Lexington is the second largest city In Kentucky. It is known worldwide for its Bluegrass horse farms and Keeneland Race Track, and proudly boasts of itself as "The Horse Capital of the World." It is also known far and wide as the home to the Kentucky Wildcats, the basketball team of the University of Kentucky. Located in the heart of Lexington, UK has won many NCAA championships over the years.
In recent years, Lexington has become a regional center for health care that includes the University of Kentucky Medical Center, which aims to become one of the top 20 hospitals in the nation. There are three other major hospitals in the city, which also provide health care to Central and Eastern Kentucky: Central Baptist, Saint Joseph and Samaritan.
It is also a major regional shopping center, boasting a greatly-expanded Fayette Mall and a booming Hamburg Pavilion, built on land formerly belonging to a horse farm. A thriving downtown offers many historical sites to tourists and houses a healthy arts and cultural district. The city is truly growing in all directions and there have been many recent efforts - including the purchase of development rights - aimed at preserving the natural beauty of the horse farms around the city.
Lexington is the financial, educational, retail, healthcare, service and cultural center of the Bluegrass region in Kentucky and most of eastern Kentucky. Lexington residents possess a special pride in their homeland. No matter what your pleasure or work, it is here in Lexington's Bluegrass country. From sampling blue-ribbon pies at the county fair to sipping mint juleps on the veranda, from the excitement of unsurpassed collegiate athletics to the tranquility of your favorite fishing hole, Lexington offers all the amenities of a major city with the allure of nearby countryside.
Source: lfucg.com & visitlex.com
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