More than 10,000 farm tourists a year can’t be wrong – “these tours are ADDICTIVE!”
Oldham Farm Tours offers the most unique Kentucky horse farm tours because TOUCHING is not only allowed – it’s ENCOURAGED! But not just our horse farm tours, all 15 Oldham Farm Tours are hands-on, interactive learning experiences that will create lasting memories of your Kentucky getaway. Known as the “Farm Tour Capital of Kentucky,” Oldham, Kentucky, is just 20 minutes from downtown Louisville and 60 minutes from Cincinnati at Exit 14 off I-71.
Call the farms ahead and schedule more than one farm tour in a day – you’ll be HOOKED after the first one! You’ll want to love and feed our animals. Pick and taste gourmet veggies at Hemmer Hill Sheep Farm – just one of our NEW Foodie Farm Tours. Walk and smell the flowers at our nature preserves and botanical garden. Milk a cow at our dairy, then ride into a herd of Kentucky bison!
Our farm tours are fun and educational, yet offer you a behind-the-scenes glimpse inside the world of Kentucky’s horse industry, our foodie farm movement and our “green” initiative farms showcasing conservation and sustainability.
Beyond the Farms
You’ll surely recognize Windy Meadows Horse Farm from Hallmark’s® latest film series, “The Ultimate Legacy,” starring Raquel Welch, and the August 2016 debut of “J.L. Ranch,” starring Jon Voight and Melanie Griffith. In addition to being a hot Kentucky film location, Windy Meadows showcases horses of all breeds and tells the story of each gorgeous one! You’ll get the real scoop about life on a Kentucky horse farm with this tour!
Hermitage Farm is a historic world-class equine operation since being purchased in the 1800s. Today, the farm operates as a maternity ward and nursery for horses, producing more than 200 Stakes winners since its inception. Past thoroughbred residents at Hermitage feature a number of champions including Kentucky Derby, Kentucky Oaks, and Breeders’ Cup winners. Once visited by Queen Elizabeth, the Main House at Hermitage is also available for events.
Come touch the memories on Second Stride Retired Race Horse Farm and learn first-hand how these special thoroughbred horses start down the path to new careers after racing! This hands-on informative tour will highlight the kings and queens of Kentucky race horse heritage! Come feed them peppermints and carrots and take the best Kentucky horse farm tour photos imaginable!
Bison & Bourbon
With views overlooking the Ohio River, Woodland Bison Farm teaches guests about Kentucky bison while riding through the bison herd on a wagon! You’ll see gourmet organic produce being raised for high-end hotels and restaurants, and you’ll learn about the farm’s sustainably raised bison for Kentucky Bison Company. Purchase bison, pork, eggs and produce from the farm store.
Learn the art of craft distilling and the use of locally grown grains on an interactive tour of one of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail’s newest members – Kentucky Artisan Distillery, home of Jefferson’s Bourbons, Whiskey Row and Highspire Rye Whiskey. Every tour offers a behind-the-scenes view of the process, including a rare visit to the actual lab where the experiments of Jefferson’s founder and master blender, Trey Zoeller, come to life!
Lush Gardens & Native Habitats
At the 170-acre Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve, little ones can toddle about a magical forest play area after visiting the natural history museum. The whole family can enjoy 9 miles of scenic wooded trails and meadows along spring-fed creeks, a frog pond, new 2-acre woodland garden, a bird blind, waterfalls, picnic areas and camping.
See the stone castle rising over Yew Dell Botanical Gardens, a nationally-recognized center of gardening and sustainable horticulture. Visitors will find extensive display gardens, as well as having their pick of educational programs and family-oriented community events. The kiddos will surely enjoy Yew Dell’s “Nature and Garden Backpack” or the “Books ‘n’ Blankets.”
Learn about Kentucky’s native trees, shrubs, flowers and grasses from a cancer survivor at Meadowview Farm & Natural Habitat Garden, a sustainable farm whose owners believe in living as close to the land as possible. The farm specializes in heirloom plants, such as rare black popcorn, Native American flour corn and dried beans, plus jams, jellies and baked goods made from heirloom veggies and ground corn flour or meal.
Delicious Dairy & Fine Fabrics
Got milk? Harvest Home Dairy does – artisan cheeses, too. Schedule a tour and watch a working family dairy farm in action and see why happy cows really do give more milk. The best time to visit? When there are babies to see and feed! Milk a cow on this tour!
At Bluebonnets and Bluegrass Alpaca Farm, you can learn about raising alpaca and shearing them for wool, and how that wool is then turned into fine fabrics inside farm owner and artist Denise Coonley’s fiber studio.
The perfect spot to rest your head and hooves after dinner on the tracks of Main Street in historic La Grange, the luxurious 9-acre Bluegrass Country Estate Equine Bed & Breakfast greets you with a life-sized bronze statue of horse and colt. With its five gorgeously appointed rooms, a gourmet breakfast greeting you in the morning, an in-ground pool, hot tub and full theater room, you will be planning your return while you are still there.
Just minutes from the Kentucky Derby Museum, Churchill Downs, Louisville Slugger, Creation Museum and the Ark Encounter, Muhammad Ali Center, Smith-Berry Winery, and the Belle of Louisville, all Oldham, Kentucky, hotels are located just outside Louisville with easy, low-traffic interstate access to I-71.
For More Information
Be sure to check out our Kentucky Bourbon, Horses & Trains video on KentuckyTourism.com, then learn more at 800-813-9953 or www.OldhamFarmTours.com. And when you’re here, stop in our Visitor’s Center at 7204 Highway 329, Ste. 101, Crestwood, KY 40014.