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: September 27 - October 3, 2016
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A House Divided Bardstown, KY

My Old Kentucky Home

September 1 - 30, 2016, 9:00 A.M. - 4:15 P.M.

Visit Kentucky's most famous historic site, My Old Kentucky Home, to explore its connection to the American Civil War. Learn how mid-19th century public sentiment was forever changed by the house that inspired the world-famous song, "My Old Kentucky Home," and how the family was connected to the Union war effort, while other family members split away to join the forces of the Confederacy.  The song “My Old Kentucky Home” ...
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Fall Archery Leagues Louisville, KY

E.P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park

September 6 - 29, 2016, 6:00 P.M. - 8:30 P.M.

Looking for some fun competition in the sport of Archery? Join our Beginner and Intermediate Fall Archery Leagues! Divisions begin at ages 7 and up.  We'll shoot in the style of the National Archery in the Schools Program.   We'll meet once a week for four weeks in the Gym. Each archer will shoot three rounds of five arrows, from 10m and 15m distances. The lowest scoring round from each ...
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Photography Challenge 2016 Cumberland, KY

Kingdom Come State Park

September 10 - October 10, 2016, 12:15 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.

Sign up for this photography competition that runs from Sept. 10-Oct. 10. All photos must be taken at Kingdom Come State Park. You may submit up to five photos for each category: nature, kids/people, wildlife, landscape and open. The fee is $5 for each category or $15 for all five. Please register in the appropriate division. All photos may be used by the park. Register at the park gift shop....
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Tea Tuesdays at Waveland Lexington, KY

Waveland State Historic Site

September 27, 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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Ghost Hunt at Big Bone Lick Union, KY

Big Bone Lick State Historic Site

October 1, 2016, 8:00 P.M. - Midnight

***As of Thursday May 5th all program dates are full.  Wait lists are available.   Contact the Park for more information***
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Natural Bridge Hoedown Slade, KY

Natural Bridge State Resort Park

October 1, 2016, 6:30 P.M. - 10:00 P.M.

The famous Natural Bridge Hoedowns have been a popular tradition at Natural Bridge for over 45 years!  Natural Bridge State Resort Park and square dance caller, Jane Bolin, invite you on Saturdays from May through October to Hoedown Island for some easy to learn Appalachian square dancing, line dancing, two-stepping, polka’s, waltzes and other couple and individual dances.  The warm-up dance starts at 6:30 pm and the regular dance program ...
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First Day Hike: Monthly Hiking Series Dawson Springs, KY

Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park

October 1, 2016, Noon - 2:00 P.M.

Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park will host a guided hike the 1st of each month again in 2016! All hikes will meet in the lodge lobby. Hike times and trails will vary per month. Some hikes will require hikers to drive to another location on the neighboring Pennyrile State Forest or nearby Wildlife Management Areas.  Dress for the weather and bring your own water, snacks, and hiking stick. This hike is not recommended ...
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"Touched by the Fire" - Blacksmith's Weekend Richmond, KY

Fort Boonesborough State Park

October 1 - 2, 2016, 9:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.

Charcoal Burn begins 9/25/16. See and learn about an ancient craft kept alive even to this day! Join a group of blacksmiths including Randy Wolfe of Bethel Forge as they demonstrate projects and techniques, trade ideas and information, swap tall tales of the forge, and also offer hand forged items for sale. The process of making charcoal in the 18th century will be interpreted all during the week. Blacksmiths are ...
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Weep No More, Victorian Funeral Customs at My Old Kentucky Home Bardstown, KY

My Old Kentucky Home

October 1 - 31, 2016

Weep No More, an exhibit on Victorian Mourning Customs is coming to My Old Kentucky Home! Social customs related to the death of a family member during the Victorian era encouraged practices that publicly demonstrated the grief that the remaining family members were experiencing. Door knobs would be draped in black, as would door entries, mirrors, portraits of the deceased loved one, and clocks were stopped at the time of ...
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