Lexington, Kentucky, can be a great place to visit, especially if you like horses. You might think you need to save a considerable amount of money to enjoy a trip to Lexington, but it’s just not true. Here are five budget-friendly activities to do in Lexington.
Kentucky Horse Park
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What better way to see the "Horse Capital of the World" than at the Kentucky Horse Park? With free entrance, you can tour the park, see the horses, and explore the history of horse racing in Lexington. Take a tour at the International Museum of the Horse, see spectacular equine presentations, and take a horse-drawn tour of the park. Discount coupons are available for other activities.
Ashland: The Henry Clay Estates
This large, historical mansion takes you back to the 18th century, when Henry Clay and his family lived in the 18-room home. Once you enter the front door, you’ll be taken on a journey through time from the 18th century to the present. When you’re done with your tour, you’ll have access to the Henry Clay exhibit room, watch an informational video about him, and enjoy shopping at the museum store. Outdoor activities include a self-guided tour of the outbuildings, a formal garden, walking trails, and a Civil War monument. Admission is affordable at $10 for adults and $5 for students. There’s also a AAA member rate of $9. Children can enjoy Ashland for free.
Mary Todd Lincoln House
When you come to Lexington, be sure to visit the Kentucky home of President Lincoln. The house has been preserved with several of Mary Todd Lincoln’s possessions, available for viewing. The house serves as a historical landmark, and features period furnishings and portraits of the Lincoln and Todd families. Group tours are available by appointment. Adults can get in for $10 and children for $5. Children under age 6 are free. Check the events calendar when you plan your trip.
The Arboretum comprises over 100 acres of land with a large variety of trees, gardens, and walking paths. While the Arboretum is open to the public, the institution focuses on being a community environmental education center. Admission is only $3 per person, or $10 per day for up to 10 people. Children under age 2 are free.
Once horses are retired from racing, they live out the rest of their lives at beautiful Old Friends, founded in 2003 to provide a dignified retirement to Thoroughbreds after their racing and breeding careers end. The facility not only provides a wonderful retirement to these horses, but also education to the public. Old Friends is open to the public to come and view these magnificent creatures and learn all about them. Admission is only $10 for adults. Children under 12 are free.
These five attractions are wonderful places for you and your family to visit during your trip to Kentucky, and they are also very affordable. Make your trip more affordable by staying in cheap hotels in Lexington.