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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. Finally, visit the grave site of the 1977 Triple Crown winner, Seattle Slew, at one of the most beautiful farms in Kentucky.

Lexington: Ashland Henry Clay Estate Ticket with Guided Tour

2. 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: Fully Guided Zipline Canopy Tour

3. 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: 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.

Boston: American Revolution Walking & Driving Private Tour

5. Boston: American Revolution Walking & Driving Private Tour

Discover the history of the American Revolution on a private self-guided walking and driving tour. Explore the freedom trail of Boston, Harborwalk, and more at your own pace with an audio guide. You will receive the download instructions after booking. Download the app and start the tour with your mobile phone as your guide. You will hear about the history, and the battles fought on the grounds.  Walk in the shoes of the Founding Fathers on the Freedom Trail and hear how the first sparks of revolution flew in Boston. Learn about the Sons of Liberty and uncover the truth about misunderstood events like the Boston Massacre. Next, reach Boston’s Harborwalk and revisit the fiery lead-up to the American Declaration of Independence. Stroll along the waterside and know about the dramatic protest called the Boston Tea Party and get a chance to visit the site. Afterward, head to the famous towns Lexington and Concord. Follow the route of an impossible battle between the American military and the British redcoats. Find out how the Americans turned the tide, and hear what it all meant in the fight for American independence. Then head to Valley Forge, where General George Washington faced some of his toughest challenges. Here, you will explore the remains of Washington’s 18th-century camp and hear the harrowing tale of how frigid temperatures, starvation, and desertion nearly pulled the American army apart. Finally, you will tour Philadelphia, where the Declaration of Independence was first signed. Hear stories about Ben Franklin and the other revolutionaries who called this city home. See the iconic landmarks like the famous Liberty Bell and Elfreth’s Alley, maintained just as it was in the 1700s.

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based on 23 reviews

The experience provided “back-stage” information on the horse biz, which I had not heard previously. The guide was knowledgeable, informative snd entertaining and the beauty is above reproach!

The tour was excellent. Daniel was our guide and he was very informative and friendly. He was very knowledgeable about many aspects of the horse industry, the Derby, and Keenland.

Vicky was great. We learned so much about horses and horse racing. Glad we chose this tour. We would recommend this activity to everyone.

Our guide, Mike, was very knowledgeable and make this tour very interesting.

Great time. Excellent guide and very knowledgeable