From April – October, Oldham County, Kentucky is so much more than race horse farms, but we have those, too! Come for our popular horse farm tours near Louisville, but learn about other animals while you’re here. Alpaca, bison, sheep, piglets, and dairy cows call Oldham Farm Tours home – don’t miss out on seeing them! We have horse farm tours like Lexington, KY, but we conveniently located just 20 minutes from downtown Louisville! 24-hour notice is needed and you will book directly with the farms listed below!
We offer 13 touring farms and gardens 20 minutes from downtown Louisville on I-71, and 70 minutes from Kentucky’s Ark Encounter. Our educational animal farm tours allow you to be as involved and as interactive as you want to be on your farm tour! Want to love on our animals? You can! Want to learn, but watch from afar? Yes, you will love the tour, too!
Book your tour directly with the farms below, THEN bring your sweetie to milk a cow or your grand kids to hug on our alpaca or lambs. Come to Oldham County to TOUCH a RACE HORSE! All of our farm tours near Louisville offer more than you bargain for. See modern art peppered throughout the fields and woods (and trees!) of Woodland bison farm. Learn to shear alpaca and make a take-home souvenir with their wool. Learn to make artisan cheese from a French cheesemaker at Harvest Home Dairy. You will LOVE our fun, educational farm tours! We have the best Kentucky horse farm tours and more!
Come be part of your loved one’s experience, and they will cherish the memories made with YOU in the Farm Tour Capital of Kentucky. Memories that can be made in just one place in Kentucky – Only in Oldham.
La Grange, KY (Exit 18 off I-71) – Directions provided with reservation.
(502) 243-3832 | (502) 643-3664 – Visit Website
FARM TOURS BY APPOINTMENT ONLY (June – October)
Individual Tours (under 10 people): $10 per person. $20 tour minimum.
Group Tours (10+ people): $8 per person
Tour Length: 1 Hour
A micro-farm with full petting zoo! Come see this 4th generation family business’ new farm location – sustainable living and farming at its best! Since 1899 Boone Gardiner has been known for landscaping and ornamental horticulture. We’ve added alpacas, goats, chickens, peacocks, rabbits, horses, donkeys, turkey, pot belly pigs, sheep and more. Visit the diverse vegetable garden that grows veggies for Boone Gardiner’s CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) clients. Purchase Hope’s Honey made from bees on the farm, fresh eggs, herbs, vegetables, and pork as available. Relax on the beautifully landscaped grounds and enjoy great gardens with lots of unique plants. Boone Gardiner also grows many plants and perennials. While on tour, learn about plants, animals, farm life, and how so many cool things can happen on an 11-acre farm.
Best Tour Time: 3-3:30pm.
All Tours: $10 per person. $60 tour minimum.
Individuals call to be combined with others for per-person savings!
Tour Length: 1.5 Hours
At Harvest Moon Farm and Dairy, they love what they do, and it shows! They enjoy teaching about life as a working dairy and love showing the process of how their milk gets to your favorite grocery! Tours are educational and offer hands-on experiences such as making corn meal or ice cream, milking and feeding the animals. Tours may include the rest of the farm showing how to grow, harvest, and store crops; use conservation practices to protect the environment; or any seasonal farm activity. Fully customizable tours, means you can see exactly what interests you and your group. Come at milking time and get a real taste of farm life. Feed the cows, maybe even milk one, or bottle-feed the baby calves. Outdoor walking tours are offered (weather permitting) or your tour can include a ride on the tractor pulled wagons.
La Grange, KY (Exit 22 off 1-71) – Directions provided with reservation.
(502) 608-6179 – Website
FARM TOURS BY APPOINTMENT ONLY (May – October)
Individual Tours (under 10 people): Charitable Donation ($15 minimum per person)
Group Tours (10+ people): $15 per person
Tour Length: 1 Hour
Horse lovers of all ages will enjoy the stories about life on the Windy Meadows farm seen and told through the eyes of its animals. This fabulous horse farm tour showcases horses of ALL breeds and tells the story of each gorgeous one. You will learn the REAL story about living the life being part of the Kentucky horse industry…not just about racing! Come see this Hallmark® film favorite! You ‘ll recognize this horse farm from Hallmark ‘s latest movies, “The Ultimate Legacy” series and “J.L. Ranch.” Not only is Windy Meadows a film favorite that you’ll recognize, you can also meet the characters of owner, Ellie Troutman’s book, “The Tails of Windy Meadows.” Saddlebreds, thoroughbreds, friesians, race horses, and all are found here at Windy Meadows!
Individual Tours (under 8 people): $10 per person. Kids 3 & under FREE. $20 tour minimum
Group Tours (20+ people): $8 per person
Tour Length: 1 Hour
Visit this small working farm with diverse agriculture where they raise pure-bred and registered St. Croix hair sheep for breeding and food. This breed of sheep is from the Virgin Islands and is one of the few parasite-resistant breeds in the U.S. The farm also raises Shiitake mushrooms on oak logs in addition to their garden. During a tour in the spring, you might observe births and bottle feed a baby lamb. Be sure to visit Churchill, a special donkey, who loves visitors of all ages. He spent his early days in a petting zoo, but is now a guard animal for the sheep.
