Kentucky Horse Park

Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington: Hours, Address, Kentucky Horse Park Reviews: 4.5/5

Kentucky Horse Park
4.5
Speciality Museums • State Parks • Points of Interest & Landmarks
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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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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More than 3 hours
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Katherine M
Rockmart, GA53 contributions
When I was 7 years old, I visited the Kentucky Horse Park with my parents and brother. Now 40 years later, I returned with my husband...and it was even more magical than the first time! We loved the Hall of Champions and being able to be up close with these amazing creatures. (I even got to spend a little time with Western Dreamer after the presentation!) The Parade of Breeds is a must see and is another opportunity to interact with the horses and their riders. The Big Barn and its HUGE occupants are astounding to see; I loved that you could touch and spend time with any of the horses who wanted to have a little attention. We capped off our visit with a guided horseback ride around the beautiful grounds. The $20 entrance fee gets you access to all of the shows, museum, and attractions; the horseback ride is an extra $30 (and is worth every penny!) The park was far from crowded on a Thursday, and while it was hot outside, there was plenty of shade and air conditioned areas to cool off. I hope it won't be another 40 years before I get the chance to return!
Written June 27, 2022
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What a lovely description of your return visit to the Kentucky Horse Park. Thank you for writing to us. We are glad it met all your memory-expectations. All young children seem to be drawn to horses, and, even as an adult, you have not lost your attraction to them. We, indeed, hope that it will not be another 40 years before you return, We are looking forward to your next visit.
Written June 30, 2022
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GattoViziato
Lexington, KY725 contributions
Family
This blew away my expectations. I thought my children would be entertained for 30 minutes, and I was there for 3.5 hours with very happy children. Parking was a breeze. Very friendly and informative front desk staff. They give you a highlighted map. The museum had some videos and sensorial learning for kids, but you won’t as an adult be able to read the amount of information on the walls of the museum. It was very interesting, well presented and maintained. Then, the timed “shows” if you will. They had lots of big friendly horses in the big barn. The playground was very mushy and messy, but my kids loved it nonetheless. You pay a nominal fee for kids to do pony rides (pay at the front desk when you enter and the pony riding is next to the playground). It was a highlight. They take maybe 3-4 loops around the pen and the kids loved it. They offer big horse rides for adults as well. A lot of people were participating in that. We listened to a lecture over at the hall of winners where a staff member talks about some of the winning horses that live there and what their life and story is, very engaging. Staff was very kind and helpful. We will happily return.
Written May 1, 2021
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Thank you for your many kind words about your visit to the Kentucky Horse Park. We are so glad you and your family so much enjoyed all the activities in which you participated. I think you must have written our brochure. We look forward to your next anticipated visit.
Written May 14, 2021
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Tom S
Ypsilanti, MI159 contributions
Couples
Beautiful campus with lots to see and do for those who love horses. $20 admission includes everything we wanted to do: International Museum of the Horse (where the exhibits were very thorough and professionally done), a horse drawn trolly tour of the grounds, a Hall of Champions presentation, and a Parade of Breeds. There’s quite a bit of walking involved to see everything. The focus was a little heavy on horse racing for my taste, but there’s plenty more to experience, too.
Written June 22, 2022
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Thank you for your kind words regarding your recent visit to the Kentucky Horse Park. We are glad you enjoyed the activities that the Park has to offer. We look forward to your next visit.
Written June 24, 2022
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clevelandtravelgirl
Cleveland, Ohio245 contributions
Couples
Great visit on a Sunday morning! It wasn’t crowded so we got to walk around and see the horses/barns, one of their presentations and a trolley ride. Only downside is I wished we could have gotten to interact more with the horses. You can ride them for an additional $25 but that was pricey. They have several different barns with horses, plus a kids barn. Budget about 3/4 hours if you want to see a few presentations, walk around and see the museum. Every staff we encountered was friendly and professional.
Written August 16, 2021
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We are glad you enjoyed your Sunday morning visit to the Kentucky Horse Park. Thank you for your nice comments. We look forward to your next visit.
