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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.
Kentucky Horse Park: A Mecca for horse lovers. A great place to go even if you don’t care for horses. Signs and staff are English only. If you have car, easy to get to. Events are held all year. Most people really like the historic museums. They have a map of the ground and you are welcome in the barns they have scheduled activities for adults and kids! A must see is the big barn where the oversize horses have stalls. You must also check out the Hall of Fame barn as of now they have the oldest Kentucky Derby winner who is 28 and blind! Make sure to make the 11am or 2pm trolley tour! They also have the only Museum in the world that covers several breeds of horses!
Keeneland: We recommend going to Keeneland especially if you have never been to a horse race. You will get to know a little bit of Kentucky culture. The mood during the races is exciting and you will be carried away. Great ambience, great food, great experience!
Waveland State Historic Site: This site is also known as the Joseph Bryan House, in Lexington, Kentucky is the site of a Greek Revival home and plantation now maintained and operated as part of the Kentucky state park system. A must visit to a secret part of Lexington; a historical house on beautiful grounds. A great tour of this home and it is dirt cheap. The learning garden is new and sure to grow. Check the website for the schedule of events – movies shown outside on the barn a few times a year. They show classics like Singing in the Rain, Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and The Birds toward October. There is a playground for the children, also. Daily Afternoon Tea is a huge hit.
Mary Todd House: Mary Todd grew up in this house located in downtown Lexington. Later she and President Lincoln visited it often during his presidency. The tour guide is very knowledgeable and will give you detailed insights into Mary’s life. (Tours are on the hour – last tour at 3:00 pm.) All the rooms are beautifully decorated. Many of Mary’s ceramic collection are on display and visitors can take as many photos as they like as long as they don’t use a flash. The Mary Todd Lincoln house is something great. If you like history, don’t miss visiting here. (There’s free parking located at the back of the house — don’t forget to take a good look at the garden too. It’s wonderful.)
Mary Todd Lincoln House: This home is additional to the Mary Todd House…and it has been stunningly restored. Mary Todd didn’t live here long, and much of the site is a representation of how it was. However, they have collected as many authentic pieces as they could, and they have restored it so nicely! And they do a fabulous job in telling Mary’s story so that you truly empathize for her. The house has the distinction of being the first historic site restored in honor of a First Lady. After Robert S. Todd’s death, the home was auctioned. An inventory from this auction became the guide to furnish the house museum, and some family pieces have been returned to the home through donations by the Todd and Lincoln families.
Ashland: Stately 19th-century home & grounds of politician Henry Clay, with tours, exhibits, trails & more. Lovely recreation of the Home of one of Kentucky’s premier statesmen. Lots of history to be learned here, not to mention the beautiful garden and grounds.
Raven Run Nature Sanctuary: This nature sanctuary has well marked trails and there are some historic sites that are interesting, as well as a few nice vistas and meandering creeks. They have a nice information center and convenient parking. You will love the walk that takes you down to overlook the Kentucky River – fabulous!! Helpful informative signs tell hikers what to look for and provide great educational information on plants, insects and environment. The new nature center is a great addition. If you are looking for a nice walk and don’t mind a short drive to the country, Raven Run is the place for you.
The Thoroughbred Center: The Thoroughbred Center is nestled among some of the most lavish horse farms in Lexington, KY. Our tour offers a ‘behind the scenes’ look at the daily care and training of Thoroughbred Race Horses. During the tour you will get to watch morning workouts, see horses up close at track side, in the paddocks and barns, and visit with professionals who will answer questions. Learn how Thoroughbreds are trained for racing and experience a typical day in the life of a racehorse. Come to The Thoroughbred Center to learn why and how Central Kentucky came to be the Horse Capital of the World! Tours run ONCE each day and last approximately 90 minutes. You get to speak to jockeys, watch horses exercise, learned about the history of the center and enjoy every minute!
You can take a direct flight from Tampa, or if you like to drive to Lexington, that is also a good option. Travelkatz will be happy to make you vacation arrangements for you so you have a hassle-free vacation. Just give us a call at 352-277-7300.
Kentucky State Capital: Frankfort
Historians aren’t certain where Frankfort got its name, but most people believe the name memorializes an early settler named Stephen Frank, who was killed by Native Americans near a river crossing. The crossing came to be known as Frank’s Ford, later shortened to Frankfort. Frankfort is located in similarly named Franklin County, named for Benjamin Franklin.
