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: June 24 - 30, 2017
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Homeschool Fridays at Wickliffe Mounds Wickliffe, KY

Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site

April 7 - October 27, 2017, 1:00 P.M. - 3:30 P.M.

Education programs are available for Homeschool Groups and include a guided tour of the site; demonstrations of prehistoric technology; do a mock dig with an archaeology presentation for kids, and make a Mississippian culture craft to take home.  Explore on your own the nature trail, welcome center, gift shop and take an Archaeology Quest.  Fee is $5.00 per child, $3 per parent and pre-registration is required, sorry, no walk-ins. Program ...
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The Stephen Foster Story - Season Bardstown, KY

My Old Kentucky Home

June 10 - August 12, 2017

Kentucky’s Official Outdoor Musical is back with breathtaking costumes, lively dancing and the timeless music of Stephen Collins Foster.  Don’t miss this world-renowned trip back in time to the 1850’s…a treat for the whole family.  Select dates.  8 p.m. Adult Preferred Seating $25, Standard Reserved $20, Sat. Indoor Matinee $14.  Child Preferred Seating $13, Standard Reserved age 6-12 $11, (Children 5 & under are free) Sat. Indoor Matinee $11.  502-348-5971 ...
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Madagascar Pikeville, KY

Jenny Wiley State Resort Park

June 23 - July 8, 2017, 8:15 P.M.

Alex the lion is the king of the urban jungle, the main attraction at New York's Central Park Zoo. He and his best friends – Marty the zebra, Melman the giraffe and Gloria the hippo – have spent their whole lives in blissful captivity before an admiring public and with regular meals provided for them. Not content to leave well enough alone, Marty lets his curiosity get the better of ...
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Unbridled Adventure Race Series at Kentucky State Parks Greenup, KY

Greenbo Lake State Resort Park

June 24, 2017

The 2017 series continues an exciting collection of adventure races being held in partnership with Kentucky State Parks and The KY State Parks Foundation. Please make sure to click the link to the KSPF website and check out what this organization is doing to enhance and protect the parks we love to play and race in. The Races LENGTH: 6 Hours WHERE: Greenbo Lake State Park  WHEN: June 24, 2017 ...
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Hands-On Clay Henderson, KY

John James Audubon State Park

June 24, 2017, 10:00 A.M. - Noon

Feel the clay, get messy, become a craftsman when you join Albert Bauman at the potter's wheel on Saturday, June 24, 2017 at 10:00 A.M., at the John James Audubon Campground Shelter house. This full-of-fun potter, storyteller, and musician will keep you entertained, while he shows you the art of pottery. With his assistance, each person will take home a clay pot made with their own two hands! Cost: Free....
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Natural Bridge Hoedown Slade, KY

Natural Bridge State Resort Park

June 24, 2017, 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 mid-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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Meet Private Josiah Ayre Perryville, KY

Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site

June 24, 2017, 10:00 A.M. -

Meet Private Josiah Ayre 2017 June & July Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays 10:00 AM 1:00 PM 3:00 PM (at the old cedar tree across from the museum) Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site is excited to offer visitors an interactive program where they can meet Private Josiah Ayer, Co. E, 105th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry. Learn from Josiah about his life as a soldier, his uniform, his weapon and about his ...
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Hike-A-Thon 2017 Pineville, KY

Pine Mountain State Resort Park

June 24, 2017, 9:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M.

Just over 31 miles will be covered on guided hikes taking place once a month, March through September, on both Kentucky State Park, Kentucky State Nature Preserve, EKU research property, and National Park land. All hikes will be within 70 miles of Pine Mountain State Resort Park. Lunch option available for longer hikes. Transportation available for first 10 people registered per hike.  $35 for registration for all hikes and a ...
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Vintage Baseball Game at Waveland Lexington, KY

Waveland State Historic Site

June 25, 2017, 1:00 P.M. -

Vintage Baseball Game DATES & TIMES:  Apr 02, 2017 / 1:00 P.M.  May 14, 2017 / 1:00 P.M. - POSTPONED, WILL POST IF RESCHEDULED Jun 04, 2017 / 1:00 P.M.  Jun 25, 2017 / 1:00 P.M.  September 24 - Oct 28, 2017 / 1:00 P.M. Waveland is the home field to the only Kentucky Vintage Base Ball team, The Bluegrass Barons! Bring your chair and come enjoy a wonderful day of ...
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Moonlight Big Band Concert

June 26, 2017, 7:30 P.M. - 10:00 P.M.

Dance to, or just sit back and enjoy the music of the Moonlight Big Band at the beautiful Old Kentucky Home State Park Rotunda.  Pack your picnic basket and lawn chairs and enjoy the music of the best known swing band in Kentuckiana! $10 per person 502-348-4877 or 800-638-4877.
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