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Spring in Lexington: Where to Go and What to See

By the time the snow is off the ground and the crocuses are blooming, most people are starting to get a little stir-crazy from being stuck at home all winter.

Fortunately, spring in Lexington offers plenty of opportunities to get out there and enjoy the change of seasons. If you’re looking for a good place to explore, here are some suggestions  where you can go.

Keeneland Race Course

Keeneland Race Course is an iconic destination for locals and visitors alike. Established in 1936, this historic racetrack offers visitors a taste of Kentucky’s rich horse racing heritage. Spring at Keeneland is marked by the thundering hooves of thoroughbred horses competing against the backdrop of blooming flowers – especially during the annual Spring Meet in April. If you’ve been hoping to get your horseracing fix or you really enjoy a good tailgate party, you’ll love Keeneland.

The Kentucky Horse Park

The Kentucky Horse Park is a captivating destination. It’s a working horse farm that doubles as an educational center, with its Museum of the Horse offering a glimpse into the impact of horses on human civilization. Wander through the manicured grounds, explore museums dedicated to the art and science of horsemanship and witness thrilling horse shows that showcase the grace and power of these magnificent creatures. There’s also a revolving calendar of events, including horse shows, charity walks and more.

Arboretum State Botanical Garden of Kentucky

As spring unfurls its colors, the Arboretum State Botanical Garden of Kentucky becomes a 100-acre botanical paradise. Like a living museum, this serene oasis boasts walking trails that wind through themed gardens (including one for children), showcasing a diverse array of plants and flowers. From the fragrance of blossoming trees to the vibrant hues of tulips and daffodils, the Arboretum is a perfect spot for anybody who seeks a deeper connection with nature. Another plus ─ the admission is free!

Bites of Bluegrass Tour

You can also use this spring to go on a gastronomic adventure, where every bite conveys a bit of the local culinary traditions. Bites of Bluegrass is a mix of “walking tour,” “history tour” and “food tour,” that will ultimately leave you stuffed to the gills with Southern hospitality (or burgoo), local lore and fantastic food and spirits.

Bluegrass Farmers’ Market

Springtime in Lexington means the return of the Bluegrass Farmers’ Market – which means the return of 100% locally grown and made food products. If it isn’t grown or made in Kentucky, they don’t have it. The market opens back up again at the start of April, and you’ll find fresh produce, flowers, herbs, handmade soaps and more homemade and homegrown items and foods. This is a great place to go if you want to engage with your community and support the region’s farmers and artisans.

Lexington Cemetery

Yes, going to a cemetery in the spring might sound a little odd – but hear us out: The Lexington Cemetery is a uniquely beautiful place to visit in the spring. Wander among the tombstones of prominent figures from Lexington’s past, and marvel at the carefully curated landscaping that bursts into color during the spring. There are hundreds of magnolia trees, dogwoods and crab apple trees that come into bloom, along with 16,000 tulips and uncounted other blossoms. If you want to see spring in all its splendor, this makes for a great retreat from the world.

Horse Country Tours

Horse Country Tours allows you to visit working, local horse farms, meet the majestic horses, and get a little insight into the intricate world of horse breeding. Whether you’re a seasoned equestrian or a casual admirer of these fascinating beasts, Horse Country Tours gives you an amazing opportunity to connect with Kentucky’s equine tradition, and spring is an especially interesting time to visit because the mares start foaling in May.

Raven Run Nature Sanctuary

Raven Run Nature Sanctuary is a sprawling reserve that spans 734 acres with diverse ecosystems, stunning wildflowers and panoramic views of the Kentucky River. It also has over 10 miles of hiking trails filled with natural beauty. This is an excellent spot to shake off the winter blues and stretch your legs. Grab a buddy (or two) and start hiking, because the earth is waking up again and everything is in bloom.

Downtown Lexington Distilleries

Is bourbon part of Lexington’s appeal for you? Check out the Distillery District either on your own or via one of the many guided tours that are offered in the area. Downtown Lexington is home to a selection of distilleries that will happily give you a peek into how bourbon is made – and a taste of the wares. Tour some historic buildings, get some great food and award-winning ice cream and sip some of the finest spirits you’ve ever had the pleasure to encounter.

Lexington Opera House

For a heady dose of culture and history all at once, head to the Lexington Opera House – because it’s not all about opera there! This beautifully restored venue, with its ornate architecture out of a bygone era, hosts a variety of shows ranging from concerts and plays to dance performances and comedy shows. Check the schedule and you’re bound to find something that will spark your interest and get you moving.

The Explorium of Lexington

Families with children of all ages will find The Explorium of Lexington to be a great stop on their spring schedule. This hands-on children’s museum sparks curiosity and creativity through interactive exhibits and experiments – and they even offer overnight events for grownups who have a streak of curiosity about science. You may even want to consider the possibility of sending your kids to the summer camp they offer.

Lexington has a tremendously rich history and tons of natural beauty – plus a unique culture of its own. If you’re ready to emerge from the winter retreat your home has offered, there are some incredible cultural experiences available. Whether you’re looking for a place to wander in the woods or looking for a way to connect with other people, get your shoes on, grab a jacket and go explore Lexington this spring!