Spring break guide for students staying in Lexington

Michelle Knezovic

There may be no beach in Lexington, but students staying in town for spring break will have plenty of inexpensive entertainment to see them through.

Alltech Lexington Brewing and Distilling Company

Holding the home of the famous Kentucky Ale bourbon and beer, Alltech Lexington Brewing and Distilling Company offers tours daily to the public.

The Alltech Lexington Brewing and Distilling Company is an affordable way to see some of Lexington’s history through the making of bourbon and beer.

Alltech Lexington Brewing and Distilling Company under two miles off campus offers tours all day and patrons do not need to make a reservation. The cost of the tour is free for 18 and under and $10 for people over 18. Monday through Saturday the tours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a tour starting every hour on the hour.

“During the tour you have a chance to visit the brewery and distillery and taste the beer and spirits,” said Lisa Payne a tour guide ambassador at the Alltech Brewing and Distilling Company.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Lexington is far from quiet while hosting a St. Patrick’s Day parade and Shamrock Shuffle 3K race on March 12.

Start your day off with a morning run in the Shamrock Shuffle 3K race in downtown Lexington. Following the run, the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade will make its way through Lexington.

“This is the 37th annual St. Patrick’s Day parade and you can tell people have such fun each and every year,” said Kelsey Shackelsord, former parade assistant.

There will be a stage set up where people can perform, and a wide variety of things going on in the downtown vicinity. The parade offers many activities for all ages, creating a great atmosphere for celebrating St. Patricks Day.

The parade and Shamrock Shuffle will be happening, rain or shine, on Saturday.

Kentucky Horse Park

Kentucky, known for its race horses, is home to the Kentucky Horse Park which includes galleries, theatres, museums, and working farm exhibits.

With the Kentucky Horse Park opening Wednesday for the spring season, the farm will be back to its regular hours for visits. The Kentucky Horse Park does not offer guided tours which allows visitors to walk around the park with leisure.

“My personal favorite are the horse trolley rides around the park,” said Lisa Jackson, director of marketing and public relations.

Taking a ride on the trolley gives a quick overview of all things to do in the Kentucky Horse Park.

“It is the place to get closer to horses, you can’t get this if you go to school in Colorado or Minnesota,” Jackson said.

Admissions for the Kentucky Horse Park are $18, and starting Wednesday it is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

LexSwing Dance

For students who want to dance outside the ordinary bar scene can try LexSwing Dance, which offers $5 beginner swing dance lessons Monday nights.

LexSwing dance is a company that is about a year and a half old started by a group of friends who share a love for swing dance.

“We wanted more swing dance so we got a venue, set up a schedule, and now are able to share swing dancing with others,” said Wes Gaines director of digital marketing.

LexSwing offers its first Monday class free for new members and then every class after is only $5. To participate in the swing dance classes there is no need for a partner just come and be ready to dance.

LexSwing invites new members to come join and try it out.

Big Lex Scavenger Hunt

Come by the Lexington Visitors Center and begin an adventure through town to finish the “Big Lex” scavenger hunt around Lexington.

Kentuckians may never have heard of it, but Lexington offers a scavenger hunt that visits different places scattered around the city.

On the Visit Lex website are the ten clues for the “Big Lex” scavenger hunt. After getting the clues, people can go to the Visitor’s Center downtown to begin.

This flag is the ticket to success; every time a new place from the clue list is discovered, scavengers have to take a picture with the flag in front of where the clue leads. Once scavengers finish the hunt they will return to the Visitor’s Center, where a prize will be waiting.

“You find things in Lexington you didn’t even realize were here,” said Lin Neighan visitor center information specialist.

The Visitor’s Center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and always has ideas and suggestions for things to do and see around Lexington.