Georgetown, KY Horse-related Activities
BLUE GRASS TOURS - There is no better way to see Central Kentucky's beautiful Bluegrass Region than with Bluegrass Tours-the area's oldest and largest tour operator. You'll ride through pristine countryside filled with exquisite horse farms and stop for a visit to at least one of them. Next, visit historic downtown Lexington to enjoy sites like Mary Todd Lincoln's childhood home, Transylvania University, the grand houses of the Gratz Park district and the elegant bronze statues and fountains of Thoroughbred Park. You'll visit either world-famous Keeneland Race Course or harness racing's historic Red Mile racetrack. Your tour will also include a view of the great Man O' War statue and gravesite standing guard over the Kentucky Horse Park's entry. Blue Grass Tours offers a daily 9 a.m. morning tour April through October-with tours by special arrangement during the rest of the year. Please allow 3 hours for each tour. Office hours are Monday through Friday 8 am to 5 pm. 859-252-5744 or 800-755-6956
KEENELAND RACE COURSE - Noted as one of the world's most beautiful racetracks. Keeneland Association holds racing meets in April and October. Its annual sales, held in a pavilion on the grounds, are the world's largest and most prestigious Thoroughbred auctions. Visitors are welcome to stroll the grounds any time of the year. You might want to come early to watch the morning workouts on the main track mid-March to Mid-November. Tours are available for non-profit or schools only. Reservations required. 859-288-4142 or 800-456-3412
RED MILE HARNESS TRACK - Since 1875, more harness racing world records have been established on this red clay track than on any other. Race meets are held late in the Spring and Fall. Visitors are always welcome to stroll the grounds between 7 a.m. and dark. During race meets, the barn area is closed. In July the track is the site of the nation's largest outdoor Saddlebred show. Self Guided Tour. 859-255-0752
THE THOROUGHBRED CENTER - Where the champions of tomorrow are in training today. Observe trainers up close as they teach their horses the skills they will need to become winners. You may even get to watch a future Derby winner step into a starting gate and break from it for the very first time. After workouts, be amazed at the care, equipment, and methods used to keep these magnificent horses in championship racing condition. Make plans to visit this unique facility during your stay in the bluegrass, and become a part of Kentucky's world-famous Thoroughbred industry. Tours available. Monday-Saturday 9 a.m. (April -October); Monday-Friday 9 a.m. (November-March). 859-293-1853
THOROUGHBRED HERITAGE HORSE FARM TOURS - Experience why Kentucky is world famous! Our fun and informative tours (approximately 3 hours in length) take you through the heart and soul of Kentucky's beautiful blue grass horse country. Drive by, see and hear the history of Calumet farm, home of a breeding and racing dynasty that dominated the sport of kings during the 1940s, 1950s and beyond. Step out and enjoy a walking tour of the ivy-covered grounds of historic Keeneland Race Course, home to the planet's most expensive horse auctions. Take a peek at the thoroughbred horse lifestyle as we take you behind the scenes to explore a premier thoroughbred farm and visit up close and personal with their famous stallions. We'll even see where scenes from the major motion pictures Secretariat, Seabiscuit and Dreamer were filmed. Our knowledgeable guides will make sure you don't miss a hoofbeat! Tours are daily at 9:00 am and 1:00 pm. To make a reservation call 800-973-3370 or 859-260-8687.
HORSE FARM TOURS, INC. - Visit historic downtown Lexington, drive by the sloping hills of the legendary Calumet Farm, take a walking tour of Keenland racecourse, take in the gift shop, and stop by two working thoroughbred farms, including Old Friends. For further information, rates, and reservations call 859-268-2906
Note: When visiting a horse farm, it's customary to tip the groom or farm representative who shows you around, usually $5 to $10 depending upon the time spent with you. If taking a guided or private tour, ask if the fee includes tips.
If you like to travel at your own pace, have specific farms, horses and attractions you want to see--or want the added allure of "insider" knowledge and access--you can hire a private guide for a custom tour. This is the luxurious way to go. Most private tour companies have access to a wide variety of farms (some not open to groups or do-it-yourself tours). You can make pit stops or photo stops as often as you like. And your guide should entertain you with all kinds of fascinating facts, legends and lore.
As you might expect, private, custom tours cost more than guided group tours but may turn out to be a somewhat comparably priced alternative if you have more than a few people in your family or group. In most cases, custom tours are offered as a "step-on service" --the guide joins you in your vehicle. Some companies will provide transportation, especially for groups.
What you'll pay for a custom tour can vary widely depending upon the tour company, the length and content of the tour, the number in your party, and whether you use their transportation or yours. Minimum prices recently quoted ranged from $65 to $150 for a two or three hour tour for a few people. Here are companies that offer private, custom tours. All are friendly and knowledgeable. A good way to choose one is to call in advance of your visit to discuss possible itineraries and rates and to get a sense of which guide's personality and tour style might best complement your own.
Karen Edelstein, Private Guide. 859-266-5465
Kentucky Horse Tours. 859-312-1124
Kentucky Living History Tours. 859-293-9367
Horses of Kentucky. 859-277-4625
Lexington Connection, Inc. 859-269-4040
Lexington in Touch, Inc. 859-224-4226
Tours of Tradition by Scott Goodlett, Inc. 859-879-0319 or 800-450-6444
Creative Tours. Your group must include four to eight people.859-223-9293