The heart of Kentucky, Lexington offers so much for people of all ages and interests. It is all about southern hospitality, thoroughbred horses, natural beauty, culture and history, bourbon, sports and outdoor adventure. Experience Lexington in 24 hours with this itinerary-
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Breakfast at 9:00am!
Start your day with a hearty breakfast at the Tolly-Ho Restaurant, locally called as “the Ho”. Pancakes, omelets, sandwiches and hamburgers will fill you up for the day. A fav spot for people of all ages and walks of life!
Address: 606 S Broadway, Lexington, KY 40508, United States
Phone: 1 859-253-2007
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday: Open 24 hours
Tour the historical home at 10:00am!
Head to the Hunt-Morgan House that was built by the first millionaire of the west, John Wesley Hunt. The house features three-story, spiral staircase, early nineteenth century portraits, family furniture, a garden and a Civil War museum on the second floor that has local Civil War memorabilia.
Address: 201 N Mill Street, Lexington, KY 40507, United States
Phone: 1 859-233-3290
Distance from Tolly-Ho restaurant: 1.1miles or 4minutes drive
Tour the historic site at 11:00am!
Next, head off to Mary Todd Lincoln House that was the first historic house restored in honor of a First Lady of the US. Check out the period furniture, artifacts, and personal possessions of the Todd-Lincoln family. It also has a garden surrounding the site. Know the interesting facts about Mary Todd’s young life at this site!
Address: 578 W Main Street, Lexington, KY 40507, United States
Phone: 1 859-233-9999
Distance from Hunt-Morgan House: 0.5miles or 2minutes drive
Peaceful walk through history at 12:00pm!
Next on the list is Lexington Cemetery that exudes history. It houses the gravesites of some of the state’s well-known residents, such as Henry Clay, Todd Family and many more in US and Kentucky history. Also, there is plenty of greenery and trees all around.
Address: 833 W Main Street, Lexington, KY 40508, United States
Phone: 1 859-255-5522
Opening hours: Monday to Friday: 8:00am-4:00pm; Saturday: 8:00am-12:00pm
Distance from Mary Todd Lincoln House: 0.9miles or 4minutes drive
Out to Lunch at 1:00pm
Head over to the Doodles (262 North Limestone, Lexington, KY 40507, United States) that serve local organic food. Step into the Alfalfa Restaurant (141 E Main Street, Lexington, KY 40507, United States) for vegetarian fare, or go to Courtyard Deli (351 Church Street, Lexington, KY 40507, United States) for some light fare, like soup, salads or sandwiches. Step into Stella's Kentucky Deli (143 Jefferson Street, Lexington, KY 40508, United States) that serves locally sourced food.
Arty exploration at 2:00pm!
Step into the Art Museum at University of Kentucky. The museum has permanent collections that span a variety of genres and media. Works include prints, paintings, drawings, sculptures, decorative arts and photographs.
Address: 405 Rose Street, Lexington, KY 40508, United States
Phone: 1 859-257-5716
Opening hours: Tuesday to Thursday: 12:00pm-5:00pm; Friday: 12:00pm-8:00pm; Saturday & Sunday: 12:00pm-5:00pm
Explore the outdoors at 3:00pm!
Head over to The Arboretum State Botanical Garden of Kentucky that showcases native trees, plants, shrubs and wildflowers from different regions of Kentucky. A beautiful spot to relax, unwind, experience nature, walk or run, and let the stress melt away.
Address: 500 Alumni Drive, Lexington, KY 40503, United States
Distance from University of Kentucky Art Museum: 2.6miles or 8minutes drive
Fun for little ones at 4:00pm!
Head to the The Explorium of Lexington that has an array of interactive science and art exhibits for kids of all ages. Explore the nature, light, dinosaurs, fossils and rocks, space travels, and so much more at this spot.
Address: 440 W Short Street, Lexington, KY 40507, United States
Phone: 1 859-258-3253
Opening hours: Tuesday & Wednesday: 10:00am-5:00pm; Friday & Saturday: 10:00am-5:00pm; Sunday: 1:00pm-5:00pm
Distance from the Arboretum: 3.5miles or 11 minutes drive
The Shops at Lexington Center at 5:00pm!
Time for retail therapy! Step into The Shops at Lexington Center. It has an extensive collection of specialty stores and boutiques. From exquisite jewelry to sporting memorabilia to hand-crafted art to apparels and accessories to fine chocolates, there is something for everyone! Some of the stores here are The Toy Shop, Kyle’s Cards and Gifts, Old Kentucky Chocolates, Kathy’s Hallmark, Illusions, Shelia Bayes Fine Jewelers, Kentucky Korner and Cat Couture.
Address: 430 W Vine Street, Lexington, KY 40507, United States
Phone: 1 859-233-4567
Distance from the Explorium: 0.6miles or 4minutes drive
The Square at 6:00pm!
Shop like a local at The Square which is full of art galleries, boutiques, upscale clothing stores and specialty shops. This spot has something for everyone!
Address: 401 W Main Street, Lexington, KY 40507, United States
Phone: 1 859-252-7575
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday: 10:00am-9:00pm; Sunday: 12:00pm-6:00pm
Distance from the Shops at Lexington Center: 0.3miles or 2minutes drive
An exciting evening of music, drinks and fun at 7:00pm!
Start your night at the Two Keys Tavern. Play a few rounds of pool, sip cocktails, catch stand-up acts, watch a game on the telly or enjoy live music at Two Keys Tavern!
Address: 333 South Limestone, Lexington, KY 40508, United States
Phone: 1 859-254-5000
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday: 11:00am-2:30am
Distance from Victorian Square: 0.7miles or 6minutes drive
Dinner at 9:00pm!
Head over to the Shakespeare & Co. (367 W Short Street, Lexington, KY 40507, United States) that serves up delicious American and international fare, or drop by Saul Good Restaurant & Pub (123 North Broadway, Lexington, KY 40507, United States) for sandwiches, burgers, pizzas, salads, as well as dinner entrees. Step into Bourbon n' Toulouse (829 Euclid Avenue, Lexington, KY 40502, United States) serving classic Cajun food at a reasonable price.
The night has just started at 10:00pm!
For the best bourbon and live music, head to the Henry Clay Public House (112 N Upper Street, Lexington, KY 40507, United States). Patrons of all ages hit this nightspot. If you want a big night out, step into the Soundbar (208 S Limestone, Lexington, KY 40508, United States) that has DJs spinning awesome music at all hours, drinks, dance, and karaoke nights.
McCarthy's Irish Bar at 12:00am!
Cap off your night with Irish beer at McCarthy’s Irish Bar.
Address: 117 S Upper Street, Lexington, KY 40507, United States
Phone: 1 859-258-2181
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday: 11:00am-2:30am
Distance from Henry Clay Public House: 1 minute
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