J.McLaughlin Local Guides: Lexington

Known for its horse farms and race tracks, Lexington is an understated Kentucky city steeped in Southern history, culture, and art. Find Lexington's J.McLaughlin located at The Summit at Fritz Farm on the corner of Nicholasville Road (Suite 120) only a short drive away from the Bluegrass Airport. Below, we put together a handy list of things to do in Lexington, Kentucky, from cheering at Keeneland to exploring the University of Kentucky.

Keeneland RacetrackKeeneland Racetrack

Home to over 400 horse farms, Lexington is known for its equestrian culture. At the center of it all is the iconic Keeneland Racetrack, which brings the nation's best trainers and jockeys to race in April and October. Besides betting on a favorite horse, you can eat, drink, and socialize on race days. 


Besides horses, you'll find no shortage of drinks in Lexington — this is, after all, the birthplace of bourbon. Kentucky is also known for its craft beers, which led to the advent of the Brewgrass Trail, a 50-mile expanse that encompasses the best of Central Kentucky's breweries for sipping and strolling.

University of KentuckyUniversity of Kentucky

Another cultural landmark of Lexington is the University of Kentucky. Take in the view at the Memorial Hall Amphitheatre and pose with the Wildcat statue on Avenue of Champions. Other must-visit campus spots include the University of Kentucky Art Museum and the Rupp Arena. For a comprehensive look at the school, you can also stop by the visitor center for a guided tour. Check out the nearby Charlie Brown's and Lynagh's for drinks and bar food. Don't leave the campus area with a scoop of ice cream from Graeter's either! 

For those afternoons at the polo club in Lexington, channel your inner rider with Derby-inspired prints and cork wedges for a sophisticated #jmclook.