Oldham, KY offer 15 hands-on farm tours near Louisville where touching is not only allowed, it’s encouraged! Over 10,000 annual farm tourists can’t be wrong! You will definitely want to schedule more than one – you will be hooked after the first! These are not your mama’s petting zoo…and come with a TWIST!
From race horse farms to sustainable farms, from foodie farms to nature preserves and a botanical garden complete with a castle. From a buffalo farm to a working dairy, we offer you a chance to get up-close-and-personal with the farmers who raise your food, care for our Kentucky landscapes, and foster the Kentucky horse industry. Come visit an alpaca farm, then tour the artist’s studio where she turns their wool into gallery masterpieces. Come see one of the only dairy then milk a cow! Come pet a race horse fresh off the track heading into retirement.
Kim’s Tidbit: All of our farm tours are awesome and were developed to be educational, but FUN! There are 2 hidden gems in our farm tour lineup that we (and our guests) love! Hemmer Hill Sheep Farm is unique because they not only raise St. Croix sheep, they have a “gourmet” CSA. Learn what a CSA is and see all the gourmet veggies Joyce and Gary raise, including shiitake and oyster mushrooms on oak logs! If you like antique shopping, you’ll want to make time to stop in Sugar Babe Antiques located on the same street.
The other hidden gem farm tour is Woodland Bison Farm. Yes, of course, you learn about Kentucky bison, but you ride a hay wagon to see and learn about heritage breeds of animals, organic farming for restaurants, see an organic orchard, a treehouse, and shop their organic farm market – all on the hilltop overlooking the Ohio River! Woodland and Hemmer Hill are 2 of our 7 popular Foodie Tours! You can’t miss the gigantic hot pink snails and the fluorescent green rabbits.
Of course you can’t beat our hands-on horse farm tours! Windy Meadows Horse Farm is a group tour favorite because they have all breeds of horses. They are also a favorite location for Hallmark® movies! If you are interested in race horses, Second Stride Horse Farm is a nonprofit retirement farm for race horses (and you can touch them!) fresh off the track. Watch the video above for a glimpse of Second Stride! Hermitage Farm with its red and black barns is a historical race horse farm once visited by Queen Elizabeth. The Hermitage tour is similar to other historic race horse farms in Kentucky in that touching the horses is not permitted. So, if TOUCHING a horse is important to you, opt for Windy Meadows or Second Stride! If you want to see a high-class, historical Kentucky race horse farm operation, opt for Hermitage.
In Crestwood you will find Yew Dell Botanical Gardens. Yew Dell is an award-winning botanical garden complete with a stone castle and a cool gift shop that has been built of glass in an old tobacco barn. This would also be a great place to take a boxed lunch from Red Pepper Deli in Crestwood and cop a squat somewhere in the gardens. They also teach workshops so if you are visiting on a weekend, check out our calendar. Another great foodie tour is Meadowview Farm & Natural Habitat Garden.
If you’re looking for dinner in Crestwood, check out Rikishi Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi in Crestwood Station and A Taste of Thai. Kentucky Artisan Distillery is also located next door to the gardens, while 3rd Turn Brewing is on the opposite end of the same street.