New Capitol Building: This building Is beautiful. Marble, stained glass, statues, it’s so pretty. Spring is a good time to go because the flowers and trees are in full bloom. Kentucky weather is unpredictable, so bring an umbrella. It’s pretty easy to find parking toward the bottom of the hill, but then you’ll have to walk up the hill. Wear comfortable shoes to walk up the stairs to the door. If you want to see all state capitols, this is of course, a must. It’s nicely appointed and has lots of marble everywhere, floor, walls and more. You can see both chambers and it’s very nice. You can take a guided tour but we opted for a self-guided one for us. It was well worth a visit. A reminder that Jefferson Davis (Confederate President) and Abraham Lincoln were both born in KY. Frankfort isn’t all that big, but a nice quaint town. The capitol building was very accessible, lots of parking, etc. The building is absolutely beautiful inside. Everything is marble or granite. The Supreme Court room is all irreplaceable Brazilian mahogany. It’s rather breathtaking. The most unique aspect – the inside roof of the rotunda changes colors. I really enjoyed it and spent more time in there than I had imagined. The governor’s mansion is right next door and is also available for tours on a limited schedule.
Old State Capitol: We visited the Old State Capitol on a whim and it turned out it was a good thing we did! Our guide, Roger, was incredibly helpful and he knew a lot about the history of the place, and also about other sites to see in Frankfort. We were especially impressed by the staircase – a must-see! Recommended is a visit to this gorgeous building for anyone who wants to know more about Kentucky history!
Very reasonable $4 admission to the Kentucky History Center gets you into 3 museums. The Old State Capitol is beautiful and a must for anyone that loves history or architecture. It is also wheelchair accessible. The artwork and self-supporting staircase were incredible! Our volunteer guide, Roger, was not only responsive to our questions, but the way he immersed us in local history, but also how it intertwined with national history was nothing short of amazing – and entertaining! This tour alone was worth much more than $4! . The tours begin a block away at the Kentucky History Center, but make time to enjoy this wonderful experience.
Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History: Just so much to see. farming, coal mining, politics, religion, great depression, civil war. There was even a large model train exhibit in the main hall. The exhibits start with information from thousands of years ago and goes up to present. very interesting exhibits, with items and facts from the time. Be sure to go to the hall of governors and see painted plus a brief historical bio of each governor going back to the first governor. One of the cool items is Lincoln’s watch. As one historian told me, you are standing there near Lincoln’s watch which he had on him the night he died.
The fee was $4 for adults, that includes the museum, a guide (well informed) that takes you to the old capital building, and entrance into the Kentucky military history museum. All have air conditioning.
Rebecca Ruth Candy Tours & Museum: The “factory” is basically a large house. This is a family run establishment that has survived almost one hundred years and the staff relates the rich history.
There was no production the day we toured. Which was a plus because we were not in anyone’s way and had ample time to ask questions. When you see how tiny the manufacturing area is it is hard to fathom how they produce so much candy.
You are given samples at the beginning and end of the tour. The bourbon balls are great. Very interesting local candy factory, see it made the old way by hand using vintage equipment. The tour is brief but interesting, there is a museum room that is a bit overcrowded with memories up to 100 years old. The candy making is interesting, don’t expect to see a fast-paced modern factory, this is slow methodical quality at its best.
Buy some candy on the way out. The prices seemed high, but later in the day after eating a couple of pieces I wish I had bought more. Quality comes at a premium and it was worth it.
Salato Wildlife Education Center: Really amazing. Great for small children. Like a small very well maintained zoo. The staff was extremely knowledgeable and friendly. The displays were clean and the animals appeared well taken care of. We had a blast! A fun day with a value that could not be beaten. Wear sneakers so you can take the non-paved trails along with the paved ones.
We visit here regularly. It is a beautiful facility and is well kept. It is relaxing and educational and the workers are very knowledgeable. Its fun for all ages and physical ability. You can see as much or as little as you like. Its a great asset to Kentucky! You can tour the center and trails and then picnic, fish or just relax out under the trees.
Daniel Boone Burial Site: We had a little extra time to relax on our last day in the area, and decided to visit a quiet place to reflect on Kentucky’s history. What better place than the capital, and while there, to visit the site of Daniel Boone’s memorial and burial site. A great story follows this location and his burial, and you can hear all about it when you plug in for the story at the tourist listening spot, located at the gravesite. We loved the view from the Frankfort Cemetery, overlooking the bend in the river and the Capital Building. It’s a lovely monument to both Daniel Boone and his wife, who played such a huge part of his life and history. The sun was full, the trees were big & old, and the area was so well-kept and maintained. Just a reminder that hard lives can find peaceful resting places. This one is beautiful.
There is no direct flight to Frankfort but you can fly into Lexington KY. Easily and have a nice drive through horse country to Frankfort. Frankfort is small but friendly, well worth a visit. While you are in Kentucky, why don’t you plan a visit to the Kentucky Derby? We can help plan for that, too.
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