10 Sights & Landmarks in Lexington That You Shouldn't Miss

January 25, 2022 Renato Branum

Welcome to Bluegrass Country, the "Horse Capital of the World." But you don't have to be an avid racehorse fan to enjoy the natural beauty, culture and history that this exciting city has to offer. At the Raven Run Nature Sanctuary, for example, hiking trails wend their way through forests, meadows and gentle creeks, taking you past historic landmarks; there's even a nighttime guided walk for stargazing. The best place in the world for raising thoroughbred horses, Lexington has over 500 horse farms. The Kentucky Horse Park features films, horse shows and exhibits. Be sure to tour the American Saddle Horse Museum, dedicated to the native Kentucky breed, and watch races at the lovely Keeneland Race Course in season. Historic sites are plentiful here, including the Waveland State Historic Site, the childhood home of Mary Todd Lincoln and the Ashland estate of famed Kentucky statesman Henry Clay.
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1. Cathedral of Christ the King

299 Colony Blvd, Lexington, KY 40502-2322 859-268-2861 https://cathedralctk.org/
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Cathedral of Christ the King

2. Godolphin at Jonabell Farm, home of the Darley stallions

3333 Bowman Mill Rd, Lexington, KY 40513-9736 +1 859-255-8537 [email protected] http://visithorsecountry.com/godolphin-at-jonabell-home-of-the-darley-stallions/#_ga=2.267368587.401461724.1576849760-1309215840.1541782253
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Godolphin at Jonabell Farm, home of the Darley stallions

Take a tour of Jonabell Farm in Lexington, Kentucky, one of the leading horse farms in the USA. It is the American headquarters of Sheikh Mohammed’s global Godolphin operation and home to the Darley thoroughbred stallions in the United States. The tour will begin at the farm office where you will learn about the history of Jonabell Farm as well as the scope of Godolphin, the international thoroughbred breeding and racing operation founded by Sheikh Mohammed, ruler of Dubai. We’ll then head outside to see the stallions, including Kentucky Derby winners Nyquist and Street Sense, multiple G1 winner Frosted, and leading sires Medaglia d’Oro and Bernardini. Next we will walk through the breeding shed and visit the grave of 1978 Triple Crown winner Affirmed.

Reviewed By KibesGreen - Broxbourne, United Kingdom

A fantastic tour, with enthusiastic, friendly guides. It was amazing to wander in the barn seeing and getting close to the stallions. Their individual personalities really come across, some sulking, others keen to "meet" new people. The tour of the extensive grounds was equally interesting, a huge estate with numerous barns for their breeding operation. If you're interested in horses and racing this tour is a must.

3. Mill Ridge Farm

2800 Bowman Mill Rd, Lexington, KY 40513-9715 +1 859-231-0606 [email protected] http://visithorsecountry.com/mill-ridge-farm/#_ga=2.191901346.922462691.1558381074-40120952.1556907603
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Mill Ridge Farm

The journey to the finish line begins at Mill Ridge Farm. Founded on tradition, our Nursery farm specializes in raising and selling race horses. Come meet a Thoroughbred in the heart of Horse Country.

Reviewed By Spellacylm11

Had a great morning at Mill Ridge Farm! Would definitely recommend it. Hannah was our tour guide and she was great!

4. Hagyard Equine Medical Institute

4250 Iron Works Pike, Lexington, KY 40511-8491 +1 859-255-8741 [email protected] http://hagyard.com/Tours.html
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Hagyard Equine Medical Institute

Since 1876, the veterinarians of Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, have dedicated themselves to the health and well-being of the horse. More than 8,500 clients are supported by over 50 Hagyard veterinarians and a well-educated, experienced staff of support personnel all contributing a variety of specialties and interests. No other single non-university veterinary group in the equine world can match the qualifications of Hagyard veterinarians. Hagyard Equine Medical Institute's reputation is built, in part, on a continued effort to increase veterinary knowledge and thereby improve on state-of-the-art treatments and surgeries for horses. Its diverse equine clientele represents international breeding operations, world-renowned race horses as well as competition horses and beloved family pets.

5. Gainesway Farm

3750 Paris Pike, Lexington, KY 40511-9411 +1 859-293-2676 http://gainesway.com/
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Gainesway Farm

Reviewed By terrib432

I attended a Visit Horse Country Tour at Gainesway Farm and I highly recommend going to Gainesway. Erin, the guide, was very nice and knowledgeable about the farm. She gave us a history of the farm and showed us the breeding shed and one of the barns, where we saw Karakontie and 2005 Preakness and Belmont winner Afleet Alex. We were shown top sire Tapit, whose son Essential Quality, just won the Bluegrass Stakes and is the favorite for this year's Kentucky Derby and Afleet Alex. The farm itself is very beautiful. There is a beautiful structure, made of stone, which memorializes deceased stallions who have stood at Gainesway, including Vaguely Noble, sire of Exceller and the recently deceased Empire Maker, sire of the now deceased Pioneerof the Nile (sire of 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah). Empire Maker is also the broodmare sire (sire of the dam or mother) of 2021 Santa Anita Derby winner and Kentucky Derby hopeful, Rock Your World (Sire: Candy Ride). Gainesway is one of my favorite farms. I definitely recommend a visit.

