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“This is a destination visit for horse lovers..stay at the KHP Campground.”

Kentucky Horse Park
Ranked #2 of 128 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: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Stairs / elevator, Stroller parking, Activities for older children
Reviewed June 7, 2010

Get to the Kentucky Horse Park Campground the day before you plan to visit the Horse Park itself. There are a swimming pool, playground, and nice bath facilities to greet you. Plenty of shade at the Campground. Drive to the Horse Park, which is next door. There is a $3 parking fee there, but you will do plenty of walking in the park. Take your receipt from the campground and you will receive a sizeable discount for the Horse Park. In order to enjoy the activities there plan to spend the day. Pay attention to when the shows of breeds are and make a point of seeing the costumed riders. Ride a wagon tour. Take lots of pictures. Check their calendar for events and take in a horse show.
Until October 2010 there will be an exhibit ...Gift of the Desert... in the Museum. A MUST-SEE! Awesome artifacts and the history of the Arabian Horse with detailed information.

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Reviewed May 16, 2010

must see if you love racehorses the great cigar is here looking well and funny cide too. saw war admirals grave, went round on a horse and cart, looked around for a few hours. exceptional value at $15 each. food and drinks available, one stall had real homemade lemonade for $3. this was dream come true for my partner to see these racehorses.

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Reviewed April 11, 2010

We had a nice time at the KY Horse Park. My favorite attraction there was the Hall of Champions, where you can see famous retired racehorses. The breeding show was okay, but the music made it really cheesy. Like the other reviewer, I recommend paying the extra money to take a tour, which gets you up close and personal with famous horses and you learn so much about them! When my family went, we were lucky enough to see a breeding at one of the farms AND a horse race at Keeneland track. Shaun, our tour guide, went above and beyond. So the horse park is nice, but the tour was phenomenal.

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Reviewed April 10, 2010

I went here last summer during a visit with my sister and we thought the Horse Park was great. As a state employee, I received a discount on our tickets so that was an added bonus. There is SO much to do at the park so it is best to consult their website for a schedule of events and have in mind what you want to do before you go. Their museums are great and the parade of breeds was awesome as well. The best part was the showing of the winning horses that are retired on their property. Everyone should take the time to visit the horse park and see the magnificent and beautifully graceful horses that are there. Well worth the cost!

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Reviewed March 14, 2010

One stop on a long road trip that was well worth the $. Had a picnic lunch (restaurant closed off-season) and brought the dog right through the welcome center and onto the grounds. Dogs are allowed in all the barns and we enjoyed the tour of the breeds together, too. For small dogs (ours is 40lbs), you can hold them in your lap for the trolley tour. Lots of open space with different buildings/markers to peruse and lots of horses to watch roaming about. I don't know much about horses, so this was an exciting adventure. Drove around the grounds a bit, too, to see the polo fields and duck pond. Really appreciated that they allowed and welcomed dogs - even a dog section in the gift shop (can't bring dogs in the shop, but you can buy things for them!) - most horse-lovers I know also love dogs, so the combo makes sense. Would definitely go back and will tell friends.

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