Stay near the best things to do in downtown Lexington

Whether you’re a fan of the University of Kentucky Wildcats or more interested in fleet-footed horses, Lexington offers a wide array of things to do near the Country Inn & Suites. There are four notable historic homes open for tours, including Ashland, The Henry Clay Estate. Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill is less than an hour away and offers a glimpse into the history of the community, hands-on classes, and 33 miles of hiking and riding trails. And no visit is complete without a taste of Kentucky. From nearby bourbon distilleries and a winery to the Brewgrass Trail populated by small craft breweries, you’ll find something to savor.

Downtown Lexington features the Central Bank Center, home to Rupp Arena and the restored 19th-century Lexington Opera House. These venues offer a full slate of Wildcats basketball, concerts, Broadway touring shows, and other forms of entertainment. During your stay in Lexington, take some time to appreciate the city’s most famous residents: the race horses. Make an appointment to visit a nearby working horse farm, spend the day at the 1,200-acre Kentucky Horse Park, or head to Keeneland to pick a winner.

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3.77 mi / 6.06 km from the hotel
This 1904 Beaux Arts building began life as a YMCA. Today, it offers a gallery for exhibits by local and regional artists.

Ashland, The Henry Clay Estate

2.92 mi / 4.69 km from the hotel
The 17-acre estate of the celebrated statesman is a National Historic Landmark and welcomes guests for tours of its Italianate-style house begun in 1809. Visitors are also welcome to stroll the formal gardens and wooded areas.

Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill

22.83 mi / 36.74 km from the hotel
The largest restored Shaker community in the US welcomes visitors to 34 restored buildings displaying furniture, crafts, textiles, and artifacts that help tell the history of this movement.


9.65 mi / 15.54 km from the hotel
After cheering on your favorite Thoroughbred on the racetrack, explore the Keeneland Library for books, journals, and special collections about various equestrian topics.

Kentucky Horse Park

8.96 mi / 14.43 km from the hotel
Admission to this world-renowned park includes entry to the International Museum of the Horse and the American Saddlebred Museum. This amazing destination also features campgrounds, restaurants, and shops.

Lexington Opera House

3.87 mi / 6.22 km from the hotel
Attend a Broadway touring musical, ballet, or big-time band performance in this gem of a restored 19th-century opera house, now on the National Register of Historic Places.

Red Mile

4.92 mi / 7.92 km from the hotel
The home of harness races since 1875, today Red Mile offers a full slate of horse racing, live concerts, gambling, and dining.

Rupp Arena

4.02 mi / 6.47 km from the hotel
The well-known University of Kentucky Wildcats basketball team calls Rupp Arena home. Join more than 23,000 other attendees to watch a ball game or a variety of live performances.

The Thoroughbred Center

3.74 mi / 6.03 km from the hotel
Take a peek at all that goes into the care and training of Kentucky Thoroughbred horses at this extensive horse farm.

Transylvania University

3.52 mi / 5.67 km from the hotel
You won’t want to miss an opportunity to see a play, concert, or sports event at this liberal arts university founded in 1780.

University of Kentucky

4.14 mi / 6.66 km from the hotel
Stroll the urban campus, visit the on-campus art museum to see its impressive collection, or attend a concert or theatrical performance by the school's talented students.