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1/27/24

Lexington, KY

Keeneland, a Historic Race Track Located in Lexington Kentucky

Below is a list of the best places I would visit on a trip to this location. My picks fit my personality and interest. Everyone has a different interest so you may not like everything I listed which is fine.  If you like a place, I recommend saving it to Google Maps for a future trip down the road. I made sure to include the address or GPS to make it easier to find.  You can find out more about me in the "About Me" section to see if we share common interests.

Breakfast

Pancakes from Wild Eggs, One of the Best Breakfast Places in Lexington Kentucky

Wild Eggs

1925 Justice Dr, Lexington, KY 40509

Sample Menu of What I Would Order

Mad Platter: Three Eggs, Bacon, Sausage, Skillet Potatoes, Choice of Bread, and Large Buttermilk Pancake $15.99


Cordon Bleu Skillet: Grilled Chicken, Ham, Applewood Smoked Bacon, Seasoned Potatoes, White Cheddar Mornay Sauce Served in Cast Iron Skillet. Topped with Egg $12.99


House-Made Cinnamon Roll: Croissant Pastry Dough Filled with Butter, Brown Sugar and Cinnamon, Baked in a Cast-Iron Skillet and Topped with Sweet Vanilla Bean Icing. $9.99


Strawberry Tall Cakes: Buttermilk Cakes, Fresh Strawberries, Strawberry Compote, Whipped Cream, and Powdered Sugar  $11.99



Hours

Mon to Fri 6:30 am - 2:30 pm

Sat & Sun 7 am - 3 pm

Order Online: Yes

French Toast with Cinnamon Peaches & Whipped Cream at Josie's, the Best Breakfast Place in Chevy Chase

Josie's Restaurant

821 Chevy Chase Pl, Lexington, KY 40502

Sample Menu of What I Would Order

The Meathead Omelet: Diced Bacon, Sausage, Country Ham, and Smoked Cheddar Cheese


Pork Chops and Eggs: Two Tasty Center Cut Pork Chops, Two Eggs, Breakfast Potatoes and a Biscuit


B.L.T & E Sandwich: Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato, and Fried Egg



Hours

Daily 8 am - 2 pm

Order Online: Yes

Jan. Highlight: Try the Cinnamon Pecan Bacon Pancakes Topped with Maple Butter and Brown Sugar Whipped Cream

Activities

Keeneland

Summary


Keeneland Race Course is a renowned Thoroughbred horse racing facility located in Lexington, Kentucky, USA. Established in 1936, Keeneland is known for its picturesque surroundings and traditional architecture. The race track hosts both spring and fall race meets, attracting top racehorses, trainers, and jockeys from around the world. In addition to horse racing, Keeneland is also recognized for its Thoroughbred sales, making it a prominent venue in the horse racing industry. The track has a rich history and is considered a symbol of Kentucky's horse racing heritage.


Estimated Race Day Walk-Around Tickets


Wed & Thu $7

Fri, Sat, & Sun $10

Opening Saturday $15


Tours


Keenland's Morning Works Tour: On this outside walking tour, your experienced tour guide will take you through the Keeneland paddock and grandstand, grounds, and when available, to the world-renowned Keeneland Sales Pavilion. You'll learn more about this pillar of the equine industry in Kentucky, and will likely see horses training on the track. $15.00 Select Dates


Backstretch Tour: On this unique tour, participants will stroll around Keeneland's stable area, commonly known as the 'backstretch'. Among the possible activities, you could see include a racehorse being bathed or a horse receiving new shoes. The tour will also make stops at the main track and training track, as well as the racing office and Sales Pavilion, when available. $35 Select Dates



Keeneland, a Historic Race Track Located in Lexington Kentucky

4201 Versailles Rd, Lexington, KY 40510

Hours

Check Their Website

2024 Keeneland Spring Meet, April 5-26, go on sale on February 20

Kentucky Horse Park

Summary


The Kentucky Horse Park, situated in Lexington, is a premier equine-themed facility dedicated to celebrating the history and importance of horses. Established in 1978, the park spans over 1,200 acres and serves as a showcase for various horse breeds. It features museums, educational exhibits, and entertaining shows highlighting the role of horses in sports, agriculture, and everyday life. The park also hosts equine events and competitions, attracting horse enthusiasts and visitors from across the globe. Notable attractions include the International Museum of the Horse and the Hall of Champions, where retired champion horses are honored. The Kentucky Horse Park is a significant destination for those interested in the world of horses and equestrian activities.


