As the “Horse Capital of the World,” the Bluegrass Region has no shortage of horse-related activities – from horse farm tours to a day at the races to elegant equestrian events. You are sure to be an “honorary horseman” before your visit to the area ends.
There’s nothing like starting the morning by catching a glimpse of the powerful Thoroughbred horses warming up at sunrise and then enjoying Breakfast with the Works early Saturday morning during the Race Meet at historic Keeneland Racecourse. Keeneland’s tradition and charm transcend the average Thoroughbred racing experience, with people from around the world visiting Lexington to enjoy the Race Meets in April and October, as well as the various sales throughout the year.
In northern Fayette County, you’ll find the Kentucky Horse Park, which is home to the International Museum of the Horse, American Saddlebred Museum, Hall of Champions and the Parade of Breeds, as well as various horse shows, and the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event. Visitors can also enjoy Standardbred racing at The Red Mile – the second-oldest harness track in the world.
Even if you aren’t into horses, there are plenty of other things to do in Lexington that are fun and won’t break your budget. Kentucky, and more specifically the Bluegrass, has a long tradition when it comes to the production of Bourbon, wines, and beer. The area is loaded with breweries, distilleries, and wineries, where visitors can view the production process first-hand. In fact, CNN International recently named the Kentucky Bourbon Trail a “Top 10 Classic American Experience.”
There is no shortage of spectator sports in the area, enabling folks to cheer, cheer, cheer for the home team. Whether it’s great Lexington Legends baseball action at Whitaker Bank Ballpark, University of Kentucky football or basketball, the powerful racing at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, or just up the road in Cincinnati with Major League Baseball’s Cincinnati Reds and the NFL’s Cincinnati Bengals.
With so much to see and do in the Bluegrass, you’ll most certainly have to extend your visit, or maybe you’ll decide to stay and never want to leave.
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