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Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington

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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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  • Nice way to spend a few hours. We are not horse enthusiasts, but the museum and live attractions were both interesting and entertaining. Would not recommend going in the afternoon. The best shows are ...  more »
  • I really loved this place. The horses were magnificent animals. I loved the horse statue as you enter. There were demonstrations of horsemanship. The incredible variety of horses was awesome. Some of ...  more »
  • We had so much fun at the KY Horse Park! Tons of opportunities to see and pet horses, great shows, and very friendly staff. There is a lot of walking, but the main attractions are fairly close togethe...  more »
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  • 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".
  • 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.
  • Same here as described in previous review. When came in to check in there were 2 attendants working and the girl was just acting very snobbish. The boy asked me if I am staying for some event and after repeatedly asking him what it was, the girl jumped in and just threw a paper and a pen at me and strictly ordered me to "read and initial on the bottom" and walked away. The boy did not answer the questions about the event, just plainly stated "you obviously are not here for it" without explaining it. Nobody offered any info on the Horse park and honestly after feeling very unwelcome I did not dare to ask. Hope the people at the park will be more willing to give information about what we can do at the park as it is our first time staying. Disappointed. Also for the prices and the popularity of the campground the sewer hookups should be available. Oh well.
  • I love watching horses and being around them, although I have no experience handling them. Enjoyed the horse drawn trolley ride but it was rather short. (Included with admission cost, at least). All the staff and riders are extremely nice. Fishing in the ponds was a big disappointment for my son - could have been the weather or just the time of day, but he desperately wanted to catch some fish and could not. Attendance on the Friday we were there seemed much lower than I remember it from visits in the past. There didn't seem to be as much "going on" as I remembered, but maybe that was the time of year (always went in summer in past).