Hey there! Happy Thursday. Today, I’m shining a spotlight on Lexington. I’ve lived here since 2004 when I moved here from Missouri after becoming engaged to Travis.
One of the immediate things I loved about Lexington is the small town feel but in a city. While I miss Missouri, I did feel “at home” when I moved here many years ago. I felt like I was able to navigate pretty easily on my own, I love all that Lexington has to offer, and the activities and restaurant options have only expanded through the years.
Here are the Top 5 things I love about Lex:
Hands down, my favorite activity is Keeneland. “Out-of-towners” always ask about Churchill Downs in Louisville, but I always suggest visiting in October and April when Keeneland has their fall and spring meets. The atmosphere at Keeneland can’t be beat!
There are so many awesome restaurants in Lex. Here are some of my faves.
Merrick Inn is a classic Lexington restaurant with a cozy indoor atmosphere and an awesome patio.
Carson’s Food and Drink:
Carson’s is a favorite as well. The inside is fun and has a rustic feel. It’s known for it’s cocktails and craft beers as well as it’s wonderful menu.
The Native Cafe is fairly new and located at Michler’s Greenhouse. The outside atmosphere is picturesque and quaint. Native Cafe is tucked in and quiet while in an urban setting.
Windy Corner and Wallace Station:
Windy Corner Market and Wallace Station Deli and Bakery are both located just outside of Lexington. They are great places to go to for outside sitting and great for families. Both have plenty of green space for kids to run around and picnic tables for diners to enjoy their meal.
The Stave is another restaurant just outside of Lexington with a wonderful outdoor space and great food.
Bella Cafe is another new restaurant in town. It’s “everyday dining elevated.” I love their grilled salmon salad, and Hadley gives their lemon tart two thumbs up!
We also love:
- OBC Kitchen – bacon in a glass as an appetizer is a MUST!
- Malones – great steaks…I love their oscar style twin filets!
- Graze – lots of classic food options, hamburgers, and more!
- Puccinis – Italian food, affordable, and family friendly!
This is the just tip of the iceberg for restaurant recommendations in and around Lexington.
Y’all knows the the city of Lexington bleeds blue. While I’m not necessarily a “super fan,” I do love all of the sporting events and athletics that UK has to offer.
From football, to basketball, to volleyball, along with baseball and softball, there’s something going on every season of the year!
We usually go to one to two volleyball games a season. We often try to hit up the MIZZOU/UK match when it’s in Lex.
In the fall, you’ll find us at most home football games.
So many fun photos through the years.
and their moms…haha
There are so many great parks and hiking opportunities in and around Lexington.
The Arboretum is always beautiful!
Shaker Village is outside of Lexington and is filled with history and has great hiking trails.
I took the kids to McConnell Springs last year for the first time, and we had so much fun exploring.
Other parks we enjoy include:
- Masterson Station
- Woodland Park
- Raven Run Sanctuary
There are so many fun activities throughout the year.
The Hillenmeyer Christmas Shop Santa is the best in Lex!
Mustard Seed Hill was a fun place to visit. It’s located just outside of Lexington in Millersburg, KY. We went there for the first time this past December, and the lights were amazing!
The Horse Park’s Southern Lights are a fun family tradition for us.
Ice Skating at Triangle Park is also fun, but the rink is only open for a couple of months around the holidays.
I already mentioned it, but Keeneland is lots of fun in April.
The Children’s Garden at the Arboretum offers activities and trails.
UK baseball and softball games are always fun to watch.
The blue and white football game is a fun way to get a glimpse of the football team for the upcoming season.
We picked strawberries at Evans Orchard for the first time last summer, and we hope to make it a summer tradition.
Picnic with the Pops is a fun event that happens in August. There’s always a theme, and people decorate their tables, wine and dine, and listen to the classical music.
The Mid-Summer Nights run is neat activity. There’s a mile race as well as a 5k. There are also booths and snacks like popcorn. We always end up running into friends and others that we know.
My favorite thing to do in the fall is to head to Evan’s Orchard to pick out our pumpkins and get the apple cider donuts.
As I mentioned before, we often attend the UK football games at Kroger Field. Tailgating is the best part!
Keeneland fun continues in the fall with more racing in October.
Other Lexington “to do’s”
- Waveland Museum
- Ashland: Henry Clay Estate
- Bourbon Trail (surrounding Lexington)
- Mary Todd Lincoln House
- Horse farm tours
- Kentucky Horse Park
Shew! This ended up being quite the list! I could get a job at the Kentucky Department of Tourism! 🙂
Anyway, this is just a glimpse of the great things, places, and food that Lexington has to offer.
What’s the best thing about where you live?
See you back here tomorrow for Friday Favorites.
2 thoughts on “Lexington Top 5”
I stumbled upon your blog and just wanted to tell you how much I’ve enjoyed it! My daughter was a freshman at UK this past year. We live 5 hours away, and really didn’t know much about Lexington and the surrounding area. We visited her several times throughout this first year, and fell in love with Lexington (and UK, of course!) Posts like these were so helpful with suggestions on restaurants and activities to do in and around the area. Thanks for a peek into life in Lex!
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I’m so happy you read this post! I hope your daughter has enjoyed UK! So fun! I do love Lexington!