Written August 20, 2021
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Rick R
Greensboro26 contributions
We spent 2 days at the park and still did not see everything there is to see. The 2 museums on site can take over a day to visit--and more if you really look at everything. The various horse demonstrations are well worth seeing and the horses are incredibly beautiful. Highly recommend this place!
Written August 9, 2022
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Thank you for letting us know how much you enjoyed your two-day visit at the Kentucky Horse Park. We look forward to your next visit when you are in this area.
Written August 11, 2022
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JTurn462
Bloomingdale, IN2 contributions
Solo
This year’s 3 Day Event was especially great due to mossing it during Covid- and Super weather- amazing 4 Star and 5Star events with horses and riders we’ll be seeing at Olympics to come.
Thanks to Thousands of Volunteers who make this weekend possible- and wonderful Event planning staff and officials. Can’t wait for 2023!
Written May 6, 2022
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Thank you for your complimentary words. We are so glad you enjoyed yourself at this year's Land Rover Kentucky Event after our surprise hiatus. Our volunteers certainly do help make this a splendid event for our visitors. We hope to see you at many more Events in the future.
Written May 13, 2022
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Julie C
10 contributions
A lot was closed because of Covid 19. They charge $5.00 to park. The parking lot had weeds growing in it. The water under the bridge as you enter was all green with algae. They did reduce the price to see the exhibits but you got 10 minutes looking at a horse you couldn't even touch. The man behind the counter was telling us about what there was to do, but we couldn't even hear him through the mask and the plexi glass. We decided not to go in. Still cost us $5.00 to park.
Written June 23, 2020
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Lorraine S
Hickory, NC4 contributions
Family
Amazing place! Can’t describe the detail of everything that went into this place! The museum was THE best museum I have ever attended. Truly captured my 9 year old daughter mind and imagination… every detail was well planned with excruciating detail. The shows, the events, the staff…. Everything there was perfection! A bucket list place for the horse lover… of all ages!
Written July 6, 2022
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What a nice review of your visit to the Kentucky Horse Park! We are so glad that you and your daughter enjoyed all the sights and sounds of the Park. The Park is built on the partial grounds of Walnut Hall Stud Farm, the oldest Standardbred farm in the country and you (all) seemed to have enjoyed its aura. We look forward to your next visit.
Written July 7, 2022
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Kellie F
10 contributions
Get there at opening to enjoy all of the shows, the horse drawn trolley, and sign up for horseback riding. Two museums to learn every iota about the horse and it’s role in the USA and Kentucky. The restaurant was closed, but the food truck had good food at great prices. Family friendly, plenty of places to sit in the shade, and a short film sharing the history of horses and their role in our lives. Your ticket allows one to visit for two days and there is enough to see and do to make it worthy of a 2 day visit. The American Saddlebred Museum is currently undergoing remodeling, thus only the art portion is open.
Written June 18, 2021
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Thank you for a lovely description of your visit to the Kentucky Horse Park. We are so glad you found it informative, enjoyable and relaxing. We look forward to your return visit.
Written June 25, 2021
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Dewayne P
Elizabethtown, KY1,719 contributions
It was a nice day so decided to drive out to Lexington and see what this place had to offer. I knew going in that some of the activities and experience would be impacted because of Covid but still had a fantastic time. There were three demonstrations, one at each of the main barns available to guests (each offered twice daily), and I added an hour long horseback ride for good measure. The grounds are peaceful and there are multiple statues and graves of famous horses - and a jockey - on the premises. It was a $5 fee to park, which I despise places charging to park, but the admission was reasonable enough that I overlooked it. The restaurant is closed but they do have some snacks and you can come and go as you please to get lunch and bring it back to the park for a picnic. It was definitely worth the trip.
Written August 16, 2020
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We are so glad you enjoyed your visit to the Kentucky Horse Park. We hope you will return when we are utilizing our full, regular schedule. There are many other interesting things to see.
Written August 28, 2020
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Kentucky Horse Park is open:
  • Wed - Sun 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM