Lexington is the second-largest city in Kentucky and is located in the heart of the Bluegrass region. It has a population of 323,780 and covers an area of 286.2 square miles. Residents and visitors alike can find plenty to do here – from visiting historical sites to trying out local cuisine or exploring outdoor activities.
Lexington is a vibrant city with a population of 323, 780 according to the 2019 census estimates. The city covers an area of 286.2 square miles, making it one of the largest cities in Kentucky by land area coverage.
Cuisine & Fun Facts
- The city is home to the University of Kentucky and Transylvania University.
- It is also home to some of the best horse racing in America, including Keeneland Race Course and Red Mile Harness Track.
- In 2018, Lexington was named one of the most affordable cities to live in by U.S. News & World Report.
- The city has an extensive arts scene with multiple galleries, music venues, and theater companies scattered around town.
Famed for its famous Bourbon Trail and horse racing culture, there are plenty of traditional Southern dishes like fried chicken, pulled pork sandwiches and warm biscuits to try. There are also plenty of international restaurants offering up everything from Mexican food to Chinese cuisine.
Key Buildings & Attractions
Keeneland Race Course – Horse racing fans won’t want to miss the world-famous Keeneland Race Course during their visit! Situated just outside Lexington, this racetrack hosts both flat racing and steeplechase events throughout the year and is home to some of the sport’s oldest races, including the Grade 1 Maker’s Mark Mile Stakes, run since 1979!
Aviation Museum Of Kentucky – History buffs will appreciate visiting this museum dedicated to aviation history with lots of interesting warplanes and interactive exhibits on offer. It is located at Blue Grass Airport, which makes it especially easy to get there if you have your own plane or are arriving via air taxi service!
Mary Todd Lincoln House – This house was once home to Mary Todd Lincoln (the wife of President Abraham Lincoln) before they moved into the White House in 1861. Take a tour inside her former family home, where she lived until 1839 and explore all kinds of artifacts related to her life and Abraham’s presidency!