Friday, May 29, 2015

The Great Lexington Staycation

This list was created for locals....but it makes a great bucket list for visitors as well!

The Great Lexington Staycation

Hey locals! The dedication of chefs, brewers, distillers and passionate Lexington local entrepreneurs has boosted tourism and turned Lexington into a truly unique destination. Have you noticed? It's time for you to enjoy all our city has to offer.

So get out there, Lexington! Tour your own town and discover all the fantastic things happening around our city. Eat at that restaurant you've been meaning to try, visit an attraction that's always been on your ‘must-see' list or explore a new area of town. We live here - and that's something to celebrate.

Check out our Lexington Bucket List to get started, or explore the categories to your left and build your own list of Things to Do. As always, be sure to #SharetheLEX when you discover something great.

Come visit Lexington, Lexington!

Bucket List


1. Take a yoga class in the beer garden at West Sixth Brewing
2. Visit the childhood home of first lady Mary Todd Lincoln and the historic Hunt Morgan House on a historic homes tour
3. Stroll the Noli Night Market on the first Friday of every month
4. Sample a Cinnamonkey Donut at North Lime Coffee & Donuts on the Donut Trail
5. Bike through history with the Downtown Cycling Tour map as your guide
6. Enjoy live local music, cold drinks, and an energetic crowd in an open-aired Pavilion during Central Bank's weekly Thursday Night Live
7. Ride the RJ Corman Dinner Train through horse country while enjoying seasonal entrees
8. Attend an off-Broadway-show at the meticulously-restored Lexington Opera House
9. Catch some Bluegrass music at Willie's Locally Known
10. Learn everything you've ever wanted to know about horses at the world-famous Kentucky Horse Park
11. Order whatever County Club is featuring on its Instagram page
12. Attend a Friday night Gallery Hop with LexArts
13. Walk or bike the Legacy Trail all the way to the Kentucky Horse Park
14. Dig into a Po' Boy on a screened-in porch in the middle of horse country at Windy Corner Market & Restaurant
15. Catch a classic movie or art film while indulging in popcorn and beer at the Kentucky Theater
16. Try trendy Table Three TEN's ever-evolving cocktail menu at their 20-seat oak wood bar
17. Rollerblade to the Farmer's Market at the Pavilion
18. Watch the morning workouts of racehorses-in-training at the Thoroughbred Center
19. Catch a Lexington Legends game at the Whitaker Bank Ballpark
20. Ditch your Starbucks latte and drink a locally brewed cup of Joe at Cup of Commonwealth
21. Check out a live broadcast of Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour at the Lyric Theater on Monday nights
22. Experience a guided culinary tour of Lexington's most popular downtown restaurants on a Bleu Plate Tour
23. Peruse a local Farmer's Market on Tuesdays and Thursdays on S. Broadway & Maxwell
24. Visit the butterfly garden at the University of Kentucky Arboretum
25. Take a tour of the beautifully restored home and gardens at historic Waveland
26. Wander through The University of Kentucky Art Museum's permanent collection  (for free!)
27. Go bowling at the Collins Southland Bowling Center
28. Tour vineyards or sample local wines at the Talon, Grimes Mill, or Jean Farris wineries
29. Support your local music store and pick up a new jam at CD Central
30. Go hiking at Raven Run
31. Meet thoroughbreds in their homes on a Horse Farm Tour
32. Play volleyball at Marrika's
33. Try a Hot Brown at Winchell's Restaurant & Bar


34. Walk through the manicured gardens at the Ashland Estate, former home to "Great Compromiser" Henry Clay
35. Find your newest industrial antique at Scout Antique & Modern
36. Peruse the quaint shops and boutiques along Clay Avenue
37. Experience entertainment with a twist at The Breakout Games, an interactive group challenge
38. Eat brisket at the Blue Door Smokehouse
39. Find a first edition of your favorite book at Morris Book Shop
40. Grab a beer at the Chevy Chase Inn
41. Try the Jambalaya at Bourbon & Toulouse
42. Enjoy oysters & local brews at National Provisions/Beer Hall
43. Let wine enthusiasts help you find your new favorite wine at Wines on Vine


44. Play outdoor cornhole by Town Branch creek at the Break Room
45. Chase down one of 30 Food Trucks in the area, many of which are regularly parked around the Distillery District
46. Check out the historic natural springs at McConnell Springs Park
47. Get your Brewgrass Trail passport stamped at each beer distillery on the Brewgrass Trail
48. Check out the larger-than-life street murals, brought to you by PRHBTN
49. Visit any one of the nine bourbon distilleries within 35 minutes of downtown Lexington.
50. Do a self-guide walking tour, and eat at the Track Kitchen, at Keeneland Race Course.

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