Tuesday, October 16, 2018

The best places in Kentucky to see the fall colors

If you are like me and fall is your favorite season, chances are you enjoy seeing natures beauty on display in the form of the beautiful fall colors around Kentucky.

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The Kentucky Tourism thinks it is so important they have a whole program devoted to it called ColorFall.

Here are a few ideas that stand out:

 photo IMG_5409_zpslby702e5.jpgBernheim Forest looks to be the place with the most organized event that honors the colors at their ColorFest. It takes place on both October 20-21, complete with food trucks, crafts by various Kentucky artists, a mud pie kitchen, hay maze and a pumpkin launch! You get to tour forest by hay ride and take in all of the fall colors in that unique way. If you are a member admission is free and for everyone else it is $10 per car load.

In the Lake Cumberland area there is the option of going on a train ride with Big South Fork Scenic Railway. This is a great way to take in the colors from a different perspective and, of course, the kids will love the train!

Cave City in the western part of our state is another great area to taken in the colors, there are 5 different caves in the area and a quaint little town with shopping and restaurants. You can take in the colors on a day trip or weekend getaway. There's lots to do around Cave City!

Travel and Leisure says that Middlesboro KY is a great place to take in the sights and if you are up for a little over night trip they even recommend a cute bed and breakfast.

 photo IMG_5435_zps4dynd67u.jpgPick some fall family fun in Louisville and stop in at St. James Court. The homes are so historic and beautiful, add in the changing colors on the trees, the lovely'll have a nice stroll around the area.

And, here are some more ideas from the KY Bed & Breakfast Association.Click here.
Don't forget about the Lexington area, click here.
There's also a fall foliage calendar for the Smoky Mountains so you can plan accordingly if you are headed to that area.

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Friday, October 12, 2018

This Weekend In Kentucky - Free or Cheap Events by Region

Here are a few seasonal adventures that we would suggest if your family wants to have fun this weekend without breaking the bank.  

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Don't stay inside this weekend.  The trees are beginning to turn and this beautiful weather will not be around forever. Get out and explore Kentucky with your children this weekend.

Eastern Kentucky 

Friday-Monday | Mt. Sterling Court Days, 8-6pm  

Where:  Downtown Mt. Sterling 

What: The oldest festival in Kentucky having started in 1794.  It has historically been the day for residents to gather and swap products and goods.

On the Cheap: FREE event.


Friday & Saturday | Mary Queen of the Holy Rosary Fall Festival, 4-11pm

What: Live music, games, inflatables and more.

Where: Mary Queen of the Holy Rosary

On the Cheap: This festival is FREE although games require tickets.

Saturday | Party for the Pumpkins, 2-6pm

What: Event includes crafts & activities, free refreshments, admission to children's garden, free pumpkin for each child, scarecrow walk, and free parking.

Where: UK Arboretum and Children's Garden

On the Cheap: Although this event costs $7 per person it is an incredible value as admission to the children's garden is included along with a pumpkin and refreshments.

Central Kentucky

Friday |
  National Park Night Sky Program at Knob Creek

Where:  7120 Bardstown Rd. Hodgenville

What: Enjoy a crisp cool night looking at the starts.  Telescopes are provided.

On the Cheap: Free activity.

Saturday | Comic Surge, 10-4:30pm

What: Video game truck, library-wide scavenger hunt, gaming rooms, appearances by popular characters, cosplay and music.

Where: Jessamine County Public Library

On the Cheap: Completely FREE.

Saturday | Community Kids Halloween Party

What: Annual Halloween party so come dressed in your favorite costume.

Where: Waddy Volunteer Fire Department

On the Cheap: Free event open to the public.

South Central Kentucky

Friday | Scottsville Movie Night

What: Includes a Toy Story short and the original Hotel Transylvania Movie.

Where: The amphitheater at Dugas Park.

On the Cheap: Free to the public.

Saturday | Community Wide Pool Party

What: Just like it sounds, the general public is welcome to enjoy a FREE pool party hosted by the YMCA.

