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 22 - 28, 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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Summer Archery Lessons Louisville, KY

E.P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park

July 6 - 27, 2017, 5:00 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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Beauty and the Beast

July 6 - August 5, 2017

July 6 – August 5 (Thursdays & Saturdays) – A tale as old as time…The classic story of Belle, the Beast, and a castle full of enchanted friends swirls to life onstage in The Stephen Foster Drama production of Disney Beauty and the Beast!  Thursday and Saturday nights, under the stars, at My Old Kentucky Home State Park. 8 p.m.  Adult Preferred Seating $25, Standard Reserved $20, Child Preferred Seating ...
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Santa's Holiday of Fun Weekend Richmond, KY

Fort Boonesborough State Park

July 20 - 23, 2017, 8:00 A.M. - 8:00 P.M.

Bring out those Holiday decorations and join in the fun of decorating in the summer sun instead of the cold of winter. We will have scheduled times to make Holiday crafts, have a campsite decoration contest a Holiday parade with a very special guest and lots more. This event is for registered campers only. For more information please call (859) 527-3454 or email
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Dale Hollow Lake State Resort Parks Free Summer Concerts Burkesville, KY

Dale Hollow Lake State Resort Park

July 22, 2017, 7:00 P.M. - 10:00 P.M.

Dale Hollow Lake State Resort Park and Dale Hollow Marina want to welcome everyone to join us each month for a FREE Concert from June until October July 22 will be our next concert, performed by Elvis Cocktail and his band from 7pm til 10pm in the Dale Hollow Lake State Resort Parks Convention Center.  A cash bar will be available. Everyone is invited to come join in on the ...
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World of Reptiles Henderson, KY

John James Audubon State Park

July 22, 2017, 1:00 P.M. - 2:00 P.M.

Join award-winning naturalist Scott Shupe at the John James Audubon Hilltop Shelter house, for his World of Reptiles program. This up-close chance to see live exotic reptiles from around the world is sure to please all ages. The program will begin at 1:00 P.M. and last about an hour. There is free admission. Stick around a few minutes after Scott's program for a look at one of Audubon Nature Center's reptiles, too.
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Kenlake Cruise In Hardin, KY

Kenlake State Resort Park

July 22, 2017, 3:00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M.

The Metal Mafia C.C. Presents the Kenlake Cruise In 2017! May 27th July 22nd September 23rd FREE! Goody Bags 50/50 Give-Away Kid's Choice Awards Free Water Food Vendors Valve Cover Track Door Prizes Long Haul Awards 3 P.M. - 7 P.M. each night. Next to the Tennis Center Live Music by: 5/27 - Night Fish 7/22 - Kalib Swift Band 9/23 - Sullivan 3 Open to ALL makes and models!  ...
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Kids Fishing Morning Gilbertsville, KY

Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park

July 22, 2017, 9:00 A.M. - Noon

Bring the kids for a morning of family-friendly fishing. Join Recreation Assistant and lifelong outdoorsman Eric Beaven for some good, old-fashioned outdoor fun. Meet on the patio by the lodge pool. Event is free to the public. Schedule of activities: 9:00 am - How to Rig Your Pole, from Store to Shore -- Eric will teach your kids step-by-step everything they need to know about how to prepare their own ...
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Natural Bridge Hoedown Slade, KY

Natural Bridge State Resort Park

July 22, 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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