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Where to take graduation photos around Lexington

Do it for the ‘gram.

An outside shot of the Kentucky Theatre at night in Lexington KY

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It’s graduation season, which means there are a lot of caps and gowns floating around town for photo ops.

If you’re still looking for that perfect backdrop for your graduation photos, we’ve rounded up some of the best spots around the city to take photos — no matter where you’re graduating from.

Pro tip: If you’re planning to take photos on business property, be sure to get permission before striking a pose.

A bird's eye view of downtown Lexington.

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Lexington Financial Center Parking Garage, 230 W. Main St.
We know this sounds odd, but hear us out. When you climb to the top of this parking garage, you’ll be greeted with sweeping views of the city, making for the perfect backdrop.

The Kentucky Theatre, 214 E. Main St.
If you want a warm, city vibe, look no further than The Kentucky Theatre. Snag a couple of graduation photos under the marquee for that iconic Lexington look.

A paved pathway surrounded by yellow flowers and trees

UK’s Arboretum is the perfect photoshoot setting with 60+ species of trees, shrubs, and flowers. | Photo by LEXtoday

Tree huggers

The Arboretum, 500 Alumni Dr.
With UK already being out for the summer, now is the perfect chance to snag graduation photos around The Aborteum. Whether you want floral views or to be immersed in its array of trees, there’s no wonder this is a favorite for many graduates.

Veterans Park, 469 Parkway Dr.
History and nature converge at Veterans Park, where you can walk the picturesque trails and along the creek. And let’s be real, you could probably use some fresh air after finals week.

The outside of a coffee shop covered in art.

Cap off graduation with colorful photos. | Photo courtesy of @adventuresinourtinylife


Third Street Stuff + Coffee, 257 N. Limestone
Eccentric is an understatement here. When you first approach Third Street, you’ll be welcomed with its colorfully curated mosaic mural on the exterior — perfect for the quirky graduate.

Lexington murals, Various locations
If you’re a graduate getting ready for the 9-to-5 lifestyle, head over to 1099 W. High St. to take a photo with Dolly Parton as your backdrop, or broaden your options with 14 more murals in our guide.