Oldham Farm Tours – Come Touch the Memories!
More than 10,000 farm tourists a year can’t be wrong – “These tours are ADDICTIVE!”
Oldham Farm Tours offer the most unique Kentucky horse farm tours around because touching is not only allowed here – it’s encouraged! But not just on horse farm tours, all 13 Oldham Farm Tours are hands-on, interactive learning experiences that will create lasting memories of your Kentucky getaway.
Farm Tour Capital of Kentucky
Known as the “Farm Tour Capital of Kentucky,” Oldham is just 20 minutes from downtown Louisville and 60 minutes from Cincinnati at Exits 14-22 off I-71.
Call farms ahead to schedule more than one tour in a day, because we guarantee you’ll be hooked after the first one. You’ll want to love and feed the animals, then pick and taste gourmet veggies at Hemmer Hill Sheep Farm – just one of the new Foodie Farm Tours offered. Walk and smell the flowers at the nature preserves and botanical garden. Milk a cow at the dairy, then ride into a herd of Kentucky bison!
Oldham farm tours are fun and educational, yet offer a behind-the-scenes glimpse inside the world of Kentucky’s horse industry, the foodie farm movement and “green” initiative farms showcasing conservation and sustainability. Another “don’t miss” is the cool brewery and meadery in connected greenhouses at 3rd Turn Brewing Oldham Gardens.
Beyond the Farms
You’ll surely recognize Windy Meadows Horse Farm from Hallmark’s® film series’0 “The Ultimate Legacy” starring Raquel Welch, “J.L. Family Ranch” starring Jon Voight and Melanie Griffith, and “Orphan Horse.” 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 dating back to the 1800s. Once visited by Queen Elizabeth, Hermitage Farm added its newest addition to Oldham Farm Tours in 2020 – Barn8 Restaurant & Bourbon Bar. 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 include a number of champions including Kentucky Derby, Kentucky Oaks and Breeders’ Cup winners.
Visit Second Stride Retired Race Horse Farm to learn first-hand how these special thoroughbred horses start down the path to new careers after racing. This 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
The bright green rabbits and huge hot pink snails draw you up the driveway to this awesome farm on the Ohio River! Woodland Bison Farm Tour 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. Before heading out, pick up some 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 Craft Bourbon Trail’s newest members – Kentucky Artisan Distillery, home of Jefferson’s Bourbons, Whiskey Row and Whiskey Row’s Bottle-in-Bond. 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. You don’t have to like bourbon to enjoy this fascinating tour with distilling antiques galore and bourbon tastings like no other.
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, a 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.”
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 to learn why happy cows really do give more milk. The best time to visit? When there are babies to see and feed. You may even milk a cow on this tour! At Bluebonnets and Bluegrass Alpaca Farm, 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 by the tracks of Main Street in historic La Grange is the luxurious 9-acre Bluegrass Country Estate Equine Bed & Breakfast, which greets you with a life-sized bronze statue of horse and colt. You can’t go wrong with The Inn at Spring Run Farm B&B with its ash floors and log walls, and you don’t want to miss Pillow and Paddock B&B. (All three properties have been voted a Google Favorite Place.)
Just minutes from La Grange you’ll find a host of nearby attractions like Kentucky Derby Museum, Churchill Downs, Louisville Slugger Museum, Creation Museum, 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.
Plan Your Trip
Check out our Kentucky Bourbon, Horses & Trains video, then call 800-813-9953 or visit www.TourOldham.com for more information. And when you visit, be sure to stop in the Visitor’s Center at 204 S. First Ave. in La Grange to learn about more discoveries that await!