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Blooming in the Bluegrass: Springtime in Lexington, Kentucky

As soon as the cherry blossoms start to bloom, Lexington, Kentucky, readies itself for an exciting time of year: horse-racing season. Pair those events with numerous outdoor dining spots that boast new takes on Southern classics; a booming craft beer culture; and, of course, bourbon—and you’ll see why a springtime visit to the Bluegrass State is a must.

Explore Horse Country - April in Kentucky is synonymous with Thoroughbred racing at Keeneland Race Course. The Spring Meet runs from Friday, April 7, to Friday, April 28, and features top-notch equine contenders that just might be kicking off their journey to one of the Triple Crown races. The show- horse world converges at the Kentucky Horse Park for what has been dubbed “The Best Weekend All Year” by fans. The Four-Star Rolex Kentucky Three Day event—April 28—May 1—is one of the world’s most prestigious equestrian competitions and includes tailgating, music, bourbon tastings and plenty more for fans. After you’ve experienced the fashion and fast-paced fun of the races and competitions, make an appointment to tour one of the surrounding horse farms to view the impeccably manicured grounds and meet world-famous racehorses like American Pharoah. At Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Farms, more than 175 horses whose racing and breeding days are over wander the 136-acre farm.