Family-owned since the 1700s, this 1864-acre ranch has born, broken and trained numerous champions. Hour-long tours take place on various Monday and Friday mornings and offer a walk through the stallion barn and breeding shed. Two-hour tours depart on certain Wednesdays and Saturdays and add the foaling barn to the mix. Book ahead at

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1. Headley-Whitney Museum

3.02 MILES

The museum houses a 1940s Hollywood jewelry designer's remarkable collection of stones, trinkets and dollhouses. Don't miss the Shell Grotto, an old…

2. Coolmoore at Ashford Stud

5.68 MILES

Coolmore is an international breeding giant, so it’s no surprise top racehorses American Pharaoh and Justify – both Triple Crown winners – have retired to…

3. Woodford Reserve

8.14 MILES

Restored to its 1800s glory, Woodford is perhaps the prettiest distillery in Kentucky. The company still uses old-fashioned copper pots to triple distill…

4. Barrel House Distilling Co

8.25 MILES

A micro-distiller set in the barrel house of the now-defunct Pepper Distillery. It bottles bourbon, two moonshines (one aged in bourbon barrels), vodka…

6. Kentucky Horse Park

8.93 MILES

This educational theme park and equestrian sports center sits on 1200 acres just north of Lexington. Horses representing 50 different breeds live in the…

7. Mary Todd-Lincoln House

9.21 MILES

This modest 1806 house has articles from the first lady's childhood and her years as Abe's wife, including original White House pieces. Tours are held…

8. Bluegrass Distillers

9.63 MILES

Arguably the best of Lexington’s micro-distillers, it uses blue corn instead of standard corn to make its bourbon, which you’ll learn about from the super…