Visitors to the Lexington, Kentucky area should be sure to stop off at the Kentucky Horse Park. This state park comprising over 1,200 acres of Kentucky bluegress is the area's number one visitor's attraction, a major equine competition facility and a working horse farm. During the main summer season, the park is home to some 115 horses representing more than three dozen different breeds.
The International Museum of the Horse, a Smithsonian affiliate, provides on overview of the domestication of horses throughout history. Meet equine legends at the Hall of Champions and see a variety of horses in the Horses of the World presentation. Those with children should stop off at the kid's barn for pony tales and mare & foal shows. Check out their schedule online for a complete schedule for a given day's events, as well as a listing of competitions held throughout the year.
Take a break from exploring this park and enjoy lunch at their on-site restaurants. For an added fee book a trail ride. Before leaving be sure to visit the grave of legendary race horse Man 'o War, the most famous Thoroughbred race horse of the 20th century. Buried with him are a few of his offspring including Triple Crown winner War Admiral.
For additional information about visiting Lexington, request a Visitor Planning Guide or download the Big Lex City Guide for smartphone, iPhone or iPad.