Is there any better place for a horse lover or an equestrian than Kentucky?
The Bluegrass State holds what is considered the world’s most famous two minutes of horse racing each May. Beyond the Derby, there are plenty of year-round Kentucky horse attractions worth checking out:
- Kentucky Derby Museum, Louisville: If you can’t make it to the actual race, a visit to this museum is the next best thing. The recently renovated and expanded Kentucky Derby Museum houses more than 20,000 materials and a number of permanent and temporary family-friendly interactive exhibits. Take a 30-minute race track walking tour, then stop by and see the Resident Thoroughbred and companion pony stable. End your visit sipping a mint julep, a Southern specialty.
- Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington: If you’re looking for a true horse extravaganza, look here. This 1,244-acre equestrian themed park features horseback riding trails, pony rides, horse shows, a working farm, trolley tours and special events. Kids (and kids at heart) have an opportunity to learn how to groom and care for horses. The park is dog friendly and has a picnic area, so pack a lunch and enjoy the day. The Kentucky Horse Park is also home to the following attractions:
- International Museum of the Horse at Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington: The largest and most comprehensive museum with more than 60,000 square feet dedicated to the human to horse connection throughout time. Learn how their relationship has changed from ancient times to modern sporting events.
- American Saddlebred Museum at Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington: Features the world’s largest collection of artifacts on the American Saddlebred breed. Visitors can enjoy exhibits, watch an award-winning theater show and do genealogical research on their horse(s). There’s also a gift shop filled with fun and unique equine items.
- Al-Marah Horse Galleries at Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington: An interactive experience showcasing the Arabian breed from their desert beginnings to their emergence across Europe and journey through America.
- Old Friends, Georgetown: This is where you can get close to some of the finest former racing horses, including prior Derby winners and Breeder’s Cup champions. Old Friends is a nonprofit organization that cares for more than 175 horses whose racing careers came to an end. See prior racing legends during their three guided daily tours.
- Keeneland Race Course, Lexington: This beautiful course is a National Historic Landmark with races throughout the year. It’s also a thoroughbred auction house that has sold more champions than any other house. Consider checking out a race or taking the tour.
- The Red Mile Harness Track, Lexington: The Red Mile dates back to 1875, making it Lexington’s oldest race track. This is the place to see harness races (competitions in which horses pull jockeys in two-wheeled carts). Enjoy a day of live and simulcast racing.
- Thoroughbred Park, Lexington: Take a stroll in the 2.5 acre park located in the horse capital of the world that honors historic horse figures and legends. The park contains seven life-size bronze sculpture racehorses featuring legendary jockeys rushing toward the finish line.
- The Thoroughbred Center, Lexington: Just outside of Lexington is the Thoroughbred Center, a massive training complex that’s home to more than 900 racing horses. Stop by to see the horses in training—or to take a behind-the-scenes tour and experience a typical day in the life of a racehorse. See beautiful horses up close at trackside, in the paddocks and barns, and visit with professional caregivers.
- Horse farm tours, various locations: Many farms across the state will take visitors on guided group or private tours of their operation. Contact visitor centers in the cities and towns you plan on visiting for more information.
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