Kentucky Horse Park – Lexington, Kentucky

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Kentucky Horse ParkKentucky Horse Park – Lexington, Kentucky

Kentucky is known for its beautiful horses and beautiful grasslands that graze the horses.  Come and see for yourself just how fabulous this part of the state is with a visit to Lexington!

The Kentucky Horse Park is the world’s only park dedicated to man’s relationship with the horse, opened to the public.  There are approximately 115 horses on the grounds for you to see.  Most of these horses are housed in barns throughout the main “tourist attraction” area of the park including the Hall of Champions, Horses of the World Barn, Kids Barn, Mounted Police Barn and Big Barn – home to the draft and carriage horses, as well as the riding concession. Literally thousands of additional horses ship in to the park to compete in horse shows throughout the year. There are fewer horses in the winter season since some horses, on loan from different owners across the United States and Canada, go home at the end of the summer season.

The park officially opened to the public in 1978.  The history of the evolution of the park from a land grant to the present day is interesting to read, many owners, many tragedies and now success all worked to make this a place that is of great value to the state of Kentucky today.

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Ashland, the Henry Clay Estate – Lexington, Kentucky

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Ashland, the Henry Clay Estate – Lexington, Kentucky

The original Ashland Estate was so named by Henry Clay because of the surrounding Ash trees on the land.  He bought the land on the outskirts of Lexington when he felt that living in town was too confining and wanted more space for his family to grow and enjoy.

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Mary Todd Lincoln House – Lexington, Kentucky

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Mary Todd Lincoln House – Lexington, Kentucky

The year was 1818 when Mary Todd Lincoln was born in Lexington.  She was the fourth of sixteen children and the daughter of one of Lexington’s wealthier and more prominent men.  She ultimately became the wife of the sixteenth president of the United States.

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Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery – Jamestown, KY

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Conserving America’s Fisheries

Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery (NFH) was constructed in 1975, making it one of the most recently constructed hatcheries in the federal system. The station currently produces over 1,000,000 rainbow, brown and brook trout each year. These fish are stocked into over 100 different public waters in Kentucky in close partnership with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. Wolf Creek NFH is also working toward the recovery of several endangered species, including the Relict darter, Spotfin chub and the Barrens topminnow. Visitation to the hatchery is over 100,000 annually.

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Lincoln seated statue – Stanville, KY

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A 19-foot high statue of Abraham Lincoln sits in the small rural town of Stanville, Kentucky, located in Floyd County, Kentucky.

The took over a year to build at a total cost of over half a million dollars. The statue was put in place by a crane. It had to be delivered in two pieces due to the large size.

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The 3rd Annual Derby City Film Festival – Louisville, Kentucky

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A different kind of festival… Louisville, Kentucky

Louisville, Kentucky is known for many things;
The Kentucky Derby, Louisville Slugger, Muhammad Ali and the Humana Festival of New American Plays, to name a few.

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Tour the Thoroughbred World at the Heritage Horse Farm – Lexington, Kentucky

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horseracing.jpgTour the Thoroughbred World at the Heritage Horse Farm – Lexington, Kentucky

You have watched the beautiful horses run in the Kentucky Derby and seen them in other races on TV, now is the chance to actually to tour a horse farm and get a real understanding of why Kentucky is the home of world famous horses.  You will be going through the heart of the Kentucky Bluegrass horse country and seeing a number of different entities of the horse world.

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Vent Haven: Ventriloquist Museum – Fort Mitchell, Kentucky

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Vent Haven Ventriloquist Museum.jpgVent Haven: Ventriloquist Museum – Fort Mitchell, Kentucky

Located in the bump at the top of Kentucky bordering Ohio (just 5 miles south of Cincinnati) is the small community of 8000, Fort Mitchell.  In this little town is the Vent Haven: Ventriloquist Museum.  This unique stop, for those visiting the area, will have you reliving memories from when you were younger and watching the talented ventriloquists bring you from the real world into the often times humorous world of the "dummy". 

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Hidden River Cave Museum – Horse Cave, Kentucky

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horse cave.jpgHidden River Cave Museum – Horse Cave, Kentucky

The American Cave Museum and Hidden River Cave will fill your day with exciting and informative lessons of the nature of caves and how they impact our lives.  Take the self guided tour of the American Cave Museum.  There are two floors of exhibits dealing with caves, groundwater and pollution.  Then you will take the guided tour 150 feet underground to see the Hidden River Cave.

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Bluegrass Heritage Museum – Winchester, Kentucky

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Bluegrass Heritage Museum.jpgBluegrass Heritage Museum – Winchester, Kentucky

Take a trip to the Bluegrass Region of Kentucky and you will see the beauty of rolling grassland, wood and stone fences, horses and some of the most beautiful country anyplace. There is so much history in the area that you will truly have the opportunity to learn a great deal while enjoying the beauty.  The National Geographic named the Bluegrass Region one of America’s 50 must-see places so don’t miss the opportunity to visit.

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