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Welcome to the #1 Rated Activity in Lexington!
Awarded The 2013 Certificate of Excellence by Trip Advisor!

A horse on our tour up close and personal

Welcome to family owned Thoroughbred Heritage Horse Farm Tours where we offer to give you the best guided horse farm tour bar none or your money back.

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 thoroughbreds. 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!

Jockey statues that you may see on our tour

Thoroughbred Heritage Tours will provide you with a unique experience of the Kentucky Bluegrass. Our guides go through an extensive tour training program, so you can count on the accuracy of the information that is presented and the professionalism of the presenter. Our guides always use hands free microphone headsets so you can hear the tour narration clearly.

You'll also be comfortable & safe! All of our vehicles are fully climate controlled, we have a perfect on the road safety record, and are fully licensed and insured.

Advance purchase required. Tours sell out!

Zerve! Buy tickets online: Horse Farm Tour of the Kentucky Bluegrass Country. Or to purchase by phone, call Zerve at (800) 979-3370

Tour Information

Public Daily Tours

Our tours run 7 days a week. We'll take a walking tour of Lexington's Keeneland Race Course. We'll step into a beautiful horse farm to visit the stallion barn and see their champions. We'll drive through one of the most lovely horse farms in the bluegrass. Along the way you'll see beautiful Lexington rock fences, scenic historical sites, world famous Calumet farm, broodmares, foals and more!

We pick up and drop off at two locations. The Campbell House (1375 S. Broadway) at 8:30am and 12:30pm, and the Embassy Suites (1801 Newtown Pike) at 8:45am and 12:45pm. In addition to our primary pickup locations we can also pickup guests staying at our other partner hotels such as the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Gratz Park Inn, Lyndon House, Marriott Griffin Gate, Marriott Courtyard North, Clarion, Sheraton Four Points and Fairfield Inn.

Public Daily Tour Rates:

Adults: $34, Seniors $32, Children 12 & under $24

Advance purchase required. Tours sell out!

Zerve! Check availability and buy tickets online. Or call Zerve at (800) 979-3370

Step On & Private Tours

We also offer custom tours that can be tailored to suit your group's interests and time constraints. We can arrange quality transportation that accommodates your group, or we can provide a step on guide to accompany your own transportation. You can choose a walking tour of Keeneland Race Course, a visit to Old Friends (home to over 100 past champion horses), tours of bourbon distilleries, a drive through a beautiful horse farm or a tour of several premier thoroughbred farms.

Step On Tour Guide Rates:

Hourly Rate: $95, Minimum Charge: $225

Private Tour Rates:

Contact us directly at (800) 808-9533 for a private tour quote. Special pickup arrangements can be made for private tours.

Prices may very during peak times such as the Kentucky Derby and during the off season.

 

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I was recently on a trip to Lexington, KY with my four boys, ages 13,11,8 and 5, and wanted them to experience a tour of a horse farm. I had the privilege of going on a few tours when I was their age and my dad was an assistant football coach at the University of Kentucky. A friend arranged a tour for us provided by Larry Miano of Thoroughbred Heritage Tours, and it was fantastic! Larry met us at our hotel early in the morning with juice and dough nuts (a big hit with the boys) and proceeded to take us on a very interesting and informative tour. We visited Keeneland Race Track first, and got a chance to watch several horses going through morning workouts. After that, we headed out to horse country and enjoyed an up close and personal tour of the spectacular WinStar Farm. The tour was everything that I hoped it would be for my boys, and a great way to cap our visit to Lexington. If you are ever in the area and looking for a great horse farm tour, I strongly recommend goingwith Thoroughbred Heritage Horse Farm Tours.
—Todd Blackledge, ESPN Sports Analyst, Canton, OH

FANTASTIC Please don't hesitate to sign up for this tour! It is so informative and we enjoyed it VERY much. Dan was our tour guide and the knowledge this man has is extraordinary!! You will not be disappointed, I cannot recommend it enough!! Very thorough and enjoyable tour of the area. —CA Kersh

Highlight of Our Vacation! The Thoroughbred Horse Farm Tour was the highlight of our vacation! Our tour guide was very personable and extremely knowledgeable about the area and farms. The horse farms and surrounding areas are beautiful! We got to see champion racehorses up close and personal, and that is indeed a rare opportunity for anyone to see. The tour of Keeneland was absolutely wonderful. I would recommend this tour very highly! —Steven Holmes

Supurb value for the price!! Highly Recommended!!! Kim - the tour director was a fountain of knowledge regarding the local horse racing and racing support scene. She was on first name basis with a lot of the support staff at each farm we visited which made the experience memorable. She was sharp, on time, quick to respond, and full of local color that could not have been easily obtained via other sources. It was a true pleasure to spend time in her company and observe the Kentucky thouroughbred scene throough the eyes of an experienced narrator. —David Kreimer