Cost


Adult: $14

Senior $12

Child $8



Couple of Horses from Kentucky Horse Park Located in Lexington Kentucky

4089 Iron Works Pkwy, Lexington, KY 40511

Hours (1.24.24)

Mon & Tue Closed

Wed to Sun 10 am - 4pm

The Arboretum, State Botanical Garden of Kentucky

Summary


The Arboretum, State Botanical Garden of Kentucky, located in Lexington, is a 100-acre green space dedicated to showcasing a diverse collection of plants native to the state. Established in 1991, it serves as both a research and educational facility. The Arboretum features various themed gardens, walking trails, and natural habitats, providing visitors with opportunities to explore and learn about Kentucky's flora. Additionally, it serves as a resource for horticultural research and environmental education. The Kentucky Children's Garden within the Arboretum offers interactive exhibits for younger visitors. With its emphasis on conservation and education, The Arboretum is a popular destination for nature enthusiasts and those interested in botany.


Admission


Free, But Donations Are Encouraged

The Arboretum, State Botanical Garden in Kentucky Located in Lexington

University of Kentucky, 500 Alumni Dr, Lexington, KY 40503

Hours

Daily Dawn to Dusk

Closed on UK Home FB Games

Aviation Museum of Kentucky

Summary


The Aviation Museum of Kentucky, located in Lexington, is a captivating facility dedicated to preserving and showcasing the history of aviation in the state. Established in 1995, the museum features an extensive collection of aircraft, artifacts, and exhibits that highlight the evolution of aviation technology. Visitors can explore various aircraft, including historic military planes, vintage civilian aircraft, and helicopters. The museum aims to educate the public about the significant role Kentucky has played in aviation history and the contributions of aviators from the state. With a focus on both military and civilian aviation, the Aviation Museum of Kentucky offers an enriching experience for aviation enthusiasts and history buffs alike.


Admission


Adult: $10.00

Seniors: $8.00

Youth (6-16): $6.00

Plane Art at Aviation Museum of Kentucky, Best Museum in Lexington

4029 Airport Rd, Lexington, KY 40510

Hours (1.26.24)

Monday Closed

Tue to Fri 11 am - 4 pm

Sat 10 am - 5 pm

Sun 1 pm - 5 pm

Food

Some of the Best BBQ in Kentucky is Located at Red State BBQ in Lexington

Red State BBQ

4020 Georgetown Rd, Lexington, KY 40511

Hours (1.26.24)

Sun to Thu 11 am - 8 pm

Fri & Sat 11 am - 9 pm

Order Online: No

Sample Menu of What I Would Order

Beer Cheese with Soft Pretzel  (app):  $6.69


Beer Cheese Brisket Sandwich:  $11.49


Three Meat Plate with Two Sides:  $18.69


Full Slab of Ribs with Two Sides: $25.49


Peach Bread Pudding a la Mode:  $5.99

Jan. Update: Try the BBQ Eggroll Sandwich ~ Smoked Pork, Mac 'n Cheese, Baked Beans, and Eggroll Sauce on Pretzel Bun

Get Your Chicken Fix at Joella's Hot Chicken in Lexington Kentucky

Joella's Hot Chicken

101 Cochran Rd, Lexington, KY 40502

Sample Menu of What I Would Order

Fried Pickles  (app):  $3.99


Slaw & Garlic Aioli Sammie:  Boneless Thigh, Topped with Sweet Vinegar Slaw & Garlic Aioli with One Side $11.50


Three Jumbo Tenders with One Side:  $13.00


Two Jumbo Tenders & Waffles: $10.00


Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie-in-a-Jar:  $6.00

Hours (1.26.24)

Sun to Thu 10:30 am - 9:30 pm

Fri & Sat 10:30 am - 10:30 pm

Order Online: Yes

The Kentucky Blackberry & Butter Milk Ice Cream from Crank & Boom Located in Lexington Kentucky

