Explore Kentucky Horse Park Near Lexington, KY

Located just 10 minutes from Dan Cummins Chevrolet Buick of Georgetown, Kentucky Horse Park is a one-of-a-kind theme park, museum, and training facility dedicated to Kentucky’s equine history. During the main season from the beginning of April to the end of October, the park hosts outdoor activities, including camps and live shows. For the winter season, which lasts from the beginning of November to the end of March, visitors can enjoy indoor activities and self-guided tours of the park.

During the main season, the park is open Wednesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Their winter hours are Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Here are the admissions prices for the Kentucky Horse Park:

  • Adults aged 13-61: $20.
  • Seniors aged 62 and older: $18.
  • Children aged 6-12: $10.
  • Children under 5: free.
  • Active duty military and veterans with valid ID: $10.
  • Parking: $5 per day.

Here are some of the activities Kentucky Horse Park offers for the entire family:

Brown horse in a field near Lexington, KY

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Youth Riding Camps

Kentucky Horse Park hosts several day riding camps for children and teens during the summer. Typically, the park hosts four week-long camps every summer: two for beginning riders and two for intermediate riders. These camps are appropriate for campers between the ages of 8 and 14. During these programs, campers build their riding skills, swim in the park pool, complete arts and crafts, and visit different areas of the park. The camp day lasts from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and a week-long camp costs $300 per camper.

Paid Riding Experiences

During the main season, those who visit the Kentucky Horse Park can go on guided horseback tours and pony rides. Horseback tours are appropriate for guests over age 7, and the pony rides are open to guests between the ages of 2 and 12, with some height and weight restrictions. Both experiences are ideal for riders of all experience levels. The horseback tours cost $25 per ride, while the pony rides cost $5 per ride.

Museums

The Kentucky Horse Park has three museum facilities, each focusing on a different aspect of horse ownership and history. These museums are open year-round, regardless of weather:

The International Museum of the Horse

The International Museum of the Horse is a Smithsonian-affiliated facility that focuses on the history of horses in many cultures. It’s the largest horse museum in the world at over 60,000 square feet. The museum hosts permanent and temporary exhibits about many horse-related topics, like the history of the draft horse in America. In the Al-Marah Arabian Horse Galleries, visitors can use interactive technology to learn about how Arabian horses came from the Middle East to America.

The American Saddlebred Museum

The American Saddlebred Museum focuses on the history of Saddlebred horses in America. Originally bred during the American Revolution, the American Saddlebred is Kentucky’s oldest native horse breed. This museum celebrates the history of this uniquely American horse, with permanent and floating exhibitions focusing on key events and figures in the breed’s development. They also host exhibitions of important artists who painted and sculpted horses. The museum’s gift shop features a range of local and Kentucky-made products.

The Wheeler Museum

The Wheeler Museum is dedicated to the history of equestrian sports. It features antique saddles, trophies, and photos of past show-jumping horse champions. Named for Sallie and Kenny Wheeler, key figures in equestrian sports, the museum also contains artifacts from the Show Jumping Hall of Fame, previously located in Tampa, Florida. This museum is a must-see for equestrians and show-jumping enthusiasts.

Memorials and Statues

Many famous racehorses and show-jumpers are buried at Kentucky Horse Park, making the park an ideal place for fans of equestrian history. Some champion horses, like Man o’ War, have memorials for themselves and other horses in their bloodline, while others are buried alongside the Park’s Walk of Champions. The park features statues of many famous jumpers and racehorses, and visitors can walk around the park’s beautiful grounds and pay tribute to these magnificent athletes.

Shows

During the main season, the Kentucky Horse Park hosts lots of live events, featuring horses of all different breeds. The Hall of Champions Show features the horses that currently live in the Park’s Hall of Champions. The park also puts on a Parade of Breeds show in the afternoons in the summer, featuring different horse breeds, including the Paso Fino, American Quarterhorse, and Andalusian. In these shows, you can learn about the cultural backgrounds of different horse breeds and watch them perform traditional equestrian moves from their native lands.

Mounted Police Barn

The Kentucky Horse Park has a staff of mounted police officers who patrol the park, attend events and maintain order on campus. They serve as first responders to emergencies and handle crowd control during parades and horse shows. You can also visit the Mounted Police Barn during the main season to meet the horses and mounted police officers who aren’t on duty at the moment. The mounted police horses come from a range of breeds and each has its own personality and skills.

Camping

The Kentucky Horse Park’s Campground is open year-round for campers. Campsites have wireless internet and access to water and electricity hookups. You can bring pets to the campground, as long as they stay leashed during your stay. Campers at the Kentucky Horse Park’s Campground can enjoy the campground shop, pool, tennis courts, and trails. They can also visit the park’s other attractions and museums for a reduced fee. The park provides a shuttle service between campsites and the park’s main areas. Campsite prices vary based on the season and the specific site’s amenities, so check their website for those details.

Kentucky Horse Park is just one of the many experiences our state has to offer. What’s your favorite place for a family adventure? Let us know! At Dan Cummins Chevrolet Buick of Georgetown, we’re passionate about a different sort of horsepower. Check out our new vehicle inventory to find your next ride to get you there.