Lexington is the second largest city in the state of Kentucky. It is also known as the Horse Capital of the World. Many people visiting Lexington go to Keeneland, a Thoroughbred horse racing facility and sales complex. It is operated by the Keeneland Association. Founded in 1935, it is located on 147 acres of farmland west of Lexington. Keeneland is well known for its beautiful landscaping. It has one of the most beautiful tracks in the country. Keeneland was ranked number one of the top ten tracks. The grounds consist of the paddock, an area where visitors can view horses up-close before the race. Keeneland offers some of the most exciting action in horse racing. It is a great place to spend a beautiful day with festivities. The race draws a huge crowd form all over the United States. If you are in town during a Keeneland horse racing meet, be sure to be at the race track to enjoy the one of finest horse racing events in the country. It is also known for its reference library on the sport. The library contains more than 10,000 volumes of books, an extensive videocassette collection and a huge collection of photo negatives and newspaper clippings. If you are a horse enthusiast then you should go to Kentucky Horse Park. It is a working horse farm and an educational theme park. Visitors can meet and pet their favorite breeds at this 12,000-acre horse farm. The park features two museums, twin theaters and nearly 50 different breeds of horses. It also offers daily parade twice a day showcasing both common and rare horses from around the world. The park is host to a number of horse shows and special events throughout the year.
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There are lots of interesting places to go to when you are visiting Lexington. University of Kentucky Arboretum also known as Lexington Arboretum attracts many visitors to the city. It is located on a 100-acre land at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. The Arboretum was created in 1991. It features a Home Demonstration Garden, Vegetable Garden, Herb Garden, Home Fruit and Nuts Garden and the All America Selection Trials Garden. It also offers Perennial Collection, Ground Cover Demonstration, and Woody Plant Collection. Located in the heart of Lexington, The Arboretum is an easily accessible for visitors and local residents alike. It is a great family-friendly place which offers year-round activities for the whole family. Home Fruit and Nuts Garden highlights a variety of fruits and nuts plants including Black, Persian and Japanese Walnuts, Pecan, Shellbark and Shagbark Hickory, Chinese chestnut as well as dwarf apple cultivars, an American Persimmon and native Pawpaw trees among others. The "Walk Across Kentucky", a two-mile paved walkway which showcases Kentucky's seven regional landscapes: Bluegrass, Knobs, Pennyroyal, Appalachian Plateaus, Cumberland Mountains, Mississippian Plateaus, and Shawnee Hills. As you stroll through the gardens you will find more than 1500 common and rare roses from different parts of the world. The Arboretum is open for public from dawn until dusk. The best part is that the admission and parking is free. The Arboretum is expanding to accommodate a 1.85 acre Kentucky Children's Garden designed to be an outdoor learning environment. While you are there, you can also visit the University of Kentucky Art Museum. The museum has a permanent collection of nearly 4,000 European and American paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, photographs and decorative arts. If you like sports then you can go to Rupp Arena. This 3,600-seat stadium serves as home to the University of Kentucky Men's Basketball team.