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“Fun to just stroll and drive through....”

Kentucky Horse Park
Ranked #2 of 122 things to do in Lexington
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Food available for purchase, Stroller parking, Bathroom facilities, Stairs / elevator, Wheelchair access
Ohio
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“Fun to just stroll and drive through....”
Reviewed March 27, 2012

Didn't pay for actual tour, but the scenery and setting are beautiful to wander around in the areas that are open to the public. A good quick, must see in Lex.

Visited February 2012
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dayton, ohio
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“Beautiful!”
Reviewed March 27, 2012

We arrived at the park at almost 10:00 (the park opens at 9:00), which was just in time to catch the horse-drawn trolly tour of the grounds. The tour takes 8 minutes, and gives you a pretty good idea of where things are. After that is the 10:15am Hall of Champions show, where you can see several retired champion race horses. We missed part of this show, because the trolly tour started a few minutes late, and the drop-off is a good 5 minute walk from the Hall of Champions. The next show was the parade of breeds, which was very interesting as well. The shows are timed so that you can go right from one to the next, but there almost isn't enough time between them to look around. I would suggest skipping one of the shows (they all happen again in the afternoon) and taking some time to just look around, instead of rushing from one to the next. We signed up for horseback riding as well, which is an excellent way to see the park. It's an easy ride, all walking, that goes around a lot of the paddocks where different breeds of horses are grazing. It's informative, while letting you really take in the scenery. The horses are all very calm and don't require too much direction from their riders. The park grounds, barns, museums, and horses are all beautiful and very well-kept. While we were there, all of the redbud and dogwood trees were in bloom, and the weather was perfect for wandering around the park and enjoying the horses.

Visited March 2012
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Bessemer, Alabama
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“Lots of information on all kinds of Horses”
Reviewed March 26, 2012

A must see if you are a horse person....and don't miss the Standard Breed Musem also located next to the Ky Horse park.
Give yourself a full day to see all the park has to offer. Don't miss any of the Around the World Breed Shows. (Different Horses each time.)

Visited March 2012
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Michigan
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“Enjoyable Place, Long Day”
Reviewed March 24, 2012

There is a lot to be found at the park, we very much enjoyed it. However, you will need to be prepared for a long day and much walking, I do suggest wearing comfortable tennis shoes (even if it is hot out). The park is an amazing price for what you are getting out of it, and the education that can be found here is phenomenal!

Visited March 2012
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Edmonton, Canada
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“Bit quiet in March, but worth a visit”
Reviewed March 22, 2012

Early in the season, so clearly was not really in full operation yet. Probably fantastic into April and beyond, but still worth a visit in March. Lots of exhibits, history, couple of demonstrations. Lots formkids. Well kept facilites. Some areas for improvement: more interactive displays using current technology, intro film could have lots more info/ depth, and should be much better use of film/ video ( it's very on the passive side). The horse drawn trolley tour was a real disapointment - fast 10 minute loop was poor- should have covered much more of the grounds, and tour guide really missed the mark - lost opportunity to highlight many aspects of the park. Food service: staff great, but food quality really lacking.

Visited March 2012
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