9 Things To Do On A Three Day Weekend in Lexington

    9 Things To Do On A Three Day Weekend in Lexington

    Nov 01, 2017

    Three day weekends are always fun.

    Whether it's Memorial Day, Labor Day, Easter weekend, or any other number of three day weekends (we Americans certainly love our holidays), they make for excellent excuses to get out of the house and do something to celebrate. Who knows when another break is going to come around, and most holidays seem to be at least another month or so apart. However, with busy schedules, tight wallets, and such a short amount of time to work with, it's not always feasible to go out of town. And it can sometimes be difficult to think of new, interesting things to do - even in a city like Lexington -  when you're so accustomed to living in an area.

    No worries, though, there's plenty to do in Lexington for a "staycation." Here's our list of the top things to do around Lexington for a three day weekend:

    1. Red River Gorge

    Though technically not IN Lexington, the natural haven of Red River Gorge is just a 45 minute drive away, and it's a perfect place for both family fun and relaxation. Red River Gorge, a part of Daniel Boone National Forest, is a spectacular canyon system on the Red River in central Kentucky known for its unique rock formations, arches, and beautiful scenery. Fall, with its cooler temperatures and changing leaves, is arguably the best time to go. There is plenty for any member of the family to do: hiking, camping, rock climbing, zip lining, fishing, picnicking, and more. Spend a few days or plan you whole Fall Break vacation around this beautiful natural scene.

    Dates: open all season

    Location: Robbie Ridge Rd, Stanton, KY 40380

    Price: Varies

    Click here for more information on Red River Gorge.

    Click here for activities in the Red River Gorge area.

    2. Catch a movie at one of Lexington's many theaters

    If you just can't shake the your laziness, maybe consider checking out movie! You can sit peacefully in your chair in a dark room, watching as some great film adventure unfolds, maybe munching on some popcorn all the while. It's perhaps not a very athletic choice, but sometimes, you just want to chill while still being out of the house. Exchange your living room television for a theater, and check out some of the great films that the winter has to offer - including the traditional summer blockbuster films and the onset of big-budget holiday releases. Lexington has several movie theaters to offer, including a Cinemark by Fayette Mall, a Regal Cinemas in Hamburg, a Movie Tavern that offers dining along with your show, the historic Kentucky Theatre downtown, and more.

    Click here for showtimes.

    Locations: Click here for locations and showtimes of Lexington theaters.

    3. Dine downtown

    Eating out is one of the most enjoyable parts of being in downtown Lexington, but it can sometimes be hard to get there amid the traffic, especially during weekday rush hour. So what better a time to visit some new restaurants than when the traffic is light because everyone’s out of town on vacation? Try some a famous eatery like The Local Taco, which proudly mixes the styles of Tex-Mex and Southern cuisine in dishes such as Korean BBQ, Buffalo Chicken, and Southern Fried tacos. Experiment with one of Lexington's newer restaurants like Buddha Lounge, a brand new Asian restaurant best known for their sushi, Gyoza (Japanese dumplings), Korean Tacos, and Chicken Teriyaki. For a pizza, look no further than Goodfellas, where they offer classic, oversized New York-style pizzas right here in Lexington. Or, for something fancier, make a reservation at Portofino, an elegant downtown restaurant combining Italian and American cuisine. There's something for anyone here!


    • The Local Taco - 315 S Limestone, Lexington, KY 40508
    • Buddha Lounge - 109 North Mill Street, Lexington, KY 40507
    • Goodfellas - 110 North Mill Street, Lexington, KY 40507
    • Portofino - 249 East Main St. Lexington, KY 40507

    4. Spend a day at one of the small towns in the Central KY area

    Again, not technically in Lexington, but there are many small Kentucky towns within a short drive from our city. Head out of Lexington on Versailles Road, and take a right at the The Castle and you will find yourself on Pisgah Pike on the way to Midway, KY. There, you can see Pisgagh Presbyterian Church, with picturesque Gothic style architecture, eat at Wallace Station, everyone’s favorite lunch spot in the small town of Midway shop at Crittenden Rawlings, for famous designs in menswear, and much more. Another great day trip and hike can be found just outside of Lexington in Clark County, which is near Fort Boonesboro. Follow the signs to the town of Winchester, where you'll begin your rural Kentucky adventure, having lunch at Hall’s on the River, walking along Clark County Hiking Trails, and checking out the Jean Farris Winery. And a perfect Saturday drive can be well spent driving Northeast out of Lexington towards Maysville, a small country settlement in Mason County. You can spend a day walkable cobblestoned streets of downtown Maysville, getting coffee and pastries at Parc Cafe, checking out the Maysville Floodwall, shopping at downtown locations like Whitney's and Kenton USA, and grabbing drinks at O'Rourke's Pub.

