This was spring break week for our kids. Grandpa and Grandma were supposed to stop by on their way back from a few months in Florida and hang out with us for a week. My plan was to take 3 days off to spend with family. Unfortunately a health issue canceled the Grandpa and Grandma visit. Thankfully we know that it's nothing super serious!
Our 10 year old daughter is a huge horse lover and our plan had been to take a day and all of us would go to the Kentucky Horse Park for a day trip. Even though part of our group couldn't make it I decided to take the days off anyway, and we also decided to go to the Horse park with just our immediate family on one of the days.
My wife used to live in Lexington during her time with Toyota (and before we met), but nobody else in the family had ever been to the park. Our oldest was not excited about the trip as she kept reminding us of her fear of horses ("They're so big!"). She managed very well and she even pet a horse or two!
We started out by going to the International Museum of the Horse. This is pretty much the first thing you come to when you leave the visitor center. The kids seemed to really enjoy it and the boys were excited because there was a spot where they could put on jockey jerseys and goggles.
We went from there to the Farrier building. The boys were excited because there was fire and a guy hitting red hot metal. I liked my oldest son's comment later though when he wanted to go back to the farrier. "Dad, I want to go back and learn more from the farrier". I Love that's how he was thinking about it.
We moved on the where the draft horses were. I have to say that this was my favorite thing to see. Draft horses are just so beautiful. They are such huge animals. The hall of champions was in this area as well. I unfortunately don't know my horses all that well, and wasn't aware of what I was looking at, and who all had stalls in that barn. Strolling through though I saw a nameplate for a horse called Mr. Muscleman!
After watching the draft horse demonstration we decided to have a little picnic. There is a playground area to the left when you exit the visitor center and we set up camp there. It seems strange to travel 90 minutes to go to a playground, but this is where the kids spent the longest time! It was fun though because they played with so many kids and when we walked around after that my son kept saying, "There's my friend I played with".
The last thing on our visit was the Breeds Barn Show. In this presentation riders brought out their horses in a small arena and rode as an announcer described the breed, and things that made them unique. It was a very informative show and I learned quite a lot.
The drive from Cincinnati to the park was not too bad. With no traffic issues you can make the trip in under 2 hours. If you have any horse lovers in your family, it's definitely a worthwhile destination. We had a great family adventure at the Kentucky Horse Park.