Less than 30 miles from the capital, this beloved Kentucky city has a little something for everyone.

Castle & Key Distillery Lexington KY
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Thinking of taking a family trip? Lexington, Kentucky should be on your bucket list. Known as "The Horse Capital of The World," this northern Kentucky city has everything from rolling hills to a budding arts culture to exceptional bourbon – and even stargazing. Check out some of our favorite things to do in the area.

Go Stargazing At Hummel Planetarium

Is there a better way to spend a Southern summer evening? Hopeful astronauts and star lovers can take in the beauty of our solar system and learn more about it at one of the country's largest and most sophisticated planetariums.

Visit Castle & Key Distillery

Talk about a transformation! This summer, the former Old Taylor Distillery, which can be traced back to the 1800s, will reopen under the new face of Castle & Key, a bourbon distillery led by Kentucky's first female master distiller, Marianne Barnes. You'll also want to visit the stunning gardens around the property.

Experience The Youth Riding Program

Lexington has more than 400 horse farms in the area, so it's only natural that young travelers can try equine activities in the area. The Kentucky Horse Park recently debuted a youth riding camp that gives riding and grooming opportunities, along with admission to the International Museum of the Horse.

Take A Trip Through The Brewgrass Trail

You won't regret sipping your way through some of the best craft beer in Kentucky. Dedicated to showcasing the tastes of regional master brewers, Lexington's Brewgrass Trail takes visitors on a tour of the Bluegrass Region's many microbreweries.RELATED:

Give Kids A Crash Course In Creative Learning

The Explorium of Lexington – a children's museum dedicated to hands-on learning – is the perfect place to take active kids on your family vacation. This activity hotspot gives growing minds the chance to create lava lamps, discover hydroelectricity, and even do an arts-and-crafts sleepover.

Check Out The Reptiles

Animal lovers in the family will definitely want to take a pit stop at the Kentucky Reptile Zoo, where you'll find plenty of snakes, lizards, and crocodiles. Reptile fans in the family will want to stop at this zoo – chock full of snakes, lizard and crocodiles.

Watch An Iconic Thoroughbred Sale

Each September, horse lovers gather at Keeneland for the annual September Yearling Sale – a globally acknowledged event considered the world's most important thoroughbred sale – including celebrities, industry insiders, business magnates, and even royalty from other countries.

Sip On Cocktails In The Distillery District

If you haven't heard of Pepper Campus, you'll want to plan a trip. This retail, culinary, and entertainment hub in the original James Pepper Distillery (built in 1879) is slated to open in late 2017. You'll even be able to taste the original James E. Pepper bourbon.

Try A Meal at Honeywood

This month, Kentucky restaurateur and six-time James Beard nominee chef Ouita Michel opens Honeywood – a 150-seat eatery whose dishes will embody Michel's gospel of local food with a creative twist and use ingredients from regional farming relationships that go back 20 years.

What's your favorite thing to do in Lexington?