Where: Barren County YMCA

On the Cheap: FREE and open to the public.


Friday |  Free Play Day, 4-7pm

Where: Brandeis Apartments

What: The Children at Play network is an effort to bring free-play to urban communities.

On the Cheap: Effort is FREE to families and children.

Friday and SaturdayBelknap Festival; Fri, 6-11pm and Sat, 11-11pm

Where: Douglas Loop off Bardstown Road

What: Art, live music, food trucks, family fun zone, and fun activities.

On the Cheap: FREE festival.

Sunday | Farmington Harvest Festival

Where: Farmington

What:  Market fair, live music, beer, and open house.

On the Cheap: Admission is FREE but parking is $5.

North Central Kentucky 

Saturday | Art in the Park, 12 - 3pm

Where:  Baker Art and Culture Center

What: Learn to create Halloween inspired cartoon characters and create a spooky story.

On the Cheap: Free activity.

Western Kentucky

Saturday | Kids for Kindness Carnival, 12-5pm

Where: Kentucky Oaks Mall, Paducah

What: Skee-ball, mummy wrap, bubble blowing, coloring contest, kindness bingo, crafts, and snacks.

On the Cheap: Free event.

Looking for other ideas?

Visit Louisville Family Fun here.

Visit Lex4Kids here.

Visit Shelby Family Fun here.

Visit Oldham Family Fun here.

Visit Elizabethtown Family Fun here.


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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Cave Run Lake - Let's Go Camping Kentucky

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Are you thinking about planning a family camping trip before the cold weather settles in?  Maybe you are thinking about next year and want to commit to getting outdoors by blocking off time now before next year's calendar fills up?  If you are looking for a camping destination, we suggest you consider a trip to Cave Run Lake.

Cave Run Lake is about a one and a half hour drive east from Lexington towards Morehead at the foothills of the Eastern Kentucky mountains. The Ziplo Recreation area where you can camp is located on a 355-acre wooded peninsula on Cave Run Lake and is 15 minutes south from I-64 off of Hwy 801.

What will you find there? When the water is not high, you will find a beach along with hiking trails, fishing, boating, and safe wide roads to bike on.  You will also discover that the staff of Cave Run Lake are committed to making your experience safe, relaxing, and well supplied.  There is a store located near the beach and the main parking area which also houses a laundry.

With at least 172 campsites divided between 10 sections, families will likely make new friends while camping at Cave Run Lake.  Despite the number of campsites the wooded acres and changing topography of this campground provide a wide variety of site types making it difficult to choose favorites.  However, if you are comfortable camping beside the water and like quick access to fishing, we recommend the following sites: D - sites 16 and 14, E - sites 9, 10, & 12 or F- sites 19 through 28. 

For those of you who may not like tent camping, consider renting a camper.  Sites like make it easy to plan to stay in a camper.  Businesses like Wild Cat Adventure Rentals, will set up the camper for you and make it easy for those of us who may be less excited about sleeping in a tent.  Shop around for the best deal.  Wild Cat Camping requires a deposit but if the campers are left as they were found, deposits are returned.

As you are preparing for your trip to Cave Run, keep in mind that you should Be Bear Aware.  Although, bears are typically only spotted near the campground once a year.  The last spotting was on September 8, 2018. 

Finally, we recommend that you plan a meal at Pop's Southern Style BBQ.  It is on the sweeter side but still delicious and there are plenty of choices for kids.  For starters, we recommend the cheese sticks or homemade beer cheese with a pretzel.

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Monday, October 8, 2018

Zombie Paintball Hayride

Kentucky's Zombie Paintball Hayride takes place at Thomas Dairy Farm and Market in Cecilia, Kentucky

This is a sponsored post
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 photo paintball3_zpsagssalew.jpg The zombie invasion has begun! Come out for a one of a kind experience on the hayride paintball trailer at Thomas Dairy Farm and Market. This year's theme is the "Wild, Wild West" featuring a new course and even more live zombies. Suitable for all ages. Zombie paintball is a night activity, other activities are also available during the day.

