A visit to the Kentucky Horse Park is a must when you visit Lexington. Kentucky is known to be “Horse Capital of the World” and the Kentucky Horse Park creates an appreciation, education and admiration for these beautiful creatures. The park is set on 1,200 acres of beautiful rolling hills and your biggest challenge will be deciding what area to visit first.
We decided to check out the horse jumping competition first.
The weekend of our visit was a Pyramid Society Egyptian Arabian Event. The Kentucky Horse Park hosts national and international competitions throughout the year.
I was really excited to watch this competition because this has been on my list to see.
The park displays monuments for important horses who were legends in the horse world.
The Kids’ Barn is filled with lots of activities for kids.
There are a lot of interactive displays along with education pieces throughout the barn.
On the outside of the Kids’ Barn, my kids got to try their fence jumping skills.
The Hall of Champions was probably one of our favorite parts of our experience.
You get to see race horses that are living legends.The presentation showed you brief clips of the horses racing along with the backstory of each horse.
Our favorite horse that we got to see was “Cigar” who won 16 consecutive races. This horse was an incredible race horse that beat all of the odds and didn’t even begin racing until after his 3 year old year due to an injury.
The Horse Park has several barns that you can walk through that give you an up close look at the horses and also equipment that has been used for generations.
While visiting at the Horse Park, you can also enjoy a horse show. Our visit featured a group that did a fantastic job performing stunts while riding the horses.
Admission to the American Saddlebred Museum and Gift Shop is also included with a visit to the Horse Park.
You also have a few fun areas set up for photo ops.
The Horse Park also has a playground and a nearby area where you ride horses if your kids need to burn off some extra energy.
A visit to the Kentucky Horse Park, where you get close to horses, helps you understand why there is a such a pride, rich history and love of horses in Kentucky. This park is the only one of its kind in the world!
General Admission rates include next day FREE!
Parking is $3 daily and $5 for special events.
March 15 – November 3, 2013, 9 am to 5 pm
Child (7-12) $8.00
Children 6 & under Free
WINTER SEASONNovember 4, 2013 – March 13, 2014, 9 am to 5 pm (closed on Mondays & Tuesdays, Thanksgiving Eve & Day, Christmas Eve & Day, New Year’s Eve & Day)
Child (7-12) $5.00
Children 6 & under Free
The Horse Park also offers horse back riding, pony rides in the Summer Season and Unique Farms Tours are available year round for an additional fee.
(I will be sharing about our incredible time on the Unique Farm Tour in another post)
The Kentucky Horse Park is located at 4089 Iron Works Pkwy Lexington, KY 40511
Disclosure: I was given complimentary admission for my family for review purposes. All opinions are my own. Lexington tourism provided our hotel accommodations while in Lexington.