Lexington, KY Meeting Planning Overview
Situated at the intersection of I-64 and I-75, Lexington, KY is at the heart of the Bluegrass Region, within a day's drive of two-thirds of the U.S. population. The city's Blue Grass Airport sits amid horse farms, just four miles from the central business district. Serving 18 nonstop destinations, the airport makes it easy for delegates to fly in and out of such major markets as Atlanta, Detroit, Chicago, Dallas, New York, and Washington, DC.
Combining the cosmopolitan conveniences of a big city with the easy approachability of a small Southern town, Lexington offers one-of-a-kind experiences for meeting attendees. We treat our visitors as guests, and your attendees can expect unparalleled Southern hospitality at every touchpoint.
The city is also anchored by the famed University of Kentucky Rupp Arena and expansive Lexington Convention Center. In the heart of historic downtown Lexington, the Lexington Convention Center features 66,000 square feet of versatile, elegant exhibition space. The sprawling, light-filled convention center features 40,000 square feet of 18 meeting rooms and ballrooms, 25,000 square feet of pre-function space, and a new 12,000-square-foot conference area overlooking downtown. The center sits adjacent to a two-level food court and shopping area and two full-service hotels, making up 169,000 square feet of connected meeting and exhibit space. In addition, there are also the 900-seat historic Opera House and the 23,500-seat Rupp Arena. Delegates are within steps of downtown dining, shopping, entertainment, and lodging options. There are 11 convention hotels within 15 minutes of the Blue Grass Airport and downtown.
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Known around the globe as "The Horse Capital of the World," Lexington is home to world-renowned horse farms, the historic Keeneland Race Course, and the famous 1,200-acre Kentucky Horse Park. Nowhere else can you get an insider's look into the lives and careers of the world's most iconic thoroughbred race horses. The best part? Most of these attractions are located just minutes from downtown, so your guests can experience Horse Country firsthand and be back in time for dinner.
Lexington's exploding culinary scene is something food lovers will want to dig into. Collaborations between local farmers and chefs have led to the creation of wonderful and diverse farm-to-table restaurants with inspiring menus. Your guests will find delicious goodness on every corner – from chic white tablecloth hot-spots to beloved hole-in-the-wall diners.
As the self-proclaimed "Best Place in America to Grab a Drink," Lexington is an exceptional destination for those who choose to imbibe. With nine bourbon distilleries within 30 minutes of downtown, bourbon lovers can sip on America's native spirit knowing they're just a few miles from the barrel where it was aged. And beer enthusiasts will flock to Lexington's red-hot craft beer scene along the Brewgrass Trail.
There's so much to do and experience in Lexington, with the resources you'll need to plan an unforgettable weekend for your guests. From planning assistance and promotional materials to arranging activities for attendees, we're here for you every step of the planning process. See why Southern Starts Here.