Horse showing in Lexington, Kentucky this month? Check this out.

If you are headed to Lexington for the upcoming USEF Pony Finals or the Kentucky Summer Horse Show, we have compiled a list of things to do. Grab some barn friends to explore, eat and drink. Send your families out to experience Kentucky charm, culture and history and have a fun night out with everyone. Here are some of the must do’s.


Kentucky is known for bourbon and Lexington and the surrounding area has a plethora of distilleries. You can taste a variety of different bourbons and take tours of historic distilleries to learn their stories and the bourbon making process.

Castle and Key Distillery

  • Unique distillery located less than 30 minutes from the Kentucky Horse Park.
  • Enriching tours are offered to learn about the bourbon making process and history of the grounds.
  • Stunning property with lush grounds to walk.
  • Botanical trail to stroll and sit by a creek.
  • Preserved buildings with original architecture with history dating back to the late 1800s.
  • Knowledgeable and entertaining tour guides and bartenders.
  • Seasonally released spirits.


Lexington has no shortage of foodie-approved eateries. The city has unlimited options of top notch restaurants ranging from world class fine dining, to local favorites. The Lexington food scene is rich with classic southern style dishes to inventive and reimagined cuisine that you won’t find anywhere else. Many restaurants are in historic buildings full of character and charm, with many offering classy outdoor seating.

Dudley’s on Short

  • Located less than 20 minutes from the Kentucky Horse Park in Downtown Lexington.
  • Cozy and classic Kentucky charm with top-notch food and hospitality.
  • Fine dining experience with locally sourced ingredients and exceptional service.
  • Known as a culinary “trailblazer” with unique dishes you cannot get anywhere else.
  • Exquisite cocktails and presentation.
  • Reservations are accepted.


The Burl

  • Located in the Distillery District of Downtown Lexington.
  • Provides live music of all genres.
  • Features local and nationally renowned artists.
  • Indoor and outdoor areas to enjoy the music.
  • Retro-style arcade within the facility.