Attractions in Lexington
Formerly known as the Lexington Children's Museum, the Explorium is located within walking distance of Rupp Arena and is one of the oldest children's museums in the United States. Open daily, with the exception of major holidays, the Explorium features ten entertaining educational exhibits and an art studio.
A little over a mile from Rupp Arena, the Kentucky Theatre originally opened in 1922. Following extensive fire damage in 1987, this historic cinema was restored in 1992 and normally features independent, art and foreign films as well as a summer film series.
American Saddlebred Museum
It wouldn't make sense to visit the horse racing capital of the world without visiting the American Saddlebred Museum. Located nine miles from Rupp Arena, on the grounds of the horse park, the museum features the world's largest collection of Saddlebred artifacts and is open year-round.
Mary Todd Lincoln House
Located less than a mile from Rupp Arena, the Mary Todd Lincoln House is the childhood home of the former first lady. Restored with many of the personal belongings of Mary Todd, this museum home allows a peek into the past and offers guided tours Monday through Saturday.
The former home of statesman Henry Clay, Ashland is situated a little under two miles from Rupp Arena. This magnificent 17-acre estate houses an 18-room mansion, two brick ice houses, a dairy cellar, smokehouse, gardener's house, wash-house and Springfield gas machine. Today, the estate is a National Historic Landmark and offers guided tours Tuesday through Sunday.
Headley Whitney Museum
Situated eight miles from Rupp Arena, Headley Whitney Museum is the former home of famed jeweler, George W. Headley and features permanent art and jewelry exhibits, four dollhouses and a shell grotto. The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday.
Waveland State Historic Site
Named for the waving grain fields surrounding it, the Waveland State Historic Site is a restored antebellum plantation that is now part of the Kentucky State Park System. Built on land once surveyed by Daniel Boone, this opulent estate home was the residence of the Joseph Bryan Family.
Raven Run Nature Sanctuary
Approximately 26 minutes from downtown Lexington, the Raven Run Nature Sanctuary is set on 470 acres of scenic wooded area and offers eight miles of trails that feature an overlook, a gristmill and a gorge.