Area Guide

Lexington offers a wide variety of attractions just minutes away from your room.

Things To Do in Lexington, Kentucky

Clarion Hotel Lexington is located in the center of Kentucky's Bluegrass country, offering you a short commutes to the city's most sought-after attractions. With everything from the birthplace of Seabiscuit at Claiborne Farm to a liquor sampling odyssey on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, or a relaxing wine tasting at Equus Run or Jean Farris Winery, Lexington offers a wide variety of attractions no matter what your pleasure.

University of Kentucky

Go Wildcats! From Wildcat games at the Rupp Arena to graduations to tours, we're the perfect place to stay when visiting the University of Kentucky.

Kentucky Horse Park

Our hotel is just minutes from the Kentucky Horse Park, which features everything from horseback and pony rides to world-class equestrian races and competitions.

Lexington Convention Center

The place to meet in Lexington is just four miles from our hotel and offers a versatile space for meetings, conventions, trade shows and banquets.

Rupp Arena

Home to the University of Kentucky Wildcats, the Rupp arena also features a wide array of live entertainment and caters to trade shows and conventions as well.

Keeneland Race Track

Home to four yearly auctions and thoroughbred races in April and October, this track and global auction venue is indeed a sight to behold.

Kentucky Bourbon Trail

Take a trip down the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, a winding-road tour of famous distilleries such as Woodford Reserve, Makers Mark, Jim Beam, Heaven Hills Distillery and Four Roses Bourbon.

Winery Tours

An unexpected delight in Bourbon Country. Discover one of the many wineries the area has to offer. The rolling hills of the Bluegrass provide the perfect backdrop for a quiet and relaxing outing.

Shopping in Lexington

The Shops at Lexington Center, located near the Rupp Arena and just four miles from our hotel, offers stores that sell toys, tobacco, clothes and chocolate, as well as University of Kentucky merchandise. For a larger collection of diverse shops featuring formal and casual wear, as well as anything else from home furnishings to jewelry, visit Victorian Square Shoppes & Entertainment. In addition to shopping, they boast entertainment for everyone, including a children's museum called the Explorium of Lexington and a nightclub called The Loft @ Victorian SquareFayette Mall offers the traditional mall experience with tons of big department stores like Macy's and little shops like Strasburg Children, as well as many eateries such as P.F. Chang's China Bistro and Caramanda's Cupcakes.

Nearby Lexington Shopping

  • The Shops at Lexington Center, 4.4 miles
  • Victorian Square Shoppes & Entertainment, 5.5 miles
  • Explorium of Lexington, 4.5 miles
  • Fayette Mall, 12.1 miles

Historic Lexington

Learn about the history of Lexington and the Bluegrass region at the Lexington History Museum, which features informative exhibits and occasional special events. Visit the two-story brick Mary Todd Lincoln House where the first lady was born and grew up. This was the first site ever restored to honor a president's wife, and offers a unique look at Mary Todd Lincoln's life. Interested in the American Saddlebred horse? Take a tour of the American Saddlebred Museum and learn about this dynamic breed.

Historical Attractions

  • Lexington History Museum, 5.6 miles
  • Mary Todd Lincoln House, 4.2 miles
  • American Saddlebred Museum, 5.1 miles

In the Area

  • Bluegrass Airport, 7 miles
  • Kentucky Horse Park, 4 miles
  • Kenneland Race Track, 7 miles
  • Rupp Arena, 5 miles
  • Kentucky Bourbon Trail, 20 miles
  • Claiborne Farm, 18.3 miles

Colleges and Universities

  • University of Kentucky, 6 miles
  • Transylvania University, 5.1 miles
  • Midway College, 14.1 miles
  • Center College, 43.4 miles

Lexington-Based Companies

  • Wagler Custom Homes
  • Wegmans
  • Kirby Flooring
  • Rick Bryant Drywall
  • MaxTransmit
  • National Lighting
  • Golf Excursions

Annual Area Events

  • UK Basketball – November-March
  • Keeneland Racing – April
  • Breyerfest – July
  • Kentucky Spring & Summer Horse Shows – May-July
  • UK Football – August-November
  • World’s Longest Yardsale/127 Corridor Sale – August
  • National Horse Show – October-November
  • Breeders’ Cup at Keeneland Race Course – October
  • Festival of the Bluegrass – June (oldest bluegrass festival in the state)
  • Rolex – April
  • Sweet 16 – March