Best Things to do in Kentucky

26 October 2019

Kentucky is the front porch of the South, welcoming visitors with Southern hospitality. While horses, bourbon and bluegrass are signatures, here you will also find the birthplace of Abraham Lincoln and Muhammad Ali plus the finest in dining, arts, entertainment, history and thrilling outdoor adventure to make your visit complete.

Get on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail

An absolute must when visiting Kentucky, the Kentucky Bourbon Trail is a road trip style adventure to the Bluegrass State’s signature bourbon distilleries, 37 of them in all! Following the trail is a fantastic way to see the state, some distilleries are up to 70 miles apart and travelling between them you’ll see all that Kentucky has to offer from the tours and tastings in the distilleries themselves, big city nightlife and quaint country towns. There is no right or wrong way to do the trail so I’d recommend taking some time to plan your route and get the most of out this fantastic trail through the Bluegrass State or talk to our travel experts about our Bluegrass and Bourbon Trail Fly Drive Holiday

Best things to do in Kentucky

Visit Kentucky’s Famous Horse Farms

The Bluegrass Region surrounding Lexington is known as the “Horse Capital of the World” and throughout Kentucky, you can climb in the saddle and ride the trails. Some 450 Thoroughbred and Standardbred horse farms surround the city of Lexington in all directions, and many are open to the public. You can join a tour of some of these horse farms, arrange a private tour of some farms or else just visit a specific farm yourself.

Best things to do in Kentucky

The Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs

No doubt one of the most famous horse races in the world, The Kentucky Derby is held every May at the hallowed Churchill Downs racetrack. This unique spectacle, described as one of the ‘Greatest Bucket-list sporting events’ draws around 150,000 visitors every year. Enjoy the fabulous fashion, delicious food and drinks and the fantastic sporting occasion! Even if you don’t make the derby, Churchill Downs, the home of the famous event is well worth a visit year round. Pay a visit to the Kentucky Derby Museum located on the grounds where every day is derby day, and learn more about the rich history of this iconic sporting event.

Best things to do in Kentucky

National Corvette Museum

Bowling Green, Kentucky is home to the Corvette, America’s Sports Car, and the only place in the world they are produced. Pay a visit to the National Corvette Museum which features over 80 Corvettes from down through the years. Get behind the wheel of a C6 Corvette and race around a virtual racetrack, enjoy a guided tour of the museum and test your knowledge at interactive kiosks. Less than 2 miles away you can also pay a visit to the NCM Motorsports Park where you can ride in a Corvette around the track.

Best things to do in Kentucky

Newport Aquarium

Located in Newport, Kentucky, the Newport Aquarium is fun filled spot to spend a day with the family. See thousands of animals from all around the world, see the divers feed the animals in the Coral Tunnel, see a Dive Show, immerse yourself in the Octopus Den, or explore Stingrays from the Hideaway beneath the surface. There’s so much to do everyone will certainly have a day to remember!

Best things to do in Kentucky

Interested in checking out the Kentucky for yourself? Call Alison or any of our travel experts today about your holiday of a lifetime!

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By Claire Somers

Travel Expert

Favourite Destination: I first visited 'Music City' Nashville 15 years ago and having been back a few times over the last couple of years I cannot believe how much it has changed! I love all the music history to be found in Nashville, the lively nightlife and the historical sites. There is lots of new development in Nashville as it is a real up and coming destination but all the development harks back to the city's history with lots of speakeasy bars and honky tonks to keep the original look and feel of the city.

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