Local Tourism

LSI is centered in some of the most beautiful scenery in the entire U.S., The Bluegrass Region of Kentucky. Although mostly known as the horse capital of the world, Kentucky has a wealth of other features. More waterways than all but Alaska, world class golf courses and basketball and 12.7 million acres of forest land including the Red River Gorge in the Daniel Boone National forest. Kentucky is one of the leading agricultural producers of tobacco, corn, soybean, wheat, hay, barley, sorghum, beef cattle, chickens, goats, dairy cows, bourbon whiskey and produces some of the finest wines in America.

The wealth of activities is too numerous to list here, so we've only included a few of the things that are mostly year-round and are within about a 40 minute drive from LSI.

More information can be found at jessamineco.com, Nicholasville Tourism, Visitlex and the KY Tourism and KY Tourism Council sites.

Transportation & Tours

Bluegrass Airport
4000 Terminal Drive - Lexington - Versailles Rd. at Keenland
Airport Information 859-425-3114

Blue Grass Tours
817 Enterprize Dr. - Lexington
(859) 252-5744
Daily tours narrated by our entertaining & experienced guides.



Connemara Golf Course
2327 Lexington Rd. - Nicholasville
(859) 885-4331
Two beautifully furnished rooms in historic building on 18-hole golf course.

High Point Golf Club
1215 High Point Dr. - Nicholasville
(859) 887-4614
1-75 exit 108, Man-O-War Blvd., W. to Tates Creek Rd., S. to E. Hickman Rd (KY 1981), right to KY 169, watch for signs.

Kearney Hill Links
3403 Kearney Rd. - Lexington
(859) 253-1981
Former site of Senior Tour. Host site of 2005 Kentucky Open.

Planters Row Golf Links
2080 Lexington Rd. - Nicholasville
(859) 885-1254
1-75 exit 108, Man-O-War Blvd., S. on Nicholasville Rd. 4.5 miles. Hours 7am-Sunset, driving range, practice green, chipping area and historic clubhouse.
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1031 Catnip Hill Rd. - Nicholasville
(859) 885-9613
Kentucky's #1 exporter of speciality animal feed additives. Tours available by appointment. Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Alpha Farm
2447 Vince Rd. - Nicholasville
(859) 885-5283
Equestrian programs, childrens summer camp, ceramic classes, field trips, group events, and birthday parties.

American Saddlebred Museum
4083 Iron Works Parkway. Lexington
(859) 259-2746
The American Saddlebred Museum is dedicated to Kentucky's oldest native breed of horse, the American Saddlebred.

Amish/Mennonite Shops
South of Danville off US 127
(859) 236-7794
As you drive through beautiful farm landscapes, signs will lead to shops where you can purchase produce and products made without electricity or modern conveniences. Located 35 miles south of Danville off US 127 but you may pick up a map of the area from the Danville-Boyle CVB in Danville.

Art for God Gallery & Studio
143 Lexington Street - Versailles
Art for God is the internationally known art ministry of Stephen S. Sawyer. His work has been featured on the front page of the New York Times and 400 other newspapers around the world in less than five years. His work was seen on the Today Show during Easter Week 2004. The website is www.art4god.com. Stephen's ministry shares the life and teachings of Jesus in a living and contemporary setting. There are a variety of different size prints and prices of his work available for purchase.

Arts Place Gallery
161 N. Mill St. - Lexington
(859) 255-2951

Ashland, The Henry Clay Estate
120 Sycamore Rd. - Lexington
(859) 266-8581
This National Historic Landmark houses the Henry Clay Memorial Foundation and historic house museum, boasting a rare collection comprised almost exclusively of original Clay family items. Several historic outbuildings, a formal garden and 17 acres of wooded parkland complete Ashland's graceful setting.

Asbury College
Asbury Theological Seminary
1 Macklem Drive
Wilmore, Kentucky

Aviation Museum of Kentucky
Blue Grass Airport
4316 Hangar Drive - Lexington
(859) 231-1219
Various historical aircraft. Interactive displays. Hours: Tuesday-Satursay 10am-5pm, Sunday 1-5pm.

Beaumont Inn - Since 1917
638 Beaumont Inn Drive - Harrodsburg
(859) 734-3381
Named for the french word meaning "beautiful mount" because of its location atop one of Harrodsburg's highest hills, Kentucky's oldest family-operated country inn combines gracious Southern hospitality, traditional regional food and relaxing ambiance in a setting rich in history.

Bed & Biscuit Country Inn for Pets
2185 Lexington Road - Harrodsburg
(859) 733-9306
Year-round. Board & grooming for cats and dogs.

