Kentucky Tourism


Kentucky State Parks put the “special” in special events, celebrating everything from wildflowers in the spring to spectacular fall colors in the mountain and lake areas.

From Elk viewing tours to ghost walks or reenactments and living history events, there are weekends full of fun, free entertainment to create special memories with your family and friends. Search KY state parks below by date range or by park name to view a list of each individual park’s events and read about each one. You and the kids can pick out which destinations and events you want to enjoy, then start building your itinerary.

UPCOMING EVENTS FOR: July 25 - 31, 2016
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Water Fitness Classes Louisville, KY

E.P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park

May 31 - September 3, 2016, 6:15 P.M. - 10:15 A.M.

Looking for a fun, new way to get some exercise this Summer? Join in on our Water Fitness Classes for a low impact work out! Each class is one hour long, led by a certified instructor. Classes are offered both in the morning and evenings each week. Choose from shallow water aerobics (5ft.) and deep water aerobics (11ft.); or stay for them both!
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Weekly Recreation Opportunities Schedule Union, KY

Big Bone Lick State Historic Site

June 1 - September 5, 2016

Welcome to Big Bone Lick State Historic Site!  Attached you will find our weekly Recreation Opportunities Schedule.  This schedule is for daily programming at the park for both day visitors and campground guests.  We look forward to seeing you at a program. Click Here to download this week's Schedule. Please note most programs are subject to weather, always double check with the office regarding programming.
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Cool History on Hot Days Richmond, KY

Fort Boonesborough State Park

July 2 - August 27, 2016, 9:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.

When the Kentucky combination of heat and humidity make many outdoor activities too umcomfortable to enjoy, we will have a special program, presentation, lecture or demonstration every Saturday afternoon in air conditioned comfort.  All of these will relate to the history of early Kentucky, and will be presented in the Tavern Blockhouse or the Orientation/Theatre Blockhouse of the Fort. Some topics may include Daniel Boone, Fire Starting, Flintlocks, "All Things ...
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Summer Archery Lessons Louisville, KY

E.P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park

July 5 - 28, 2016, 6:00 P.M. - 8:30 P.M.

Archery is a sport to be enjoyed by all people, regardless of almost all sizes and abilities.  It is a very safe sport when following the correct procedures.  Archery is a sport that has been around for thousands of years, why not get involved? Here at E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park our NASP certified instructors will be offering beginning archery lessons on the correct and safe way to shoot.  The ...
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Family Pickleball Louisville, KY

E.P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park

July 19 - August 9, 2016, 1:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M.

Pickleball is  sport that can be enjoyed by all ages! The park is now offering a FAMILY PICKLEBALL program beginning   Tuesday, July 19., for a limited time.  This program  is for families with children ages 16 years or younger.   The gym has four courts, that can accommodate up to 16 players at a time!  Usually enjoyed most by playing doubles, bring your friends and family and join in ...
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Evening Lap Swim Louisville, KY

E.P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park

July 19 - September 1, 2016, 7:00 P.M. - 8:30 P.M.

Looking to get some laps in? Our evening lap swim program is what you need! Our pool will host the Lap Swimming sessions beginning on July 19 in the evening from 7:00p.m. to 8:30p.m. Each session is only $3.00 per person.  To be able accommodate the most swimmers that we can, lane lines will not be set up for this program.  Program begins Tuesday, July 19 Days and Times: Tuesday ...
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Pioneer Life Week Olive Hill, KY

Carter Caves State Resort Park

July 25 - 31, 2016, 10:00 A.M. - 2:30 P.M.

A full week dedicated to the Revolutionary War, The War of 1812 and the settlement of lands around the Ohio River, re-enactors, musical entertainment and many historical programs bring this rich heritage back to life.  The pioneer camp is open from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday - Saturday and 11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. on Sunday.  Historical programs are scheduled daily throughout the week including tomahawk throwing, black powder ...
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Tea Tuesdays at Waveland Lexington, KY

Waveland State Historic Site

July 26, 2016, 2:00 P.M. - 3:30 P.M.

Looking for something fun, unique and different to do with a friend or a group? Waveland State Historic site is serving tea every Tuesday! Tea is served at 2 in the mansion on fine china. All tea’s include a program, savory food, not to mention the delicious tea served by period dressed interpreters. Once you are finished with the tea enjoy a tour of the Waveland Mansion. A unique one-of-a-kind ...
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James Harrod: The Battle for Kentucky Outdoor Drama Harrodsburg, KY

Old Fort Harrod State Park

July 28, 2016, 8:30 P.M. - 10:30 P.M.

The Ragged Edge Community Theater produces this outstanding play in the James Harrod Amphitheater.  The play centers around Harrodsburg's founder, frontiersman, James Harrod and his group of men that came to what is today Kentucky in 1774 to start a new life.  They battled the elements, other settlers, each other but mostly the Natives to survive out here in the wilderness.  Come and see this action packed portrayal of how ...
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Summer Craft Day Stanford, KY

William Whitley House State Historic Site

July 28, 2016, 3:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M.

School is out and looking for something to do, well everyone loves to do crafts.  For a small fee we will provide all the materials to make a craft you can take home and show off.  Each craft day will include a free tour of the William Whitley House that has a lot of history for any age or interest... historian, racing enthusiast and architecture!   You must register to ...
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