Top Destination Spots in Kentucky
10. Louisville Slugger Museum
All my life I have been surrounded by sports. My dad and two brothers liked all kinds of different sports and there was always a game playing on the television or an announcer on the radio.
After all the years that have went by, sports are still a main interest to many people in my life and I think a vacation is in order!
First on the list is the perfect spot for baseball lovers.
The Louisville Slugger Museum is located in Louisville, Kentucky and manufactures professional baseball bats for the MLB and are also the number one bats used in the sport.
Outside of this museum sits the largest baseball bat in the world. This steel bat weighs 68,000 pounds and is a replica of Babe Ruth's 34 inch Louisville Slugger bat. It sounds like that bat would be best suited for Paul Bunyan!
The Louisville Slugger Museum houses bats used by; Mickey Mantle, Johnny Bench, Cal Ripken Jr. and Derek Jeter. Some of the greats in baseball history.
You can also see the bat that Babe Ruth carved each home run into.
Take the factory tour and get a free miniature bat to take home with you.
The Louisville Slugger Museum also has personalized bat for sale.
The Buds Batting Cages are available to use and offer replica bats to hit the balls with.
Louisville Slugger Museum
9. Kentucky Derby
The famous Kentucky Derby has to be in my list. If you are a horse lover, grab your big hats and mint juleps and mark your calendar for the first Saturday in May.
The Kentucky Derby is located in Louisville, Kentucky and is two weeks long. The winner is presented with a 400-rose covered garland and are also given 60 long stemmed roses. Roses are the Kentucky Derby's official flower.
On the same grounds as Churchill Downs, The Kentucky Derby Museum houses exhibits and fun for the whole family.
This festival has been going on since 1875 and is still at its best.
Mint Julep Recipe
2 Cups Sugar
2 Cups Water
With the sugar and water, make a simple syrup by boiling them together for five minutes. Cool and put in 6 to 8 mint sprigs. its best to let this refrigerate overnight.
Fill up cup with crushed ice, adding a tablespoon of mint syrup and two ounces of Kentucky Whiskey. Stir and garnish with fresh mint.
The Delicious Mint Julep
The Kentucky Derby
8. Kentucky Speedway
Sparta, Kentucky is home to the Kentucky Speedway and hosts many kinds of car racing events.
Nascar, Arca and indie racers all use this track. It was open in 2000 and construction was 153 million dollars.
If you are a fan of car racing, the Kentucky Speedway is worth checking into.
I have watched NASCAR off and on throughout my life and must say, if it is as exciting in person as it is on TV, I am in!
Not to mention; I could look at Jeff Gordon all day long!
The Kentucky Speedway
7. International Bluegrass Music Museum
Music is like a treasure chest full of our memories. Whether it is rock, pop, rap, country western or disco, it creates nostalgia for all of us. Bluegrass is mine. Of course I like many other genres of music, but bluegrass takes me back.
The international Bluegrass Music Museum is in Owensboro, Kentucky and houses many exhibits along with posters and costumes.
The exhibits housed at this great museum are both permanent and changing. These exhibits focus on bluegrass music along with its events such as festivals and concerts. The museum is a tribute to bluegrass pioneers.
There is a cafe set up in a 1950s motif and offers an old jukebox with bluegrass music you can choose from.
Don’t forget to go to the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame which is another thing to see when you visit the International Bluegrass Music Festival.
Museums and music, two of my favorite things wrapped into one!
Do you enjoy bluegrass music?
The International Bluegrass Music Museum
6. Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill
Shaker Village sounds like such an interesting place to visit. Full of culture, history and beauty.
Also known as Shakertown, Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill is a spot where a religious shaker community settled from 1905-1910. It is a national historic landmark.
During the civil war the Shaker people started controversy in the area due to buying slaves and freeing them. Because of this--I think I love the Shaker people!
The Dixie Belle Riverboat Rides are a fun thing to do and offers some exploring off land. The scenery you see on these riverboat rides is stunning.
The majestic high limestone cliffs and the Kentucky River Palisades are so pretty and the river boat even passes over the historic, "High Bridge."
The Last of the Shakers
5. Land between Lakes National Recreation Area
Between the Tennessee and Cumberland rivers sits the largest inland peninsula in the United States, The Land between Lakes National Recreation Area.
Also located in the beautiful area is a museum, planetarium and an environmental education center.
Land between Lakes also offers campgrounds, hiking trails, cabins and lodges.
Land Between Lakes also holds some history; The Battle of Fort Henry fought during the Civil War. Hike the Fort Henry Trails to learn more about the war.
wild flower surround this beautiful terrain and give the Elk and Bison Prairie a sense of beauty and nature.
Land Between Lakes
4. Kentucky Horse Park
Opened in 1978, The Kentucky Horse Park is mainly a horse farm but is also a theme based educational park.
Many retired competition horses are retired there and the property is absolutely beautiful. A parade of breeds is shown at this park, along with many other events. The National Horse Center is located here as well.
The Kentucky Horse Park also hosts different events such as; a horse drawn tour, horses of the world shows which shows breeds from all over the world, horseback and pony rides and a playground for kids.
Horses at the Kentucky Horse Park
3. Mammoth Cave National Park
Known to be the longest cave system in the world, Mammoth Cave National Park still has areas that are yet to be discovered.
Sandstone, located inside the cave gives it great stability.
Housed inside these spectacular caves is a sink hole called, “Cedar Sink”.
Scientists figure the caves have been around for 6000 years from human existence. Among the things discovered here are Indian artifacts.
Mammoth Cave: The History
Mammoth Caves National Park
2. Cumberland Gap Historical Park
Located in the Appalachian Mountains, the Cumberland Gap Historical Park is full of beautiful scenery including;
The Hensley Settlement; located on top of Brush Mountain, The Cumberland Gap Tunnel and Gap Cave which was used by Native Americans.
There are also spectacular views of mountains, waterfalls and forests.
Cumberland Gap Historical Park
1. Daniel Boone National Forest
Daniel Boone National Forest is a must see!
It is full of lakes, trails, waterfalls, gorges and beautiful arches.This land is absolutely breathtaking.
If you have seen or ever see this beautiful national forest, you will see why I chose this as my number one pick.