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Kentucky Horse Park

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Address: 4089 Iron Works Pkwy, Lexington, KY 40511-8400
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+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
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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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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Rolex 3day event

Great time - as always, exciting. Parking is an issue, especially for those of us who posses a few years. Need more shuttles to distant parking. PLEASE !!!!!

Reviewed May 10, 2016
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Land O Lakes, Florida
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Land O Lakes, Florida
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Reviewed May 10, 2016

Great time - as always, exciting. Parking is an issue, especially for those of us who posses a few years. Need more shuttles to distant parking. PLEASE !!!!!

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Berwick, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed May 10, 2016

The museum was a fascinating look at horse history and man's history with horses. The live animals are beautiful and approachable and the people who love them are always happy to talk about them. Beautiful spot but skip lunch there - pretty average.

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Mississauga, Canada
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Reviewed May 10, 2016 via mobile

The tour was fabulous. Very informative and scenic area to see and be close to the horses. Rolling green hills stretching for miles. You can get your picture taken with some of the champions like Funny Cide. There was also a really good show with all the different breeds of horses.

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Reviewed May 10, 2016

I wasn't able to visit the rest of the park, but just driving thru it was beautiful We were at the Alltech arena for IHSA Nationals.

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Thank Lori L
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Reviewed May 10, 2016 via mobile

Great facility. Family friendly. Usually a horse show going on. Great museum. Can take a horseback trail ride. Lots to see!

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Thank Maddmare
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Reviewed May 9, 2016 via mobile

This was amazing I recommend that this is a must do activity. Give yourself some time to visit and a walk tha facility

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Reviewed May 8, 2016

This is a beautiful place at an affordable price. If you're in the area, it's a MUST SEE! It looks like the animals are well cared for, and they are just gorgeous.

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Fairfax, Virginia
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Reviewed May 8, 2016

Between the regular sites (Hall of Fame barn, Parade of Breeds, etc.) and the special events (Rolex 3-Day Event, holiday lights, etc.), the Kentucky Horse Park is an exceptional gem. It's great for all ages. Glad to see the 2010 World Equestrian Games improvements are still in use and the new hotel/conference center will be open soon.

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Mooresville, North Carolina
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Reviewed May 7, 2016 via mobile

Kentucky Horse Park is first rate. The Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event is fantastic! Awesome weekend.

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Reviewed May 7, 2016

This is a beautiful place to visit. The horses are spectacular. You can take a carriage ride around the grounds, well worth the price. Would recommend this for everyone to see.

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