles down the road and let them sit on the rails at Keeneland and experience the power of the same horses up close.” visitlex.com/idea-guide