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“Rainy day” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Kentucky Horse Park

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
Type: Museums
Activities: Leisure education
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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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“Rainy day”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2012

Inspite of the rain - we toured the park. it is a must! Go early and enjoy the day - even in the rain.

Visited April 2012
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“Pricey but worth it”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2012

You don't go to Paris without visiting the Eiffel Tower, and you can't come to Kentucky without visiting the Kentucky Horse Park. I don't know the first thing about horses, other than they cost a fortune to take care of, and I enjoyed my visit to the Horse Park.

There are a lot of things to do here and what you do may depend on your level of interest in horses. This place is big and there is a lot to do. It would be helpful if there was an information desk or the admissions people were more suggestive of things to do and informative of what is going on. Instead, they kind of rush you through buying your tickets, give you a map, and you are on your own.

We opted to skip the museums and focus on seeing the horses in the horse barns, try our hand at the horseback riding, and see some of the shows. What ended up being our favorite thing in the park was seeing the Hall of Champions show.

During the show, they brought out famous horses such as Funny Cide (winner of Kentucky Derby and Preakness) and Cigar (winner of 16 straight races) for you to take photos of. While out in the ring, they played their famous races on tv's above, so you could appreciate their greatness. How often do you get to take a picture of the Michael Jordans of their sport?

There are several other shows, that looked interesting, so make sure you pick up a show schedule when you buy your tickets. Admission into the park is pricey at $16/adult. However, the horseback riding is a very reasonable additional $17/adult with park admission, so if you combine both, then you won't feel so ripped off.

The horeseback riding is great for first timers as it only lasts about 45 minutes, the horses are very tame, and the horse trail is quite easy. Many younger children and adults were on the tour and everyone seemed to enjoy it. Helmets are provided and mandatorry for children and optional for adults.

Visited April 2012
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“A Lexington Must-See”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2012

You cannot pay a visit to Lexington without making a trip to the Kentucky Horse Park. Whether you are a horse fan or not, it is located in a beautiful area of the bluegrass and epitomizes the heritage of this region. But if you are.....wow! The World Equestrian Games were recently held here and now the rest of the world knows how great lucky we are to have this attraction.

Visited April 2012
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“Interesting place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2012

the horse show in the arena was great and very informative about different types of horses.

Visited April 2012
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“What KY is know for”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2012

Few horse farms in Central KY are open to visitors, visiting the KY Hourse Park offers you the opportunity to walk along fence rows of horses, ride in a horse drawn carriage, and stroll through horse barns housing some notable KY horse athletes. The KY Horse Park must have the brosadest collection of horse breeds in any one location. The museum, the video, and the museum store are icing on your visit.

Visited March 2012
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