Travel and Hotels

Parking at the Lexington Convention Center

  • Parking in the Manchester Lot is free - see map link
  • Parking in the High Street Lot is $8.00/day for individuals not staying at the Hyatt Hotel

About Lexington, Kentucky

Welcome to Kentucky, the Bluegrass state. It is home to horse aficionados and nature enthusiasts - the Kentucky Derby, the Kentucky Horse Park, Keeneland and some of the best state parks in the nation can be found within its borders. Lexington was founded in 1775 and by 1820 was one of the largest and wealthiest towns west of the Allegheny Mountains and was known as the Athens of the West.

It is within a day's drive of 75 percent of the country's population. It is strategically located at the intersection of interstates 64 and 75. Fayette County consists of 283 square miles of gently rolling plateau in the center of the inner Bluegrass region. The area is noted for its beauty, fertile soil, excellent pastureland and horse farms.


401 West Main Street, Suite 104 Lexington, KY - 1-800-845-3959
Many sightseeing opportunities are available in the Bluegrass area, which is best known for its horse breeding/racing industry and its bourbon distilleries. The VisitLex has a wealth of information which you may obtain by contacting them.

Kentucky Horse Park

4089 Iron Works Pike - Lexington, KY 40511 - 859-233-4303
The Kentucky Horse Park, one of the parks of the Kentucky state park system, is located in Lexington. It offers a variety of museums, galleries, theaters, and working farm exhibits dedicated to information about the horse.

Keeneland Race Course

4201 Versailles Road - Lexington, KY 40592-1690 - 1-800-456-3412 or 606-254-3412
(No racing Monday or Tuesday)
Keeneland is a combination Thoroughbred race course and sales company located six miles west of Lexington in the heart of Kentucky's famed Bluegrass Region.

The Kentucky Travel Guide

Extensive information on things to see and do in Kentucky. This is a version of the state's official vacation guide which includes regional listings of attractions, lodging, parks, marinas and other tourism activities.

Air Travel into Lexington

The three closest airports to the meeting venue:

Cites with Airports near Lexington, Kentucky

  • Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky - 84 miles
  • Columbus, Ohio - 194 miles
  • Dayton, Ohio - 140 miles
  • Indianapolis, Indiana - 183 miles
  • Louisville, Kentucky - 71 miles
  • Nashville, Tennessee - 209 miles
  • More City Mileage Charts


Ground Transportation


Local Restaurants


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WOCA 2017 Hotels

WOCA has secured rooms at the following hotels:

Marriott Griffin Gate Resort & Spa

  • The Marriott Griffin Gate Resort & Spa is located approximately 3 miles north of downtown Lexington on Newtown Pike.
  • A WOCA 2017 room block is open at the Marriott Griffin Gate Resort & Spa.
  • The WOCA 2017 room block rate is $129.00 (+ tax) per night.
  • The room block and rate is available UNTIL April 24, 2017.
  • Please call 859-231-5100 (toll-free: 800-228-9290) and ask for the block for the World of Coal Ash.

Embassy Suites by Hilton Lexington

  • The Embassy Suites is also located approximately 3 miles north of downtown Lexington on Newtown Pike
  • A WOCA 2017 room block is open at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Lexington.
  • The rate at the Embassy is $145.00 (+ tax) per night.
  • Includes a full cooked to order breakfast and complimentary cocktails and snacks daily,
  • Please call 859-455-5000 (toll-free: 800-362-2779) to make a reservation.

NOTE: The WOCA 2017 hotel blocks at the Hilton Lexington/Downtown Hotel and Hyatt Regency Lexington and 21C are now full. The Hyatt is connected to the Lexington Convention Center (location of WOCA) and the Hilton is just across the street.


Any problems with hotel reservations please contact:
Geaunita Caylor, or 859-257-2820

When you reserve a room through the World of Coal Ash room block (at either the Hyatt or Hilton conference hotels) you will be entered into a drawing for an Apple iPad! The drawing for this prize will be held during the conference and announced at the Welcoming Reception.



WOCA has made every effort to secure the best possible group nightly room rate for you. That rate results from a negotiated overall package of event needs such as sleeping rooms, meeting room space and other requirements. WOCA will incur additional costs if it falls short of its minimum room block guarantee. Please book your housing needs at a designated hotel.

Reserving OUTSIDE the room block may jeopardize our ability to meet contracted obligations and therefore adversely affect the WOCA conference registration fee. Thank you for your support and understanding of this important issue by making your sleeping room reservations within the WOCA room block.


If you have questions concerning hotel accommodations, please contact:
Ms. Geaunita Caylor
504 Rose St, 107 MMRB / University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40506-0107 USA
phone: 859-257-2820, fax: 859-257-2173