15 Romantic Things to Do in Lexington, Kentucky

Though Kentucky straddles the borders of the Midwest and the South, any Lexingtonian will be proud to let you know that "Southern hospitality starts here." If you’re hankering for a sweet, small-town escape with big-city amenities, look no further than Lexington and you’ll find a vibrant cultural atmosphere nestled in the heart of Horse Country. 

With a walkable downtown area, a sophisticated dining scene, and an endless array of outdoor activities, Mary Quinn Ramer, president of VisitLEX, shares why Lexington is a haven for a couple’s getaway or staycation.

Meet the Expert

Mary Quinn Ramer, president of VisitLEX, has more than 15 years of tourism experience and is active with numerous tourism-related organizations, including board membership on Kentucky Travel Industry Association, Equestrian Events International, LexArts, and Horse Country LLC.

A year-round destination with exciting happenings during any season, the spring and fall in Lexington are especially pleasant with average temperatures around 66 degrees Fahrenheit. "In the spring, travelers can don their race day best and bet on Derby-qualifying races at Keeneland Racecourse’s Spring Meet," says Ramer. "In any season, visitors can tour dozens of championship thoroughbred farms with Visit Horse Country and check out Kentucky’s famed bourbon distilleries, the Donut Trail, and the craft beer Brewgrass Trail."

In the past two years, Lexington has undergone a complete renaissance but is still under the radar—and that’s a good thing. Ramer says the city is a hidden gem for travelers that don’t want to break the bank as it’s more affordable than some of its more Southern counterparts (sorry, Nashville!). Visitors can expect to spend anywhere from $50 to $100 per day on meals, activities, and experiences, and beautiful boutique accommodations offer rates as low as $137 per night.

With a range of activities for any duo to enjoy, we’ve rounded up some of the most romantic things to do in Kentucky for couples below.

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