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Two Days in Lexington

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Got just 48 hours in Lexington? Not to worry, we’ve got you covered! Follow this comprehensive itinerary so you can make the most of your two day visit in the Horse Capital of the World.  Enjoy the southern hospitality, wander through the shopping spots, explore the art and history, savor the flavors at delicious eateries, enjoy theater, live music and nightlife, visit bourbon distilleries, and tour the horse farm. 

Keeneland Race Course
Image by David Ohmer via Wikimedia Commons

Day 1- Map Guide of Lexington

Sip Coffee at 9:00am!

Kick start your day with coffee and breakfast at Magee’s Bakery. This spot serves the best homemade baked goods in Lexington.  It offers many delicious items, such as breakfast casseroles, crullers, quiche, sandwiches, donuts and biscuits. 

Address: 726 E Main Street, Lexington, KY 40502, United States
Phone: 1 859-255-9481
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday: 6:30am-2:00pm; Sunday: 8:00am-2:00pm

Explore the equine world at 10:00am!

Head to the Thoroughbred Park that’s a tribute to the horse industry in Lexington. The park features the very popular nineteenth century racehorse, bronze memorials, seven huge bronze statues of jockeys astride race horses, thirteen life-sized horse sculptures, and well-known jockeys like Pat day, Jerry Bailey, Randy Romero, and many more. A unique piece of thoroughbred history!

Address: Lexington, KY 40508, United States
Phone: 1 859-233-7299
Distance from Magee’s Bakery: 0.5miles or 1minute drive

Walk through the history at 11:00am!

Next, head off to the Lexington Cemetery that 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 Thoroughbred Park: 1.9miles or 8minutes drive

Tour the historical homes- Mary Todd Lincoln House, Hunt-Morgan House, and Ashland-The Henry Clay Estate!

Mary Todd Lincoln House at 12:00pm!

Start with Mary Todd Lincoln House and know the interesting facts about Mary Todd’s young life at this historic home. It is the historic childhood house of the First Lady of the US- Mary Todd Lincoln.  Peruse the period furniture, artifacts, and personal possessions of the Todd-Lincoln family. It also has a garden surrounding the site.
Address: 578 W Main St, Lexington, KY 40507, United States
Phone: 1 859-233-9999
Website: mtlhouse.org/ 
Distance from Lexington Cemetery: 0.9miles or 5minutes drive

Fill yourself up with delicious food at 1:00pm!

Head over to the Stella Kentucky Deli (143 Jefferson St) for delicatessen or Wagon Bones Grill (591 W. Short St) for barbecue.  Craving for American fare, step into Nick Ryan's (157 W Jefferson St), for steaks and seafood, head to Tony's Steaks & Seafood (401 West Main Street) or The Blue Heron Steakhouse (185 Jefferson Street).

Hunt-Morgan House at 2:00pm!

Tour the Hunt-Morgan House. 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

Ashland-The Henry Clay Estate at 3:00pm!

Ashland-The Henry Clay Estate is a nineteenth century mansion with 18 rooms. See the Kentucky’s statesman, Henry Clay family possessions and memorabilia at this home. There is a garden surrounding the mansion, and 17-acres of wooded parkland. 

Address: 120 Sycamore Rd, Lexington- 40502, US
Phone: (859) 266-8581
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday: 10:00am-5:00pm
Distance from Hunt-Morgan House: 2.0miles or 8minutes drive

Art Museum at University of Kentucky at 4:00pm!

Head over to the Art Museum at University of Kentucky that houses permanent collections spanning a variety of genres and media. It features American and European artwork from the old times to the present day. 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
Distance from Ashland: 1.5miles or 7minutes drive

Visit the World of Horse Racing at 5:00pm!

Head over to the Red Mile. The Red Mile is the city’s oldest race course. It hosts harness racing in which horses pull the two-wheeled carts while racing. It has a park, two-story clubhouse and the Red Barn that is a cupola-topped structure. 

Address: 1200 Red Mile Rd, Lexington, KY 40504, United States
Phone: 1 859-255-0752
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday: 10:00am-2:00am; Friday & Saturday: 10:00am-4:00am; Sunday: 10:00am-2:00am
Distance from Art Museum at University of Kentucky: 2.3miles or 9minutes drive

Go Shopping at 6:00pm!

Visit 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 St, Lexington, KY 40507, United States
Phone: 1 859-233-4567
Distance from Red Mile: 1.5miles or 5minutes drive

Indulge in some more shopping at The Square. This shopping spot has something for everyone from clothes to accessories to art. It houses art galleries, boutiques, upscale clothing stores and specialty shops. 

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: 0.2miles or 2minutes drive

Dinner at 8:00pm!

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.

Enjoy nightlife at 10:00pm!

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. Or enjoy the drag shows, dance to the DJs music and sip a few drinks at the Bar Complex (224 E Main Street, Lexington, KY 40507, United States).

The Chase Tap Room at 12:00am!

For nightcap, head to the Chase Tap Room. This nightspot has a nice selection of wines, beers, mixed drinks and cocktails. Drink like a local at this spot!

