Everyone knows, or at least should know, that horses are at the very center of life in Kentucky. Our modern world may have less demand for horses, but that doesn’t change the fact that there will always be a special connection to horses in the hearts and minds of Kentuckians. Horses are, after all, a defining feature of the state’s culture, and are but one aspect of the incredible adventures that await you here in Kentucky. One visit to a Kentucky horse farm or, and you’ll feel that connection we have to horses that runs deep and true. There’s one destination above all others for horse lovers in Kentucky, and that is the Kentucky Horse Park. There are a number of Kentucky Bed and Breakfasts nearby, too, which offer you the perfect choice for lodging while you’re here. Find an Inn, then come experience Kentucky’s horse culture up close and personal this winter.
A Guide to the Kentucky Horse Park
The Kentucky Horse Park is a one-stop horse attraction. It is open year-round, and is a great place to visit during the winter months. There will be less crowds at this time of year, leaving you free to enjoy the experience. Tickets include entrance into the world-renowned International Museum of the Horse, the American Saddlebred Museum, as well as the beautiful grounds. The Kentucky Horse Park is home to more than 40 different breeds of horses, and is a wonderful glimpse into Kentucky’s world of horses. Here are just a few things included in your experience at the Kentucky Horse Park this winter:
- Meet Kentucky’s most famous residents at the Hall of Champions. Famous residents include 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.
- Browse the exhibits at International Museum of the Horse, which is dedicated to all breeds of horses and covers more than 50 million years of equine history.
- Tour the American Saddlebred Museum, the Showplace for Saddlebreds, which offers a glimpse into Kentucky’s first native breed of horse.
- Visit the Man O’ War Memorial and take a stroll along the Memorial Walk of Champions
- Visit Draft horses and other barns on the Walking Barn Tour.
- Visit the Show Jumping Hall of Fame.
If your travels bring you back to Kentucky during the spring or summer, you may be lucky enough to catch a show or other event at the Kentucky Horse Park, but you’ll want to plan ahead for that.
When making plans to visit Kentucky, don’t forget to make the best lodging choice possible; to stay at a Kentucky Bed and Breakfast. Whether you prefer to stay in a cozy bed and breakfast, a charming countryside cottage, or a century-old historic inn, there is a Kentucky Bed and Breakfast waiting for you in horse country. Find your favorite Inn, and book your room today.