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Kentucky Horse Park

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Address: 4089 Iron Works Parkway, Lexington, KY 40511
Phone Number: +1 859-233-4303
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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

The only park of its kind in the world, the Kentucky Horse Park is a...

The only park of its kind in the world, the Kentucky Horse Park is a working horse farm, educational theme park and equine competition facility dedicated to man's relationship with the horse. Set on more than 1,200 acres in the heart of the Kentucky's famous Bluegrass region, the park is THE place to get close to horses! Featuring dozens of breeds of horse at work and at play, the park showcases the horse in daily equine presentations, horse drawn tours, horseback and pony rides, and an array of horse shows and special events throughout the year.

The park's International Museum of the Horse, a Smithsonian Affiliate, is the world's largest equestrian museum. Offering both the experienced horseman and novice an opportunity to explore the many facets of humanity's relationship with the horse, the museum is dedicated to all breeds and disciplines of horse and covers some 50-million years of equine history. State-of-the-art technology complements rare artifacts and scholarly research to present a unique, educational, museum experience for all ages.

The American Saddlebred Museum, the Showplace for Saddlebreds, celebrates Kentucky's first native breed of horse. The museum features interactive exhibits and a movie.

With the park's own tourist activities and the numerous additional horse shows that take place in the equine competition facilities throughout the year, there can be a fair amount of walking involved, depending on visitor interest level. Comfortable shoes and clothing is recommended, appropriate for Kentucky's seasonal weather. Dogs and other pets are permitted on park grounds, as long as they are on a leash or in an approved carrier, although they may not be permitted in some buildings.

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Great fun even if you didn't think you were into horses

6 of us women, age 55 to 70 really enjoyed the 2 events, petting of the horses and walking around the park. The sad part is we didn't have time to come back the 2nd day to tour... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 3, 2015
Sandra G
Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015 NEW

6 of us women, age 55 to 70 really enjoyed the 2 events, petting of the horses and walking around the park. The sad part is we didn't have time to come back the 2nd day to tour the museums and see the rest of the park. The admission price is good for 2 days but you do have to... More 

Plymouth, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015 NEW

We enjoyed our time here but we're not horse people and could have used a little more explanation about some things. The setting is lovely and very, very large. We walked a great deal and there were areas that were totally empty...were we not supposed to be there? It was unclear. The show consisted of 4-5 beautiful horses and riders... More 

Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015 NEW

The Kentucky Horse Park is an extensive area just outside of Lexington, KY and is easily reached by car about 30 minutes North of the city. We arrived early and experienced no lines or overcrowding. We participated in 3 events/attractions: We left the main building to wait for the 'trolly ride': a short loop around the nearest area to give... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015 NEW

We visited here 27 years ago. I loved it then and I love it now! So much to see and it is fun to see the different breeds and the old racing champions. We didn't have time to see the international museum or the saddlebred museum as we were cold. I could easily spend another day doing the rest of... More 

Lexington, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015 NEW

beautiful setting, lots to see, plan your trip during a horse event. Museum, plus lots of good walking to take it all in

Fremont, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015 NEW

We got to Lexington Horse Park early in the day and were happy we did as there is so much to see. We liked the statues, the horse shows, seeing the park, and going to the museums. There is so many exhibits in the museum, we almost wondered if we would ever find our way back out. (Its a good... More 

Hendersonville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

It was a beautiful walk through this park and a short horse drawn carriage ride. We saw horses perform in an arena, got to pet horses and learn about the care of the horses and how they got there. Great attraction and education for kids and adults alike. We toured the museum quickly but you could spend hours there. Everything... More 

Huntington Beach, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

It is a must visit!!! This is horse country, so you must go to the Kentucky Horse Park. There is a great museum that goes into the history of horses. Then there are many horses to see, including the barn of breeds and the hall of champions. The shows are good and give history of the champions, including a couple... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2015

Very nice place to visit. Place is very clean - including the bathrooms- and the staff very nice. Plan on spending a while in the Museum if you've never been and are willing to read the details. Worth it for the museum alone. Go and enjoy the time and horses.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

I think we must have been here on an off day or maybe we were just exhausted because this was the very last thing we did on the way home from a road trip to Tennessee, but I had such high hopes for this place and left feeling disappointed. The grounds are beautiful and the paddocks go on for what's... More 


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