Kentucky Horse Park
Dedicated to man’s relationship with the horse, the Kentucky Horse Park is unlike any other park in the world — a showcase of museums, galleries, theaters, and working farm exhibits. Nearly 50 breeds of horses graze upon its 1,200 acres of lush pastures. A campground offers 260 spacious sites with grocery store/gift shop, two bathhouses, tennis, basketball, and volleyball courts and a swimming pool.
Other noted attractions in Lexington, KY:
Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill
Mary Todd Lincoln House
Aviation Museum of Kentucky
University of Kentucky Art Museum
The Red Mile
Legends Ball Park
U of K Wildcats Basketball
Kentucky is the most successful NCAA Division I basketball program in history, holding both the most all-time wins (2189) and the highest all-time winning percentage (.764). Kentucky also leads all schools in total NCAA tournament appearances with 54, is first in NCAA tournament wins with 120, and ranks second to UCLA in NCAA championships with eight. In addition to these titles, Kentucky won the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) in both 1946 and 1976, making it the only school to win multiple NCAA and NIT championships.
The Wildcats have played in a record 54 NCAA Tournaments and 167 NCAA Tournament games, and hold the records for most Sweet Sixteen appearances (41), most Elite Eight appearances (36) and most total postseason tournament appearances (63). Further, Kentucky has played in 17 Final Fours (tied for 2nd place all time with UCLA and behind North Carolina, with 18), and 12 NCAA Championship games (tied for most with UCLA). Kentucky also leads all schools with 59 20-win seasons, 14 30-win seasons, and is the only school with 5 different NCAA Championship coaches (Rupp, Hall, Pitino, Smith, Calipari).
Keenland Race Course
From its inception in 1936, Keeneland’s founders, led by Hal Price Headley and Major Louis Beard, intended it to be a special place—one that symbolizes the best in Thoroughbred racing.
Each April and October, the nation’s best Thoroughbred owners, trainers and jockeys converge at Keeneland to compete for some of North America’s richest purse money. The Spring Meet meeting is anchored by the Toyota Blue Grass and Central Bank Ashland Stakes, Grade 1 prep races for the Kentucky Derby (G1) and Kentucky Oaks (G1), respectively. Keeneland’s Fall Meet opens with Fall Stars Weekend, featuring nine graded stakes, led by the Shadwell Turf Mile, Darley Alcibiades, Juddmonte Spinster, Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity and First Lady, all Grade 1 stakes that have served as a springboard to Breeders’ Cup success for many horses.
As the world’s leading Thoroughbred auction house, Keeneland has sold more champions and stakes winners than any other sales company, including 82 horses that won 88 races during the Breeders’ Cup World Championship winners; 19 Kentucky Derby winners; 21 Preakness winners; 18 Belmont winners; 11 recipients of the Eclipse Award as Horse of the Year; and five Epsom Derby winners.