Every few years there’s a movie that reminds city slickers a horse is a damn fine animal. This summer, that film is Lean on Pete, and if your teen has stopped Instagramming long enough to be smitten by this coming-of-age drama, surely you can lure him or her to the Kentucky Horse Park. This summer is the 40th anniversary of the Lexington equine theme park, a working horse farm that puts you up close to Kentucky’s proudest non-intoxicating product.
Get to know a winner in the intimate Hall of Champions outdoor pavilion, where you can appreciate the ornery drive that pushed Funny Cide—2003 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner—across the finish line. Then take a barn walking tour; the meet-and-greet with massive Clydesdales, Belgians, and Percherons is priceless.
Snap a selfie with a Shetland at the Parade of Breeds, which showcases some of the 30-plus horse varieties living at the park, followed by time to nuzzle muzzles and photograph mounts. You can also go for a ride yourself, on a 35-minute guided trail tour that’s suitable for first timers.
Kentucky Horse Park, 4089 Iron Works Parkway, Lexington, (859) 233-4303, kyhorsepark.com