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There are family fun events and things to do for all ages in Lexington and Central KY. Here’s a list of 75 great activities in Central KY that every kid should do before they grow up!
McConnell Springs, the Birthplace of Lexington. Founders’ Day in May is a great way to see history up close.
Take in the sights and sounds of
Keeneland during a meet or for a special event.
Go to the
Kentucky Horse Park and see the Derby trophies, go on a horse drawn carriage ride, and see famous racehorses. Hats Off Day is FREE each year.
spring festival or parade for St. Patrick’s Day, KiteFest, MayFest or Founders’ Day.
Take in the lights at
Southern Lights at the Kentucky Horse Park for the holidays.
Learn about the “Paul Revere of the South” at the
Jack Jouett House – many events are free.
Learn something new at the Living Arts and Science Center. They offer cool planetarium shows and special Discovery Saturday events!
Kentucky Children’s Garden. Get FREE admission during some special events each year.
Walk the path at the
Arboretum and stop by their fish pond and garden.
Cheer on the local minor league baseball team, the
Lexington Legends. Join their Kids Club and kids get FREE admission on Sundays.
Support the arts and enjoy
Gallery Hop held throughout the year.
Appreciate some jazz at Ecton Park or Moondance Amphitheater.
Experience a reenactment with the Settlement and Raid event at
Fort Harrod or Fort Boonesborough.
Take a pedal boat ride at
Visit the University of
Kentucky Art Museum – it’s FREE year-round.
Enjoy a cold
Ale – 8 – 1 – tour the plant for free in Winchester and get one FREE after your visit.
Enjoy a Free Friday Flick at Jacobson Park in the summer. Local theaters also offer
Summer Movie Events each year.
Taste a Kentucky favorite – Beer Cheese!
The Beer Cheese Festival is held each June in Winchester.
County Fair in your community.
Canoe through our local waterways with
Learn more about
Mary Todd Lincoln with a visit to her former home – right in downtown Lexington! Free for kids K – 12th grade each Presidents’ Day.
State Capitol building – they offer FREE tours.
Listen to the
Lexington Philharmonic – they offer hands on Instrument Petting Zoos and kids programming all year long.
See a show at the
Lexington Opera House. The Lexington Children’s Theatre, Broadway Live!, local dance groups, and many others offer performances year round.
Learn about bison and how they roamed our area years ago at
Blackfish Bison Ranch in Winchester.
Enjoy the national festival,
Breyerfest, that is held at the KY Horse Park each summer.
Do something unique and visit the
Dollhouse Museum in Danville.
See a movie at the
Kentucky Theatre, a beautifully decorated theatre in downtown Lexington that opened in 1922.
Cheer on the
University of Kentucky at a sporting event. The following sports are non-ticketed during the regular season and offer FREE admission! Cross Country/Track & Field, Men’s and Women’s Golf, Men’s and Women’s Soccer, Rifle, STUNT, Swimming & Diving, Men’s and Women’s Tennis.
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