Fun for the Whole Family
In Lexington, there’s no shortage of things to do with the whole family. From the picturesque beauty of the Kentucky countryside, to the rich history of this region, there’s so much to explore.
Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill
You’re never too young or old to enjoy the magic of nature. Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill is the perfect place to enjoy the natural beauty that Kentucky has to offer. Explore everything Shakers Village has to offer from the animals on the farm, to the beautiful nature preserve, to a river tour on their own paddle cruiser, and even a historic centre.
Eckert's Boyd Orchard
Lexington is known for its horses, so it’s only natural that it’s also the perfect place to interact with them. Big Red Stables is just one of many stables that offers scenic horseback riding tours through the country, giving a unique view of the bluegrass region you won’t soon forget. For a slower-paced outing, there’s Eckert’s Boyd Orchard. Here the whole family can pick pumpkins, apples, blackberries and other fruits. There’s also a 90 foot slide, pig races, a corn maze, apple cider, and bonfires!
Lexington Opera House
If the kids have too much energy and need to burn some off, then a physical activity is the perfect option. One fun option is the Lexington Ice Center, where there’s two rinks for kids to practice their skating skills. White Haven Golf is another great option, complete with its windmills, loop-the-loops, and 18 holes. There’s also Champs Entertainment Center, which has laser tag, putt-putt golf, and most exciting of all, a roller skating rink. Catch your breath afterwards by catching a show at the Lexington’s Children’s Theatre, which has been putting on shows since 1938. Some of the shows this season include The Little Mermaid, and The Lion, The Witch, & The Wardrobe. If you’re lucky, you might just catch the one show a season that is held at the Lexington Opera House.
The Exploratorium of Lexington
Learning can be fun! The Exploratorium of Lexington is the perfect place for the young ones to learn while they play. There’s nine galleries with over 100 hands-on activities, and even a special play area for toddlers. The Hummel Planetarium is another great place for the whole family. It’s one of the most sophisticated planetariums in the entire country, and features stunning shots of our solar system and beyond. The Living Arts & Science Center is a great place for hands on learning. Located in downtown Lexington, they offer a variety of classes, tours, and events for the little ones to learn while they play! There’s also Rebecca Ruth Candies, a fourth-generation owned candy factory that has made gourmet chocolates since 1919. Their tours are free to kids 5 and under.
And if the adults want to get in on the fun too, places like Malibu Jack’s and LexLive are great fun for the whole family. Malibu Jack’s is an indoor theme park with go karts, mini golf, laser tag, rides, bowling, an arcade, and restaurants, perfect for an all-day outing. LexLive is a new establishment in downtown Lexington with something for everyone, with an arcade, bowling alley, sports bar, and even a movie theatre.
Crank & Boom Craft Ice Cream
All that fun is sure to make you build up quite the appetite, luckily there’s plenty of fun and unique restaurants around town. The Parkette Drive-In is a blast from the past with its ‘50s theme, complete with a vintage sign and carhops. It was even featured on Diners, Drive-Ins, & Dives back in 2013! What family outing is complete without ice cream though? Crank & Boom Craft Ice Cream, located in the Distillery District, serves up creamy deliciousness made with only the finest local ingredients. With unique flavors (and complimentary stickers for first time visitors) it’s certainly the perfect end to any day.