Address: 266 Jefferson Street, Lexington, KY 40508, United States
Phone: 1 859-797-3113
Opening hours: Monday to Friday: 9:00am-2:30am; Saturday & Sunday: 12:00pm-2:30am
Distance from the Bar Complex: 1.0mile or 5minutes drive

Day 2 in Lexington

Breakfast at 8:00am!

Kick 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 favorite 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
Website: tollyho.com/ 

Experience nature at 9:00am!

Visit The Arboretum State Botanical Garden of Kentucky that features native trees, plants, shrubs and wildflowers from different regions of Kentucky. Experience tranquility, connect to nature and take a relaxing walk at this spot!

Address: 500 Alumni Drive, Lexington, KY 40503, United States
Phone: 859-257-6955
Distance from Tolly-Ho Restaurant: 2.2miles or 7minutes drive

Fun for little ones at 10:00am!

Step into 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
Website: explorium.com/
Distance from The Arboretum: 3.5miles or 12minutes drive

Outdoor experience at 11:00am!

Head over to the McConnell Springs that has lush vegetation, natural springs and mature oaks. It has trails for exploring and hiking. An urban nature oasis, and a great place for walking, hiking and enjoying nature!

Address: 416 Rebmann Ln, Lexington, KY 40504, United States
Phone: 1 859-225-4073
Distance from The Explorium: 2.2miles or 8minutes drive

Experience Equestrian life at 12:00pm!

Head over to the Kentucky Horse Park that showcase humanity’s relationship with the horse. Enjoy horse rides, trekking, catch horse shows and equine presentations, and know the equine history at this park. 

Address: 4089 Iron Works Pkwy, Lexington, KY 40511, United States
Phone: 1 859-259-4200

Out to Lunch at 1:00pm!

Step into Red State BBQ (4020 Georgetown Rd) that serves up delicious barbecue food. Visit Fatkat's (3073 Paris Pike) for Italian fare, or head to the La Antigua Mexican Restaurant (1002 South Broadway) that serves delectable Mexican fare.

Aviation History at 2:00pm!

Visit the Aviation Museum of Kentucky and see how the airplane moves and functions. It houses various aircrafts, flying instruments and many travel exhibits, and also has a Kentucky Aviation Hall of Fame acknowledging the achievements of Kentuckians.

Address: 4029 Airport Rd, Lexington, KY 40510, United States
Phone: 1 859-231-1219
Opening hours: Thursday: 9:00am-3:00pm; Friday to Sunday: 9:00am-5:00pm

Keeneland Race Course at 3:00pm!

Experience the excitement and fun of the thoroughbred industry at the Keeneland race Course. Catch the horse race and watch horses train at this race course.  It is a historic and scenic race course distinguished by its lush surroundings and limestone building.

Address: 4201 Versailles Rd, Lexington, KY 40510, United States
Phone: 1 859-254-3412
Distance from Aviation Museum of Kentucky: 1.8miles or 5minutes drive

Glimpse of early Kentucky life at 4:00pm!

Next, head off to the Waveland State Historic Site that features the plantation life in the nineteenth century. Highlights are a smokehouse, slave quarters, an icehouse, and the Greek Revival Mansion that features period furniture, Daniel Boone possessions and artwork. 

Address: 225 Waveland Museum Ln, Lexington- 40514, KY, US
Phone: (859) 272-3611
Opening hours: Wednesday to Saturday: 10:00am-5:00pm; Sunday: 1:00pm-5:00pm

Retail Therapy at 5:00pm!

Shop at the Fayette Mall (3401 Nicholasville Rd, Lexington, KY 40503, United States) that is brimming with national retailers and brand-names. Some of the popular shops are: Macy’s, Dillard’s, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Sears, JCPenney, Banana Republic, Coach, and many more are available here. 

Distance from Waveland State Historic Site: 2.3miles or 7minutes drive

Are you a book lover? Then head to Joseph-Beth Bookseller (161 Lexington Green Cir B1, Lexington, KY 40503, United States) which is the largest independent bookstore in Lexington that has all kinds of books covering a wide range of topics. It also has non-book stores, ranging from Kentucky gifts to upscale designers.

Distance from Fayette Mall: 0.8miles or 4minutes drive

Drinks and Dinner at 7:00pm!

Head over to the Pub Lexington that serves British comfort food and has an extensive selection of beers.  Enjoy traditional food and drinks in a upscale atmosphere at this spot! Top-shelf dishes are shepherd pie, fish and chips.
Address: 3750 Mall Rd, Lexington, KY 40503, United States
Phone: 1 859-971-2748
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday: 11:00am-12:00am; Friday 7 Saturday: 11:00am-1:00am; Sunday: 11:00am-11:00pm

The night has just started at 9:00pm!

First spot: 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

Second spot:  Austin City Saloon 

Get your groove on, enjoy country western music, sing your favorite hits at karaoke, sip ice-cold beers, and mount the mechanical bull for a power-packed ride at the Austin City Salon. 

Address: 2350 Woodhill Dr # 100, Lexington, KY 40509, United States
Phone: 1 859-266-6891
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday: 4:00pm-2:30am

Day 2 - Map Guide of Lexington

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