School’s out and summer is finally here! Whether you live in Lexington or opted to stay in town until fall kicks up, you’ve earned some much-needed fun. And the great news is there are off-the-charts summer things to do in Lexington, Kentucky! Check out this list and find some new adventures to explore.
What better way to kick off summer than by navigating Elkhorn Creek and the Kentucky River with your choice of canoeing, kayaking, floating, fishing, swimming, paddleboarding, or whitewater rafting? From stunning views and fresh air to guided experiences that include stops at local attractions, you’ll have a blast. Check out Canoe Kentucky for rental options, bookings, lodging, and more!
Kentucky Horse Park
Fancy some equestrian fun? Visit Kentucky Horse Park for an unforgettable experience! Described as “quintessential Kentucky,” you’re in for a treat with daily attractions that include the Parade of Breeds Show, the Big Barn Stall-Side Chat, the Hall of Champions, and the Derby Winner Nightcap. Opened in 1978, more than 500,000 visitors have enjoyed special events, education opportunities, and exhibitions.
Raven Run Nature Sanctuary
If you like hiking, the Raven Run Nature Sanctuary is a must-see attraction! This 734-acre haven lines the Kentucky River with 10 miles of trails to explore. Make sure to stop by the Kentucky River Overlook for amazing views. Keep in mind that no pets are allowed so the habitat and wildlife are not disturbed.
Did you know Lexington is known for vibrant, one-of-a-kind murals found throughout the city? Commissioned and anonymous artists have taken their talent and made this city pop with color in the most unique ways — 48 ways to be exact! There’s also a cool mural challenge where you could score a free poster and show off your photography skills.
Central Bank Thursday Night Live
If you’re a fan of live music, Central Bank Thursday Night Live is a wonder! Every Thursday from April to mid-October, head to the Fifth Third Bank Pavilion in Tandy Park (251 W. Main St.). Rain or shine, the city comes alive with great music, plenty of food, and lots of people ready to have a good time.