Bluebird with wildflowers and candles on a light wood background; text: Mother's Day May 14, 2023

Mother's Day

Many of our state resort parks are serving a Mother's Day meal on May 14th.  Seating is by reservation only. Mothers Day Buffet


Several Kentucky State Parks are also hosting events over Mother's Day weekend!  


Barren River Lake State Resort Park
Painting with Mom
Saturday, May 13, 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Treat Mom to an outing with an experience she will cherish always!  Not to mention a handmade gift that will last forever! Painting with Mom registration includes an instructional class with local artist Suzie Michelle.  The class will include all required materials and refreshments.

•    Adults (16 & over)  $35
   Includes 11x14 canvas, paint, paintbrushes, live instruction and refreshments.
•    Kids (15 & under)  $25
   Includes 8x12 canvas, paint, paintbrushes, live instruction and refreshments.

For additional information call (270) 646-2151.


Big Bone Lick State Historic Site
Paranormal Investigations
Saturday, May 13, 8:30 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.
Join park staff and the ESP Encounters of Supernatural Phenomena investigators for a night of paranormal investigation! We will be using a variety of investigative tools to explore various areas throughout the park. May 13 is Junior Paranormal Investigation night! Participants 16 and under are welcome to participate with an adult accompanying them. Please meet at the Museum at 8:30 p.m. *PREREGISTRATION IS REQUIRED* Recommended for ages 16+. Cost is $25.00 per person per tour. Contact the park office at (859) 384-3522 ext. 4 to preregister.

Blue Licks Battlefield State Resort Park
Blue Licks Farmers Market
Friday, May 12, 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. & Saturday, May 13, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Buy Fresh - Buy Local! Farmers markets are the best place to get locally grown fresh fruit, eggs, vegetables, meats, jams, honey and more. Visit our Kentucky Proud Blue Licks Farmers Market set-up in the Pioneer Museum parking lot each Friday and Saturday to stock up on all your produce and vegetable needs. For more info call (859) 289-5507.


Blue Licks Battlefield State Resort Park
Licking River Paddling Trip
Saturday, May 13, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
A tributary of the mighty Ohio River, the Licking River meanders over 300 miles - stretching from southeast Kentucky all the way towards Cincinnati. As part of your experience, you will be transported to the launch point (Tanner Station Fort area) and traverse the river to a ford where Revolutionary soldiers once crossed before engaging in battle with British forces and then offload at the boat ramp and ultimately returning to the lodge. All transportation is provided. The meeting point for this trip is the Worthington Lodge Parking lot - look for a canoe trailer! Canoes, paddles, life vests and a guide are included. We have extra-large and youth size life vests available along with adult sizes but these are limited. Reservations for this trip are to be made at least one hour prior to trip departure. Payment can be made at the lodge front desk prior to the meeting time or by submitting exact cash amounts to the guide at the meeting point. Packed water is required. Snacks, headwear, and sunscreen are highly recommended. As space and life vest types are limited, reservations are required – please call 859-289-5507 or email [email protected] to schedule (Weather dependent - notification of cancellation of will be made at least two hours prior to trip start time through social media). Signing a liability waiver is required, so those under eighteen years of age must have a parent or guardian sign the waiver and accompany them for the entire paddling tour. Cost is $20.00 per person ($10.00 for campers or lodge residents).


Ft. Boonesborough State Park 
Spring Camper's Yard Sale
Friday, May 12 - Saturday, May 13, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Clean out your closets and let your junk or arts and crafts become your fellow camper's treasures! Set up and sell right on your campsite. A $10.00 set up fee will be charged in addition to the regular camping fee. This event is for registered campers only to sell but the general public is welcome to come shop. For more info call (859) 527-3454.


John James Audubon State Park
Earth Mothers Hike
Saturday, May 13, 2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
It's Mother's Day weekend, so bring Mom and the whole family out to the park for this free springtime hike! Our naturalist will lead you on a 1-mile hike in our nature preserve woods. Several stops along the way with hands-on demonstrations, will allow you to experience some interesting facts about nature’s animal mothers and their offspring. Our trails are hilly, so wear sturdy shoes and dress for the weather. Facial masks will be required in times that social distancing is not possible. Meet on the Audubon Museum front lawn. Cancelled if raining--please watch Facebook and Instagram for announcements. 
Contact: Lisa Hoffman at (502)782-9727 or email to [email protected].


Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park
Sustainability Saturdays
Saturday, May 13, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Sustainability Saturdays cover an array of demonstrations, projects, and guest speakers focused on approachable sustainability minded practices and programming. These will be relevant to the time of year, with seasonal flair, offered in a casual environment. Hosted at the Sustainability Garden Pavilion, Campground, or Lodge Meeting Room, and weather dependent. 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Contact [email protected] to find out more information on current offerings. Some fees may apply.


Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park
Mugs & Moms
Saturday, May 13, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Enjoy coffee in the Garden with Mom. Choose your mug, then create a fun planter. We will supply the coffee, mug, and plants. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Sustainability Garden. Cost is $15 per mug planter. Call (270) 362-9210 for more information.


Kincaid Lake State Park
Mother's Day Celebrations
Saturday, May 13, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. & Sunday, May 14, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
We want to celebrate all the Moms out there on their special day so we're offering great deals, discounts and programs all weekend long to thank Moms everywhere. We've got special crafts for kids to make Mother's Day gifts and, while the kids are working on those, Moms can play putt-putt for free all weekend long. Crafts include Chickadee Love and Fluttering Thanks and can be purchased for $1.75.  All supplies needed to make these unique crafts are included with purchase. Come out and celebrate Mom while making some special memories together.  We hope to see you there! For more info call (859) 654-3531.


My Old KY Home State Park
1792 Guided Bourbon Tasting
Saturday, May 13, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
See why Jim Murray's Whiskey Bible named Barton 1792 the "2020 World Whiskey of the Year". Arrive to a meet and greet with Whitney Rye, host of the bourbon podcast, The Mash Bill. You will then be guided through the history of Barton's 1792 brand and explore the tastes of our four selections: Sweet Wheat, Single Barrel, Aged Twelve Years, and Full Proof. As you learn about the brand, you can also sip on a smoked 1792 Single Barrel old fashioned cocktail. Come for the Bourbon, Stay for the History! This rare experience is available for a limited time only. Must present ID showing proof of age. For advanced tickets, CLICK HERE. To purchase tickets for the same day, please contact our ticket desk at (502) 564-1915. Duration: 45 minutes. Ticket price (age 21+): $40.00. For details call (502) 564-1915.

Kingdom Come State Park
Kingdom Come Bike Rally
Saturday, May 13, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Join us for our 36-mile race beginning and ending at Kingdom Come State Park lake. Awards will be given for each age division and fastest male and female will receive special awards! Are you a good climber? Every rider who finishes the final climb in under 17 minutes will earn a special polka-dot t-shirt! 9 a.m. registration at park gift shop. Race begins at 10 a.m. Pre-register before May 5th to guarantee a t-shirt! Register at Registration fee is $25. Call (606) 589-4138 for more info.


Lake Cumberland State Resort Park
Mother’s Day Weekend
Friday, May 12 - Sunday, May 14
On 5/12 and 5/13 cabin rentals are BOGO! So, come on over and join us for a weekend full of events!  


•    Live music with Kristen Hunter from 6-8pm.
•    Our patio is the new place to hangout with cornhole and beverage cart available. 

•    Meet us at our activity center at 9am for a guided hike by our park naturalist.
•    Paint & Sip in the private dining room at 11am and 3pm. Reservation Required: call 270-343-3111

•    Mothers Day meal in Rowena Landing Restaurant.

Call 270-343-3111 for more details!

Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site
Saturday, May 13
Springfest will highlight the importance of the Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site working together with the Kentucky Nature Preserve and how both can work together to preserve, educate, and interpret nature, such as bees, butterflies, wildflowers and native wildlife. Organizations such as the Bluegrass Green Source, Wild Ones, the Garden Club of Kentucky, and other organizations will have booths set up where the public can talk to the different organizations. During the day, visitors will attend lectures about how to set up your own wildflower garden, your own monarch butterfly waystation, and other subjects. There will also be vendors selling handmade products. Cost is $5.00 for adults, $4.50 seniors and veterans, and $3.00 for children. Call (859) 332-8631 for additional info.


Rough River Dam State Resort Park
Catfish Tournament
Saturday, May 13
All ages are invited to participate in this first CATFISH TOURNAMENT held this May 13.  Entry fee is $10.00 per adult and $5.00 for youth 10 and younger.  The winner will receive a Rod and Reel Combo valued at $200.00.  Registration can be done at the Marina the morning of the event.  Weigh in will be at 5 p.m. sharp.  For more info call the park at (270) 257-2311.