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Visit A Bourbon Distillery Or Horse Farm While In Kentucky

Updated on December 17, 2012

Kentucky is a great place to be in the spring. The Kentucky Derby Festival kicks off the season with all sorts of activities and events that provide a great deal of fun for both locals and tourists alike. The festival includes events for sports fans, such as the Derby Festival Pro-Am Golf Tournament, a mini-marathon, and the annual Kentucky Derby Festival Future Stars basketball game which showcases some of the country’s best high school basketball talent. There are also family events like the Great Balloon Race, the Pegasus Parade, and the Great Steamboat Race featuring the historic Belle of Louisville. In addition to those great events, visitors can also participate in guided tours which will give them a glimpse behind the scenes in regards to a couple of Kentucky’s most notable products; bourbon and thoroughbred race horses.

In 1999 the Kentucky Distillers’ Association created the Kentucky Bourbon Trail tour to give visitors an up close and personal look at how one of Kentucky’s finest exports is made. Official bourbon whiskey is only made in Kentucky and over the years the Bourbon Trail has seen millions of visitors from all around the USA and dozens of countries. A few of the most famous bourbon distilleries which are available for touring are Jim Beam, Four Roses, Maker’s Mark, and Heaven Hill. You will get to see bourbon as it is being produced and do a tasting of authentic bourbon that has been aged in oak barrels to give the drink its distinct mellow flavor and amber glow.

Another great product that Kentucky is known for are thoroughbred horses and horse racing. The thoroughbred is a breed of horse that brings speed, agility, and spirit to the race track. Many of the world’s most famous horses are bred in Kentucky, some of which go on to run in the Kentucky Derby. Visitors to Kentucky can find tours that will take them to Lexington to get a look at how a horse farm operates. At these farms, you are likely to meet handlers, grooms, and trainers who care for these magnificent creatures. Depending on the timing, you may actually get to witness the birth of a future Kentucky Derby winner! Many tours include a stop and tour of one of the coziest and most beautiful race tracks in the world; Keeneland Race Course. Keeneland is Kentucky’s second most famous track and is a Historic Landmark that is a delight to tour.

Many times, the horse and bourbon tours come with lunch and even a quick stop so you can do a little shopping. Kentucky has a rich tradition and visiting a distillery or a horse farm can give you a glimpse of what the state is all about! You can book one of these tours yourself by visiting official websites or you can go through a secondary provider that also may offer additional services. offers opportunities for their customers to either one of these tours during Derby week and you can find out more by visiting their website.


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