Welcome to Lexington, Kentucky, USA
“If these United States can be called a body, then Kentucky can be called its heart.” –Author Jesse Stuart
America is an expansive and diverse country. And no place embodies its natural beauty, warm hospitality and sense of adventure better than Lexington, Kentucky. Read on for a look at what makes Lexington so special, as well as practical advice for travelers visiting from outside the US.
2022 BREEDERS’ CUP
The World Championships of Thoroughbred racing return to Lexington in November 2022. Experience days of exciting events both on and off the track, glamorous fashion, celebrity sightings and food curated by world-renowned chefs as the city transforms to welcome guests from around the world.
International travelers interested in purchasing tickets for the 2022 Breeders’ Cup should contact Stephanie Booth for assistance.
November - March: Eastern Standard Time
March - November: Easern Daylight Time
Average Minimum & Maximum Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
Spring: 34, 74
Summer: 61, 86
Fall: 36, 79
Winter: 23, 54
The minimum drinking age is 21. Alcoholic beverages may be sold in licensed bars and restaurants from 6 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. Monday through Saturday and from 11 a.m. Sunday to 2:30 a.m. Monday. Package stores may open from 7 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday.
Smoking is not allowed inside public buildings, including restaurants.
LEXINGTON’S ‘SISTER CITIES’
The Sister Cities Program is a global network of communities dedicated to peace and prosperity. By forging bonds between people around the world, Sister Cities foster mutually beneficial relationships built on open-minded understanding and an appreciation for cultural differences.
Lexington is united with these four Sister Cities by our love and respect for the horse:
Deauville, France – 1957
County Kildare, Ireland – 1984
Shinhidaka, Japan – 1988
Newmarket, England – 2003
Lexington is within driving distance of many major US cities. It’s also easily accessible by air with non-stop flights from Blue Grass Airport (LEX) to 17 destinations and connecting service to hundreds of destinations worldwide. Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG), only an hour’s drive from Lexington, offers numerous domestic non-stop flights and two international flights, as well—one to Toronto and another to Paris.
Get the most up-to-date guidance for international travelers here.