Thank you to Georgetown/Scott County Tourism for providing complimentary tickets to the Kentucky Horse Park. All opinions listed are 100% my own.
When I visited Georgetown, KY recently I honestly never thought I would fall madly in love with a little town like I did. When they say “small-town charm”, they mean it.
Everything about my weekend here was amazing — including my visit to the Kentucky Horse Park — a park dedicated to celebrating the history of the relationship with a horse through education, exhibition, engagement, and competition.
Now, you may remember that I talked about the Old Friends Farm, which focuses on retired racehorses, the Kentucky Horse Park focuses on the beauty of show horses and competition such as Saddle horses, barrel racing and more.
What to See and Do at the Kentucky Horse Park
There are SO many things to see and do while you visit the Kentucky Horse Park. On the day of our visit, not only did we get to see all the attractions while there, but there was an actual competition going on.
We got to watch these young riders prance their beautiful horses around the arena, waiting to win that coveted 1st prize spot.
Parade of Breeds Show
I have to admit, I have always been enamored by show horses. I love watching them perform. In fact, Michele and I loved watching the Parade of Breeds Show.
During this show, you learn all about the history of each breed, the characteristics most often are seen, and the actual horse that represents the breed at the Park.
And the best part? After the show, you get to meet the riders, trainers, and pet the horses — which is always my favorite part.
Have I mentioned how much I LOVE horses?
Trolley Ride Around the Farm
I loved taking the trolley ride around the farm, which is pulled by the Big Barn draft horses.
It helps you to really get a feel of what all goes on here and you get an up-close look at all the fun things you want to see while here.
Hall of Champions
The Hall of Champions was awesome! Each beautiful horse was brought out and their story shared.
Here, Thoroughbred legends Da Hoss, Funny Cide, and Go for Gin, as well as American Quarter Horse Be A Bono, Standardbred Trotter Mr. Muscleman, and Standardbred Pacers Staying Together, Western Dreamer, and Won The West are shown in daily presentations.
The kid's barn is super interactive. I loved watching all the little ones learn about horses and play with all kinds of horse related toys. They learn how to get in the saddle, and if they play their cards right when the horses come out, they get to pet them as well.
Kids have the opportunity to help the friendly staff groom horses, go on scavenger hunts, and jump their own course of fences, on foot, in the “Champion's Arena” located in the grassy area right beside the barn. Both children and adults can learn about the basics of horses and how to care for them.
American Saddlebred Museum
Once you are done touring the park, walk the short distance to the American Saddlebred Museum which is full of amazing history!
I loved looking at the rich historical items from back in the day — and learning so much about the showing of horses. The American Saddlebred Museum highlights the role Saddlebred horses have played in American history and culture. From a large research library to exhibits and a gift shop, this museum is the world’s best place to learn about American Saddlebreds.
Price to Visit the Kentucky Horse Park
Kentucky Horse Park tickets include admission to the world-renowned International Museum of the Horse, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, the American Saddlebred Museum – the Showplace for Saddlebreds, and our beautiful grounds year-round.
During the summer season, guests will also enjoy the Horse-Drawn Tour and live equine presentations throughout the day. Many additional horse shows and special events take place on the grounds throughout the year, but may require a separate or additional ticket.
Food concessions are available on park grounds, but visitors are welcome to picnic on the grounds, as well. Picnic tables are available first-come, first serve.
From April to November, pricing is as follows:
- Adult $20.00
- Senior $18.00
- Children (6-12) $10.00
- Children (5 & under) Free
Oh, and the park is pet-friendly! How awesome is that?
From November to March, pricing is as follows:
- ADULT $ 12
- CHILD $ 6 6-12
- 5 and under FREE
- SENIOR $ 10 62 +
- MILITARY $ 6 with ID
Click here to learn more and find out the showtimes, etc of all the fun things to see and do at the Kentucky Horse Park.
This place is truly magical and will awe you like you won't believe it. I felt like a little girl all over again. I fell madly in love with Black Beauty — the first horse I ever really truly loved.
Check my entire weekend in Georgetown by watching THIS video. Pay special close attention to my favorite horse at the Kentucky Horse Park!
Saturday 14th of March 2020
This article was very useful for planning my trip to Lexington. Thank you! But there are SO many ads it was frustrating. Just letting you know
Saturday 21st of March 2020
Sorry about the ads, but that is how I pay the bills :) Glad you were able to have a great time in Lexington!
Wednesday 2nd of January 2019
This would be a great stop during a road trip there. However, I am not very fond of animal shows. It would be great to see them in open. I am glad that you have had a great time with kids there.
Tuesday 1st of January 2019
Wow, the. Horse Park toyr sounds like a wonderful experience! I haven’t been on a horse ride before but seeing all the fun activities amd how gorgeous this places I wpuld love to try it. Thanks for the share.
Friday 28th of December 2018
I'm planning an epic American road trip for either later this year or next so this was really useful to read. I'll definitely add this to my list of places to visit.
Thursday 27th of December 2018
What a lovely little gem! This is a place that both myself and my husband would love visiting. Actually, it looks like a place that horse lovers of all ages would enjoy visiting.