Kentucky tourism

Trip Advisor

Pioneer Playhouse of Danville, Kentucky’s oldest outdoor theatre, has just announced its upcoming 72nd summer season.

“As we proved last summer, we are uniquely suited to keep patrons safe and entertained,” says Robby Henson, son of founder Eben Henson and artistic director of the historic landmark. “We are outdoors and under the stars, and our big amphitheater is the perfect venue if things are still uncertain with Covid-19 next year.”

Genuine Kentucky

Through the “USA Military Discount” program, Kentucky State Parks will offer current and former members of the armed forces lodging discounts effective Nov. 1, 2020.

Those on active military duty, retired members of the military, veterans, members of the National Guard and reservists are eligible for a state park discount from Nov. 1, 2020, to March 31, 2021. Discount rates are available at Kentucky State Resort Parks and the cottages at John James Audubon State Park.

Kentucky Toruism

The Kentucky Department of Tourism (KDT) is announcing the launch of its new campaign – ‘Stay Close. Go Far.’ 

The marketing initiative is aimed at supporting local tourism partners, communities and businesses by producing inspiring content that reminds Kentuckians they do not have to travel far to experience all the beauty, history and adventures the state has to offer.

Kentucky State Parks

Gov. Andy Beshear announced today that as part of the Healthy at Work initiative the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet will reopen tourism in an effort to generate revenue to boost the state’s economy and offer Kentuckians opportunities to explore the commonwealth through in-state travel.

Civil Arts Project

In recognition of Black History Month, Governor Beshear and Secretary Berry announced today that Kentucky will now be home to the newest sites on the historic the U.S. Civil Rights Trail.

The Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville and the SEEK Museum in Russellville, Kentucky mark the latest additions to the U.S. Civil Rights Trail making Kentucky home to 5 sites on the historic trail. Three additional trail sites are also located in Kentucky: Berea College in Berea, the Louisville Downtown Civil Rights Trail and Whitney M. Young Jr.’s birthplace in Simpsonville.

Berea Public Art

The Kentucky Artisan Center expands their creative offerings in July to include 29 workshops as part of Berea’s citywide Festival of Learnshops July 12-30, 2019.

Twenty-nine different workshops will be offered including printmaking, painting, drawing, stone carving, Bavarian Folk Art painted boxes, gourd art, scratchboard art, cornshuck dolls and flowers, woodworking, textile stitching, jewelry and basketry.

Below is a list of Learnshops being offered at the Center beginning on Saturday, July 12:

Friday, July 12

Kentucky State Parks

Gov. Matt Bevin joined Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet and Kentucky State Parks officials at General Butler State Park to announce the kickoff of phase II of the Commonwealth's “Refreshing the Finest” initiative.

Launched in 2016, “Refreshing the Finest” has already invested $18 million in maintenance and operational improvements to the Kentucky State Parks system. The 2018 General Assembly allocated an additional $20 million to replace park lodge roofs, upgrade campgrounds, repair wastewater treatment plants, fix swimming pools and make other much-needed facility repairs.

The Lane Report

Seventeen Kentucky State Resort Parks will serve the Thanksgiving Day buffet on Nov. 23, 2017.

Kentucky State Parks will serve 2,000 pounds of turkey, 1,500 pounds of sweet potatoes, and 750 pounds of country ham. Additionally, 4,300 pieces of fried chicken, 1,300 pounds of roast beef, and 12,000 rolls will be served along with 600 pies, including pecan and pumpkin.

The parks have hosted the Thanksgiving Day buffet for more than 40 years and typically serve around 10,000 guests.

Kentucky Tourism

The Salato Wildlife Education Center in Frankfort will close for the winter at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 22. 

Seasonal closures allow the center’s staff to conduct needed maintenance to exhibits and facilities, which ensure a quality experience for the center’s 50,000 yearly visitors. Staff members also use the time to train the wildlife used in the center’s educational programs.

The center offers a number of wildlife and conservation programs, many of which employ the use of live animals including snakes, turtles, raptors and mammals. 

Good Sams Club

A campground improvement project at Greenbo Lake State Resort Park is underway and will limit reservations for dates in 2018.

The equestrian sites and 20 primitive sites are being converted to full hookup RV sites.  Another 25 sites are having electric power converted to 50 AMP service.  This project was initiated due to the increasing popularity of Greenbo Lake’s campground and the requests of guests for improved service.