Goshen, KY (Exit 14 off 1-71) – Directions provided with reservation.
(502) 398-9289 – Visit Our Hermitage Farm Page for ALL things Hermitage!
FARM TOUR TICKETS ONLINE (April – October) – Farm Tour Tickets & Times HERE!
“Oldham Lunch on the Farm” Package Only available thru the Oldham Tourism Office: Package includes Hermitage Farm Tour with Picnic Lunch & Old Fashioned Cocktail Class: $65 (March-October, Tues-Sat booked through Oldham Tourism only)
Individual & Group Tours: Thoroughbred Farm Tour $20 (March-October)
Sport Horse Tour $20 (March-October)
“Bucket List Tour” with KY Derby Museum $100pp (May-Oct., starts at the KY Derby Museum, shuttle to Hermitage, then shuttle back to the Museum for your car)
Tour Length: minutes
Once visited by Queen Elizabeth II, Kentucky’s historic Hermitage Farm is a working thoroughbred horse operation, farm-to-table restaurant, and botanical garden, nestled in the rolling hills of Oldham County, Kentucky near Louisville. Hermitage invites you to explore the stories of the people who built their homes and a thriving horse-breeding operation here as you tour the property’s beautiful 1835 mansion and outbuildings on our History and Hermitage Tour. Get a closer look into the inner workings of Kentucky’s famed racehorse farms on the Thoroughbred Tour, or experience the excitement of Combined Carriage Driving and get up close and personal with a different type of equestrian athlete on our Sport Horse Tour. Now offering the “Kentucky Bucket List Tour” that starts with a tour of the Kentucky Derby Museum! Check out the “Oldham Lunch on the Farm” Package offered through the Oldham County Tourism office for those not wanting to include a tour of the Derby Museum!
Enjoy some traditional Kentucky hospitality on our Mint Julep Experience or Bourbon Experience. A unique dining venue housed in a converted historic horse stable, Barn8 at Hermitage Farm is a new farm-to-table restaurant open Wednesday-Sunday 5pm-10pm.
Individual Tours (under 10 people): $20 per person. $40 tour min. Ages under 6, FREE.
Group Tours (10+ people): $20 per person
Tour Length: 1 Hour
Come see firsthand how these special thoroughbred horses start down the path to new careers after racing! This HANDS-ON informative tour will highlight the kings and queens of Kentucky race heritage while they are getting a new lease on life! You will be able to get up close and personal with them and see some spectacular bloodlines in action! At Second Stride, there are many $500,000+ earners and sons and daughters of racing legends like Storm Cat, Tapit who come start new jobs here. Be sure to take lots of pictures to share with your friends as all of the horses are adoptable and you may help spread the news to find a home for a horse-in-waiting! You will get to take a special momento home with you to remember your experience here!
Second Stride is a 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt, non-profit organization providing professional rehabilitation, retraining, and placement for retired thoroughbred racehorses in qualified homes so that they may reach their full potential in a productive second career.
Individual Tours (under 10 people): $12 per person (only 1st Thurs each month)
Group Tours (10+ people): $12 per person. Any weekday with reservation & pre-payment.
Tour Length: 1.5 Hours
Farm Store: The Farm’s sustainably-raised bison, pork, eggs, and produce can be purchased Tuesday-Friday from 8am to 4pm.
3-Part Educational Tour Includes (with gorgeous views of the Ohio River):
Section 1 – Pasture raised bison and laying hens. You ‘ll visit the main bison herd and hear the benefits of intensive rotational grazing. You’ll also explore their mobile coop and hear about the role pastured chickens play in pest reduction and fertilization.
Section 2 – Horticulture. You ‘ll head to the greenhouse and gardens to learn about raising produce without synthetic fertilizer or chemicals. They’ll also explain the plant production systems currently in place.
Section 3 – Pasture raised heritage hogs. Finally, the tour will head down to the river bottoms to see how hogs being raised alongside their feed sources helps reduce cost while improving meat quality.
Dropseed Native Plant Nursery produces native plants and seed for restoration and home landscaping projects. Visitors can tour the gardens, greenhouses, and seed production plots. Bonus Tour: While on site, see the farming activities at Field 51 Produce, a farm sharing the same property producing vegetables, chickens and sheep.
Crestwood, KY (Exit 14 off I-71) – Directions provided with reservation.
(502) 727-2072 – Visit Website
FARM TOURS BY APPOINTMENT ONLY (CLOSED til June)
Individual Tours (under 10 people): $15 per person. $30 tour min. Cars/vans only.
Take-home souvenir additional (request at reservation)
Tour Length: 1 Hour
This behind-the-scenes tour is like getting two cool tours for the price of one! The first part of the tour is walking with Denise through her alpaca farm tour to learn about raising alpaca and the love that goes into it. Then you’ll step inside her fiber studio to learn the process of felting her alpacas’ wool into fine fabrics. Did you know… not all alpaca wool is created equal? Learn the difference in wools and why her passion for alpaca has turned what was once her hobby into an artistic reputation for gorgeous clothing that can now be found in galleries and high-end art fairs. This is one fascinating tour!