Kentucky Horse Park

4089 Iron Works Pike
Lexington, KY 40511- Map It
(859) 233-4303

AAA Editor Notes

Kentucky Horse Park, 9 mi. n. off I-75 exit 120, at 4089 Iron Works Pike, is a 1,200-acre facility devoted to the region’s equine heritage. The Man o’ War Memorial, the renowned racehorse’s burial site, is at the entrance to the traditionally fenced grounds. A film about the relationship between man and horses, narrated by William Shatner, serves as an introduction to the park. Self-guiding walking tours and horse-drawn trolley rides are available. The Breeds Barn houses multiple breeds of horses; after viewing the 25-minute Breeds Barn presentation in the show ring, visitors can meet the animals and their riders. The Hall of Champions is the site of a 25-minute show featuring a group of championship horses, including Kentucky Derby winners Go for Gin (1994) and Funny Cide (2003). The International Museum of the Horse depicts the 50-million-year history of the horse; a circular ramp winds past displays, artifacts, trophies, paintings and carriages. Horseback riding and pony rides are available. Another close-up opportunity comes with a visit to the Big Barn, home of the huge horses that pull the tour trolleys. The craft of horseshoeing can be seen during a stop at the Farrier Shop. An animated holiday light display brightens the park the Friday before Thanksgiving through December 31.
Admission mid-Mar. to late Oct. $20; $19 (ages 65+); $9 (ages 6-12). Admission rest of year $12; $11 (ages 65+); $6 (ages 6-12). Additional fees are charged for horse farm tours, horseback riding, pony rides and some special events. Horse-drawn trolley tours are included with park admission. Parking: $5; $15 (special events).
Hours: Park open daily 9-5, mid-Mar. to late Oct.; Wed.-Sun. 9-5, rest of year. Closed Jan. 1, day before Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas and Dec. 31. Breeds Barn Show, Hall of Champions presentation, horse-drawn trolley and other presentations available mid-Mar. through Oct. 31. Hours may vary; phone ahead.