The fee is $15/person including 125 paintballs, Walker T's fun zone, mega slides, animal farm, corn pit, flashlight corn maze, bonfire, and so much fall family fun. 20+ people group rate is available.

Last year, some staff from spent the day at Thomas Dairy Farm and Market participating in a variety of their activities, including the paintball. Check out this post to read more about it. 

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Mark your calendar for Saturday, October 20th, they will have a DJ and Karaoke free with admission 4 pm- 8 pm.

Hours of Operation:​
Monday-Thursday: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Friday-Saturday: 10 a.m.-Midnight
Sunday: 12 p.m.- 6 p.m.

Zombie paintball is Now open every Friday and Saturday night in October!
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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Let's Go Hear Spooky Stories Kentucky

Who’s heard about the haints in the holler or the Grey Lady of Liberty Hall? Kentucky is rich with ghost stories and great storytellers.  We suggest you seek some of them out this October. 
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This is a selection of tours and programs but is by now way comprehensive. 

Central Kentucky

Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill October 5, 6, 12, 13, 20, 21, 27, 28, 5:30 and 7:00pm | Spirit Stroll
The stories told are spooky or uncomfortable tales of the people who called Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill home.
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Spirit Strolls at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill

My Old Kentucky Home | October 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27 and 28, 7-10pm | Shadows of Federal Hill, Ghost Tours of My Old Kentucky Home

Woodford County Libary | October 12, 6-9pm | Cemetery Ghost Walk

Lawrenceburg (Anderson) | October 18, 20, 26, 27, and 31 at 8pm | Lawrenceburg Ghost Walk 

West Point (Hardin County) | October 20, 6-9pm | Ghost Walk Through Haunted West Point

Ashland, The Henry Clay Estate (Fayette County) | October 27, 10-11am |  Stump Stories
Sit on a stump below the old twisted Catalpa to hear Spooky tales.  Appropriate for all ages!

Waveland (Fayette) | October 26, November 2, 8pm | Ghost Hunt at Waveland

Metro Louisville

Downtown LaGrange (Oldham County) | October 4-?, 7:30-9:30pm | Spirits of LaGrange Ghost Tour at Main Street LaGrange

Corn Island Festival, 7:30-9pm (Jefferson County): Corn Island Storytelling Festival

Eastern Kentucky

White Hall (Madison) | October 19 | Ghost Hunt at White Hall

Northern Kentucky

Trimble County Public Library | October 6, 8-11pm | Ghost Walk

Western Kentucky

Kentucky Gateway Museum Center (Maysville) | October 6, 7:30-8:30pm | Maysville Ghost Walk

Market House Theatre (Paducah) | October 6, 13, 20, 26, and 27 | Ghost Tours

For Adults

Liberty Hall Historic Site | October 25, 6-9:30pm | Haint Nothin' but Spirits

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Sunday, September 30, 2018

Fall Events Across Kentucky - October

Fall Fun and Festivals Across Kentucky in October.  photo Fall Evens Across Kentucky - October 3_zpswlic0cbn.jpg

Fall festivals and events are a great opportunity for Kentucky families to explore different areas of the state. So many towns, communities, counties, and organizations host fall events and more than not, they are free. Enjoy fall fun around Kentucky with family and friends.

Across Kentucky

October 20 & 21, 26-31, 12-5pm: Great Pumpkin Celebration

Metro Louisville

October 4-28, Thurs-Sat, 5-8:30pm: The World's Largest Halloween Party at the Louisville Zoo

October 5-7, 11-5pm: Iron Ball Harvest Weekend

October 5-7, Friday and Sat, 10am-5pm., Sunday 10am-5pm: St. James Court Art Show

October 6-7, 10am-5pm: Nunnlea Craft Fair

October 6-7, times vary by day: Bowman Field Aviation and Military Heritage Festival