Berea Welcome Center
3 Artist Circle - Berea, Ky -(1 hour drive from LSI)
(859) 986-2540
Make this your first stop in the arts and crafts capital of the Commonwealth.

Bluegrass Scenic Railroad and Museum
175 Beasley Road - Versailles
Please call for schedule.
(859) 873-2476

Buckley Wildlife Sanctuary
1305 Germany Rd. - Versailles
(859) 873-5711
This National Audubon Sanctuary is comprised of 374 acres with approximately 4 miles of hiking trails, a nature center, and bird blind. Gift shop open 1-6 p.m. Saturday & Sunday.

Buffalo Trace Distillery
(502) 696-5926
1001 Wilkinson Blvd. - Frankfort
Hours: Monday-Friday 9am-3pm, Saturday 10am-2pm.

Camp Nelson Heritage Park
Located on US 27, 5 mi. south of Nicholasville
A Historical Union Army Civil War supply depot and training camp. The White House, c. 1850, was used as the officers' quarters by Union troops during the Civil War and has been restored. Camp Nelson Cemetery is adjacent to the site. Trail system open to dusk. White House open Wed. - Sat. 10 - 4.

Chateau du Vieux Corbeau Winery/Elements Pottery
471 Stanford Ave. -at Old Crow Inn- Danville
(859) 236-1808
The Vineyard features both white and red French-Hybrid grapes for wine production as well as organic Berries for wines. Complimentary samples of Award winning wines available for tasting and retail purchase in the tasting room. Tours of the winery available. Meet Kentucky's youngest wine maker, Dominique. Chateau Deli and gift shop. Restaurant with prior group reservations. Elements Pottery Studio produces hand-made functional stoneware as well as candles, hand-painted folk art pottery and other crafts.

Chrisman Mill Vineyards and Winery
2385 Chrisman Mill Rd.
Nicholasville, KY. 40356
859- 881-5007
Master winemaker Chris Nelson's nationally acclaimed wines and a favorite local winery with lush vineyards, wine tasting and scheduled Dinner Nights featuring Italian Cuisine and home-made desserts - Catering Available.

Daniel Boone National Forest
1700 Bypass Rd. Winchester KY.
(859) 745-3100
The Daniel Boone National Forest maintains over 706,000 acres in 21 counties of eastern Kentucky, stretching from Morehead to the Tennessee border.

Danville-Boyle County Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB)
105 E. Walnut Street, Danville, KY 40422
(800) 755-0076 or (859) 236-7794

Dixie Belle Riverboat at Shaker Village
3501 Lexington Rd. - Harrodsburg.
U.S. 68
(859) 734-5411
The Dixie Belle Riverboat, is the only passenger vessel offering public excursions on the Kentucky River along the scenic palisades. One-hour excursions at noon, 2pm and 4pm daily, weather and river conditions permitting. Private charters also available. 115 passenger limit.
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Hamburg Place
2517 Sir Barton Way - Lexington
(859) 299-0169
Serious Shopping!

Harry C. Miller Lock Collection
- Museum of Physical Security

LSI 1014 S. Main St. - Nicholasville
(859) 887-9633
LSI is honored to be the home of the Harry C. Miller Lock Collection, which is considered to be America's most comprehensive collection of safe locks. Since 1955, LSI has strived to be the security industry's leading educational facility. In May 2004 LSI opened a newly renovated 24,000 square foot state of the art security education facility.

High Bridge Park
KY 29, South of Wilmore
(859) 881-9126
High Bridge, built in 1877, was the highest railroad trestle bridge in the world. A reconstructed Victorian pavilion extends 35 ft. beyond a cliff with views of the trestle, Kentucky River and Palisades.

Jim Beam Nature Preserve
US 27 to Hall Lane
Protects a portion of the Palisades of the Kentucky River. Includes a feeding habitat for rare bat species. Open to the public for hiking, bird watching and nature study.

Joseph-Beth Booksellers
(859) 273-2911
161 Lexington Green Circle - Lexington
Expansive bookstore voted No. 1 in the nation by "Publishers Weekly." Extensive children's section. On-site cafe.

Keeneland Race Course
4201 Versailles Rd. - Lexington
(859) 254-3412
Live Thoroughbred horse racing April and October. Grounds open for tours year-round.

Kentucky Horse Park
4089 Iron Works Parkway - Lexington
(859) 233-4303
THE place to get close to horses. The only park of its kind in the world, the Kentucky Horse Park is a working horse farm/educational theme park and equine competition facility dedicated to man's relationship with the horse. Set on more than 1,200 acres in the heart of Kentucky's famous Bluegrass region, the park features nearly 50 different breeds of horses at work and at play in daily equine presentations, horse drawn tours and carriage rides, horseback riding and pony rides, two outstanding museums, twin theaters, and an exciting array of horse shows throughout the year. This is a must-see for all Kentucky citizens and visitors alike.

