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From Lexington: Horse Farm Tour & Keeneland Race Track Visit

1. From Lexington: Horse Farm Tour & Keeneland Race Track Visit

Discover why Lexington is known as the Horse Capital of the World on this three-hour tour. Start the experience with a walking tour through the ivy-covered grounds of the historic Keeneland Race Track, home to the world’s most expensive horse auctions. Next, take a peek into the lifestyle of thoroughbred horses as you go behind the scenes at a thoroughbred farm and get up close and personal with majestic horses. Later, enjoy a drive by the famous Calumet Farm and learn about the history of the farm, which was the home of a breeding and racing dynasty that dominated the sport during the 1940s, 1950s, and beyond. Continue the tour to the filming locations of the major motion pictures Secretariat, Seabiscuit, and Dreamer.

Lexington: Fully Guided Zipline Canopy Tour

2. Lexington: Fully Guided Zipline Canopy Tour

Start at the welcome center and meet your guides, get your gear on and learn a little about it. Then head down to ground school and practice your braking, this is an active participation course so you are in control of your own brake. After that, you get started on the actual course. Once you step on to the course you do not touch the ground again until you are finished. Starting off low and slow you work up to the larger zips building confidence and skill. Once you are comfortable you fly across the gorge, with incredible views there are not many things that can compare to this. Once you have completed the course you get picked up in a truck to return to the welcome center. A 2-hour adventure you won't soon forget.

Lexington: Ashland Henry Clay Estate Ticket with Guided Tour

3. Lexington: Ashland Henry Clay Estate Ticket with Guided Tour

Discover Ashland, the estate of Henry Clay, the "Great Pacificator” and one of Kentucky's most famous statesmen. Enjoy a variety of narrated tours through the grounds as you explore the 18-room Italianate-style mansion which was rebuilt as a testament to the former political leader by his family. Your guided tour will grant you access to Ashland and deepen your understanding of important events in American History. The theme of the tours varies depending on the day of the week. In addition to a guided tour,  have time to explore everything from the grand drawing room to the bedrooms all highlighting the life and legacy of Henry Clay. Learn about how slavery shaped the Ashland and Clay's America. Visitors will marvel at artifacts related to Clay's legacy as a horse-breeder and scientific farmer. After touring both floors of the mansion, take a self-guided tour of the grounds taking in the lush scenery of Lexington. Signature Tour: Enjoy a narrated 1-hour tour of Ashland, stepping back in time to the 19th century as you explore the 18-room Italianate-style mansion re-built as a testament to the former political leader by his family. End your visit with a stroll of the gardens and grounds, Civil War monument, and rotating exhibits, at your leisure. Women's Voices Tour:  This poignant tour focuses on 9 women of Ashland who span a century of social, cultural, and political evolution. As you visit the rooms they inhabited, hear their voices–the causes they championed, the challenges they faced, and the heartache they suffered. Also, find out about the changing role of women from the early 19th century to the mid-20th century. Traces: Slavery at Ashland Tour: Walk in the footsteps of the men, women, and children who were enslaved at Ashland on this indoor/outdoor tour. Learn about how historians use traces of evidence to uncover their stories. Listen to the voices of those who resisted bondage and honor the memory of those who were forced into labor. Art & Grounds Tour: Combine history, art, and nature as you explore Henry Clay’s lifelong interest in agriculture. Take a stroll on one of Clay’s walking paths and interact with John Henry’s Monumental sculptures while enjoying the beauty of this historic arboretum and home of Henry Clay. Ashland docents lead these 45-minute walking tours, offering historical background, tree identification, and stories about the people who lived and worked on these grounds. Combo Tour: With this option, enjoy the Signature Tour coupled with either Women's Voices (Friday/Saturday only) or Traces: Slavery at Ashland (Tuesday/Thursday only). Get an overview of the style and architecture of the estate alongside important historical context.

Lexington: The Aviation Museum of Kentucky Entry Ticket

4. Lexington: The Aviation Museum of Kentucky Entry Ticket

The Aviation Museum of Kentucky promotes the state's aviation history. Featuring military, classic, and general aviation aircraft, you will discover historic aircraft, memorabilia, and training equipment. During your visit, you can admire the A-4 Skyhawk of the US Navy's Blue Angels, and a T-38 Talon of the USAF Thunderbirds. The Navy F-14B Tomcat, KyAng RF-101C Voodoo, Army Cobra helicopter, and Marine F-4S Phantom II are also on display. The museum is also home to the Kentucky Aviation Hall of Fame. Learn about the pioneers of Kentucky aviation like Matthew B. Sellers, first powered flight in Kentucky; Solomon L. Van Meter, Jr, inventor of the first successful backpack parachute; and Willa Brown Chappell, the first African-American woman licensed as a commercial pilot in the U.S.

From Boston: Full-Day Historical Lexington & Concord Tour

5. From Boston: Full-Day Historical Lexington & Concord Tour

Explore Boston and the history of the beginnings of the American Revolution. Make stops along the way in Lexington, Concord, and more, and learn from an expert on American history on this full-day tour. Start the tour with pickup from downtown Boston and walk on the North Bridge in Concord, often referred to as the location of the "shot heard 'round the world," and the beginning of the American War for Independence. Visit Minute Man National Historical Park, where the opening battle of the Revolution is brought to life as visitors explore the battlefields and structures associated with April 19, 1775. Tour the oldest military burial site in the U.S. and visit the historic Old Manse, which was the center of Concord’s political, literary, and social zeitgeist for a century. Learn all the details of the events that began the Revolution through a series of informative and enlightening stops along our full-day tour, brought to you by a local American history expert. Finish the tour with drop-off in downtown Boston.

Explore Lexington with Operation City Quest Scavenger Hunt

6. Explore Lexington with Operation City Quest Scavenger Hunt

Looking for a family friendly activity? We can help you explore the city with our fun photo scavenger hunt. Using your smartphone, you'll be given a scavenger hunt list of items to find in the form of riddles and challenges to complete on our scavenger hunt app. You'll go look for the item described in the riddle, complete the accompanied challenge, and send in a photo to get points. Your points will show up on the app's leaderboard so you can see how you're doing compared to teams all across the country! Operation City Quest can be played in any city, no matter how big or small! Don't worry, you won't be alone. You'll have a remote host that will be communicating with you during your game via a chat feature on the app if you need help or have a question. They can also give you hints and additional *mystery* challenges! The goal of this interactive scavenger hunt is to find all the items, earn your way to the top of the leaderboard, and more importantly, to have fun with family and friends! Our games usually take about 2 hours and most teams walk around 2 miles during their scavenger hunt.

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4.9 / 5

based on 76 reviews

We arranged this tour visiting from California. Both Adam and Jyler were great and made the experience a lot of fun. Glad I tried this thanks to them.

Our experience at the Ashland Henry Clay Estate was well worth our time and money. Very interesting.

Great experience with super knowledgeable and welcoming tour guides. We would highly recommend!

This house was amazing. The guide was informative and interesting.

Great experience! Our guide was very knowledgeable.