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Lexington gives kids the chance to get outside and discover new things. Horses enthrall children of all ages, but outdoor educational opportunities aren't limited to equine interests. Read on Forbes Travel Guide’s five best things to do with kids in Kentucky.
1. Kentucky Horse Park. There's no better place to understand what makes Kentucky "The Horse Capital of the World" than Kentucky Horse Park. Over 100 horses, including several thoroughbred champions, live on the state-owned farm, which covers over 1,200 acres. Kids will love the chance to get close to the four-legged athletes, while the educational programs are interesting enough for adults. Pony rides, trail riding and tours of the park in horse-drawn carriages are also offered.
2. Explorium of Lexington. Lexington's children's museum, the Explorium, offers a hands-on experience for children of all ages. A handful of exhibits — expect ones on nutrition, homes and water — are permanent, but others rotate. There's also an open art studio and a dedicated bubble room.
3. The Arboretum. Located on the edge of the University of Kentucky campus, the Arboretum serves as the state's botanical garden. The Walk Across Kentucky path meanders 2 miles through the park and features the flora of regions across the state — from river flood plains to coal-laden mountains and verdant forests. The special children's garden, open seasonally, is an inviting environment for youngsters to discover nature.
4. Farmers’ market. During the spring, fall and summer, there are farmers' markets four days a week in Lexington. There's far more than locally grown produce to be found: fresh honey, wine from nearby vineyards and flowers can also be purchased at the farmers’ market, which rotates locations around town. There are also occasional cooking demonstrations and educational programs for kids.
5. Jacobsen Park. This park is a nearby escape for those in search of a quick outdoor adventure. The 216-acre park includes a large pond for fishing, as well as a playground complete with tunnels and slides. Basketball courts, pedal boats and a long walking path round out the activities for older kids.