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Horseracing & Bourbon Heritage Showcased in New Tour

Horseracing & Bourbon Heritage Showcased in New Tour

Includes inner workings of a fully operational working horse farm, cocktail class

LOUISVILLE, KY. (April 1, 2021) – Two iconic Kentucky attractions are teaming up to offer a new tour beginning April 1st that will take visitors behind-the-scenes of a Thoroughbred farm in Goshen, Kentucky – just minutes outside of Louisville.

The Hermitage Farm Tour begins at the Kentucky Derby Museum, where a tour guide will accompany guests to the world-famous racetrack at Churchill Downs. Here, guests will watch Thoroughbreds in action on the track, before exploring exhibits and watching The Greatest Race, the Museum’s signature movie.

Guests will then board buses and travel to Hermitage Farm for a private tour of the horse farm, a garden and sustainability tour, farm fresh lunch at Barn 8 Restaurant, an old-Fashioned cocktail class, and interaction with sport horses. The day ends with a Thoroughbred parade, where guests can once again see horses up-close.

“Partnering with the Kentucky Derby Museum brings the Hermitage Farm experience to a much larger audience, says Steve Wilson, owner of Hermitage Farm. “We believe that by combining the Museum Tour with the Hermitage Farm experience; guests will truly have a genuine Kentucky Horse racing experience.”

The new tour will allow guests to experience a closer look at the inner workings of a fully operational Thoroughbred horse farm and a tours guide will walk guests through the farm’s illustrious history in the equine industry. Guests will also learn step by step from a bourbon steward how to make Louisville’s official cocktail —the Old Fashioned. Guests will experience the farm’s commitment to organic and sustainable practices from terraced gardens, onsite orchard and innovative greenhouse, which harvests microgreens and produce for Barn 8 Restaurant. Guests will be able to enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch prepared fresh daily by Barn8 Restaurant using local ingredients.

Says Patrick Armstrong, President & CEO at Kentucky Derby Museum “By partnering with Hermitage Farm, we’re thrilled to provide guests with a memorable day packed with all things Kentucky: racehorses, bourbon, and the behind the scenes beauty and wonder of a horse farm. I am confident our guests will be blown away by this bucket-list experience that combines the tradition of the Kentucky Derby with unique agricultural and Thoroughbred heritage through Hermitage Farm.”

The Hermitage Farm and Kentucky Derby Museum tour will begin at the Kentucky Derby Museum and is approximately 5 ½ hours in length beginning at 9:00 a.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Transportation is provided, and tickets must be purchased in advance. To see the full itinerary of this exclusive experience and purchase tickets, please visit www.hermitagefarm.com.

For information on planning a complete itinerary in the Bourbon City, travelers can get attraction, lodging and dining assistance at www.gotolouisville.com including the state’s covid-mitigation guidelines. Free travel advice and planning is also available with a live agent at 1-800-LOUISVILLE during regular business hours.

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