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Every April and October, Keeneland Race Track comes alive with the sights, sounds and smells of horse racing. Located in the beautiful city of Lexington, Kentucky, Keeneland is one of the most prestigious and beautiful race tracks in the world.

Several years ago we had the opportunity to visit Keeneland. I have to admit, I wasn’t 100% sure it was going to be a good family environment. Obviously, a large part of horse racing (well, the whole point, really) is gambling on the outcome. Of course, my kids can’t actually participate in that aspect. However, they do enjoy picking their own winners and rooting for their favorites.

Horses

I was very surprised at the number of children at the track. While there are still an overwhelming number of adults, the kids were very welcomed. Keeneland has many places for spectators to watch the races. From the grandstands, to the clubhouse, to the sloped concrete area in front of the fences (think of almost a large tailgate area), you can move about throughout the day. Additionally, you can walk around the paddocks to watch the horses. Our children really enjoyed being as close as possible for the races, but liked walking around during the time in between.

Although you can certainly visit Keeneland any day with kids, I would personally recommend Wednesday, Thursday or Sunday. These not only tend to be the least crowded days, but they also are a bit more laid back than Friday and Saturday.

Horses

During racing season at Keeneland, the track does a very special Saturday morning sunrise trackside event. Breakfast With The Works allows you to watch the horses work out on the track (which is an AMAZING sight as the sun rises!), eat a breakfast buffet and participate in some kid’s activities. Breakfast With The Works is an awesome family activity and a memorable experience.

The track is open most Wednesdays – Sundays in April and October. Lexington, Kentucky is a wonderful city to visit with many fun, family things to do. I will be posting more about Lexington later this week!  I highly recommend planning a trip to Lexington during Keeneland!

For more family-friendly activities to do while you’re in Lexington, visit my post- here.

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