Kentucky Horse Country
Visit Kentucky’s most famous Horse Country attractions- legendary horse farms & race tracks
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 public horse farm tours and other horse-related experiences on custom tours year-round. Public ticketed bus tours will be available the Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday of Derby Week Tours.
Horse Farms & Attractions
- Churchill Downs
- Coolmore @ Ashford Stud
- Hermitage Farm
- Kentucky Derby Museum
- Mill Ridge
- Old Friends Retirement Farm
- Taylor Made
- Sun Valley Farm
Choose Your Tour Type
Select public tours to horse farms are available throughout the year. You can travel through scenic rolling hills and Kentucky countryside on a full-day Horse Country experience before attending the Kentucky Derby.
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.
DERBY WEEK TOURS
Visit world-renowned thoroughbred stallion farms in Kentucky’s Horse Country during Kentucky Derby week.
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.