Kentucky Vacation Spots

Kentucky Vacation Spots #1:

The town of Carrollton in Northern Kentucky offers a lot for anyone looking for family vacation ideas. This is rural Kentucky at its best. Visit the historic Masterson House built in 1790 overlooking the Ohio River.

Watch demonstrations of time honored crafts like candle making, spinning, basket making, rock masonry and others. The General Butler State Resort Park is the spot for outdoor recreation. Enjoy hiking trails, canoeing, miniature golf, historic house tour, nine-hole regulation golf, picnic, swimming and more.

Inside the Park the kids can take a ride on the Little Kentucky Flyer Railroad. Vacation over Easter and join the Easter Celebration at the General Butler State Resort Park where over 4,000 Easter eggs are hidden.

See Native American dancers and drummers at the annual (April) Shadow of the Buffalo Powwow. Point Park overlooks both the Ohio and Kentucky Rivers and makes a great spot for a scenic family outing.

Kentucky Vacation Spots #2:

Hindman Settlement School is an interesting place to visit and learn about local Appalachian culture. Throughout the year the open for visitors but in June they have what they call Family Folk Week.

This is an annual event where the school offers the opportunity for families spend a week at the school. This is a wonderful family vacation idea. You will stay in the school dorms and spend your time participating in a wide variety of workshops and activities.

These involve things like Appalachian music & dance, crafts, storytelling, instrument playing and lots of other things related to the local culture.

Family Folk Week is a popular vacation idea with many families returning year after year. Hindman Settlement School is located in Eastern Kentucky. Founded in 1902 it is was the very first social settlement school in the U.S. and is dedicated to preserving and promoting the Appalachian way of life.

Kentucky Vacation Spots #3:

Smack in the center of Kentucky is an area that’s referred to as The Bluegrass Region. This is a great family vacation idea with lots to do. Visit Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, the largest restored Shaker community in the country.

Take a tour of Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky, Inc in Georgetown where hundreds of thousands of autos are made each year. Watch the pro football team, the Cincinnati Bengals, train for their fall season at their summer training camp in Georgetown.

In Frankfort, the Salato Wildlife Education Center and Game Farm is home to bald eagles, bison, elk, wild turkeys, and venomous snakes. There are also two lakes for fishing. One of the lakes is well stocked and reserved for kids.

Kids love model trains and there are plenty of them at the Bluegrass Scenic Railroad and Museum in Versailles. You can also take a train excursion through the surrounding horse farms.

Kentucky Vacation Spots #4:

Cave Run Lake is a Kentucky outdoor vacation spot with 166 miles of shoreline. Boating, sailing, canoeing and fishing are the big draw here.

The lake is 8,300 acres with 2 marinas and 13 ramps. It’s home to bass, bluegill, crappie and muskie, all just waiting to be caught by you. The lake is located within the Daniel Boone National Forest. The forest provides the setting for hiking, nature walks, wildlife viewing and nature photography.

There are lots of nice bed & breakfast as well as forest cabins in the area that are perfect for a family vacation idea at Cave Run Lake.

Or you camp at one of the forest campsites or along shore of the lake. Near the lake is the Minor E. Clark Fishing Hatchery where millions of warm-water fish are raised to be released into the local lakes and streams.

Stop in and see operation including the fish viewing tank.

Kentucky Vacation Spots #5:

Prestonburg is on the eastern edge of Kentucky and has a lot to offer as a vacation idea. At the East Kentucky Science Center you can see fascinating planetarium shows, laser light music shows and travelling exhibits.

The Jenny Wiley State Resort Park, deep in the heart of the Appalachians, you can enjoy a variety of activities from Broadway shows in the theater and hiking trails to golfing amidst mountain vistas.

The Kentucky Opry presents a sizzling variety of country, bluegrass, oldies and gospel music. See live harness racing at the Thunder Ridge Racing & Entertainment Center.

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