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Old 11-08-2010, 06:56 AM
 
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Hey all,
My family and I will be taking a vacation to Lexington in Feb or March. I am not familiar with the attractions around. What would be some great family things to do? We will be staying a week and we will probably stay close to the city. Our daughter is 3. Any suggestions?
Thanks!
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Old 11-08-2010, 11:34 AM
 
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Lexington isn't really a destination city unless you are coming for an event IMO. What do you like to do? Kind of a tough part of the year to provide you with some ideas.

Although it may not necessarily be kid friendly and assuming it doesn't go against your morals, I highly recommend doing a bourbon tour (which has really become popular). I'm guessing they do the tours year round and if so, I would go with Woodford Reserve's tour.
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Old 11-08-2010, 12:33 PM
 
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See if you can come out in May instead. It will be freezing cold in Feb.

Be careful... I vacationed here & ended up staying for years!
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Old 11-08-2010, 06:01 PM
 
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The Explorium is downtown and has many things geared toward younger children. Horse farm tours are always popular but weather could be a factor in those. Joseph Beth Booksellers has story telling on certain days. Google them and see the schedule.
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Old 11-10-2010, 09:17 AM
 
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My helpful website recommendation for traveling is below

You haven't replied so nobody can help beyond what has been provided

Lexington Vacations, Tourism and Lexington, Kentucky Travel Reviews - TripAdvisor
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Old 11-10-2010, 02:30 PM
 
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The Explorium is also known as the Lexington Children's Museum, and would be a lot of fun for your little one. The Kentucky Horse Park may also be of interest, though this will definitely be the off-season. All Lexington Public Library locations offer free preschool storytimes (stories, related simple crafts, musical activities) each week - call to find out dates and times.

There's also the Lexington Ice Rink in the Yellowstone Parkway area, with rental skates, for wintry fun.

Lexington has a large St Patrick's Day parade on Main Street - check the date, it's not always March 17. You can watch from inside the Central Library, if the weather isn't inviting.

Nearby attractions include reconstructed pioneer forts at Boonesboro State Park and Old Fort Harrod State Park in Harrodsburg. Shakertown at Pleasant Hill is close to Harrodsburg, and has farm animals.

There's a smallish but nice doll museum on Main Street in Carlisle, and a larger dollhouse museum in Danville.

But do plan your next trip for warmer months, to see Central Kentucky at its best.
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Old 11-12-2010, 12:27 AM
 
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Hey all,
My family and I will be taking a vacation to Lexington in Feb or March. I am not familiar with the attractions around. What would be some great family things to do? We will be staying a week and we will probably stay close to the city. Our daughter is 3. Any suggestions?
Thanks!
I'd be hard pressed to spend week in Lexington.

After you check out the Horse Park, Boonesborough, see Henry Clay's house (Andy "by the eternal" Jackson died regretting he'd not horsewhipped Clay), Mary Tood's house and sample the wide variety of Waffle Houses there'll be little to do in Lexington itself. Take an hour or so ride out to Blue Licks and see where Caldwell and his Redcoats and Great Lakes Indians (Wyandots, Ottawas and Chippewas) whipped the Kentuckians in 17and82. Walk up the path into the ambush site and wonder at the arrogance and stupidity of the Kentuckians who walked into it after Boone warned them. Great God; Caldwell and his bunch came down from Detroit and still used the terrain better than the Kentuckians. (Caldwell's half Potawattamie son Billy was player in early Chicago politics and has a neighborhood and forest preserve in Chicago named after him.)

Take a ride over to Harrodsburg and see the reconstructed fort (NOT on the original site, nor is the one at Boonsborough for that matter) and the big spring by the high school. Visit the spot where a lurking Shawnee beheaded a fella looking after his cows. There's a good Kentucky military museum in Frankfort.

If you go to Boonesborough go down by the river where the fort actually was. Sit on a bench, smoke a cigar and ponder the Shawnee who besieged it and Pompey, the Black Shawnee who shouted insults at the Kentuckian's womenfolk from behind the riverbank until he was shot down.

Go to Boone's Station park in Athens and admire the springs that spout out of the hillside. And visit the old high bridge over the Kentucky River, an engineering marvel when it was built.

The Best Western at I-75 and Athens Rd. is clean, comfortable and reasonably priced; that's where I stay when I run down there.

The St. Patrick's Day parade is pretty lame.

You could also branch out over to the cave country further east. When I lived in Lexington I always wanted to visit where Floyd Collins got stuck and died but never got around to it. There's also one of those TeePee motels over that way. And Lincoln's birthplace. And the Perryville battlefield park; Perryville was the largest battle of the War of the Rebellion (Civil War) fought in Kentucky. By Federal battlefield park standards (it's a state park) it's pretty undeveloped, unmarked and hard to get around but some folks like it that way.

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Old 11-12-2010, 04:50 AM
 
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The cave country is to the southwest of Lexington, not to the east, at least the Mammoth Cave is.
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Old 11-12-2010, 06:23 AM
 
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I'd be hard pressed to spend week in Lexington.
After you check out the Horse Park, Boonesborough, see Henry Clay's house (Andy "by the eternal" Jackson died regretting he'd not horsewhipped Clay), Mary Tood's house and sample the wide variety of Waffle Houses there'll be little to do in Lexington itself. Take an hour or so ride out to Blue Licks and see where Caldwell and his Redcoats and Great Lakes Indians (Wyandots, Ottawas and Chippewas) whipped the Kentuckians in 17and82. Walk up the path into the ambush site and wonder at the arrogance and stupidity of the Kentuckians who walked into it after Boone warned them. Great God; Caldwell and his bunch came down from Detroit and still used the terrain better than the Kentuckians. (Caldwell's half Potawattamie son Billy was player in early Chicago politics and has a neighborhood and forest preserve in Chicago named after him.)

Take a ride over to Harrodsburg and see the reconstructed fort (NOT on the original site, nor is the one at Boonsborough for that matter) and the big spring by the high school. Visit the spot where a lurking Shawnee beheaded a fella looking after his cows. There's a good Kentucky military museum in Frankfort.

If you go to Boonesborough go down by the river where the fort actually was. Sit on a bench, smoke a cigar and ponder the Shawnee who besieged it and Pompey, the Black Shawnee who shouted insults at the Kentuckian's womenfolk from behind the riverbank until he was shot down.

Go to Boone's Station park in Athens and admire the springs that spout out of the hillside. And visit the old high bridge over the Kentucky River, an engineering marvel when it was built.

The Best Western at I-75 and Athens Rd. is clean, comfortable and reasonably priced; that's where I stay when I run down there.

The St. Patrick's Day parade is pretty lame.

You could also branch out over to the cave country further east. When I lived in Lexington I always wanted to visit where Floyd Collins got stuck and died but never got around to it. There's also one of those TeePee motels over that way. And Lincoln's birthplace. And the Perryville battlefield park; Perryville was the largest battle of the War of the Rebellion (Civil War) fought in Kentucky. By Federal battlefield park standards (it's a state park) it's pretty undeveloped, unmarked and hard to get around but some folks like it that way.
Hard to imagine you made it three years
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Old 11-12-2010, 07:18 AM
 
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Hard to imagine you made it three years
This Irishtom is another one of those condescending asses kinda like Visvaldis (or is it Vitalis) that is always putting down Ky. None of either of their contempuous b.s. is even worth commenting on, really.
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