In the bourbon capital of the world, it may feel more challenging to maintain a sober lifestyle. However, the 2nd largest city in Kentucky is filled with fun, non-alcoholic activities to keep you busy.

Sober City Guide

Brightview Addiction Treatment Sober City Guide

Sobriety is not a substitution for fun.

There are plenty of places you can visit and explore while still maintaining your alcohol free lifestyle.

BrightView Addiction Treatment center has compiled a list of sober friendly environments in the greater Lexington area that you can attend and have the time of your life!

Contact BrightView using our online form or call us at 888-501-9865 today to find out more about our drug addiction treatment programs.


Aviation Museum of Kentucky

The Aviation Museum of Kentucky is located at the Blue Grass Airport in Lexington, Kentucky. This museum includes over 20,000 square feet of exhibit space, a library, and an aircraft restoration and repair shop.


American Saddlebred Museum

Museum with artifacts, trophies, tack & artwork is tracing the history of American Saddlebred horses.


University of Kentucky Art Museum

The University of Kentucky Art Museum collection includes European and American artwork ranging from Old Masters to contemporary, as well as a selection of Non-Western objects.


International Museum of the Horse

The IMH is the largest and most comprehensive museum in the world dedicated to exploring the important history of all horses and their impact on human civilization. 


Farish Planetarium

The planetarium features 20+ show titles that cover topics from the basics of astronomy and the history of space exploration to stories of dinosaurs and the network of life on Earth. 



Arirang Garden

This an authentic Korean dining experience. They use only the freshest of ingredients and finest cuts of meats in their large menu. Pick up a Doshirak lunch box to go or sit and enjoy the experience of barbecuing your meal right at your table. 


Athenian Grill

Serving authentic Greek recipes from family traditions, Athenian Grill has an unmistakable family atmosphere in each of its locations. Partnerships with local farmers means you’ll find fresh ingredients in every menu item. Must-try specialties range from spanikopita (a spinach pie) to classic gyros.


Buddha Lounge

A modern, metropolitan sushi and tapas bar, featuring exposed brick walls, a walnut bar and a semi-open kitchen where you can watch sushi be made and presented. 


Big Kahuna Hawaiian BBQ

Locals love the options like the Big Kahuna Burger topped with charred pineapple, Swiss cheese, bacon and onion ring on a toasted bun, or the Katsu Sandwich with eel sauce, spicy mayo, and cabbage slaw. 


Gluten-Free Miracles Bakery & Café

A gluten-free constantly rotating weekly menu features everything from pizzas to paninis, soups, salads and plenty of delicious baked goods (cakes, cookies, fresh breads, muffins, cinnamon rolls). You won’t sacrifice taste to be gluten-free.


Great Bagel at Woodland

Feast on steaming handmade bagels daily. Stop in to try over a dozen different kinds of hand-dipped bagels, from plain to chocolate chip to maple bourbon. Served for breakfast and lunch. 



Raven Run Nature Sanctuary

Sits peacefully on a southern fringe of the city of Lexington, spanning 734 acres of lush greenery. A mix of woodland, forestry, and streams wind through the delightful spot, with 10 miles of hiking trails that make for a fantastic sightseeing adventure.



The Arboretum is well-known as one of the must-see spots in Lexington all year round.

Themed gardens provide a conservation space for fauna and a fun educational opportunity for you.


McConnell Springs

McConnell Springs is a beautiful rush of wilderness and thick greenery that decorates the fringes of Lexington along the north.

It is named after William McConnell, a frontiersman who used this area for his and his compadres’ camp in 1775.


Jacobson Park

Take your pup to the dog park, try your luck at fishing or playing a round of golf. You can also head to the Marina and rent a pedal-boat for the day.



Lexington Visitors Center

Visitor Information Specialists are eager to help those who visit and can offer lots of materials and literature about attractions, accommodation, food, and more. You can also stop by the view memorabilia, like a life-sized blue horse and lots of photo op spots.



