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Family fun awaits you in Lexington, KY this summer

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Start planning your vacay with these recs from VisitLEX.

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It’s time to hit the road and head to Lexington, KY this summer — an unexpectedly cool, affordable, and conveniently located destination where adults can have as much fun as the kids.

So, what’s on the itinerary? We’re glad you asked. Here’s what to do + where to go in Lexington (just a three-hour drive from Indianapolis):

🐎 Horse around in the Horse Capital of the World

Lexington is home to 450+ horse farms. To learn more about one of this area’s signature industries, and to get up close and personal with horses, book a tour.

The Kentucky Horse Park is a must-see attraction showcasing different breeds, museums, and even horseback riding.

Want to catch world-class racing? Head to Keeneland. Pro tip: Bring the kids for a track-side breakfast where they can watch the horses train. Not going to be in town when the horses are racing in April and October? Be sure to stop by any time of year for a tour to check out the manicured grounds of this historic landmark.

🥘 Diverse dining experiences

Among the best restaurants in Lexington are options that cater to the whole family. Our top recs include:

  • Crank and Boom Ice Cream | Located in the Distillery District and voted Lexington’s best ice cream 11 years in a row, this is a can’t-miss stop during your visit to Lexington.
  • Poppy and Olive | Nestled within Eppings on Eastside (think: one of Lexington’s best restaurants), Poppy and Olive offers “parent-friendly” dining in a relaxed, judgment-free environment where adults can enjoy a great meal, and kids can have a great time.
  • Kentucky Native Café | Enjoy dinner in a greenhouse. Adults can sip an ice-cold beverage while kids explore the gardens and play in spaces designated just for them.
  • Boonedogs | This local hidden gem features gourmet hot dogs with unique toppings and plenty of room for kids to play while parents dine.
  • Distillery District | Home to many local distilleries and favorite restaurants like Goodfella’s Pizzeria + Burl Arcade.

🛶 Adventure outdoors

Rolling bluegrass hills, manicured farms, and serene streams and rivers — Lexington offers a variety of landscapes to explore. Get the adrenaline pumping at:

  • Boone Creek Outdoors | Zipline through the trees in the Boone Creek Gorge, or tackle an aerial obstacle course as a family.
  • Canoe Kentucky | Beat the heat + spend the day on the water.
  • Rail Explorers | Book a pedal-powered trip to explore the horse farms around Lexington + the Kentucky River.

Plan your vacation.