Be a Tourist in Your Own Backyard

Everyone is in need of a little down time every now and then. But when a vacation isn't in the cards, sometimes a stay-cation will have to do. The lucky residents of Lexington, KY don't have to look any further than their own backyard for a respite. Why not plan a day of touristy attractions? Or have shopping day? The opportunities are endless in Lexington. What better way to appreciate and learn about all the things to do in Lexington than by seeing it through new, relaxed and refreshed eyes.


Start the day off with a little retail therapy. Shopping in Lexington is never dull, and ranges from charismatic boutiques to large shopping malls. It's easy to find bargain-prices and upscale designer wares, classic styles and fashionable trends. There are plenty of national retailers and locally owned stores alike, and it doesn't just stop at clothing. Shelia's Fine Jewelry is located in The Shops at Lexington Center, and is a favorite for unique and luxury custom-designed jewelry. The quaint Clay Avenue Shops, just off Main Street, sell everything from fine linens to children's clothing. Feel like dropping some serious dough, and in the market for something a little more … interesting? Lexington's Keeneland holds major Thoroughbred sales in April, September, November, and January.

Lexington Dining & Entertainment

Kentucky is known for its bluegrass music. Local atmosphere, historic charm and good food make Cheapside Bar & Grill a Lexington downtown favorite. Live music, specifically rhythm and blues, and great happy hour specials keeps Cheapside Bar & Grill packed week after week. There's a reason it was recently named the Best Bar & Patio in Lexington by ACE Magazine.

Budget Friendly

There are plenty of ways to enjoy your backyard vacation on the cheap! Both Keeneland Race Course and the Red Mile Harness Track permit visitors to watch the early morning workouts at no cost. And while you are participating in deep rooted Kentucky traditions, why not explore the spirited tradition of bourbon-making too. Buffalo Trace, Four Roses and Wild Turkey offer tours of their bourbon distilleries. Enjoy some quiet time at the Lexington Public Library, boasting one of the city's most interesting interior views. The five-story atrium hosts the world's largest ceiling clock.

Regardless of the season, there is always something to do or see in Lexington Kentucky, be it shopping, bluegrass, or a whiskey tour! You'll be sure to find something you love in Lexington.