Spring has finally Spring in the Bluegrass Region!  And after months of being sequestered inside, everyone is ready to get outside, explore and smell the flowers!  What better way to do all the above and get in some healthy, low-impact exercise than to go on a Walking Tour with your friends, family or on your own during your visit to Lexington, KY.

Suggested Walking Tours in Lexington KY

I. Historic Downtown Walking Tour of Lexington Kentucky:


Learn about the Enjoy this 90-minute guided tour which includes: Henry Clay’s Law Office, Cheapside Park, Historic Christ Church Cathedral & First Presbyterian Church, Victorian Square, the Opera House, Lexington History Museum, the Carnegie Center, Patterson Cabin, Transylvania University, and the homes of historic Gratz Park.history of downtown Lexington, Kentucky as reflected in its historic commercial buildings, churches, and homes.  This tour is in Association With The Blue Grass Trust for Historic Preservation.  Tours are held from 10:00 – 11:30am on Monday, Wednesday, Friday (or additional days & times by appointment).

Meet Your Tour Guide at Starbucks on the Corner  of Main St. & Broadway. To Begin a Unique, Up Close Look at Historic Lexington, Cost is $15 for adults, and $8 for children 12 and younger.

II.  LexWalk  Audio Tour / iPhone App

  • Download our new iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch LexWalk walking tour App for free from The App Store
  • Don’t have an iPhone? Listen to it on your MP3 player
  • Watch a video version right here on YouTube:  Video Tour of Lexington KY


campus-tourExperience the charm of downtown Lexington on this walking tour with 19 points of interest.  Our LexWalk iPhone App is media rich with audio, text and video, so you’ll want to download it to your phone before leaving home. Downtown Lexington has free WiFi access in many areas, so it is also possible to download it through WiFi once you are here.

The walking tour starts at the corner of Main and Broadway. Parking is available in the large open lot across from the main entrance to the Hyatt, off High Street (see the LexWalk map) or in the parking garage at Short and Broadway.

If you don’t have an iPhone, you can use any device that plays mp3 files. To download the mp3 file (34 MB), click on this link and save the file to your hard drive so you can put it on your mp3 player. Print the one page LexWalk map before leaving home if you’d like a map in your hand.

Can’t get to Lexington right now? Print the LexWalk map. Then relax, put your feet up, hit the play button below, and follow along. It’s almost like being here!

III.  The Arboretum State Botanical Garden of Kentucky

arboretumThe Arboretum began in 1991 and is continuing to boast 100 acres of year-round color and plants. Stresses melt away among the 100 acres of marvelous sights and sounds of our gardens. Once you are there, you feel like you have escaped to a paradise. It is a delightful surprise to visitors from around the world and even in our own city. Young and older alike enjoy year-round activities for the entire family.

General Garden admission is free. Open 365 days a year.  The gardens are open from dawn until dusk each day.  Walk through them at your leisure or Docent-led free tours through the gardens are available for groups, year round. Please call us at 859-257-6955 to schedule a docent led tour. We ask for at least a two-week notice.

IV.  Bleu Plate Food Tours – A Walking Culinary Tour

foodtour3These walking culinary adventures are tastefully guided tours that explore the city and its food. With stops at local restaurants, you’ll savor the dishes that make them Lexington, Kentucky’s most popular eateries.

Realizing the culinary riches of downtown  Lexington, Bleu Plate Tours provides an authentic, well-rounded sampling of the city’s most coveted restaurants and the food that made them iconic. From innovative, upscale spins on regional comfort foods to the favorite late night bites of local watering holes, the focus is tasting foods that best represent the culinary trends, the restaurants, culture and the hidden gems.

You’ll enjoy the tranquility, history and beauty of the city’s nicest downtown neighborhoods as well as the bustle of the urban streets along the way. By touring the city on foot, whether a visitor or a resident of Lexington, you’ll uncover the tucked-away restaurants and establishments that you just don’t see driving by. And you’ll learn tidbits of Lexington’s history while tasting the scrumptious foods that make Lexington’s culinary scene a regional treasure. It’s a walking food tasting tour that offers a side dish of history, a dash of culture and a taste of the Bluegrass.

V. The Legacy Trail

Legacy Trail.  Photo by Tom Eblen | teblen@herald-leader.comThe Legacy Trail is a 12-mile walking, biking, interpretive trail and public art venue.  The trail begins in the East End of downtown Lexington, KY at the Isaac Murphy Memorial Art Garden and runs to the Kentucky Horse Park.  Over 8.5 miles of the trail are off-street and fully paved to accommodate every type of non-motorized user.

VI.  Lexington’s Walking and Hiking Trails:

Lexington has many miles of trails which offer a great way to lead a healthier and more active lifestyle. Whether you enjoy hiking, walking, running or biking, these trails allow individuals the opportunity to rejuvenate and maintain ones mind and body all while having fun. Take a trip to one of our nature parks and enjoy bird-watching, star gazing or hiking with your family. Visit one of the trails located in your neighborhood and walk your dog, in-line skate with your children or ride a bike. We encourage you to get out and enjoy the beauty of your local parks and trail system.

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