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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Give a gift of Kentucky Experiences and Family Fun

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What do you give when you don't want to give "stuff" but you want to give something thoughtful?  Experiences! Kentucky is full of fun and maybe giving a gift that can be used all year or later next year is the way to go. Here are some ideas:

1. Louisville Zoo membership holiday offer - offer ends soon but you can always purchase a membership!

2. The Newport Aquarium is super fun. They have a special during the holidays for buy 3, get 1 free on annual passes.

3. The Explorium in Lexington is also a fun place for families to visit, especially those with young children. The membership levels vary but the price range is $70 to $125.

4. A membership to the Creation Museum might be something that your family enjoys. Their membership rate is $175 for a family and incorporated membership to the Ark Encounter.

5. Your family could become members of the Kentucky Gateway Museum. This museum is very unique, "there are a very few places in the world where visitors can enjoy a large collection of miniature buildings, rooms and artifacts: Chicago’s Art Institute, England, and now, Maysville." A family membership is a very affordable $60.

6. The Owensboro Museum of Science and History is another great place for families in Kentucky. And, membership for families is just $40, a great affordable gift. This museum is in the quaint downtown area near amazing local restaurants and what we think is the best park in Ky!

7. The Kentucky Science Center is so much fun for families of all ages. From the IMAX movies to the hands on exhibits your family will be entertained for hours. Membership starts at from $89 for families.

8. How about the gift of summer fun at Kentucky Kingdom? This is obviously is better suited for older kids because there is a height restriction. Give the gift of season passes!

9. If Beech Bend Park in Bowling Green is closer to you, season pass holders get free sunscreen, parking and tubes for the water rides. A season pass per person is $99.99

10. Louisville City  ticket vouchers - your recipient will get to choose which game they want to go to and their seats.

11. Louisville Bats also offers a flex pack for just $69 to $89 with some promotional freebies.

12. Lexington Legends offer a holiday flex pack. You can get 10-50 tickets for the 2018 season!

13. The Bowling Green Hot Rods offer a 6 game holiday gift pack for $60!

14. How about a racing experience for a thrill-seeker?  NASCAR Racing Experience offers gift cards that can be used at Kentucky Motor Speedway!

15. How luck would your gift recipient be to get the gift of exploring Kentucky State Parks.  The state parks offer gift cards that can be used for meals and lodging, even shopping.  They have so many locations and programs - your recipient can pick their favorite place and go take a wildlife tour, learn about birds or history!

16. Have an adventurer you need a gift for? What about Go Ape - an outdoor ropes course?  This experience is a little pricy for people so that's why it might just make the best gift.....something special they have been wanting to do!

Stephanie
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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Top Three Reasons to Celebrate the Holidays in Kentucky

1 - Illuminate the Sky

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In a state with some of the most striking natural beauty, there are endless possibilities and ways to explore this holiday season, including driving lights tours and shows. For more than 20 years, the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation has hosted the state’s original driving tour of three miles of holiday lights at the Southern Lights Holiday Festival. Spectators can immerse themselves in the grandeur of the horse park while also taking advantage of activities for the whole family, including a mini express train, craft fair, exotic petting zoo and more, starting Nov. 17.

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The magic of Christmas is alive in the small town of Grand Rivers, Kentucky (seen above). Experience firsthand the Grand Rivers Festival of Lights that started in early November. The festival showcases more than 700,000 lights and hosts musical productions at the Badgett Playhouse, gift shops and cozy lodging along peaceful Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley.

Ashland makes winter a beautiful scene with a Winter Wonderland of Lights. Watch as 850,000 holiday lights illuminate Ashland’s Central Park and downtown area starting Nov. 18.

ChristmasTime at the Ark offers a world-class animated program projected onto a life-size Noah’s Ark at the free laser projection show, “Encounter the Wonder.” The iconic 510-foot-long ship will become the screen for a groundbreaking new show that is free and open for all to enjoy.

Looking for something a little deeper? Dive into the underground this year as the Louisville MEGA Caverns hosts the only underground light show across the globe. The 17-mile man-made cavern located under the city of Louisville lights up 850 characters and 2-million points of light. Visitors can drive through all of the underground passageways to see the transformation take life.

2 - Cheers to the Holidays

Featuring authentic distilleries and the rights to claim the fame to “America’s Native Spirit,” it wouldn’t be a Kentucky holiday without bourbon. This year, Maker’s Mark Distillery is hosting self-guided after dark Candlelight Tours, Dec. 2- 9, featuring holiday d├ęcor, seasonal cocktails and sweet treats. Take advantage of the time at the distillery to preview signature bottles that make for great gifts or the smaller items to fill stockings early.

3 - Step Back in Time

In wrapping up its 225-anniversary as a state, Kentucky offers a host of historical adventures, especially during the holidays. My Old Kentucky Home, Kentucky’s most famous landmark – also the namesake for the state song – guides visitors through the Victorian mansion with docents in hoop skirts and tailcoats. Learn about the traditional, and sometimes odd, Christmas customs of the Victorian era, including the origin of the Christmas tree, the yule log, Santa Claus and Krampus, while touring each room of the mansion.

Experience firsthand how the early settlement days of Kentucky were spent celebrating the holidays. See and hear the classics at the 18th Century Christmas at Fort Boonesborough State Park with candlelight tours and decorations keeping with the traditions of the time. Lanterns, bonfires, Christmas Guns, music and dance, along with time-appropriate food and refreshments, add to the event’s atmosphere.

 photo Tea Time with Mrs. Claus - Shaker Village_zpsvfz2fzbr.jpgDiscover the simple gifts of long-ago winter days filled with wonder and laughter at the Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, while discovering connections to the past throughout the country’s largest private collection of original 19th century buildings. Shaker Village is home to an impressive collection of Shaker architecture, skilled craftsmanship and spirituality.

Information for this post courtesy of: kentuckytourism.com
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