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Kentucky Horse Park

4089 Iron Works Parkway, Lexington, KY 40511
+1 859-233-4303
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Ranked #2 of 49 Attractions in Lexington
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
Activities: Leisure education
Owner description: The only park of its kind in the world, the Kentucky Horse Park is a working horse farm...
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Type: Museums
Activities: Leisure education
Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: 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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Tipp City, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

After waiting 1.5 hours from the exit ramp to the entrance we very much enjoyed the lights. Said they closed at 10 pm but stayed open until well after midnight which I was glad after paying to get in. Petting zoo, Santa, vendors, camel rides and of course awesome Christmas light display. This is our third year visiting and we... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

This is an extremely well run horse park and a great day out for the family. Adults and children alike will enjoy the various daily shows ... keep an eye out for special events such as show jumping which is an extra treat.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

Went over the Thanksgiving weekend on a family trip to Kentucky. Enjoyed the museum, the arabian horse exhibit, and the kids area. Would have liked to see a few more horses a little closer, only a few in the stables when we were there. Most were out in the fields. Kids enjoyed a few horses that came right up to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

I'm not a fan of horses but we WERE in horse country and our hosts at our B&B recommended the Kentucky Horse Park. We enjoyed our visit and the exhibits were very interesting and informative. You can walk into the horse barns to see the animals and talk to the employees. The Horses of the World show was fun and... More 

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Lexington, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

Just a few years ago, the Kentucky Horse Park, a State of KY park system entity, was the site of the International Equestrian Games -- the first time it was ever held in the United States and a testament to the completeness and capability of this park. Anyone who desires to know more about the horse, all types of them,... More 

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Lexington, Kentucky, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

The horse park offers many venues. I love the Holly Days! It gets you in the Spirit of Christmas! There Southern Lights 5K is also a fun evening!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

When anyone visits from out of town. We always make a trip to the horse park. It is so informative and allows a diverse entertainment for all.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

The park is a Great place to see some of the great horses that have made there run for the gold but all-round Fun Place an don't for get to stop ,by around November an December to see the all the Lights !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

The Kentucky Horse Park has a nice museum and the Hall of Champions is definitely worth visiting if you love horse racing. The park has top-notch show facilities, so try to plan a visit during one of its major events. The Rolex Three-Day Event in the spring is worth seeing but plan early because it is a very popular event.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

We visited the Southern Lights tour on Thanksgiving Eve. (Southern Lights is a four mile driving tour through Christmas light displays.) I had read from a couple of earlier posts that the line of cars to enter would be long and that there would be a long wait. The hours of the driving tour are 5:30 - 10:00pm so we... More 

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