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: February 22 - 28, 2019
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Pennyrile Forest: Oil Painting Weekend Dawson Springs, KY

Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park

February 22 - 24, 2019, 7:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M.

If you've always wanted to learn how to paint, this is your weekend! We will have Bob Ross instructor, Kim Vanlandingham, here to teach classes over the weekend. Learn the wet-on-wet method of oil painting by creating your very own 16x20 landscape painting. Fees: $70 for one class or $130 for two classes and the Friday night program. Maximum of 20 participants per class, so sign-up early. Click here to download registration ...
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Jenny Wiley State Resort Park Elk Viewing Tours

Jenny Wiley State Resort Park

February 23, 2019, Morning and Evening -

Elk were reintroduced to Kentucky in 1997 as a restoration project by the Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife. From 1997 - 2003 approximately 1513 elk were transported into Kentucky. Reproduction has been very high, with approximately 90% of the adult cows producing calves. Currently, the estimated elk population in Kentucky is over 10,000 elk. The best areas for elk habitat are on reclaimed surface mines in Eastern Kentucky.
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Pine Mountain State Resort Park - The Great Escape

Pine Mountain State Resort Park

February 23, 2019, 9am - 7pm

There have been a series of murders in the  area lately. A mass murderer is on the loose.   You wake up in the dark, in an unfamiliar place.  You are disoriented but ok. The only light is the violent red flashing of what appears to be some sort of timer counting down.  59 minutes and change. You’ve got to escape, but how….
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General Butler State Resort Park- Invitation to Kentucky's Past

General Butler State Resort Park

February 28, 2019, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Since 1992 Kentucky Chautauqua programs have brought to life more than 70 people from Kentucky's past, both famous and unknown. This program is based around retelling Kentucky's history, and made available through the Kentucky Humanities Council.
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Scott Collins Old Fashioned One-Man-Band Sing Along at Waveland

Waveland State Historic Site

February 23 - March 22, 2019, 7 pm - 8 pm

Come, sing, laugh & learn along with Lexington, KY native & 1 man band Wm "Scott" Collins as he demonstrates several different musical instruments. You'll experience fun traditional songs & beautiful American melodies from Kentucky's rich past in the historic Waveland mansion. Y'all come now, ya hear?
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