Kentucky Bluegrass Country

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  • 1. Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    Exhibits here recount the history of America's oldest sporting event and include a surround-sound film of the race. Admission includes a tour...

    Exhibits here recount the history of America's oldest sporting event and include a surround-sound film of the race. Admission includes a tour of the historic racetrack; in summer visitors can tour the stable areas as well. The café overlooks a paddock occupied by a retired racehorse.

    704 Central Ave., Louisville, Kentucky, USA
    502-637–1111

    Sight Details

    Rate Includes: $10
  • 2. Kentucky Horse Park

    City Park

    Tour the International Museum of the Horse, run in cooperation with the Smithsonian Institution. In addition to viewing the many exhibits on...

    Tour the International Museum of the Horse, run in cooperation with the Smithsonian Institution. In addition to viewing the many exhibits on the ancient relationship between people and horses, you'll also be able to get close to real horses. There's a Parade of Breeds, horse-drawn carriage rides, and a 45-minute trail ride around the park—suitable even for those who've never ridden before. The park also houses the American Saddlebred Museum (that's the breed used for dressage). Tours of nearby horse farms are available for an extra fee.

    4089 Iron Works Pkwy., Lexington, Kentucky, 40511, USA
    859-233–4303

    Sight Details

    Rate Includes: $20 (Mar.15 - Nov.1), $12 (Nov. 2 - Mar. 31), Closed Mon.–Tues.
  • 3. Ashland

    Tour–Sight

    This 18-room brick mansion was the country home of Senator Henry Clay and his family for more than four decades. The tour highlights antebellum...

    This 18-room brick mansion was the country home of Senator Henry Clay and his family for more than four decades. The tour highlights antebellum Kentucky plantation life and the political achievements of Clay, who served both in the U.S. House of Representatives (as Speaker) and in the U.S. Senate.

    120 Sycamore Rd., Lexington, Kentucky, 40502, USA
    859-266–8581

    Sight Details

    Rate Includes: $12, Closed Sun.
  • 4. Bluegrass Tours

    Tour–Sight

    Lexington's oldest tour company takes visitors to horse farms, Keeneland racetrack, and historic venues in Lexington. It's an excellent introduction...

    Lexington's oldest tour company takes visitors to horse farms, Keeneland racetrack, and historic venues in Lexington. It's an excellent introduction to the area, especially if you only have a day or two in the region.

    817 Enterprise Dr., Lexington, Kentucky, 40510, USA
    800-755–6956

    Sight Details

    Rate Includes: $26
  • 5. Equus Run Vineyards

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    Thirty-five rolling acres are planted in several kinds of grapes, but you won't mistake this for Napa Valley. As the name suggests, horses are...

    Thirty-five rolling acres are planted in several kinds of grapes, but you won't mistake this for Napa Valley. As the name suggests, horses are grazing in the Bluegrass pasture just over the fence.

    1220 Moore's Mill Rd., Midway, Kentucky, USA
    859-846–9463

    Sight Details

    Rate Includes: Free; additional charge for concerts
  • 6. Headley-Whitney Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    George W. Headley was a prominent designer of jewelry and small decorative art objects known as bibelots. Dozens of his pieces are on display...

    George W. Headley was a prominent designer of jewelry and small decorative art objects known as bibelots. Dozens of his pieces are on display here in a museum on his former estate.

    4435 Old Frankfort Pike, Lexington, Kentucky, 40510, USA
    859-255–6653

    Sight Details

    Rate Includes: $10, Closed Mon.–Tues.
  • 7. Hunt-Morgan House

    Historic Home

    John Wesley Hunt, the first millionaire west of the Appalachians, built this Federal-style house in Lexington's Gratz Park district in the early...

    John Wesley Hunt, the first millionaire west of the Appalachians, built this Federal-style house in Lexington's Gratz Park district in the early 1800s. His grandson, John Hunt Morgan was a Confederate cavalry officer. Family furniture decorates the house, which also has a small Civil War museum.

    201 N. Mill St., Lexington, Kentucky, 40507, USA
    859-233–3290

    Sight Details

    Rate Includes: $10, Closed Mon.–Tues.
  • 8. Locust Grove

    Historic Home

    This redbrick Georgian plantation house was built around 1790 by William and Lucy Croghan, who was George Rogers Clark's sister (the Revolutionary...

    This redbrick Georgian plantation house was built around 1790 by William and Lucy Croghan, who was George Rogers Clark's sister (the Revolutionary War hero and founder of Louisville lived here during the last nine years of his life). The 55-acre grounds include eight outbuildings and restored gardens; the last tour departs at 3:30.

    561 Blankenbaker Lane, Louisville, Kentucky, USA
    502-897–9845

    Sight Details

    Rate Includes: $6
  • 9. Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory

    Sports–Sight

    You can't miss this place—a seven-story baseball bat leans against the building housing the museum and bat factory. (An appropriately sized...

    You can't miss this place—a seven-story baseball bat leans against the building housing the museum and bat factory. (An appropriately sized baseball is imbedded in one window of the plate glass factory next door, too.) Step up to the plate at the very scary virtual pitching diamond. Autographed bats of virtually every baseball great are also on display.

    800 W. Main St., Louisville, Kentucky, USA
    502-588–7228

    Sight Details

    Rate Includes: $9
  • 10. Louisville Zoo

    Zoo/Aquarium

    More than 1,300 animals from around the world live here in landscaped settings. The Gorilla Forest, home to Lowland Gorillas, is an award-winning...

    More than 1,300 animals from around the world live here in landscaped settings. The Gorilla Forest, home to Lowland Gorillas, is an award-winning exhibit; birds will perch on your shoulder at Lorikeet Landing. Other zoo residents include polar bears, lions, tigers, penguins, timber wolves, and Komodo dragons.

    1100 Trevilian Way, Louisville, Kentucky, USA
    502-459–2181

    Sight Details

    Rate Includes: $12
  • 11. Mary Todd Lincoln House

    Historic Home

    This two-story Georgian house, built from 1803 to 1806, was originally an inn. Abraham Lincoln courted Mary Todd, who lived here with her parents...

    This two-story Georgian house, built from 1803 to 1806, was originally an inn. Abraham Lincoln courted Mary Todd, who lived here with her parents, when he came to visit Kentucky friends. This was the first historic site to be restored in honor of a First Lady.

    578 W. Main St., Lexington, Kentucky, 40507, USA
    859-233–9999

    Sight Details

    Rate Includes: $12, Closed Sun.
  • 12. Woodford Reserve Distillery

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    Limestone buildings dating from the early 19th century have been restored to operation for distilling, aging, and bottling Woodford Reserve...

    Limestone buildings dating from the early 19th century have been restored to operation for distilling, aging, and bottling Woodford Reserve bourbon. At the end of the distillery tour, guests 21 and over can sample the whiskey

    7855 McCracken Pike, Versailles, Kentucky, USA
    859-879–1812

    Sight Details

    Rate Includes: $5

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