6.2 out of 10

Midway

38.1551743528883 -84.681260559439
Great for
  • Safe & Sound
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Resale or Rental Value
  • Clean & Green
Not great for
  • Nightlife
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Public Transport
  • Shopping Options
  • Childcare
Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
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Reviews

3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Sep 15, 2012

"Better for families than singles, but close enough to Lexington to have some fun!"

To be perfectly honest, I haven't been to Midway a whole lot in the last couple years. It's a very nice town a little North of Lexington, and I have overall very good things to say about it, but I don't visit all that often, since when I'm in this area I tend to gravitate to Lexington. I think this is because I'm a younger guy and Lexington has more for me to do. Midway doesn't have a lot of bars or restaurants that I'm fond of, so while it's nice enough, I don't see a lot of younger people really enjoying it.

That said, there are some fun things to do in Midway. One of them is actually going on right now! The Midway Fall Festival is a really cool yearly festival that brings in a fair number of people and has a lot of entertainment, shopping and more activities to keep you busy. This year it's on September 15 and 16th, so today and tomorrow. I won't be going this year, which stinks, but I've gone before and it's quite a bit of fun!

The best things about Midway are the safety and cost of living, both of which are very good. You never hear about crime here, and you can get a very nice place for a real bargain. Tie this in with the friendly nature of the town and you have a fantastic place for young families to raise their kids. Younger couples might not like it as much, but with kids it gets pushed up a couple notches.

There are also some very good schools in Midway, such as Northside Elementary. It's not a terribly old school, but it's supposed to be pretty good.

I'm a fan of Midway, though I don't presently visit very often and I don't see myself living here any time soon. It's a nice place, and it's quiet is good for a lot of things, but if you're after excitement you should look elsewhere.
Pros
  • Cool local festival
  • Decent schools
  • Safe and quiet
Cons
  • Not enough bars or restaurants for singles
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Sep 09, 2012

"Fun, friendly and plenty to do - Right by Lexington!"

Midway is another historic town in Kentucky, though this one has its own flavor as much of its history comes from railroads. The town was really started by a railroad company way back in the day, and much of the town is colored by this influence. The Lexington and Ohio Railroad gave Midway a distinct feel that really sets it apart, while at the same time the town feels very much like other parts of Kentucky.

To begin, I'll mention that Midway is close to my home of Lexington. This means there are a lot of horses nearby as well as breeders. Three Chimneys is located in Midway, and that's a major race horse breeder. I don't own race horses (I'm not made of money!) but my girls love horses and we've been here quite a few times over the years. It's really quite beautiful and certainly a tourist attraction.

Midway isn't the biggest town, but it is big enough for a handful of good restaurants. If you want a good cup o' joe, check out Quirk. The interior of the cafe is really neat, and while everything is relatively cheap it's also very good. My middle daughter used to drive to Midway to see her boyfriend at Quirk. She loved it.

If you want burgers, try the Grey Goose. It's very good, as is the Holly Hill Inn. Holly Hill is a special treat to be sure. Not expensive, but exceptional. Locally grown food (maybe not everything, but there's definitely some local food on the menu) and a great cook make Holly Hill a great place for food.

For education you have a couple options. Adults will like Midway College, which is definitely a big part of Midway. I wouldn't praise it too highly, but it's a solid option and right there to enjoy. Otherwise, dependent on where you live, you will be part of Woodford County or Scott County. Both are good, friendly places with a fair number of happy parents singing their praises.

Midway is also quite safe, friendly and fairly quiet. You may not find a ton of excitement, but you're not too far from Lexington if you want to find something a bit more fun to try out. I really like Midway and would recommend it to anyone looking for a fun, friendly place to live.
Pros
  • Quality restaurants
  • Decent schools
  • Safe and quiet
Cons
  • Not a lot of excitement
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees