Discover Lexington with your student
4201 Versailles Road
15 minute drive
Discover why Lexington is the Horse Capital of the World. Both racetrack and auction center, Keeneland is a national historic landmark. Come in April or October for race meets, or any time of the year to stroll the lush grounds, visit the Keeneland Library, and take a guided walking tour (you’ll see the barns, the view from trackside, even the Jockeys Quarters). “And they’re off!” Win, place or show, you can’t lose at Keeneland.
578 West Main Street
5 minute drive
Located downtown, the childhood home of Mary Todd Lincoln opened to the public in 1977 and was the first site restored to honor a First Lady. Tour the house with a docent, viewing period pieces from the Todd and Lincoln families, and then wander on your own through gardens that reflect the charm of the original home. Tours are offered hourly from March 15 – November 30. At any time of the year, you may download a walking tour guide for the neighborhood (“Lincolns’ Lexington” or “A House Divided”).
405 Rose Street
Looking for an activity on campus? Stop by the Singletary Center for the Arts, home of the UK Art Museum. (Admission and parking are free; the Museum is closed Mondays and university holidays.) Check the website ahead of time to see if you can catch a tour guided by the Museum Director or Curator — a terrific way to learn about special exhibitions as well as objects and paintings from the permanent collection. There is always something new to see at the Museum!
Intersection of Main Street and Broadway (US 68)
4 minute drive
The Square has been the heart of downtown Lexington since the 1880s. A modern renovation united the block’s old buildings under one airy roof, preserving gorgeous ironwork and balconies (it’s on the National Register of Historic Buildings). Today the Square is filled with an inviting assortment of restaurants, shops and art galleries and connected by covered walkways to other downtown hotels and shops (the “Triple Crown Plaza”). It also happens to be a mere stone’s throw from Rupp Arena where UK’s storied basketball team plays.
4001 Athens Boonesboro Road
17 minute drive
When your family is ready for a break from town and campus, buzz over to east Lexington. Jacobson Park encompasses a reservoir, golf course, basketball and volleyball courts, a dog park and fishing docks. Visitors can rent pedal boats at the marina (April 15 – October 1). Don’t forget to pack a picnic!