Top Family-Friendly Summer Attractions in Lexington, KY

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Published Jan 19, 2017

Some great places to take the family in the Lexington area this summer! Be a tourist in your own home town!

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2015 Top Family-Friendly Summer Attractions in Lexington, KY



Mary Todd Lincoln House

The wife of President Abraham Lincoln grew up in this house, which today contains many pieces of her personal possessions. After their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln visited her family here. Today the fourteen room house contains period furniture, portraits, and furnishings from the Todd and Lincoln families. The property is located in downtown Lexington and has a free parking lot directly behind the house.

The Mary Todd Lincoln House is located within walking distance to local hotels and restaurants. Open seasonally, with variable hours on holidays. Guided tours are available.


Art Museum at University of Kentucky

The Art Museum at UK is an encyclopedic museum with a collection of over 4,800 objects representing a range of cultures and historical periods and includes paintings, sculptures, drawings, photographs and functional objects by some of the world’s most renowned artists.

This summer, they have 2 special "Family Days". On May 30th, kids can make their own model chairs out of a variety of natural and industrial material; and on June 12 families can bring their own favorite photographs and discuss with professional photographers, how to take a “favorite” photo. 

Admission to the Museum and both of these Family Events are FREE!



Explorium of Lexington

In 1987, a group of inspired citizens presented the idea of a children’s museum to Lexington Mayor Scotty Baesler and future Mayor Pam Miller. Since first opening its doors in 1990 the Museum has hosted over a million visitors. Renamed the Explorium of Lexington in 2005, the facility is a success with both children and adults.

Some great programs at the Explorium include the annual Museum Go Round, featuring more than 100 artists under the age of 18, overnight programs with the Wilderness Road Girl Scouts, summer for middle-school children, and parenting classes for adults.



Kentucky Theater

The Kentucky Theater is a familiar Landmark to generations of Lexingtonians. The ornamented walls and glowing stained glass fixtures have hosted gala events and entertained countless crowds. They have also endured disasters, both natural and man-made. And so it stands today, a true palace of memories, a hall full of comedy, tragedy, drama, and just plain fun.

This summer, enjoy classic performances such as Gone With the Wind, The Wizard of Oz, The Sound if Music, and E.T.!



Christ Church Cathedral

Founded in 1796, Christ Church Cathedral is the oldest Episcopal church in Kentucky. A small frame building stood on the present site, where The Rev. James Moore was the first rector as well as the first president of Transylvania University. The present building is the fourth to occupy the site and was erected in 1848. 

The Christ Church Cathedral hosts programs and events for all generations to find a place for involvement and service.



Kentucky Horse Park

The Kentucky Horse Park lives up to its reputation as the place to get close to horses. Home to many different breeds, experience the behind-the-scenes sights and sounds of a real working horse farm as you explore the grounds. Not to miss, are the International Museum of the Horse, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, and the American Saddlebred Museum and Gift Shop.

During the summer, kids can enjoy a variety of shows and trolley tours, and try their hand at horseback riding or pony rides!



Horse Farm Tours

If you are looking for a close encounter with horses, Horse Farm Tours is the way to go! Guests get a close-up look at the world's premier Thoroughbred horse farms, as well as, Historic Keeneland Race Course and other attractions in the area. Every tour includes a drive by Calumet, two farms including a walk through one of the region's ultra modern barns, plus a tour of Keeneland Race Course.

See inside the plank fences and down the shady lanes of Central Kentucky, as well as a glimpse into the daily procedures of working farms. Tours last about 3 1/2 hours.



Boone Creek Outdoors

Just south-east of Lexington, Boone Creek Outdoors is about showing people Kentucky from a different perspective. It’s about having fun and seeing the beautiful natural landscape.

Whether you’re enjoying a hike, fly fishing, zip-lining through the forest, learning about Daniel Boone's history, or discovering one of our 52 species of wildflowers, there something for everyone.  Truly a world class eco-tourism adventure!


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