Fabulous!!!! This tour was the highlight for both my husband and I out of our 8-day trip around Kentucky......and we are not even "horse people"! Our guide, Nicholas, is a horse farm manager, trainer and horse owner. He was personable, knowledgeable, insightful and very willing to answer questions so that we could get the most out of the experience. Our trip started at the Keeneland race track where we could see horses on their morning workouts, tour the grounds and some of the buildings. It was quite busy there as a multi-day horse auction was going on. Then we were driven through the surrounding countryside, around inside a huge, beautiful horse farm, over to see the grave of Seattle Slew, and finally stopped at the Magdalena farm. There we were able to visit the beautiful horses and learn more from the manager. It was a terrific learning experience as well as a great way to get a "feel" of the local culture and see the wonderful scenery. I highly recommend this tour.....it was WELL worth the cost! bbsnwa, NW Arkansas

"Horse Lovers Catnip" Any horse lover would love this tour of Keeneland Downs and horse farms. We saw horses working on the track while at Keeneland, and wandered these beautiful grounds. We finished with a stop at a wonderful horse farm, with the farm manager graciously showing us around. Saw mares and foals, current racing stock and a goat! Larry, our tour guide, was very knowledgeable and friendly. We had a full van load, but were very comfortable. Great value for the price. Wildwilma, Leawood

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A preview of the Google Maps map of the tour's pickup locations

Directions

Our primary tour pickup locations are the Campbell House and Embassy Suites. Use the blue arrows on the map for directions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to purchase tickets in advance?
Yes, and since tours often sell out we recommend you book as far in advance as possible. Buy tickets online through Zerve now!
Are the tours always the same?
Tours vary on weekends and during Keeneland's racing season in April and October. During the race season we go to Keeneland in the morning every day and only Monday and Tuesday afternoons. An additional farm or other venue is substituted for Keeneland.
Where do we meet the tour?
We pick up and drop off at two primary locations. The Campbell House (1375 S. Broadway) at 8:30am and 12:30pm, and the Embassy Suites (1801 Newtown Pike) at 8:45am and 12:45pm. In addition to our primary pickup locations we can also pickup guests staying at our other partner hotels such as the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Gratz Park Inn, Lyndon House, Marriott Griffin Gate, Marriott Courtyard North, Clarion, Sheraton Four Points and Fairfield Inn.
What if I am late?
We leave on time and to be fair to everyone we cannot wait. If you are running late by a couple of minutes call (859) 260-8687 and we will try to assist you but no guarantee.
Are we on the van the whole tour?
Absolutely not. The tour takes place on a van since the locations are spread around the Lexington area. But we get off the van at Keeneland Race Course and at one of the premier thoroughbred farms giving you the opportunity to experience the locations and to take pictures.
Is there an age limit?
There is no age limit but it is not recommended for children under six. If you do take infants and/or toddlers they must be in a car seat (state law).
Are food or drinks offered on the tour?
No food is provided or allowed on the van. You may bring covered or bottled beverages.
Will we be able to purchase gifts on the tour?
We generally allow a few minutes at the Keeneland gift shop, time permitting.
Is there a restroom stop?
Yes, we stop for one restroom break.
What happens if it rains?
Our tours go on rain or shine and we have only cancelled one time due to weather. Please dress appropriately for the weather as we do get off the van several times. During inclement weather we have covered walkways at Keeneland and are generally inside the thoroughbred barns when we visit the farm.
Is there a reschedule policy?
We will allow rescheduling to another tour, subject to availability, only if you do so at least 24 hours in advance.
Do you offer private tours?
We offer customized private tours. Please call (800) 808-9533 to make arrangements.
Do you offer step on tours?
We can provide a step on tour guide for your motor coach or vehicle or we can provide a motor coach and guide. Please call (800) 808-9533 to make arrangements.
Are gift certificates available?
Yes. A Thoroughbred Heritage Tour is the perfect gift for family or friends that are visiting or passing through Lexington, Kentucky. Call us toll free at (800) 808-9533 or book your gift certificate online.

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A Smiling Horse A Clock at Keeneland A horse's eyeball The gate at Donamire A man walking the horse before a race at Keeneland A barn at Lane's End Kentucky Derby winning jockey, Calvin Borel

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Contact Us

For Public Daily Tours

Advance purchase required. Tours sell out!
We recommend you book as far in advance as possible.

Zerve! Check Availability and Buy Tickets Online: Horse Farm Tour of the Kentucky Bluegrass Country.


Or to purchase by phone call Zerve at (800) 979-3370


For Private Tours & Step On Tours

  • Local: (859) 260-8687
  • Toll Free: (800) 808-9533

When calling, please be ready to provide your name, phone number, party size, and desired tour date and time. Or fill out the form below and we will get back to you as soon as possible.