Kentucky River
US 27, KY 29 & US 68
(859) 881-9126
Some of the best fishing in Central Kentucky is available on the KY River. Record muskie, rockfish(bass), cat and others have been taken from waters along Jessamine county. The Dix River which flows to the Kentucky is a noted trout stream. The primary access point is at the John Nickell boat ramp. Call for directions.
The Kentucky River Palisades contains spectacular limestone cliff formations cut out by the Kentucky River. Some of the most dramatic cliffs are found here. Palisades is home to at least 25 mammal species and 35 reptile species. 2 endangered bats, the Gray bat and Indiana bat utilize this habitat. It also has the largest concentration of rare plant species.

Kentucky River Otter Outpost
Kentucky River - Nicholasville
Lock 7 & 8 Pools
(859) 699-3400
Adventures on the Ky River! Explore the flora, fauna, wildlife, scenic natural views and history along the Ky River Palisades. Adjacent nature preserves offer hiking, bird watching, wildflower identification & nature study. Pontoon tours, canoes, kayaks, small motor boat rentals, Lazy River float tube trips and more! Groups welcome. Special seasonal trips include the Blue Heron nesting watch, Wildflower Identification, Fall Leaf Color trips, Moon Light Cruises, Camp Nelson Civil War Historical tours, High Bridge trips & our newest Perrigine Falcon watch. Reservations are requested for the pontoon trips.

Kentucky State Capitol
700 Capital Ave. Frankfort
(502) 564-3449
Guided tours. Reservations for groups suggested. Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30am-3:00pm, Saturday 10:00am-2:00pm, Sunday 1:00pm-4:00pm. Guided tours will be given on the hour and half hour on weekdays . Only self-guided tours on weekends. One of the most beautiful capitols in the country. Completed in 1910 in the Beaux Arts design. Also contains the First Lady Doll Collection.

Kentucky State Parks
500 Mero Street -Frankfort
(502) 564-2172
Kentucky is home to some of the most beautiful scenery and most interesting historical sites in the country. Our state park system includes 52 parks and one interstate park with facilities for meetings and conferences, fine accommodations, camping, golf, education and much more.
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Lake Mingo
Lake St. - Nicholasville
(859) 885-9787
Small lake, playground, trail, and shelter.

Lexington Center/Rupp Arena
430 W Vine St. - Lexington
(859) 233-4567
Downtown complex with hotel, retail center, convention halls, and Rupp Arena, home of UK Men's Basketball.

Lexington History Museum
215 West Main St. - Lexington
(859) 254-0530

Lexington Legends Baseball / Applebees Park
Official website for the Lexington, Kentucky minor league baseball team. An affiliate of the Houston Astros.

Lexington Opera House
430 W. Vine St. - Lexington
(859) 233-4567
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Lexington Opera House is known as one of the premiere performing arts centers in the region.

Loudon House Gallery
209 Castlewood Drive - Lexington
(859) 254-7024

Norton Center for the Arts
Centre College
600 Walnut St. - Danville
(859) 236-4692
Designed by a member of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, Norton Center for the Arts offers a variety of world class performances and changing art exhibits.

Old Jessamine County Jail
200 South Main St. Nicholasville
(859) 885-4500
A restored 1870 jail and 1873 jailer's residence. Listed on the National Registry. Houses a local history museum.

Red Mile Harness Track
1200 Red Mile Rd. - Lexington
(859) 255-0752
The oldest (1875) harness track in Kentucky. Site of the Kentucky Futurity, final jewel of trotting triple crown. Fall Meet July 30 -Oct 9. Intertrack wagering. Call for dates and post times.

Riney B Aquatic Center
(Seasonal-call for info)
300 Martin Luther King Blvd
Nicholasville, Kentucky
Hours of Operation
Monday - Saturday 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Sunday 1:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Salato Wildlife Education Center
1 Sportsman's Lane - Frankfort
(502) 564-7863
A 242 acre recreational/education complex with two fishing lakes, hiking trails, songbird area, small wetland, shaded picnic areas with grills. The Salato Wildlife Education Center is on the grounds, and features exhibits of native Kentucky plants and wildlife in large, natural habitats. Check Salato Wildlife Edcuation Center's website at .

Sally Brown Nature Preserve
US 27 to KY-1845, West 3.4 miles to Camp Dick Fire Station, left 2 miles, right on High Bridge Road 2 miles, right on Bowman's Road 1.5 miles
A protected forest area with 400 plant species in the Kentucky River Palisades. Open to the public.

Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill
3501 Lexington Road -Harrodsburg
U.S. 68
(859) 734-5411
Type of Interest: Attraction
Discover Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, America’s largest restored Shaker community, where a remarkable society once flourished and where today, you can experience a true Kentucky treasure. This 3,000 acre National Historic Landmark charms guests with distinct Shaker style and the beauty of Lexington’s Bluegrass Region. A stay at The Inn offers peaceful accommodations, gracious dining, exceptional shopping, historical activities and invigorating recreation.

Singletary Center for the Arts
405 Rose Street, Singletary Center for the Arts -Lexington
University of Kentucky
(859) 257-4929
The Singletary Center for the Arts sits in the heart of the University of Kentucky campus. Located on the corner of Rose Street and Euclid Avenue, the Singletary Center serves both the UK Community and the Lexington Community. The Singletary Center houses the UK Art Museum, in addition to 2 Concert Halls; the Concert and Recital Hall. Specializing in performing arts, the Singletary Center presents 3 concert series; Corner on Classics Series, Turning the Corner Series, and World Rhythms Series, in addition to hosting events by the UK School of Music, the Lexington Philharmonic, and many other community and university based organizations. Past artists presented by the Singletary Center include Ben Folds, the Indigo Girls, Maroon 5, Bela Fleck and The Flecktones, King's Singers, Denyce Graves, and The Prague Symphony Orchestra. UK Faculty, Staff, and Student discounts are always available to our events, in addition to hosting some free events to the public.

Sugar Creek Resort
5800 Sugar Creek Pk. - Nicholasville
(859) 885-9359
We provide horseback riding, horsemanship seminar, canoeing, kayaking, hayrides, corporate outings, conference/meeting room, and team building activites. All activities by reservations only.

Taylor Made Farm
2765 Union Mill Road
(859) 885-3345
Thoroughbred Breeding Farm - examples: Saint Ballado and Unbridled's Song.

The Dish Barn
2019 Lexington Rd. - Nicholasville
(859) 885-4212
Candles, wedding items, various dishware, and concrete statuary.

The Wine Shop Vintages & Spirits
116 S. Main St. - Nicholasville
(859) 887-1793
Kitchenware, sweet shop, wine sampling Friday & Saturday 4-8pm

University of Kentucky Basketball Museum
410 W VINE ST STE 205
(859) 225-5670
Relive moments of UK basketball history. Go one-on-one with one of UK's former players on Virtual Court. Call a former game with one of UK's broadcasters and experience the thrill of it all.

Valley View Ferry
KY-169 S. from Nicholasville at the Kentucky River. 11 miles to the ferry. The oldest continuous business in Kentucky since 1785.
Hours of Operation
Monday-Friday 6:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.
Saturday 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Sunday 9:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.
Open year round

Waveland State Historic Site
225 Waveland Museum Ln. - Lexington
(859) 272-3611
Antebellum house with three original outbuildings - slave quarters, smokehouse and ice house. Guided tours focus on the everyday lives of family and slaves who lived and worked at Waveland. Price Range - Evening Coach Tours with Dessert and Beverage is $20.00 per person. Senior Groups $18.00 per person. Reservations for 20 or more required. One Free Admission for Bus Driver and One Free Admission for the Group's Travel Guide. Motorcoach Tours - Tour only -$15.00 per person - Reservations of 20 or more required.

Wild Turkey - Austin Nichols Distillery
1525 Tyrone Rd - Lawrenceburg
(502) 839-4544
Home of Wild Turkey, 101 proof bourbon. Gift shop hours: 8:30am til 4:30pm. Tours are available Monday through Saturday at 9am; 10:30am; 12:30pm; and 2:30pm. Call for holiday and production schedules. Advance notice is requested for groups of more than 10. Tours may be cancelled due to weather conditions and production schedule. For more information call (502)839-2182.

Woodford Reserve
7855 McCracken Pike - Versailles
(859) 879-1812
The distillery is a National Historic Landmark. It was established on the banks of Glenn's Creek in 1812. Amidst some of Kentucky's most famous thoroughbred farms, the Woodford Reserve Distillery boasts of the most picturesque and scenic vistas. The beautiful limestone buildings have been meticulously restored to their original operating condition. This is the only Bourbon Distiller using the traditional copper pot still method. Guests checking in at the visitor's center can shop for one-of-a-kind gifts in the charming gift shop. Picnic on the Porch is available April-October. Christmas at Woodford Reserve lunch is served November-December. Call for details. After each tour Tuesday-Saturday, all guests over the age of 21 will be permitted to have a sample of Woodford Reserve. Closed major holidays. Open Tuesday-Saturday 9am-5:00pm. Call for summer hours.