Horse Farms & Race Tracks
Visit Kentucky’s most famous Horse Country attractions
Legendary horses including Kentucky Derby winners and Breeders’ Cup champions call Kentucky home. Many stud horse farms offer tours to see these fantastic animals. To find the next star, see foals at a horse nursery or visit a training facility where yearlings prep for their maiden race.
The Bluegrass State is also home to two of the most famous horse racing tracks in the world – Churchill Downs and Keeneland Race Course. During April, May, June, September, October and November, watch live horse racing and place your bets! Keep in mind that the Kentucky Derby takes place the first weekend in May each year. The Kentucky Derby Museum is open year-round to explore the legacy of the “Greatest Two Minutes in Sports” and take historic walking tours of Churchill Downs.
Mint Julep offers horse farm tours and other horse-related experiences on custom tours year-round. Public ticketed bus tours are currently only available the Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday of Derby Week; Nov. 30 on a Best of Kentucky public tour; and the Thursday and Sunday of Breeders’ Cup Week.
Popular destinations include:
- Coolmore’s Ashford Stud: Home of Triple Crown champs American Pharoah and Justify and Derby winner Fusaichi Pegasus
- Claiborne Farm: The birthplace of more than 80 champion race horses and burial site of Secretariat
- Old Friends Farm: A retirement center for thoroughbreds whose racing and breeding careers have come to an end
Choose Your Tour Type
Select public tours to horse farms are available throughout the year.
The Best of Kentucky public tour visiting a horse farm and bourbon distillery will be available Nov. 30.
You can also travel through scenic rolling hills and Kentucky countryside on a full-day Horse Country experience before attending the Kentucky Derby or Breeders' Cup. Public tours of horse farms are available Derby Week 2019 (coming soon!) and Breeders' Cup 2018 (Nov. 1 and 4).
Horse Country Tour
Visit two world-renowned thoroughbred stallion farms and enjoy lunch at a locally-owned restaurant.
Best of Kentucky Tour
Get the best of both worlds with a horse farm tour and a bourbon distillery tour in the same day, paired with a local lunch.
Bourbon Country Tour
Devote your day to Kentucky’s other famous tourist attraction – bourbon! Visit two bourbon distilleries and stop for lunch.
Add horse farms to your customized tour itinerary to give your group a full Kentucky experience. More than 20 horse farms open their doors for tours. Your visit Horse Country can include stud farms, nurseries, clinics and training facilities. Ask your experience coordinator to suggest the best destination for your tour.
Groups also love a history lesson at landmarks like Churchill Downs, the Kentucky Derby Museum, and Keeneland Race Course.