10 Things to Do in Lexington, KY If You're Only there For One Week

10 Things to Do in Lexington, KY If You're Only there For One Week

The most important things to do, if you're only here for a week or less.


Lexington, Kentucky. The city of basketball, bourbon, and horses. Disclaimer: I haven't lived here my entire life (only about a year now) but as a young kid, I've spent most if not all my summers in the Bluegrass State.

These are by no means the only things that you should and could do but simply a list to help get you started and in the right direction

So if you're planning a trip to the horse capital of the world but don't know what else the city has to offer. Heres a list of things you should do if you're only in Lexington, Kentucky for a week.

1. Tour the Waveland State Historic Site

Another state park that has many things to do, including a museum, show the historic site that showed what everyday lives of families and slaves who lived and worked at Waveland in the 1850s.

2. Visit the University of Kentucky campus

On to the basketball portion. The University of Kentucky is best known for their basketball and for the fans, take a walk around campus and see just how much pride the students have in their school.

3. Thursday night live

This is a summer night tradition in Lexington and is put on by Central Bank in downtown.

4. Visit the Kentucky Horse Park

Horse. One of the things that Kentucky is known for and something you can't not see when visiting, there for the horse park is one of the major stops that is a must.

5. Go on the bourbon trail

Of course, if you're under 21 and are not with an adult, it might be best to skip it. If not, being able to see how Kentucky makes their bourbon.

6. Go hiking at Red River Gorge

Kentucky has many different trails to hike on. This is one of the few I have been on and it is gorgeous. There's also great pizza place near the gorge that is a fun treat after hiking.

7. Mary Todd Lincoln and Henry Clay houses

If you like history, these two places are great to see because they can show you how some of kentucky's historians lived.

8. Walk with Nature at McConnell Springs

McConnell Springs is located at the spot where Lexington was originally named and is the first spring that the people of Lexington used.

9. Keeneland

If your visit is anywhere from October 12-26th, you are able to watch some of the races and participate in winning scholarships. Also in May when the derby is happening, you can dress up and watch the race and bet on who you think is going to win. You'll even get to see all the different hats that people wear.

10. Shaker village

If you're looking to spend a day to travel back in time or like history, Shaker Village near Pleasant Hill is the place to be, with the third largest Shaker community in the US at one point in time. You can experience all that this historical place has to offer.

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I Visited The "Shameless" Houses And Here's Why You Shouldn't

Glamorizing a less-than-ideal way to live.

After five hours of driving, hearing the GPS say "Turn right onto South Homan Avenue" was a blessing. My eyes peeled to the side of the road, viciously looking for what I have been driving so long for, when finally, I see it: the house from Shameless.

Shameless is a hit TV show produced by Showtime. It takes place in modern-day Southside, Chicago. The plot, while straying at times, largely revolves around the Gallagher family and their continual struggle with (extreme) poverty. While a majority of the show is filmed offsite in a studio in Los Angeles, many outside scenes are filmed in Southside and the houses of the Gallagher's and side-characters are very much based on real houses.

We walked down the street, stopped in front of the two houses, took pictures and admired seeing the house in real life. It was a surreal experience and I felt out-of-place like I didn't belong there. As we prepared to leave (and see other spots from the show), a man came strolling down on his bicycle and asked how we were doing.

"Great! How are you?"

It fell silent as the man stopped in front of the Gallagher house, opened the gate, parked his bike and entered his home. We left a donation on his front porch, got back to the car and took off.

As we took the drive to downtown Chicago, something didn't sit right with me. While it was exciting to have this experience, I began to feel a sense of guilt or wrongdoing. After discussing it with my friends, I came to a sudden realization: No one should visit the "Gallagher" house.

The plot largely revolves the Gallagher family and their continual struggle with (extreme) poverty. It represents what Southside is like for so many residents. While TV shows always dramatize reality, I realized coming to this house was an exploitation of their conditions. It's entertaining to see Frank's shenanigans on TV, the emotional roller coasters characters endure and the outlandish things they have to do to survive. I didn't come here to help better their conditions, immerse myself in what their reality is or even for the donation I left: I came here for my entertainment.

Southside, Chicago is notoriously dangerous. The thefts, murders and other crimes committed on the show are not a far-fetched fantasy for many of the residents, it's a brutal reality. It's a scary way to live. Besides the Milkovich home, all the houses typically seen by tourists are occupied by homeowners. It's not a corporation or a small museum -- it's their actual property. I don't know how many visitors these homes get per day, week, month or year. Still, these homeowners have to see frequent visitors at any hour of the day, interfering with their lives. In my view, coming to their homes and taking pictures of them is a silent way of glamorizing the cycle of poverty. It's a silent way of saying we find joy in their almost unlivable conditions.

The conceit of the show is not the issue. TV shows have a way of romanticizing very negative things all the time. The issue at hand is that several visitors are privileged enough to live in a higher quality of life.

I myself experienced the desire and excitement to see the houses. I came for the experience but left with a lesson. I understand that tourism will continue to the homes of these individuals and I am aware that my grievances may not be shared with everyone -- however, I think it's important to take a step back and think about if this were your life. Would you want hundreds, potentially thousands, of people coming to your house? Would you want people to find entertainment in your lifestyle, good and bad?

I understand the experience, excitement, and fun the trip can be. While I recommend skipping the houses altogether and just head downtown, it's most important to remember to be respectful to those very individuals whose lives have been affected so deeply by Shameless.

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