VisitLex

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Hotels89
Convention center18,581 sq. m
Guest Rooms8,400
Guest rooms at 1 hotel409 guest rooms
Special event venues18
Average room rate$100.00
Restaurants135
Daily food cost$61.00
Occupancy rate10.07%
Tax rate6%

VisitLex

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Lexington, KY - We are here for you!

Like most U.S. destinations right now, VisitLEX is monitoring news reports, official websites and CDC updates. In addition, we are working closely with the Mayor’s office, as well as industry associations, regarding suggested best practices concerning COVID-19. We are standing with our hotel partners during these challenging times and assisting with responding to RFPs. Please include us so we can help you get the responses you need more quickly! We are here for you. Why Choose Lexington, Kentucky? 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 cuisine 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 meeting for your attendees. From planning assistance and promotional materials to arranging activities for attendees, we’re here for you every step of the planning process. 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

Keeneland Race Course

Recreation
15 minutes away
Keeneland is located on a portion of land that was the Keene family’s Stud Farm. Today, Keeneland race course represents Thoroughbred horse racing at it’s finest! With its tranquil setting and lovely stone fences and buildings, this national historic landmark is one of the most genteel and beautiful racetracks in the world.
4201 Versailles Road
Lexington, KY, US 40501

Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Facility

Recreation
20 minutes away
Old Friends provides a dignified retirement to Thoroughbreds whose racing and breeding careers have come to an end. By promoting these one-time celebrated horses through a campaign of education and tourism, we hope to raise awareness of all equines in need.
1841 Paynes Depot Road
Georgetown, KY, US 40324

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

Town Branch Distillery

Historical landmark
5 blocks away
Alltech's new $9.2 million distillery on the edge of the Distillery District is the first to be built in Lexington in nearly 100 years. This new Kentucky bourbon is called Town Branch Bourbon. Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and Noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays.
401 Cross Street
Lexington, KY, US 40508

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

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

Buffalo Trace Distillery

Historical landmark
30 minutes away
This distillery is one of America's oldest continuously operating distilleries. Home of the flagship bourbon Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, the distillery is gaining international attention for its older bourbons including the Antique Bourbon Collection. The Club House, a log structure, is available for parties and special functions.
113 Great Buffalo Trace
Frankfort, KY, US 40601

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

Convention Centers

  • Central Bank Center

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

    • Exhibit Space9,290 sq. m
      Total meeting space4,645 sq. m
      Guest rooms 1 mi. from convention center1,600