October 9-November 4: Louisville Jack O' Lantern Spectacular

October 12-13, times vary by day: Belknap Fall Festival

October 12-13, times vary by day: Garvin Gates Blues Festival

October 13, 10am-4pm: Southwest Community Festival

October 13, 10am-6pm: Foxhollow Farm Festival

October 13, 11am-1pm: Children’s Business Fair

October 12, 6-10pm: Farmington Oktoberfest

October 14, 12-5pm: Farmington 18th Annual Harvest Festival

October 20, 9am-2pm: Wilderness Louisville Forest Adventure at Jefferson Memorial Forest

October 20-21, 10am-6pm: Via Colori Kentucky Street Painting Festival 

October 21, 4-7pm (Oldham County): Prospect Fall Festival to Benefit the Homeless

October 27-28, 10am-4:30pm: 18th Century Market Fair at Locust Grove

October 27, 11am: Boo Dell! at Yew Dell

Central Kentucky

October 5, 5:30-8:30 (Shelby County): Fall Festival at Christian Academy

October 6-28 weekends, 10-5:30pm (Scott): Harvest Festival at Evans Orchard and Cider Mill

October 6-28 weekends, 9am (Scott County): AutumnFest(sm) at Bi-Water Farm & Greenhouse

October 6 – 28 weekends, 12 – 7pm (Bullitt County): Pumpkinfest at Slow Poke Farm

October 6-28 weekends, 10-5pm (Jessamine County): Pumpkin Jamboree

October 6-28 weekends, 2pm (Woodford County): Pumpkin Patch Train - Blue Grass Scenic Railroad 

October 6, 9-4pm (Jessamine): Annual Wilmore Arts and Crafts Festival

October 6: Spencer County Octoberfest

October 6, 2-11pm (Fayette County): West Sixth Oktoberfest

October 8, 6-8pm (Fayette County) Haunts & History Downtown Walking Tour 

October 12-13 (Woodford County): 2018 Mary Queen Fall Festival

October 12-14, (Nelson County): Bardstown Arts Crafts and Antiques Festival Vendor Market 2018

October 12 (Mercer County): Oktoberfest 2018

October 13, 1pm (Franklin County): Fall Tree ID Hike at Cove Spring

October 13 (Harrison County): ARToberfest

October 13, 2-6pm (Fayette County): Party for the Pumpkins at the Arboretum

October 13, 9am (Fayette County): South Elkhorn Fall Festival 2018 at South Elkhorn Christian Church

October 14, 12pm (Fayette): Kids Club Family Day

October 16, 5-8pm (Fayette County): Kids Art Day 2018

October 19, 6pm (Fayette County): Fall Festivals at YMCA of Central Kentucky

October 20, 
10am-5pm (Bullitt County): Bernheim ColorFest

October 20, 2pm (Fayette County): The Ghosts of Pineville

October 26-27, 5pm-8pm (Mercer County): Trick-or-Treat at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill

October 26, 5:30pm (Anderson Countyu): Corn Maze Trick or Treat at Buckmeadow Farms

October 26, 5:00pm (Scott County): Haunted Swamp

October 27, 5-6:30pm (Franklin): Ghosts in the Garden

October 28, 8pm (Fayette County): Halloween Thriller Parade

October 28, 10am (Fayette County): The Kentucky Castle Fall Festival

October 31, 6pm (Fayette County): Trunk or Treat

October 31, 5:30pm (Boyle County): Trick or Treat on Main

October 31, 6pm (Franklin County): Safe 'Trick or Treat' Event

Eastern Kentucky

October 4-6 (Leslie County): Mary Breckinridge Festival

October 4-6 (Greenup County): Old Fashioned Days

October 5-6 (Johnson County): Kentucky Apple Festival
October 5-6 (Harlan County):Black Bear Festival

October 6 (Leslie County) Mary Breckinridge Festival

October 6, 11am (Clark County): 2018 Scarecrow Festival

October 10-13 (Floyd County): Jenny Wiley Festival

October 12-15 (Montgomery County): Mt. Sterling October Court Days

October 13, 10am (Madison County): 51st Annual KGAC Fall Fair at Indian Fort Theater

October 18-20 (Whitley County): 25th Gateway to the Cumberlands Jeep Jamboree

October 19-21 (Lee County): Wooly Worm Festival

October 21, 6pm (Madison County): Madison County KFTC Halloween Spectacular

October 27, 8pm (Clark County): Trick or Treat at the Waterfront!