Kentucky Artisan Center

Kentucky Artisans interpret the world – and the Kentucky Artisan Center is illustrating that fact with sand, in the amazing sculpture “The Sands of Time” by internationally known sand sculptor Damon Farmer.

Farmer states, “My long-time avocation of sculpting sand gradually blossomed into a major aspect of my commercial work, and it now provides me opportunities to share my favorite art form worldwide.”

2017 Visitor’s Guide Highlights Kentucky Travel

Jan 30, 2017
Kentucky Department of Tourism

The Kentucky Department of Tourism has announced the release of the 2017 Official Kentucky Visitor’s Guide. The guide features a state map with the path of the upcoming Great American Solar Eclipse highlighted.


The 146-page guide has comprehensive information about attractions, lodging, dining, shopping, and entertainment and recreation options in nine regions for visitors to the Bluegrass State.


Racin' Today

Kentucky Speedway grandstands will be smoke-free, including the use of e-cigarettes and vapor cigarettes, beginning with the 2017 season.

This policy applies to all seating areas, including suites, clubs and terrace boxes. The speedway will continue to permit smoking in all other areas of the grounds, including but not limited to parking lots, camping, and display areas.

Kentucky Tourism

Joined by Tourism, Arts and Heritage Secretary Don Parkinson and Parks Commissioner Donnie Holland, Gov. Matt Bevin has announced plans for an additional $18 million in funding for the Kentucky State Parks at a press conference held at Cumberland Falls State Resort Park.

Kentucky Tourism

(Editor's note: The following story was provided by Kentucky Speedway)

Kentucky Speedway announces it is undertaking a comprehensive renovation of its racing surface which is highlighted by increased banking in Turns 1 and 2 and further includes drainage improvements, additional SAFER barrier, and repaving of the entire 1.5-mile tri-oval. Work has begun and will be completed in time for this year's NASCAR tripleheader weekend in July.

Brushy Mountain Cyclists Club

The Kentucky Century Challenge highlights four of the most popular cycling events in Kentucky – the Redbud Ride, in London; the Horsey Hundred, in Georgetown; the Preservation Pedal, in Frankfort; and the Hub City Tour, in Elizabethtown. 

Each event offers a “Century Ride” option of 100-mile routes. In order to complete the Kentucky Century Challenge, riders must complete any three of the four Century Rides. Riders who are successful will qualify for a special-edition Kentucky Century Challenge jersey.

The 2015 ride dates and locations are:

Kentucky Tourism

Carter Caves State Resort Park will present a weekend of outdoor adventure with its sixth annual Winter Adventure Weekend, Jan. 23-25, 2015.

Guests will be able to enjoy hiking, kayaking, recreational tree climbing, cave tours including wild cave trips, winter survival, rappelling, archeological field trips, rock climbing, a zip line and other adventures.

Guests will be able to select from a list of trips they want to take – for beginners and advanced winter adventurers alike. All of the trips and events are led by guides.

KS Wildlife

They were not even recognized as a distinctive fish species until 1927. People for many years believed these fish only existed in Kentucky.

In 1956, the Kentucky legislature designated this species the “Kentucky bass” and made them the official state fish. Many anglers, especially in the south-central portion of the United States, still call the spotted bass a Kentucky bass.

Rye Library

Fall has arrived, and with it the 2014 edition of the ColorFall program touting peak foliage viewing areas and exciting autumn events around Kentucky. ColorFall is designed to aid public enjoyment and media coverage of autumn in the Bluegrass State.


The Bourbon Capital of the World, Bardstown, Ky., will host its 23rd annual celebration of America’s native spirit, the Kentucky Bourbon Festival, Sept. 16-21. 

The six-day festival filled with everything bourbon features more than 40 major events and attractions. Events range from the Great Kentucky Bourbon Tasting & Gala, a black tie soiree, to the World Championship Bourbon Barrel Relay. Along with enjoying free live music, tours and various competitive events, festival-goers can also learn about bourbon mixology and cooking with bourbon.

Mobile Life Solutions

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources’ new Boat Sober mobile app for smart phones and tablets informs boaters about boating under the influence and overall boating safety. Boaters can download the app now.