About Lexington

Lexington is a city of 260,000 nestled in the rolling hills of the Kentucky Bluegrass. Lexington is continually ranked in the top cities in the United States with regards to quality of life and education. In May 2004, Lexington was rated a five star community for having the best quality of life in the nation. In addition according to the 2000 U.S. Census, Lexington is the 8th most highly educated city in the U.S. and most recently Lexington was second behind Boulder, Colorado, as the best place for families to move (mid-sized community category). Lexington is continually ranked among the top cities in the United States for quality of life, education and families. (Take a look at the complete list of Lexington's latest rankings.) In addition, Lexington's central location makes it quite convenient to travel to many large metropolitan areas.

Within 1 1/2 hours Within 3 hours

Louisville, KY (78 miles)

Cincinnati, OH (88 miles)

Columbus, OH (188 miles)

Indianapolis, IN (188 miles)

Nashville, TN (215 miles)

Within 6 hours Within 8 hours

St. Louis, MO (336 miles)

Detroit, MI (344 miles)

Chicago, IL (370 miles)

Pittsburgh, PA (371 miles)

Atlanta, GA (382 miles)

Birmingham, AL (405 miles)

Memphis, TN (424 miles)

Columbia, SC (433 miles)

Milwaukee, WI (468 miles)

Raleigh, NC (497 miles)

Washington, DC (535 miles)

Little Rock, AR (561 miles)

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 interests, 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 theater groups as well as Shakespeare in the Park during the summer.

Basketball fans will, of course, be familiar with the Kentucky Wildcats, one of college basketball's most storied teams. The University of Kentucky has 20 Division I sports teams (10 women's, 9 men's teams, and 1 co-ed team [Rifle]) including football, basketball, and baseball. Lexington has two professional sports teams, a Class A minor league baseball team (Legends). Also, Lexington is only a 90 minute drive away from NFL football and major league baseball in Cincinnati, OH. 

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 horses 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 will host the World Equestrian Games, marking the first time this event has been held outside of Europe. Lexington is also home to Keeneland, arguably the most beautiful racecourse in the world with thoroughbred racing each April and October.


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 best east of the Mississippi. Within an hour's drive of the city, one 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.

Blue Grass Airport offers non-stop flights to 13 cities and is serviced by the following airlines: American Eagle, Continental Express, Delta Airlines, Northwest Airlines, United Express and US Airways.

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.

The following websites are good resources for information about Lexington and Kentucky:


Cultural Activities

Fine Dining



Golf Courses


Horse Country

Historical Sites of Interest