Kentucky Palisades, Lexington, Kentucky (Kentucky CVB)

Old Frankfort Pike Horses in pasture, Lexington, Kentucky (Kentucky Tourism)

Fence line in Lexington, Kentucky (iStockphoto)

Farm fence and fog near Lexington, Kentucky (iStockphoto)

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What to do in Lexington

It says something that the biggest celebrity in Lexington is a horse named Cigar. The champ lives at one of the town’s major tourist attractions, Kentucky Horse Park, along with some three dozen other breeds. It also says something that the luxurious mansions of this rolling landscape are put to shame by the thoroughbred barns. Lexington is the very center of what’s called the Inner Bluegrass, a swath of emerald green crisscrossed with immaculate fences and towering trees. But don’t be fooled by its stately, country-club appearance, because the culture is diverse and vibrant: Lexington has two ballet companies, an active LGBT community, and the University of Kentucky men’s basketball team (and its rabid fans). It all adds up to a place that’s big enough to feel like a metropolis—and small enough to still get a wave instead of a honk.

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Lacy rates Lexington
There is something so special about Lexington. They take their horses very seriously here! There are miles of rolling pasture, and in the summer it seems impossibly green. White picket fences frame the fields, bringing to memory some of the most ideal movies of your youth. Some of the horse barns are bigger than the houses. It's the kind of place where you could just drive around for hours taking in the view. It's so southern, and so charming. There is also a lively nightlife here, but the main reason to visit is to explore the culture of horse racing.
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