Go Out, Have Fun & Enjoy Lexington in a Sober-Friendly Environment
There is plenty of fun to be had in recovery. Some of these activities can be enjoyed for free, but make sure to look for discounts and coupons to save money for those that come with a price! Here is a list of sober-friendly things to do in Lexington. Click on the links below for more details and let us know if there is an alcohol-free option we should add to the list.
- Breakout Games: This Escape Room in Lexington has a variety of games and escape rooms with various themes to have fun with family and friends.
- Horse Country: Horse Country is a not-for-profit organization comprised of stallion farms, nurseries, veterinary clinics, racetracks and training, and adoption facilities. Guests can get a behind-the-scenes look of the farm.
- Activate Games: High-tech games that test your team’s physical and mental agility across a variety of challenges. Your team must choose from hundreds of combinations of games and difficulty levels that last one to three minutes.
- Boone Creek Outdoors: Fully guided zip-line canopy tour through the Kentucky River Palisades. Guests will see beautiful nature landscapes along the course that features six zip-lines, three suspension bridges, a floating staircase, and a rappel.
- Canoe Kentucky: Float down the Elkhorn Creek in a canoe, kayak, or raft. Canoe Kentucky also offers whitewater rafting and float trips as well as fishing and swimming.
Arts & Music
- The Artist’s Attic: A non-profit organization that promotes the visual arts through demonstrations, classes, and workshops. Visitors can explore art galleries, watch the artists work, and purchase art.
- Institute 193: Contemporary art museum that hosts musical performances, film screenings, lectures, and other community events in addition to visual, contemporary art exhibits.
- Lyric Theatre and Cultural Arts Center: Centerpiece for Lexington’s African American families hosting movies, fashion shows, performances, films, and exhibits in its theater, museum, and gallery.
- Living Arts & Science Center: LASC combines art, education, and community service for all ages. Guests can interact with animals, explore the science exhibits, examine space at the Farish planetarium, walk through art galleries, and more.
Food & Restaurants
- Julietta Market: This expansive multi-vendor public market is open year-round. Vendors include food and beverage stalls, home goods, clothing boutiques, and various handmade crafted items like soaps, candles, and jewelry.
- The Recovery Café: This peer-led, peer-run community space allows people in recovery to build relationships and find supportive resources. This is not your normal café that sells sandwiches or lattes, but they do offer home-cooked meals for guests.
- **Carson’s: This restaurant has a variety of delicious food menu items, as well as eight mocktails on their drink menu.
- **Lockbox: With modern art on display and several flavorful food options, Lockbox also has three alcohol-free mocktails to choose.
- Arirang Garden: Enjoy delicious Korean cuisine and try their unique Korean Barbeque menu options.
- Mary Todd Lincoln House Self-Guided Tour: Take a self-guided tour of First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln’s childhood home to explore her story of controversy and tragedy.
- Aviation Museum of Kentucky: Explore aircrafts and aviation artifacts by viewing equipment, simulators, and interactive displays at the Aviation Museum.
- Darby Dan House Farm Tour: This iconic farm was the film location for the movie Secretariat and is home to several stunning horses.
- International Museum of the Horse: Largest museum in the world to explore the relationship between horses and humans.
- Camp Nelson National Monument: The US Army established Camp Nelson as a fortified supply depot in April 1863. The site evolved into a massive recruitment and training center for African American soldiers and a refugee camp for their families and runaway slaves.
- The Arboretum State Botanical Garden of Kentucky: A hundred acres composed of plants and trees from different regions in Kentucky, The Arboretum Woods, rose gardens, horticulture display gardens, and the children’s garden.
- Gratz Park: Gratz Park features a sculptured fountain, walking paths, and shady green space. Stroll along historic, colorful homes with beautiful gardens, or have a picnic.
- Jacobson Park: This 216 acre park has several amenities including: a basketball court, dog park, fishing, pedal boats & kayaks, open play fields, shelters, volleyball, golf courses, and a reservoir.
- Kentucky Horse Park: Attend live shows, saddle-up for a horseback trail ride or pony ride, and stay at the park’s 260-site campground with a pool, tennis court, playgrounds, and biking trails.
BrightView wants to help connect people in recovery and help them enjoy life without drugs and alcohol. Contact us at 833.510.HELP for more information.
**PLEASE NOTE: This venue also serves beverages containing alcohol.
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