National Rankings say Lexington is:
#8 Best Large City to Live In, Wallet Hub
#6 Most Inspiring Cities for Young Adults, World Wide Learn
#6 Best College City - WalletHub
#7 Best City for Quality of Life - Nerd Wallet
#7 Most Affordable Big City in America - Kiplinger
#24 World's Smartest Cities - National Geographic
#3 Best City to Start a New Life - My Life
#8 Best City for Working Parents - Nerd Wallet
So if you are a broke young adult (or working parent) looking for a fresh start and a high quality of life in a big smart college town that will inspire you…
Look no more. Lexington is the place for you.
Although it is Kentucky's second largest city, Lexington has retained its small town charm and hospitality. This friendly atmosphere, along with its scenic countryside and plethora of entertainment opportunities, makes Lexington a very pleasant place to live or visit.
Now...some of the highlights:
Established over 200 years ago as one of the first settlements west of the Allegheny Mountains, Lexington is rich in culture and entertainment. For those with classical interest, Lexington has a philharmonic orchestra, a ballet company, a Broadway theater series at the Lexington Opera House, and numerous musical, theater and art events available through the University of Kentucky Singletary Center for the Arts. There are also two very good local theaters groups as well as Shakespeare in the Park and Picnic with the Pops during the summer. Numerous gallery hops also serve as evening entertainment.
- Lexington Ballet
- Explorium (formerly Lexington Children's Museum)
- Lexington Children's Theater
- Lexington Opera House
- Singletary Center for the Arts
Our residents are official members of the Big Blue Nation! The enthusiasm for UK sports pervades Lexington year round. Find out more about UK Athletics here.
Basketball fans will be familiar with the Kentucky Wildcats, college basketball's all-time wins leader (2,111 and counting!), eight national championships (2nd all-time), and 15 Final Fours (3rd all-time). Though basketball may be the most well-known sport, the University of Kentucky has 20 Division 1 sports teams (10 women's, 9 men's, and 1 co-ed team) to provide something for everyone!
Football in the fall is a great tradition as well, as residents from far and wide always enjoy spending a beautiful Saturday afternoon off work by tailgating for SEC football! Recently, tailgating baseball games and watching from the party deck has also become popular among residents.
Lexington is most famous as the "Horse Capital of the World," with the surrounding horse farms raising some of the finest thoroughbreds in the country. Showcasing the splendor of houses is the Kentucky Horse Park, only a fifteen minute drive from downtown Lexington. Encompassing more than 1,000 acres of a former horse farm, it is the only public facility in the nation devoted to celebrating the horse. The Horse Park boasts a horse museum, ample horse riding and viewing facilities, and picnic and camping facilities for the enjoyment of the whole family. In 2010, the Horse Park hosted the World Equestrian Games, marking the first time this event has been held outside of Europe.
Lexington is also home to Keeneland Race Course, arguably the most beautiful racecourse in the world. Keeneland offers live thoroughbred racing each April and October and simulcast betting available year-round. Most Lexingtonians view Keeneland as the smaller yet nicer, quainter, and more elegant, version of Churchill Downs in Louisville (which hosts the Kentucky Derby each May). The beautiful horse farms located on Old Franfort Pike, Newtown Pike, or Old Richmond Road also make for a leisurely and scenic drive or bike ride. And that's not all as far as horsing goes...
Lexington has one professional sports team, a Class A minor league baseball team (Legends). Legends games are a popular pastime for residents and their families, with admission prices less than $10, lots of great deals on food and drinks, and theme nights to make it a fun night out! Also, Lexington is only a 90 minute drive away from NFL football and major league baseball in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Lexington also is appealing to anyone who loves the outdoors. With its large lake and wild river system, beautiful gorges and rock formations, and an extensive cave system, Kentucky's State park system is rated as perhaps the vest east of the Mississippi. Within an hour's drive of the city, you can hike or rappel in Red River Gorge and Natural Bridge State Park, canoe the Kentucky River Palisades, bass fish in Herrington Lake, or participate in any of a number of other outdoor activities at one of the many state parks within easy reach of Lexington. Cumberland Falls, 90 minutes south of Lexington, is one of only two places in the world where you can see a "moon bow" (a rainbow formed by the mist of the waterfall visible only during a full moon, especially spectacular during January or February). The other location is Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, Africa.
To enjoy some outdoor activities while staying in Lexington, Raven's Run and the Arboretum are popular locations.
If you're looking for something to check out in Downtown Lexington, here are a few suggestions:
Thursday Night Live: Held in Cheapside Park each Thursday in the summertime- Local vendors sell food and drink, live bands play, and artisans sell crafts. A great place to bring your friends, family and dogs.
Woodland Arts Fair: A spectacular showing of the work of over 200 artists, held in Woodland Park every August.
Farmer's Market: The largest farmer's market is held in Cheapside Park each Saturday, but there are also other locations around town available on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday with delicious locally grown products for sale.
Lexington also boasts many local vineyards and breweries that make a great place to visit or have a meal. If you are willing to venture a bit outside the city limits, you can follow the " Bourbon Trail" and check out many local distilleries in the area.
- Talon Winery
- Chrisman Mill Vineyards
- Jean Farris Winery
- West 6th Brewery
- Country Boy Brewery
- Kentucky Bourbon Trail
Blue Grass Airport offers non-stop flights to 14 cities(Bluegrass Airport) and is serviced by the following seven airlines: AirTran Airways, Allegiant Air, American Eagle, Continental Express, Delta Airlines, United Express, and US Airways. As residents, we find it very convenient with very quick check-in lines.
Should you be looking for a road trip, Lexington is within a day's drive of 75% of the country's population. Driving distances to other places of interest:
Within 1.5 hours: Louisville, KY (78 mi.), Cincinnati, OH (88 mi.)
Within 3 hours: Columbus, OH (188mi.), Indianapolis, IN (188 mi.), Nashville, TN (215 mi.)
Within 6 hours: St. Louis, MO (336 mi.), Detroit, MI (344 mi.), Chicago, IL (370 mi.), Pittsburgh, PA (371 mi.), Atlanta, GA (382 mi.), Birmingham, AL (405 mi.)
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