Welcome to the Kentucky Horse Park, located right here in the heart of Lexington, Kentucky.
If you are like me, you probably have not made a trip out here since you were a wee-little thing in elementary school for a class field trip. While we have made trips out here for Southern Lights and for Rolex we haven’t been to just stroll the park, the museum, and enjoy the beauty that is right in our own back yard.
Some basic info for planning a visit to the park:
- A ticket will get you two days entry into the park (until Nov. 2: Adults, $16.00; Children 7-12 $8.00, and under 7 are free).
- Parking is $5.00
- Your ticket gets you access into the Park, the Trolley Tour, the International Museum of the Horse, the Hall of Champion and Horses of the world presentations.
The schedule is set up in a way that you can catch the shows in the morning or the afternoon and visit the museum on the opposite.
Summer Season (March 12 – November 2, 2014) 10:00 am – Trolley Tour (via the Horse Park Website)
- 10:15 am – Hall of Champions Show
- 11:00 am – Horses of the World Presentation
- 11:45 am – Mare & Foal Show – (Memorial Day – July 31)
- 1:00 pm – Trolley Tour
- 1:15 pm – Hall of Champions Show
- 2:00 pm – Horses of the World Presentation
- 3:00 pm – Trolley Tour
- 3:15 pm – Hall of Champions
Dogs are welcome so if you are traveling through Lexington, feel free to bring your furry friend along.
Paco loves getting to visit her horse friends!
The “Horses of the World” Presentation gives you a up-close and personal look at different types of horses from all over world and the history behind what those horses were known and used for.
The mini horses are always my favorite…this fella was a bit of a show off! He’s cute…can you blame him?
After the presentation, you can literally get to meet the horses. Adults and kids alike love this part of the “Horses of the World,” especially if you have never been exposed to horses. Here is your chance to touch one and see how magnificent they truly are.
Now, over to see my “mini” friends in the kids barn. Told you I loved the mini horses!
In the kids barn, there are activities and mini horses for children to be able to touch and feel the horses. Their manes are always so much coarser than I expect. Let’s be honest…no one really wants a horses mane, it’s coarse and frizzy. This handsome lad was off to get groomed (spa day!)
Seriously…can this view get any better?
For those who do not want to walk (and you can walk a lot here) you can jump on the Trolley to get from the “Horses of the World” Presentation over to the, “Hall of Champions” where you will get to meet and learn about winning race horses.
If you are from Lexington then this view is one you are quite familiar with…if you are not, you will wish you lived at the Horse Park. The white fences, the tree lines, the lush green grass…it is breath taking!
The “Hall of Champions” show is an first hand look at some of the retired champion race horses here at the Kentucky Horse Park. Let me tell you… they are a spunky bunch! One was trying to eat the handlers hand (he wore gloves obviously). If you look closely and you’ll see this guy was giving us the tongue!
This will probably be the only time you ever get this close to horses this famous! (Unless you are a jockey, owner or handler…then this is normal everyday life.)
Next stop, the International Museum of the Horse. I am lucky enough to be friends with the curator here and she provided me with a personal tour, one similar to that of a group tour she would give (you can set up group tours if you let the museum know in advance!)
The amount of history inside this museum is incredible. Horses have been a partner to man since around 4000 BC, when man realized he could tame and domesticate a horse. It’s so interesting to see how the horse has evolved, how it was used to help fight wars, help people move around countries, and how different cultures realized that different size horses were beneficial for different things.
I was slightly afraid I should be taking notes and that my friend would give me a quiz after our tour with all the great history she was filling my brain with!
The museum has lots of interactive displays to keep kids interested. My favorite was Arabian Nights with the genie lamp!
If you are into Horse Racing, you will be in awe of this room…a room that houses more trophies than you’d care to polish!
You can see Derby trophies and Preakness trophies that are currently on loan to the museum.
I don’t want to give too much away as I want you to get out and go explore the Horse Park. It’s a great place to take your family (lots of interactive stuff for kids to get their hands into!), your out of town guests, or just spend the day appreciating the beauty that many others around the US aren’t as lucky to have in their backyards.
As we enter into fall (it’s coming…I promise…probably this weekend to be exact) the weather is going turn cool and crisp, the leaves are going to continue changing into their beautiful reds and oranges and the Kentucky Horse Park will be one incredible place to spend a weekend afternoon! There are lots of events line up for October (here) and to be followed by the Southern Lights.
I’m a huge fan of touring your own city. If you, like me, haven’t been to the Kentucky Horse Park in a while, put it on your list of places to explore this fall.