NCAA Visitors Guide: Must-see attractions

March 21, 2013 

Daffodils in bloom in the Arboretum.

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  • TOUR A FARM

    With Lexington dubbed the Horse Capital of the World, horse farm tours are a popular activity for visitors. Several companies offer them. Go to Visitlex.com/idea/horse-farms.php for a list of offerings.

  • TOURISM INFORMATION

    Visit the Lexington Visitors Center, across Triangle Park from Rupp Arena and the Lexington Center complex, for the fullest visitors information, brochures and one-on-one advice. 401 W. Main St. (859) 233-7299. Visitlex.com.

Lexington has a wealth of attractions that locals and visitors can enjoy. Here are some highlights.

The Arboretum, State Botanical Garden of Kentucky. The park, treasured by Lexingtonians, features native plants and trees with walking and jogging paths. 500 Alumni Dr. (859) 257-6955. www.ca.uky.edu/arboretum.

Ashland, The Henry Clay Estate. Home of the famous 19th-century statesman is on a lovely 20-acre wooded estate with an English garden. 120 Sycamore Rd. $5-$10. (859) 266-8581. Henryclay.org.

Explorium of Lexington. This "hands-on" children's museum has seven galleries of exhibits about nature, the human heart, world geography and culture, archaeology and Lexington history. 440 W. Short St. $8. (859) 258-3253. Explorium.com.

Kentucky Horse Park. Dedicated to man's relationship with the horse, the Horse Park is a showcase of museums, galleries, theaters, and working farm exhibits. Nearly 50 breeds of horses graze on its 1,200 acres of lush pastures. 4089 Iron Works Pkwy. $8-$16. (859) 233-4303. Kyhorsepark.com.

Lexington Cemetery. The cemetery is nationally recognized as one of America's most beautiful arboretums. It is the final resting place for Henry Clay and more than 500 Confederate and 1,100 Union veterans. 833 W. Main St. Free. (859) 255-5522. Lexcem.org.

Mary Todd Lincoln House. Sitting in the shadow of Rupp Arena, the museum house, the girlhood home of Lexington native Mary Todd Lincoln, is the site of the nation's first shrine to a first lady. 578 W. Main St. $5-$10. (859) 233-9999. MTLhouse.org.

SOURCE: Visitlex.com


TOURISM INFORMATION

Visit the Lexington Visitors Center, across Triangle Park from Rupp Arena and the Lexington Center complex, for the fullest visitors information, brochures and one-on-one advice. 401 W. Main St. (859) 233-7299. Visitlex.com.


TOUR A FARM

With Lexington dubbed the Horse Capital of the World, horse farm tours are a popular activity for visitors. Several companies offer them. Go to Visitlex.com/idea/horse-farms.php for a list of offerings.

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