Nearby Things to Do in Lexington


Henry Clay’s Ashland Estate

Seventeen-acre wooded estate of the Great Compromiser, Henry Clay—House Speaker, Secretary of State, and three-time unsuccessful Presidential candidate.

Mary Todd Lincoln House

Childhood home of Mary Todd Lincoln. The Georgian- style brick house is one of the oldest structures in Lexington and the nation’s first historic site to honor a First Lady.   

Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill

With 34 original Shaker structures, the 3,000-acre site on the Kentucky River is home to the country’s largest private collection of original 19th-century buildings and is the largest National Historic Landmark in Kentucky. 



Buffalo Trace 

Head to Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort, Kentucky to buy award-winning bourbon. It’s nearly impossible to find in Lexington!                   

Kentucky Bourbon Trail

Ninety-five percent of the world’s bourbon is produced in Kentucky. Take a day to visit some of our famous distilleries.      

Liquor Barn

Can’t make the Bourbon Trail? The Liquor Barn is just down the road from the Campbell House and stocks spirits of all kinds, including bourbon!

Woodford Reserve                 

Woodford Reserve is in nearby Versailles, Kentucky. It is the only facility in the state making bourbon using the original Scottish ‘pot still’ method.


Kentucky Horse Park  

The Kentucky Horse Park’s mission has been to celebrate our relationship with the horse through education, exhibition, engagement, and competition.    

Visit Horse Country    

A guide to horse farms and tours in the Bluegrass.   



The Arboretum is a 100-acre public garden. It was recognized as Kentucky’s official botanical garden in 2000.                                   

Lexington Cemetery

The 170-acre Lexington Cemetery has over 200 species of trees and is an ideal location for bird watching. The cemetery is just west of downtown Lexington and is open to visitors daily.             

McConnell Springs     

McConnell Springs is a 26-acre natural pocket within the center of Lexington. The springs still attract raccoons, opossums, squirrels and groundhogs, and is another good site for birdwatchers.

Raven Run Nature Sanctuary

Raven Run is a unique, 734-acre nature sanctuary dedicated to preserving the natural beauty of the Kentucky River Palisades and early Kentucky history.


Black Owned Restaurants in Lexington                      

Bourbon n’ Toulose

Affordable and delicious Cajun and Creole dishes. The South Broadway site is just north of the Campbell House.

Corto Lima

Corto Lima is a mid-scale Latin inspired restaurant specializing in a new brand of Latin cuisine with a modern interpretation. The seating area is small, and reservations are not accepted—plan ahead! Downtown.     

DV8 Kitchen

Great bakery and salads. DV8 Kitchen was developed and operates as a second chance employment opportunity for people who are trying to redirect their lives. Just north of the Campbell House on South Broadway.                  

Greyline Station

Food, drink, and shopping in the historic Greyhound Bus Station. Near downtown.


Fabulous breakfast near UK (next to Oasis).              

Kentucky Native Café

Kentucky Native Café features local craft beer, wine, Bavarian pretzels, and international salads with local herbs to entice your senses. Near UK.

LGBTQIA+ Owned Restaurants in Lexington  

North Lime Coffee & Donuts

Paula’s favorite donuts and coffee. Two locations—one at Greyline Station and the other not too far from the hotel.


Eastern Mediterranean food with a great lunch buffet. Near UK (next to Josie’s).                             

Spaulding’s Bakery

Spalding’s Bakery is a family-owned business that has been hand-forming doughnuts since 1929. (Paula’s other favorite donut shop.)

Women Owned Restaurants in Lexington     


Joseph Beth Booksellers

This is an amazing locally owned bookstore in Lexington with a rather nice café.   

Kentucky for Kentucky

Home of the Cocaine Bear (the movie did not match the truth!). Also, a good spot to grab Kentucky-related items. You know you need one more t-shirt with a goofy slogan.    

The Summit at Fritz Farm

High end shopping area.