October 31, 6pm (Clark County): Halloween MAINia! Trick or Treat on Main Street

Northern Kentucky
October 5-7 (Pendleton County): Kentucky Wool Festival

October 19-21 (Boone County): Salt Festival at Big Bone Lick State Park

South Central Kentucky

October 6 (Metcalfe County): Pumpkin Festival in Edmonton 

October 12-13 (Adair County): Downtown Days Festival

October 19-20 (Hart County): Big Buffalo Crossing BBQ Cook-off

Western Kentucky

October 6-7 (Henderson County): Lion's Club Arts and Crafts Festival

October 12, 10-11:30am (Henderson County): Fall Break Friday

October 12-13 (Trigg County): Country Ham Festival

October 19-21 (McCraken County): Maiden Alley Oktoberfest

October 20-21 (Hancock County): Independence Bank Sorghum Festival

October 20-21 (Daviess County): Reid's Apple Festival

October 27, 7pm (Henderson County): Creatures of the Night - After Dark Hike

More Ideas:

Click here for a list of October events around Louisville.

Click here for a list of October events around Lexington.

Click here for a list of October events around Oldham County.

Click here for a list of October events around Shelby County.

Click here for a list of October events around Hardin County.

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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Pumpkin Patches in Kentucky

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Pumpkin Picking! We have compiled a list of pumpkin patches in Kentucky, listed by county. 

If your favorite pumpkin patch isn't listed let us know and we will add it.

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As always, with any review or list that we compile; give the business a call before going.

Boone County: 

Bourbon County:

Bullitt County:

Calloway County:

Campbell County: 

Carter County: 
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Christian County:

Amazing Acres

Clark County:

Daviess County:

Fayette County: 

Kelly Farms Giant Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch

Also, check out Lex Fun 4 Kids.
They have a great listing of pumpkin patches here.

Franklin County: 

Hardin County: 

Thomas Dairy Farm & Market - Read our review here.

Our friends at Elizabethtown Family have
an amazing list of pumpkin patches and festivals
check it out here!

Henderson County:

J&L's Corn Maize Craze

Henry County: 

Blueberry Hill Farm

Morgan's Run 

Jefferson County:

Check out the listings Louisville Family Fun

has put together for Oldham Shelby and Jefferson.
They even threw in some "beyond" choices as well.
Check it out here.

Kenton County:

The Pumpkin Patch

Knox County: 

Knox Corn Maze at Gilreath Farms

Laurel County: 

Hinton's Orchard & Farm Market

Lee's Garden Center

Laurel County:

Hillview Stables LLC. 

Lawrence County:

Forgot N Tymes Farm

Madison County: 

Baldwin Farms

Marion County: 

Pope Creek Ranch 

McLean County:
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Happy Hallow Farms

Meade County: 

Roberts Family Farm

Mercer County: 

Devine's Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch

Nelson County:

Watson's Farm 2055 Springfield Road, Bloomfield, KY 40008. Phone: 502-252-0074

Oldham County:
Check out this list here

Owen County:

Michel's Family Farm

Pulaski County: 

Bear Wallow Farm 

Rockcastle County:

Sigmon Farms

Scott County: 

Bi-Water Farm and Greenhouse

Evans Orchard

Shelby County: 
Check out this list here

Gallrein Farms

Mulberry Orchard

Spencer County:

The Berry Farm

Trimble County:

Bray Orchards

Warren County:

Chaney's Corn Maze

Wayne County:

Jennings Hollow Farm

Woodford County:

Check out Lex Fun 4 Kids.

