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Kentucky, Lexington, Louisville, Lawrenceburg (Kentucky)

Amazing restaurants, experiences, museums?

In a few days, I'm flying to Kentucky to visit my family. I'd like to take my parents and my Mamaw on some one-day roadtrips. Can you recommend a few restaurants, monuments, hikes, museums, et cetera? If we're starting in Lawrenceburg (or Lexington, if you're not familiar with Lawrenceburg), where should we go and what should we do?

Thanks in advance for your help! Can't wait to land at LEX.

4 Answers

top answer by
benita from Kentucky

Short answer day trip to Red River Gorge eat  Miguel's PizzaNatural Bridge. Downtown Lex. has many trendy good eating places . Thursday night live in downtown lots of fun. Live music eat Village Idiot on Short St or A La Lucie on N. Lime (more pricey) Local eatery Winchell's Restaurant & Bar very good and a real local hang out. For the more adventuresome eat Alfalfa Restaurant Nice drive in Lex.  Horse Country is out Paris Pike to Muir Station Rd take a right and go Bryan Station Rd. and eat Windy Corner Market. Bardstown is close and is a good walking downtown. Farther away and fun is Grand Rivers in western Ky and eat Patti's 1880's Settlement. Bourbon tour is great start with Maker's Mark Distillery, Inc. and Woodford Reserve Distillery. Both of these are easily found via internet search.  

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Miguel's Pizza (restaurant)
  2. Village Idiot (restaurant)
  3. A La Lucie (restaurant)
  4. Winchell's Restaurant & Bar (restaurant)
  5. Alfalfa Restaurant (restaurant)
  6. Paris Pike (attraction)
  7. Muir Station Rd (attraction)
  8. Windy Corner Market (restaurant)
  9. Bardstown (city)
  10. Grand Rivers (city)
  11. Patti's 1880's Settlement (attraction)
  12. Maker's Mark Distillery, Inc. (attraction)
  13. Woodford Reserve Distillery (attraction)
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answered by
Elizabeth from Lexington

From Lawrenceburg (Kentucky), you can go by the small town of Midway (Kentucky) and eat at Heirloom Restaurant or find Wallace Station Deli and Bakery on Old Frankfort Pike as you go into Lexington.  The latter has been on Diner's, Drive-Ins and Dives. It is surrounded by horse farms. Great for lunch. 

In Lexington, I would visit Gratz Park downtown which consists of two streets near Transylvania University.  Visit the Hunt-Morgan Houseand see 150 plus year old historic homes.  Lots of restaurants along West Short Street and North Broadway are within in the downtown area. Saul Good Restaurant & Pub, Dudley's On Short, Table 310, and Shakespeare & Co

Other places to visit include Ashland Henry Clay Estate and McConnell Springs Park

The Kentucky Horse is wonderful especially if you want to learn about Thoroughbreds. 

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  1. Lawrenceburg (Kentucky) (city)
  2. Midway (Kentucky) (attraction)
  3. Heirloom Restaurant (restaurant)
  4. Wallace Station Deli and Bakery (attraction)
  5. Gratz Park (attraction)
  6. Hunt-Morgan House (attraction)
  7. Saul Good Restaurant & Pub (restaurant)
  8. Dudley's On Short (restaurant)
  9. Shakespeare & Co (attraction)
  10. Ashland Henry Clay Estate (attraction)
  11. McConnell Springs Park (attraction)
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answered by
elaine from Indiana

Try the several bourbon makers close to Lexington.  My favorite is Buffalo Trace Distillery  The guide there does a wonderful humorous tour, and I think it's the best bourbon.  There are several others Maker's Mark Distillery, Inc. Search 'Kentucky Bourbon Trail'.

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  2. Maker's Mark Distillery, Inc. (attraction)
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The Most unique and awesome museum, no matter what your point of view? No doubt, its the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Jefferson County, Kentucky, near Louisville. By the powers of creativity manifest in its exhibits alone, the Creation/Evolution question remains an Open debate.  

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