Bluegrass, Horses, Bourbon & Boone Region Virtual Attractions
Kentucky Horse Park
The Kentucky Horse Park, in conjunction with Kentucky Agriculture and Environment in the Classroom, has a virtual field trip video available on their Facebook page. The video shares information about the horse industry in Kentucky as well as the park itself, a working horse farm, education and event center located just outside of Lexington. They also have started a Facebook live series called #KHP live, usually offered on Wednesday afternoons at 2 p.m., but also offered occasionally throughout the week.
Horse Country has launched free virtual tours to give viewers a behind-the-scenes look at all aspects of horse farms and associated entities, from foal tours and sweet ‘meet and greets’ with adoptable horses, to feeding times, retired champions, and insight into day-to-day operations and the teams behind the facilities. Virtual experiences vary by farm but include live tours, new videos and virtual experiences. Check out the offerings online.
Salato Wildlife Education Center
Conservation educators with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources at the Salato Wildlife Education Center in Frankfort are hosting Facebook Live sessions at 1 p.m. E.T. From the lush, eastern mountains to rolling prairies, and from lowland marshes to clear running streams, you’ll experience Kentucky’s diverse regional ecosystems and the wealth of fish, plants and animals that make this their home. Visit their Facebook page for more information.
Kentucky Historical Society
The Kentucky Historical Society operates the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History, the Kentucky Old State Capitol, and the Kentucky Military History Museum at the Old State Arsenal in Frankfort. While the museums are closed to the public, they are offering behind-the-scenes looks at exhibits and Facebook live video tours of the properties on their Facebook page. Check it out on Facebook. They also have a new virtual visitor page on their website with coloring sheets, craft activities, a word search, new videos and more.
Buffalo Trace Distillery
Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort is inviting guests to visit and learn about their traditions virtually with a special “Virtual Tour with Trivia” game that can be played online or on a phone or tablet. Go behind the scenes of bourbon-making from grain to bottle and test your knowledge along the way. Buffalo Trace Distillery is also sharing behind the scenes virtual tour videos on their Facebook page.
Broadway Clay, a local art studio in Frankfort, has developed YouTube tutorials to go along with their new Home projects for sale. Follow along virtually as artists at Broadway Clay create masterpieces such as fairy houses, tropical fish, wind chimes and more.
Lexington History Museum
The Lexington History Museum currently has five virtual reality exhibits free for online viewers, available online. Exhibits cover topics such as equality, horse racing, women’s suffrage and more.
Virtual tour of Lexington
VisitLEX offers a full 360 degree virtual tour of the Horse Capital of the World online. Explore downtown, the distillery district and area attractions such as the Mary Todd Lincoln Home, Keeneland, the Kentucky Horse Park and Taylor Made Farm.
Virtual tours of Lexington regional attractions
Virtual tours by Urban Productions currently has four virtual experiences of Lexington regional attractions available online. Explore Keeneland Racing and Stables, Scott County Public Library, select Lexington homes and more.
Great American Dollhouse Museum
Museum Curator Lori Kagan-Moore guides visitors through a video tour of The Great American Dollhouse Museum in Danville, from the gift shop to the mansion neighborhoods, rural and factory districts, and more. Visit their website to view the video.
Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill
Pop in your ear pods or play while you’re working for an escape to learn all about Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill! Staff from this historic Harrodsburg attraction have been featured on podcasts covering a number of topics. Listen to Program Manager Jacob Glover talk about Shaker History here with Think Humanities, Chef Amber Hokams and Farm Manager Michael Moore discuss seed-to-table dining with the Kentucky Taste Buds here, and join Shaker Village VP of Public Programming Billy Rankin here as he gives the Kentucky Taste Buds a broad overview of the history of Pleasant Hill and Shaker Village today. You can also go behind-the-scenes with staff on their YouTube channel, where staff discussing preserving the nature and history of Shaker Village.
Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Farm
Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Farm in Georgetown is offering a virtual tour online. Experience this 200-acre farm that provides a safe and dignified way for Kentucky Derby champions and other thoroughbred racing greats and equine celebrities – many of them rescued from dire circumstances – to live out their golden years. It is a place where these legendary horses can spend their days playing in the sunshine, their nights in clean and comfortable stables and always with excellent daily care.
Ward Hall in Georgetown is offering a virtual tour online. View the grand architecture of this 12,000 square-foot villa, built for $50,000 (which was paid in gold) and completed in 1857. It’s one of the finest examples of Greek Revival architecture. Here, the very saucy Sally Ward once held court, hosting lavish balls, amassing a fortune by marrying four millionaires and generally scandalizing polite society.
Yuko-En on the Elkhorn
Since 1990, Georgetown and Tahara, Japan have been sister cities and have created a lasting friendship with frequent exchanges. Yuko-En on the Elkhorn, the official Kentucky-Japan Friendship Garden features primarily native plants blended with Japanese garden principles. Yuko-En on the Elkhorn is offering a virtual tour online. Stroll along the pathways and discover the many elements unique to this garden.
In anticipation of the 2020 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, set for November 6-7 at Keeneland in Lexington, they have launched an online video series called “Cocktails and Conversations.” Follow along on their Facebook page for live videos on Thursdays at 6 p.m. Make your own cocktail at home to enjoy as hosts Nick Luck and Britney Eurton converse with horse trainers, owners, handicappers and more!