Cross Gate Gallery

As one of the premiere “Sporting Art” galleries in the world, Cross Gate Gallery showcases primarily equine art spanning the 19th and 20th centuries. Enjoy everything from classic works to contemporary paintings and sculptures and is also recognized as a leading gallery in contemporary British figurative painting.


Lyric Theatre and Cultural Arts Center

Thriving cultural centerpiece for Lexington’s African American families hosting movies, fashion shows and big name acts like Count Basie and Ray Charles. Renovated and expanded, the facility hosts a robust schedule of performances, films and exhibits in its theater, museum, gallery and multi-purpose room.


Institute 193

Institute 193 embraces the notion that groundbreaking contemporary art can and does emerge outside of large metropolitan centers. You will certainly leave this 


Living Arts & Science Center

LASC combines science, art, education, and community service for children and adults. Exhibits and special events are ongoing. Explore the night sky and the wonders of space with LASC’s brand new fixed dome planetarium.



Lexington Cemetery

Lexington Cemetery is the final resting place of over 60,000 people and has existed for over 150 years.

Just north of the city’s downtown area, it’s the best place for tourists who like spooky or melancholy places.


Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Farms

Lexington full of horse-themed tourist attractions. This is where retired thoroughbreds go to live out the rest of their days in peace and enjoyment.


Horse Farm Tours

Are you searching for something more than you run-of-the-mill tourist options? Join Unique Horse Farm Tours and explore the singular industries for which Kentucky is famous and gives you a chance to see history in action.



Boone Creek Outdoors

This is the adrenaline rush you’ve been craving. Experience a world-class zipline canopy tour as you soar over beautiful wildlife. Stunning views are a guarantee.


Three Trees Canoe-Kayak Rental

Head out on the Kentucky River and get a great view of the massive limestone Palisades. This area is great for beginners and experienced paddlers alike.



Rent a Bike

Want to hit the Legacy Trail but don’t have your bike with you? Rent one for a full or half day at the Marriott Griffin Gate Resort Golf Shop. From the Marriott, you have easy access to the Legacy Trail. Call (859) 288-6193. Bikes are due back by 6:00 p.m.

Organized Rides

Join your fellow cyclists at one of the many organized rides held in Central Kentucky throughout the year. The Bluegrass Cycling Club’s Horsey Hundred, held every Memorial Day weekend, attracts about 2,000 bicyclists. There’s a Red River Rally in the Red River Gorge in early October. Shorter excursions are scheduled throughout the year. For information on special cycling events through the Bluegrass Cycling Club, visit www.bgcycling.net.

Fishing & Boating

With more inland waterways than any state except Alaska, Kentucky is a fishing and boating paradise. Before casting, make sure you get a fishing license if you’re 16 or over. Licenses are available at local convenience stores and at many sporting goods and bait stores, or you can do it online: www.fw.ky.gov 

Kentucky River

Many sections of the Kentucky River between Boonesboro and Frankfort are popular for fishing and boating. The closest Kentucky River boat ramp to Lexington is at Clays Ferry, Exit 99 off I-75, south of Lexington.

Laurel River Lake

Some of the best trout fishing in the state is found at the 6,000-acre Laurel River Lake, near London, about 75 miles south of Lexington. This scenic lake, surrounded by the steep bluffs of the Daniel Boone National Forest, is popular for fishing and houseboating.

Cave Run Lake

This 8,270-acre lake, located 65 miles east of Lexington near Morehead, is surrounded by the northernmost part of Daniel Boone National Forest, and is especially popular for sailing and trophy muskie fishing.


If you or a loved one are seeking treatment for substance use disorder, contact BrightView today. If you’re ready to regain control and start a personalized medication assisted treatment program that works, we’re only a phone call away. Whether you need in-person or care via telehealth, medication assisted treatment, and an outpatient or an intensive outpatient program, our team of professionals can help.

Most BrightView facilities can see you within 24 hours of calling to schedule an appointment. Admitting that you need help takes courage, and it can be the most important decision you ever make. Call BrightView at 888-501-9865 and take back your life.