    5. University of Kentucky Arboretum and Kentucky Children's Garden

    The University of Kentucky Arboretum is a beautiful 100-acre botanical garden not far from the heart of downtown Lexington. This is a great place to go for a nice walk, with perfectly-maintained paths winding around gardens that display some of the best flora the Bluegrass Region has to offer. And this Labor Day weekend will be one of the best times to go, with cooler temperatures and a light breeze that hints of the start of autumn. Also be sure to check out the Kentucky Children's Garden, a 1.85 acre learning environment within the Arboretum constructed to give kids ages 2-10 an opportunity to explore ecology and the natural world. There are child-scaled theme gardens, play areas, gardens planted and maintained by children, and interactive educational exhibits. Experience the wonder of the outdoors while allowing your kids to learn and have fun.

    Location: 500 Alumni Dr, Lexington, KY 40503

    Price: Free (Arboretum), $3 per person or $10 for a family of 5, kids under 2 FREE (Children's Garden)

    Hours: Varies per season. Click here to learn more

    6. Explorium of Lexington

    A holiday break doesn't have to be a break from learning! This interactive museum designed especially for kids is a perfect way to beat boredom with some educational, indoor fun. Try hands-on exhibits like the Bubble Zone, which explores the science of bubbles, Passport to the World, which allows kids to learn about the various cultures of the world, Let's Move, a motion game projected onto the floor and wall, and more. Children will enjoy the engaging activities, and adults will love that their kids are still using their brains.

    Location:  440 W. Short Street, Lexington KY 40507

    Price: $8 per person

    Hours: Tues - Sat: 10 AM - 5 PM; Sun: 1 PM - 5 PM

    Click here to visit the Explorium website.

    7. Go to a UK game

    Any Lexington local knows the hype of a UK Athletics event, so if your three day weekend falls during one of the Wildcats' home games, this is the perfect time to go! If it's Fall, consider a football game; in winter, try a basketball game; in summer, hit up one of the baseball games. Or, check the schedule for something a little more unique, like hockey games, swim meets, scrimmages, or women's games. Especially if your kids haven't had a chance to join the Big Blue Nation, UK sports games can be an excellent chance to take them to their first tailgate, teach them how the game works, and get them rooting for the Wildcats. These games are most exciting events that this city has to offer - the city's equivalent of a huge pep rally - uniting Lexingtonians of all ages in support of the Kentucky team.  

    Click here for tickets

    Locations and Dates: Click here for sports schedules and locations

    8. Attend a Keeneland Meet

    Unlike the casual experience of UK football games, Keeneland meets are a bit more of a dress-up affair, but anyone can enjoy "a day at the races!" Keeneland, with its pristine lawns, beautiful architecture, and colorful plants, truly embodies the sophistication and class of horse racing. And Keeneland meets in the fall and spring are some of the hottest social events in Lexington, making it an excellent opportunity for your kids to glimpse some of what Lexington's grown-up community is like. As with any race track, some of the best fun can be found in dressing up in classy fashions for pictures, enjoying the outdoor weather with friends, and, of course, watching the horses run. Don't forget your camera, because you won't want to miss the spectacular colors of Keeneland trees and landscaping .

    Click here for tickets

    Dates: Click here for the full schedule

    Location: 4201 Versailles Rd, Lexington, KY 40510

    9. The Kentucky Horse Park

    Some argue that Lexington is the horse capital of the world, and at the Kentucky Horse Park, it's easy to see why. As a working horse farm and theme park, this is a perfect place to show your kids the real the horse industry at work. There's plenty to see on the grounds, including a visitor center, horse-dedicated museums, playground, various horse statues, and more. Plus, the KHP can also be a great place for camping, especially in the Fall when the weather is ideal for strolling around enjoying the natural beauty of the area. There are trails, swimming, and all the amenities you could want.

    Click here for tickets.

    Location: 4089 Iron Works Pkwy, Lexington, KY 40511

    Hours: 9AM - 5PM. Click here for season dates.

    Click here for campground information.

    This is just a small list of our favorite things to do. Lexington offers such a rich, captivating culture you're sure to find something to keep your family occupied this weekend. Your staycation can be just as great as any normal vacation, and when you're in a city like Lexington, you may even find it's a bit better.

    Lexington is one of the largest cities of Kentucky in terms of population and economy. These attractions are just part of the growing social scene that this community has to offer. Can you see yourself living in the Lexington area?


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