There are also many festivals and events available to students year round. Cheer on the home team at a Kentucky Wildcats basketball game or attend many of the great events during KY Pride Week.
Other festivals include the Harvest Festival, the Kentucky Bluegrass and Acoustic Music Festival, the Barbecue Festival, and the Fantastic July Festival.
Looking for a night out? Molly Brooke's Bar has cheap drinks and a fun crowd and the Two Keys Tavern is the local campus bar. Nurse your hangover the next day at Tolly Ho, a popular greasy spoon with classic comfort foods like burgers and shakes.
Dining: Lexington Restaurants
Downtown Lexington is a haven for foodies.
With over 90 restaurants in downtown Lexington alone, there’s something to suit all taste buds. Fine-dining can be found at Portofino’s; a local favorite for sophisticated Italian cuisine.
While you’re dining in Lexington, look out for these Kentucky signature dishes like the burgoo, a traditional game stew that comes in many different variations. Another favorite is Hot Brown, an open-faced sandwich of turkey, bacon, and cheese sauce. And finally, satisfy your sweet tooth with some bourbon balls, a chocolate and bourbon confection with pecans.
Lexington, KY for Nature Buffs
There's a reason Lexington's nickname is "the city in the park." Surrounded by lush green space, and some spectacular scenery, outdoor enthusiasts will love all the recreational opportunities the city has to offer.
Triangle Park is a social hub filled with all sorts of fun activities like theatrical performances, backgammon matches, open-air yoga classes, and ice skating. Take a stroll on the stone walking paths nestled in Honey Locust Trees, and visit the iconic fountain.
In the winter, the park is transformed in to a Winter Ice Village complete with outdoor ice skating rink. When it warms up in spring, residents can order a bite to eat at the Main Cross Cafe, and catch a movie or attend a concert as they take in the gorgeous summer blooms.
Raven Run Nature Sanctuary offers 734 acres of natural beauty along the Kentucky River. Hike the over 10 miles of trails and explore all the natural biodiversity that call the park home.
River Run is a great place to bird watch as there are over 200 species that reside in the park throughout the year. The Nature Center (found at the beginning of the trail) features several interactive exhibits that teach visitors about the park's local flora and fauna. Raven Run hosts year round events like nature walks and stargazing, and also runs an Outdoor Classroom which educates students on biodiversity, plant and animal ecology, and historical sites.
The Legacy Trail is popular with local runners and cyclists. Fully paved and winding around neighborhoods and parks, the trail combines scenery and challenging terrain for athletes of all ages. The 12-mile round trip has several access points, and wanders past cornfields, livestock, and other wildlife.