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: August 21 - 27, 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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Eclipse Event at Columbus-Belmont Columbus, KY

Columbus-Belmont State Park

August 7 - 21, 2017

Columbus-Belmont State Park, Columbus Aug. 7-21 Columbus-Belmont State Park will have “Kids Solar Meals” on the menu at the Snack Bar beginning Aug. 7.  Meal will include hot dog or chicken nuggets, chips, drink and a toy.  Solar Meals will have information on the Solar Eclipse in the box.  There will be free ice cream after the Eclipse for everyone who has lunch from our Snack Bar, tours the Museum, ...
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Total Solar Eclipse Festivities Dawson Springs, KY

Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park

August 17 - 21, 2017, 10:00 A.M. - 9:00 P.M.

Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park will be one of the best spots around to view the Total Solar Eclipse occurring on August 21, 2017! To celebrate this momentous occasion the park will be offering programming Thursday August 17 through Monday August 21, 2017. CLICK HERE to view the activities schedule! Click here for info about the viewing party! Click here for Lake Registration Form! Highlights: Night Sky Viewing Thursday-Monday Night ...
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Total Solar Eclipse Fairview, KY

Jefferson Davis State Historic Site

August 18 - 21, 2017, 5:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M.

Jefferson Davis State Historic Site, just 15 minutes from Hopkinsville and in the path of totality, will have entertainment, arts and crafts, food and eclipse viewing Aug. 18-21. The park’s museum, gift shop and obelisk will be open as well. A combination ticket for the museum and obelisk is $15.  CLICK HERE for schedule of events for more details!
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Total Solar Eclipse Weekend Hardin, KY

Kenlake State Resort Park

August 18 - 21, 2017, 5:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.

Friday, August 18th: 5:00 A.M. Pre-Dawn Outdoor Telescope Observing Join the StarGeezer Mark Steven Williams as he shows you the waning crescent Moon and the planet Venus.  This glorious site will help you visualize how the Moon will overtake the Sun on Monday. 2:00 P.M.  Solar Viewing with Telescope We'll be demonstrating a pinhole camera, projection viewing, and filtered telescopes. 6:00 P.M. Meet the Star Geezer Dinner in the Aurora ...
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Solar Eclipse Lucas, KY

Barren River Lake State Resort Park

August 19 - 21, 2017

The Great American Solar Eclipse will be coming to Barren River Lake State Resort Park! Join us for this once in a lifetime opportunity to view the eclipse in the "totality zone." Our recreation staff will be providing eclipse-themed activities all weekend leading up to the event. You won't want to miss it!
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Great American Solar Eclipse Union, KY

Big Bone Lick State Historic Site

August 19 - 21, 2017, 11:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.

Don’t miss this opportunity of a lifetime...This will be the first time a complete solar eclipse has been across the United States since 1918. The recreation staff will be providing ‘eclipse themed’ programs on the Saturday and Sunday leading up to the eclipse. All events will take place at the Big Bone Lick Museum. The grassy field below the Museum will be offered as a quiet, level place for visitors ...
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Eclipse Weekend at Kentucky Dam Village Gilbertsville, KY

Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park

August 19 - 21, 2017, 9:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.

The Great American Solar Eclipse is coming to Western Kentucky! We welcome guests from near and far to join us at Kentucky Dam Village to witness this once-in-a-lifetime celestial event. Click here for a flyer listing the weekend's highlights. Leading up to the Monday eclipse itself, visitors will be able to enjoy a host of activities including eclipse presentations by University of Louisville Astronomy Professor Benne Holwerda, an outdoor showing of ...
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Solar Eclipse at LBSRP Cadiz, KY

Lake Barkley State Resort Park

August 19 - 21, 2017, 8:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M.

All about the Eclipse  August 19th and 20th, 2017 Amateur and Professional Astronomers from all over the world will be descending upon the US for the August 21st Total Eclipse of the Sun. It is estimated that this could be the most watched celestial event in the history of humankind. Lake Barkley  State Resort Park has been selected as one of the gathering points for these observers.   During this ...
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Solar Eclipse Jamestown, KY

Lake Cumberland State Resort Park

August 19 - 21, 2017

Lake Cumberland State Resort Park will provide eclipse-themed activities and programs on Saturday and Sunday, August 19th-20th, leading up to the eclipse. Eclipse viewing glasses will be available on a first come first serve basis.
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