Flights to Lexington
Officially called Lexington-Fayette Urban County, the city of Lexington is the second largest city in the state of Kentucky and is known as the ‘Horse Capital of the World’ because of its long association with everything equine.
Though not particularly large, the Blue Grass Airport (airport code: LEX) does have good service and options for international flights to Lexington-Fayette. There is a regular express bus service to take passengers into the city from the airport, which is only a few miles distant. Delta Airlines has the only 1-stop flight to Lexington-Fayette from South Africa, with a transfer stop in Atlanta. Other options include flights with South African Airways, who travel through London and then Chicago. Virgin Atlantic and British Midland have a similar route, stopping in London and again in Charlotte.
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The Tourist Attractions in Lexington:
Lexington-Fayette has numerous tourist attractions and despite the city’s history with horses, you’ll be pleased to hear that these aren’t all horse related! This is a fairly old city by American standards so you’ll find history as well as culture, museums, parks, gardens and more.
Horse Farms and Race Courses in Lexington-Fayette
Seeing as this is the Horse Capital of the World you can’t visit Lexington without seeing at least one horse farm or race course! The Kentucky Horse Park is a great place to do this as it combines farms, a racecourse, a museum, and more to give you a good taste of this industry.
If you’re in town when there’s a race being held at the Keeneland Racecourse be sure to visit. This is a historic race course so will take you back to the good old days of horse racing. Admission is only a minimal amount and if nothing else you’ll get to see one of the places where the popular movie ‘Seabiscuit’ was filmed.
Lexington-Fayette Historic Houses and Buildings
Lexington was founded in 1775 so it’s a fairly old city and as you walk around you’ll come across numerous historic and important buildings from the city’s past. The Lexington History Center is one such place worth visiting. Before it became a museum, this foreboding building served as the Fayette County Courthouse. This building is worth a visit because it’s actually home to four different museums – the Lexington History Museum, Lexington Public Safety Museum, Isaac Scott Hathaway Museum, and the Kentucky Renaissance Pharmacy Museum.
One of the city’s most famous attractions is Ashland, the estate of Henry Clay – this is now a National Historic Landmark and includes the home where this statesman lived, and a museum. Other historic houses include the Mary Todd Lincoln House, the Hunt-Morgan House, and the Waveland State Historic Site.
Lexington’s Parks and Gardens
There are over 100 parks in Lexington-Fayette, the largest of which is the 659 acre Masterson Station Park, but Triangle Park is one of the city’s most popular, especially at night, with its fountains and city backdrop. The Arboretum is another attraction with its native trees, rose garden and Home Demonstration Garden, plus you can visit the nature preserve and hiking trails of the Raven Run Nature Sanctuary.
When Should You Visit?:
Summer is a good time to visit Lexington-Fayette if you like hot and humid weather, but this is the wettest time of the year between May and July in particular. Rainfall should be expected at any time of the year here though. Spring and autumn feature very pleasant temperatures – October is a great time to visit with the least rainfall in the year and temperatures averaging around 20C. Winter is usually mild to cool.