They have a great listing of pumpkin patches here.

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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Treetop Flyer - Uniquely Kentucky

Our writer was given a night's stay at HomeGrown Hideaways for purpose of review.

You can stay in a treehouse with your family, right here in Kentucky. Learn more about the Treetop Flyer in Berea, Kentucky at HomeGrown HideAways. 

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Family traveler, have you ever daydreamed about living in a treehouse? Imagine sitting high in the tree canopy listening to the wind and birds while either reading with your children or gathering around to play a game, all while being disconnected from your devices. That place exists and it is called the Treetop Flyer at HomeGrown HideAways, just outside Berea, KY. The brand new construction is a magical place where you can be present in nature and in-the-moment with your children and/or partner.

 photo IMG_2434_zpspn95mndw.jpgOur family spent our last night of summer there, high in the trees, and will remember it for its calm breezes, the quiet moments of giggly painting, and petting the sweet, friendly dogs that call this place home.

Want to plan a visit? Book your stay here at HomeGrown HideAways. The tree house can sleep a maximum of 8 guests, but it is perfect for a family of five. There are two incredibly cozy foldout beds on the first floor and two more beds in the loft. The Treetop Flyer is a short hike in so pack everyone a bag that they can carry. We found everything we needed in the kitchen, just a short, 3-minute hike away. With reusable grocery bags and our own thermoses, we brought our meals back to the Treetop Flyer to enjoy a 360-degree view of the outdoors from the trestle table inside.

 photo IMG_2447_zps9xsksjri.jpg There is no way your children could be bored in this little slice of heaven. The sweet, resident dogs of Homegrown HideAways, like dogs Ryder and Lucy, will lead your children to discover the creek and playground. At night, they will crawl up in their laps to enjoy the fire too.

We look forward to bringing our children back to experience another season in the Treetop Flyer. Hopefully, on our next visit, we can trade out our sandals for warm socks and flannel. The fall colors or snow are a must see from this Kentucky destination.

The Treetop flyer is available for booking in October 2018. It is open for the winter, hence the fireplace inside. See the video for an inside look. They only book 3 months in advance, so if space fills up, check back often.

Visit our earlier post here for more information about HomeGrown HideAways.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Visiting Kentucky Museums For Free

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Museums are an incredible resource for family fun and life-long learning. When you can visit and explore for free it is even better!  Below is a list of museums you should definitely put on your Kentucky bucket list.

Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day: September 22, 2018

Annually on ONE DAY in September you can get free admission to certain museums thanks to Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day! 

Visit this website to get two free tickets to a participating museum.

Share your experiences on Instagram and Twitter on the hashtags #MuseumDay #WomenMakingHistory

Here are the museums participating in 2018: 

Kentucky Museum, Bowling Green

Dr. Thomas Walker State Historic Site, Barbourville

International Museum of the Horse, Lexington

Behringer-Crawford Museum, Covington

Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site, Perryville

Janice Mason Art Museum, Cadiz

The Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum, Harrogate, Tennesse (just across the border)

Kentucky Science Center, Louisville

Ben E. Clement Mineral Museum, Marion

The Aviation Museum of Kentucky, Lexington

McCreary County Museum, Stearns

Adsmore Museum, Princeton

Year round, these museums offer free admission:

Kentucky Artisan Center, Berea

The Brown - Pusey House, Elizabethtown

The General George Patton Museum, Fort Knox

The State Capitol Building, Frankfort

Capital City Museum, Frankfort

Old Fort Harrod, Harrodsburg

Abraham Lincoln's Birthplace, Hodgenville

Jeffersontown Historical Museum, Jeffersontown

The Art Museum at The University of Kentucky, Lexington

Speed Museum, Louisville - Sundays the Museum is Free

KMAC Museum, Louisville

21C Museum, Louisville

Kentucky Folk Art Center - Morehead State University, Morehead

Bittersweet Cabin Village, Renfro Valley


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