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Hotels45
Convention center12,077 sq. m
Guest Rooms7,700
Guest rooms at 1 hotel409 guest rooms
Special event venues18
Average room rate$100.00
Restaurants95
Daily food cost$61.00
Occupancy rate
Tax rate6%

VisitLex

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Why Choose Lexington?

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. 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. And speaking of 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 fourteen bourbon distilleries within 45 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, and we offer 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. Let us help plan your meeting or event today.

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Distance from airport

  • Blue Grass Airport

    14.48 km from city center

  • Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati International Airport

    133.58 km from city center

  • Louisville Regional Airport

    120.7 km from city center

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Local Attractions

The Summit at Fritz Farm

Shopping
15 minutes away
The Summit at Fritz Farm is a finely curated, mixed-use destination celebrating the rich heritage of Lexington. New stores will continue to open throughout the summer and fall. When completed, The Summit at Fritz Farm will include 70 street-level shops, 25 dining options including chef-inspired, local and regional flavors, modern office spaces, luxury apartments and Kentucky’s first food hall – The Barn.
120 Summit at Fritz Farm
Lexington, KY, US 40517

Lexington Visitors Center

2 blocks away
Our friendly Visitor Information Specialists are standing by at our newly opened Visitors Center with advice on things to see and do in Lexington and the Bluegrass Region. Come by to pick up a Visitor Planning Guide or map and browse our materials. Get your picture taken with a life-sized blue horse and check out our Bourbon still and other memorabilia.
215 West Main Street
Suite 75
Lexington, KY, US 40507

James E. Pepper Distillery

5 minutes away
After lying abandoned for fifty years, this distillery is back. Using filtered limestone water from the historic distillery well, this place is one-of-a-kind. Tours are available at $20 per person and include the story of the historic brand, time in the distillery museum, a tour of the working distillery and a tasting of the award-winning whiskeys. You can even taste raw distillate right off the still, known as “White Dog,” and then take your tasting glass home. Be sure to take a look at the limestone well before you leave.
1228 Manchester St.
Lexington, KY, US 40508

Kentucky Horse Park

Park
15 minutes away
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. The Kentucky Horse Park is recognized around the world as the epicenter of equestrian life and home to the Annual Rolex Three-Day Event.
4089 Iron Works Parkway
Lexington, KY, US 40511

The Distillery District

Nightlife
5 minutes away
This 25-acre property was home to the historic James E. Pepper Distillery, which began making bourbon in 1879. However, in 1958 the site was abandoned completely, untouched for nearly 50 years. Fortunately, in 2008 local entrepreneurs teamed up to bring this area back to its former glory and they did not disappoint. Since then, this revitalized piece of Lexington history has become a lively downtown destination. Today, you’ll find two working bourbon distilleries on the historic site, which serves as an anchor for the up-and-coming neighborhood. Plus, the easily walkable area combined with its diverse food and drink offerings makes the Distillery District one of Lexington’s most exciting hotspots.
1170 Manchester Street
Lexington, KY, US 40508

Woodford Reserve Distillery

Historical landmark
30 minutes away
The distillery itself is the oldest and smallest working bourbon distillery and a National Historic Landmark. Between its rich history and the Craft Bourbon distilled there today, it has quite a story to tell. The best way to hear it is to visit for yourself.
7855 McCracken Pike
Versailles, KY, US 40383

Ark Encounter

Recreation
45 minutes away
Ark Encounter features a full-size Noah’s Ark, built to the dimensions given in the Bible. It is the largest timber frame structure in the world. Live animals include Tibetan yaks, kangaroos, and ostriches. Zip line. Situated in Williamstown, Kentucky, halfway between Lexington and Cincinnati off I-75.
1 Ark Encounter Drive
Williamstown, KY, US 41097

Horse Farm Tours

Recreation
It takes advance planning, but there are a number of ways to get on Lexington's most famous private farms, from daily van tours to private guides. For more information, call the Lexington Visitors Center at 800-845-3959, or see the travel article "Horse Farm Tours" in the Idea Guide at www.visitlex.com.
Various locations
Lexington, KY, US 40507

Convention Centers

  • Lexington Convention Center

    Interested in booking an event? Lexington Convention Center offers spacious areas exquisitely designed to accommodate meetings and conventions, large and small in a pleasing and professional atmosphere.

    • Exhibit Space6,039 sq. m
      Total meeting space3,716 sq. m
      Guest rooms 1 mi. from convention center1,600