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Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington

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State Park Landmark
Horses from around the world--including some champions and some rare breeds--reside at Kentucky Horse Park. Watch presentations on horses' daily routines, including work and play. Ride along the outskirts of the park with a guide, or hop on a horse-drawn trolley for a narrated scenic tour, where you'll learn about the park's history. The park's International Museum of the Horse is considered the largest and most comprehensive museum in the world dedicated to the relationship between people and horses. Make Kentucky Horse Park part of your personalized Lexington itinerary using our Lexington tourist route planner.
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  • Our guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. The park is beautiful. We had a chance to see and pet the horses.  more »
  • Something for everyone, loved it and we'll be back again. We want to do the trail ride next time when my son is a bit older. Bring water as it's hot and a lot of walking  more »
  • We were in Kentucky and since it's a state big into horses, we figured we had to see a horse farm. With all the advertising talking about the Kentucky Horse Park being the place to go to get close to ...  more »
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  • Nice place. I didn't really deal with any of the employees directly, but I stopped on my way out of state to watch the shows. I liked how they directed it at non-horse people without being degrading to guests. There are a lot of things here to see. Plan on staying for an hour or two at the least. It was a pretty penny to get in, twenty-some dollars, but I can imagine a horse facility of this scope cost a lot to maintain. I liked the hall of champions the best probably, but it was nice to see the different breeds and the international horse museum as well.
  • We actually had the best day here. It was a beautiful park with a surprising variety of shows, exhibits, and museums. The demonstrations were all kid friendly and my 6 and 8 year old were in absolute awe of the beauty off all the horses we encountered. All of the staff was friendly and informative except one. The one that earned the low rating for our visit. There is an absolute wretched woman that works in the gift shop... (elderly, short brown hair, and a hateful attitude) she brought my 8 year old to tears today for the most ridiculous reason. We bought a horse webkinz at the shop, the packaging of the price and code was wrapped too tightly around the stuffed animals front leg, so when my daughter pulled off the tag it's stuffing was a little off. This upset my daughter so I told her to just simply explain it to the store clerk and ask for a simple exchange. This was literally 45 seconds after our purchase. 45 seconds. This nasty clerk rolled her eyes and told my daughter that was "just too bad". I then stepped in and kindly explained that we were just asking for the same thing but with one that's packaging wasn't as tight. She sighs heavily and says "well I'll have to ask". I said "very well ask." She huffs and puffs all the way back to the employee area and all the way back to the front of the shop. Thankfully someone in the back room had some common sense and some basic decency and told this witch to just swap it out. Which she did begrudgingly. But good news is it kept me from further interaction and allowed my daughter to dry her eyes. Unfortunate that her horrible attitude and lack of tact ended our visit. To the gift shop owners...I'd consider letting that one go. If you visit beware of the gift shop and enjoy the rest of the park.
  • Campground - What happened to customer service? My family and I have been staying at the campground over the last several years with excellent results. However, this year was totally different. There were two ladies working the counter. I gave them my registration confirmation at which time she didn't even look at it. She stated "Name" in a short curt voice. She then stated your early and someone may be on the site. I told her I was aware and that would not be a problem. They told my brother-in-law he was 15 minutes early and next time they would charge us for another day. Not friendly at all. In the past they would explain all the activities going on at the Horse Park and give us maps and other flyers. We were offered nothing. While setting our campers up another lady rode up in a golf cart and told us to put our permit on the post. She was told we were still setting up and it would be done. The next day a worker came to our site and checked permits. Instead of continuing down the road he drove his golf cart between our campers. Reluctantly, the next day we went back to the office for information on the Horse Park. The same two ladies were working and we explained that we didn't receive any information yesterday. They still did not offer anything. A young man that was working jumped forward and stated he would be happy to help us and retrieved everything we needed and explained it all. That young man was extremely polite and helpful. Hopefully this is not a trend of things to come since we enjoy visiting this campground every year. The Horse Park itself is always "Top Notch".
  • Beautiful! Great, knowledgeable staff. Good shows. Went through the week to avoid crowds. Spent extra time with horses after turn out. Wonderful experience.
  • Well laid out, immaculately kept experiential museum and barns. They feature the friendliest and most helpful park staff I've encountered. The museum is well curated and the design is engaging. There are exhibits to capture the attention of everyone from small children (the kids' barn let's you touch and climb!) to knowledgeable history buffs.

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Where to stay in Lexington

Downtown Lexington offers accommodations ranging from budget to luxury, but for easier access to the area's famous horse parks and farms, consider staying just north of the city proper. Many rustic bed and breakfasts on the edge of town offer guests a chance to stay at a farmhouse or log cabin. These properties provide not only every comfort of home, but also much more privacy than a downtown hotelĀ could offer. To avoid driving to Lexington's major urban attractions, consider a hotel near the city's convention center.
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