This seems to be another summer when “time flies”. On the edge of July and we are yet to make up our minds on several trips we were planning. With finances tight, making a choice that suits everyone is even more complicated. Who wants to go into debt for carload of people asking the age-old question, “are we there yet”.
“There” is the question. Where is there for us this summer?
Staying close to Cincinnati has proven popular in recent years and it seems like the best practice to continue this family trend.
The Kentucky Horse Park is an internationally known destination and does not disappoint. With many breeds represented, the opportunity to ride a horse (or relax in carriage) and exhibits highlighting “all things horse”, it’s easy to see why this attraction remains popular. The Park has camping and dining options and is near to many Lexington area attractions and hotels.
In the International Museum of the Horse, a Smithsonian Affiliate, you can learn more about the history of the horse. Exhibits include 19th century carriages, a stunning collection of trophies and paintings highlighting the legacy of racing and Kentucky’s role.
The American Saddlebred is Kentucky's first native breed. The American Saddlebred Museum offers up an opportunity to learn about the breed and its place in equine history.
Designed for the younger visitors, the Al-Marah Arabian Horse Galleries are an interactive space covering 8,000 square feet. Trace their journey from the Arabian desert across Europe to America and into our hearts in films like “The Black Stallion”.
The Park also offers up the film “Rein of Nobility”. William Shatner narrates this 12 minute film that vibrantly brings the history of the horse to life.
You won’t want to miss the Horses of the World Stables. Through October 31, the excitement of the show ring comes to life twice daily in the Horses of the World Show. The Show highlights the unique characteristics of selected breeds, while authentically-costumed riders put the horses through their paces. After the show, visitors have the opportunity to learn more from the riders and pose for pictures.
Elsewhere on the property you can visit the Farrier Shop, check out the big guys in the Draft Horse Barn (including Clydesdales and Belgians), take a trail ride or a pony ride for the smaller guests, visit the kids barn, or just stroll (or trot) the grounds and observe the sculptures and memorials.
The Park has a delightful gift shop with item for every equine lover and also carries local products and art. Dining options include the Bit & Bridle Restaurant and the Farmhouse Café.
An easy drive from Cincinnati via I-75 South. Follow the signs to the park.
4089 Iron Works Parkway, Lexington, Kentucky 40511