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“The Kentucky Horse Park is a horse lover's dream vacation!”

Kentucky Horse Park
Ranked #3 of 130 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, Bathroom facilities, Stroller parking, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Stairs / elevator
Reviewed August 17, 2007

If you admire horses then you are going to absolutely LOVE the Kentucky Horse Park located in Lexington, KY. I just finished a two week horse show there with my eleven year old daughter, who is a show jumper, and it was delightful! There is so much to do if you are a fan of the horse world. From trail riding to museum hopping the Kentucky Horse Park has it all.
The staff was very friendly and knowledgeable as well. The grounds are well manicured and tidy too. You can easily tour the entire park in about a four hour period so, it makes a great daytime excursion. The operators can even arrange for you to take a fully guided tour of one of the beautiful thoroughbred racing farms located in the area.
I highly recommend this site to anyone that has a penchant for horses. It is well worth your time.

4  Thank Aurora69
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Reviewed August 6, 2007

We loved visiting the Kentucky Horse Park. There were many activities highlighting the different breeds. We especially loved seing the "Hall of Champions" show and the "Mare and Foal" show. Both were very informative and it was great to see the amazing champions from the past. I remember seeing Cigar run and I loved seeing him in person. The staff was helpful and informative. We would visit again.

1  Thank snipinfool
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Reviewed July 29, 2007

We visited the Horse Park for a couple events during July and had the opportunity to tour the museums and other facilities. It was very interesting for anyone -- from those who are just interested in horses to horse experts. I would definitely allow at least full day to tour the facility. They also have a scenic trail ride and a breed demonstration. A visit to the Saddlebred Museum is included in admission too.

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Reviewed July 28, 2007

This is a great place to learn more about horses. Up close and personal,,,,,parade of breeds, brings out and shows each one (5) twice a day. Tells about their history and the riders. We really enjoyed that. We took the carriage ride. 35 minutes. the lady was very knowledgable. Also went on the 45 minute trail ride. was not real impressed but we have our own trail horses. Was a nice ride , horses were real gentle. no problems there. Museums are real nice also.. not a museum person so that did not thrill me. the grounds were really clean and nice. A really nice outing for the day.

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Reviewed April 8, 2007

We arrived on an unusually cold Easter morning, but the 40 degree weather did not deter us. My 8 year old has been taking horseback riding lessons and has since become obsessed with horses. She was not disappointed. We paid an extra $15 each on top of our admission to do the horseback riding as well. Even if you are a beginner, the horses are very well trained as trail horses so they pretty much just follow the leader and you don't have to do anything. They only walk so there is no trotting or anything. Included in regular admission is a short carriage ride around the park that shows pretty much all the things you can do while you are there. The museum and art gallery are very nice and informative. There were no events going on the day we went because it was a little early for the season but there were no lines or crowds to contend with either. We saw a few demonstrations and got to even pet and take a photo with one of the legends of horseracing. Any horse lover is sure to have a great time at the park. The gift shop is very overpriced, but what gift shop isn't? All in all, I would return on a warmer day without hesitation.

4  Thank gumballmachine
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