Breathtaking rolling hills and fence-lined pastures.

Meet Lexington, Kentucky

Why Choose Lexington?

We Have Everything Your Meeting Needs...And Then Some!

Our easy-to-get-to location, first-class facilities and unique attractions make Lexington an appealing destination for conventions and meetings of all sizes and types. Our friendly convention sales staff is here to help you with site visits, bid presentations, lead distribution and proposal collection--and once you’ve selected Lexington, our award-winning Convention Sales Staff is here to make your event successful.

Getting Here is Easy

No matter how you get here, we’re easy to access. Lexington is located within a day’s drive of two-thirds of the U.S. population. And if you’re flying, Blue Grass Airport is just 10 minutes from downtown, and offers 17 direct flights into Lexington. The Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati International Airport, and the Louisville International Airport – are each a little over an hour away. 

Convention Facilities are Convenient and Affordable

We believe that Lexington’s a pretty perfect place for a meeting—and we think you’ll agree. Our easy-to-get-to location, first-class facilities and unique attractions make Lexington an appealing alternative for conventions and meetings of all sizes and types, including yours. So take a look around and see what we have to offer.

200,000 SF

of flexible convention and event space


convention hotels within a 15 minute drive of airport and downtown


affordable hotel rooms available

Comprehensive Convention Services

Need to find entertainment for your opening program? Have special lighting requirements? Need to rent a tent or a portable stage? Check out our Convention Services Directory with resources to help fulfill your vision for your meeting. Take a look at our Meeting Planner Toolkit while you're at it! 

Closer Than You Think

Whether you’re driving or flying, we’re easy to get to.

Driving Distances Map

Louisville, KY
77 miles
Cincinnati, OH
82 miles
Knoxville, TN
172 miles
Charleston, WV
176 miles
Indianapolis, IN
189 miles
Columbus, OH
189 miles
Nashville, TN
214 miles
Cleveland, OH
331 miles
St. Louis, MO
337 miles
Detroit, MI
345 miles
Pittsburgh, PA
372 miles
Chicago, IL
373 miles
Atlanta, GA
382 miles
Charlotte, NC
401 miles
Birmingham, AL
404 miles
Memphis, TN
422 miles
Milwaukee, WI
469 miles
Washington, DC
512 miles
Buffalo, NY
515 miles
Baltimore, MD
538 miles
Charleston, SC
542 miles
Norfolk, VA
583 miles
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Located in the heart of downtown Lexington, the Central Bank Center is within easy walking distance of over 1,200 hotel rooms; 75 restaurants; numerous theaters, shops, and galleries; the distillery district; and a wide variety of nightlife—combining small town charm with the excitement of big city...

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Beyond the Meeting

Before, during and after your event, Lexington offers so many unique sights, sounds, tastes and experiences for you and your attendees to get out and explore. Here’s a few of our favorites:

We’re the Horse Capital of the World 

Pretty Horses

Here, you're never more than 10 minutes away from breathtaking rolling hills, fence-lined pastures and more than 450 horse farms. Lexington is the Horse Capital of the World, center of the Thoroughbred breeding universe and home to the Kentucky Horse Park, as well as the historic Keeneland Racecourse: a National Historic Landmark, open for visitors year-round.

This is Bourbon Country

White Oak Bourbon Barrels

In and around Lexington you can explore old warehouses where row upon row of charred-oak bourbon barrels stretch into the horizon, waiting for their chance to shine. Take a tour and see how America’s only native spirit is made, then grab a stool at one of the many world-class bourbon and cocktail bars around town. Check out what makes Lexington the Best Place in America to Grab a Drink.

Beyond Grits 


World-class race horses aren't the only things that grow strong around here. Local farms have been supplying Lexington restaurants with farm-to-table ingredients since before it was cool. And right now, Lexington’s culinary scene is on fire, with new restaurants, cafés, food trucks and bistros popping up at every turn. Click here to check out a full list of our restaurants

Rich History


As the first part of Kentucky to be settled, Central Kentucky represents the beginning of the American West, and was home to prominent individuals of 18th and 19th century American history. There’s no shortage of stories to relive in Lexington and across the Bluegrass, so take a walk back in time through notable Civil War battlefields, homes of prominent historical figures, preserved architectural treasures and much more.


Two women enjoying great food at the event F.E.A.S.T.

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