Crank & Boom Craft Ice Cream

1210 Manchester St, Lexington, KY 40504

Sample of the Ice Cream Flavors

  • Bourbon & Honey


  • Kentucky Blackberry & Buttermilk


  • Blueberry Lime Cheesecake


  • Banana & Chocolate


  • Dark Chocolate Truffle


  • Gooey Butter Cake


Scoop Prices:


Single Scoop $5.50

Double Scoop $6.50

Sampler Flight of Four: $12.50

Hours (1.26.24)

Sun to Thu Noon - 9 pm

Fri & Sat Noon - 10 pm

Order Online: Yes

Places to Stay

FYI: The hotel prices are estimated and will most likely fluctuate since I looked them up on their website.  I will keep them updated the best I can every three months.  I look for the cheapest available room, usually a queen bed. I typically look at book rates two months in advance and in the middle of the month to get average rates. Reminder: It is an ESTIMATE

21c Museum Hotel Lexington

  • Located within Walking Distance of the Rupp Arena, Lexington Opera House, and Down Town


  • From their Website: "21c Museum Hotel Lexington is an 88-room boutique hotel, contemporary art museum, cultural center and home to Lockbox restaurant."


  • Food/Drinks Options: Lockbox (local seasonal menu ), Pies & Pints (nearby), and Bourbon on Rye (nearby)


  • Who is this for: Wildcat Fans, Art Lovers, and Bourbon Tasters

Interior Room Look at 21c Museum Hotel Lexington Located in Kentucky

167 W Main St, Lexington, KY 40507

Estimated Cost for Weekend Night (without tax/fee)


Queen in March 24' - $226.00


The Campbell House Lexington

  • Located within Walking Distance of the Hospital, Gay Brewer, Jr. Golf Course, and Red Mile Racing


  • From their Website: "The recently renovated Campbell House is conveniently located near downtown, four miles from Blue Grass Airport and Keeneland Racecourse, putting the best of Lexington at your doorstep. Visit the nearby Kentucky Horse Park, University of Kentucky, or one of the many local bourbon distilleries. Start your day at Outpost Cafe with freshly brewed specialty coffee and end your night with live music and a flight at The Rackhouse Tavern."


  • Food/Drinks Options: Rackhouse Tavern (regionally-inspired cuisine ), DV8 Kitchen (nearby), and Andy's Frozen Custard (nearby)


  • Who is this for: Hospital Overnighters, Bourbon Lovers, and Horse Race Watchers

The Interior View of Room at The Campbell House in Lexington Kentucky

1375 S Broadway, Lexington, KY 40504

Estimated Cost for Weekend Night (without tax/fee)


King in March 24' - $222.00

21 and up fun

Strawberry Kolsch by West Sixth Brewing Located in Lexington Kentucky

West Sixth Brewing

501 W 6th St # 100, Lexington, KY 40508

SAMPLE OF BEER MENU

West Sixth IPA:  IPA | 7.0% ABV


Sixfold II: Cherry Sour Ale | 5.5% ABV


Snake Eyes: Imperial Stout | 11.0% ABV


Snowbird: Vanilla Orange Pale Ale | 7.5% ABV

Hours:

Sun to Wed 11 am - 10 pm

Thu 11 am - 11 pm

Fri & Sat 11 am-Midnight


Public Tours on Saturday & Sunday at 2 pm

Food Menu: Smithtown Seafood

A Brew from Ethereal Brewing, One of the Best Breweries in Lexington Kentucky

Ethereal Brewing

1224 Manchester St, Lexington, KY 40504

SAMPLE OF BEER MENU

Hop Drops:  West Coast IPA | 6.5% ABV


Sherbet Master Shake: Imperial Fruited Sour | 10.0% ABV


Lambda: Oatmeal Stout | 5.7% ABV


Pere Noel: French Pilsner | 5.5% ABV

Hours:

Sunday Noon - 10 pm

Mon to Thu Noon - 11 pm

Fri & Sat Noon-Midnight

Food Menu: Goodfellas Pizzeria

 Again these are just few of my picks that fit my personality and interest. If you feel that I left one-off that may interest me or other people, message me on Facebook about the location.  I value a person's opinion and never just discard the information.  Always looking forward to learning about new places to add to my Google Map. ~ Shawn

The Summary in Activities Uses OpenAI. (2024). ChatGPT (3.5) [Large language model]. https://chat.openai.com

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