6. Stonestreet Farm

1300 Elkchester Rd, Lexington, KY 40510-9630 +1 859-244-2300 [email protected] http://www.stonestreetfarms.com/
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Stonestreet Farm

Welcome to Stonestreet! Our farms span 1,800 acres in the heart of the Bluegrass region, and you are invited to visit two of our distinct properties for a unique insight into the lives of our horses. Whether you’re watching foals play at the Nursery or visiting with mares on our Matriarchs & Maidens tour, the pursuit and dedication towards developing quality thoroughbreds remains a constant theme.

7. Spy Coast Farm

3295 Spy Coast Ln, Lexington, KY 40511-8478 +1 859-280-3063 [email protected] http://visithorsecountry.com/book-your-tour/#id=visit-spy-coast-farm-lexington
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Spy Coast Farm

Spy Coast Farm is an 800 acre warmblood breeding and training operation in Lexington, Kentucky. Our farm features a Reproduction Center, Young Horse Development Center, state-of-the-art Rehabilitation and Fitness Center, a CEM Quarantine facility, and an Equine Education Center. Our tours are very interactive and show a behind the scenes look at the daily operations of our farm across all divisions and how we are leaders in the show jumping community.

Reviewed By vancec2017 - Tulsa, United States

Seeing all the aspects of the entire horse business from reproduction, birthing new foals, and watching rehab and training was a real treat. It is important to know that this is not a farm for race horses, but instead is for all types of horses. We had a very knowledgeable tour guide. One of the highlights is seeing new born horses, just a day or two old. I would definitely recommend this as a family activity.

8. Kentucky Horse Park

4089 Iron Works Pkwy, Lexington, KY 40511-8400 +1 859-233-4303 http://www.kyhorsepark.com
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Kentucky Horse Park

The only park of its kind in the world, the Kentucky Horse Park is a working horse farm, educational theme park and equine competition facility dedicated to man's relationship with the horse. Set on more than 1,200 acres in the heart of the Kentucky's famous Bluegrass region, the park is THE place to get close to horses! Featuring dozens of breeds of horse at work and at play, the park showcases the horse in daily equine presentations, horse drawn tours, horseback and pony rides, and an array of horse shows and special events throughout the year. The park's International Museum of the Horse, a Smithsonian Affiliate, is the world's largest equestrian museum. Offering both the experienced horseman and novice an opportunity to explore the many facets of humanity's relationship with the horse, the museum is dedicated to all breeds and disciplines of horse and covers some 50-million years of equine history. State-of-the-art technology complements rare artifacts and scholarly research to present a unique, educational, museum experience for all ages. The American Saddlebred Museum, the Showplace for Saddlebreds, celebrates Kentucky's first native breed of horse. The museum features interactive exhibits and a movie. With the park's own tourist activities and the numerous additional horse shows that take place in the equine competition facilities throughout the year, there can be a fair amount of walking involved, depending on visitor interest level. Comfortable shoes and clothing is recommended, appropriate for Kentucky's seasonal weather. Dogs and other pets are permitted on park grounds, as long as they are on a leash or in an approved carrier, although they may not be permitted in some buildings.

Reviewed By 676kathrynm - Palm City, United States

If you love horses this is the place to be! Man O' War's amazing statue and burial place, Secretariat's gorgeous statue! The museum is wonderful, plan on spending lots of time in it. All different breeds of horses, you get to see and pet. Some interesting shows and you get to see retired champion race horses!

9. Transylvania University

300 N Broadway, Lexington, KY 40508-1797 +1 859-233-8300 http://www.transylvaniauniversity.net/
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Transylvania University

Established in 1780, this is the oldest American college west of the Alleghany Mountains.

Reviewed By IvanaHumphrey - Tulum, Mexico

Transylvania University is one of the oldest in the United States, and has a beautiful campus.. Lots of history

10. Lexington Cemetery

833 W Main St, Lexington, KY 40508-2094 +1 859-255-5522 [email protected] http://www.lexcem.org/
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Lexington Cemetery

Established in 1824, this is considered one of America's most beautifully landscaped cemeteries.

Reviewed By TombRaider55 - Atlanta, United States

If I had this to do over again, I would have planned the visit a little better. This is a very, very popular free attraction. There are many historical figures interred at this old cemetery. While it is very large and so the crowds aren't bothersome, it discouraged me from doing some exploration.

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