Top 5 Things To Do in Lexington In Autumn

Autumn is a wonderful time of the year and one that many Lexingtonians agree is the most beautiful season in the Bluegrass state. Lush fall foliage dazzles us with its splendid hues - everything from golden yellows, sage greens, and brilliant reds. With the "Dog Days" of summer now far behind us, Lexingtonians are eager to get out and enjoy the cool, crisp weather and take part in many of the exciting events happening in and around Lexington. I welcome you to explore these top 5 recommendations for this exciting season:

1.) Keeneland Race Track

Horses Racing at Keeneland During Fall Meet 2008

Lexington’s thoroughbred race track has two meets per year - the Spring and Fall - in addition to several horse sales, attracting high profile celebrities and international royalty seeking to invest in Kentucky’s famed horse racing tradition. During the Spring and Fall Meets, spectators enjoy festive "Sunday Best" attire, gathering to socialize and enjoy the spirit of the races. Don’t forget to arrive early to witness the horses´ morning workouts, enjoy a Keeneland breakfast worthy of a champion, or to tailgate with family and friends under a canopy of lush maple and oak trees. Keeneland is not just locally famous - Hollywood has recently featured the historically-rich race track! Almost all of the scenes in the movie Seabiscuit were shot on location, with many Lexingtonians serving as extras in the film!

2.) Tradition of Kentucky Sporting Events

Kentucky Football Stadium, Crowd View During Game

Kentucky is a HUGE sports-minded state - so much so that it truly is a way of life! The onset of fall brings excitement and energy throughout the Bluegrass state, as die-hard Kentucky fans gear up for another intense season of UK Athletics. The Kentucky football and basketball programs enjoy hundreds of thousands of true-blue fans. Kentucky is a member of the Southeastern Conference, considered to be the most intensive football conference in collegiate athletics. Students, alumni, families, and friends have tailgating down to a science! Beer cheese, fried chicken, barbeque, and an array of Southern-style favorites are found at nearly every tailgating stop outside the stadium. The Kentucky basketball season is marked by the opening of Midnight Madness in mid-October. Kentuckians literally camp out weeks before the event in order to increase their odds at snagging prized tickets to the very first basketball practice of the season. This special event draws over 24,000 screaming fans packed into historic Rupp Arena to root the Wildcats into the start of another highly anticipated National Championship run.

 3.) Autumn Festivals around the Bluegrass Region

Natural Bridge in Fall in Kentucky

If you love road trips - and who wouldn’t with Kentucky’s beautiful fall foliage! - and enjoy a true festival experience, Kentucky has everything you could hope for in and around Lexington! From arts and crafts to music, history, and cars you will surely find something to peak your interest! Enjoy the Master Musicians festival or Somernites Cruise in Somerset, Harvest and Wine Festival in Nicholasville, Berea Craft Festival in Berea, Festival of the Bluegrass in Lexington, or even the Woolly Worm Festival in Beattyville - an event where you actually race woolly worms as a highlight of the fall season! Wherever your interests may lie, you’re sure to be pleased with fall in the Bluegrass state!

4.) Lexington Gallery Hops

Milk Crown Picture from Lexington Gallery Hop in 2008

Lexington takes pride in its rich arts and cultural scene and encourages its patrons and visitors to experience genuine, original works of art by hosting the famed Gallery Hops on five select Friday nights throughout the year. Now in its second decade, the Lexington Gallery Hop is a fun-filled evening of art exploration - touring museums, artist’s studios, and galleries in downtown Lexington - and is perfect for art collectors, connoisseurs, or simply the curious to experience this exquisite and sociable event in Lexington.

5.) Boyd’s Orchards and Kelley’s Corn Maze

Kelly Corn Maze with Abe Lincoln in 2008

A true tie if ever there was one, Boyd´s Orchards and Kelley´s Corn Maze are two Kentucky fall traditions definitely worth experiencing! At Boyd’s pick your own fruits and vegetables while the children are entertained on the large playground. Stop in for a quick snack or delicious dessert at the Apple Blossom cafe or enjoy shopping in the unique gift shop. The children are sure to enjoy the hayrides, animal center, corn maze, and "pick your own" pumpkin patch! Boyd’s is also home of the "Seven Festivals of Fall." At Kelley’s Family Farm, you’re sure to be entertained! From the moment you enter the 8-acre corn maze, you’ll be immersed in history! Each year, the Kelley family selects an important figure in Kentucky’s history to mold the maze after. For the Fall of 2008, former U.S. President and Kentucky-born Abe Lincoln was the feature design of the maze. Kelley’s Farm offers both day and nighttime maze excursions! In addition, you will find pumpkin patches, fresh fruits and vegetables, and lots of other fall favorites and treats! Hayrides, corn hole games, and the new hay pyramids are just several more fun fall adventures waiting for you and your family to explore!

If you would like more details on exciting events and happenings in the Lexington area, I am just a click of the mouse away. Shoot me an email or call me. I will fill you in on my wonderful city! Get out there and enjoy our beautiful state! And as always, I am always here to assist you, a friend or a family member with their Lexington Kentucky real estate needs!

Lexington KY is always #1 in my book! Whether you want to buy a downtown condo, a custom walkout ranch on a golf course, or a horse farm in the country, I can help find the perfect home for you – as well as help you sell your home. In addition to Lexington Real Estate, I specialize in the nearby towns of Paris, Midway, Georgetown, and Versailles.

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