They have a great place for all ages. Laser Tag, arcade and video gaming. They also have an outdoor facility for laser tag and airsoft. It is very affordable and the whole family can go without spending a fortune. I hear they have the best birthday party celebrations anywhere.
Eastern Kentucky University has something going on almost every weekend, and many events are open to the public. The theater department puts on plays and musicals, the music department has concerts, and there are to "Dance Theatre" shows every year. (These are usually a lot of fun. There are more talented performers at EKU than you'd think.)
The school also hosts an occasional celebrity performace. Past guests include Frank Warren (of PostSecret) and Daniel Tosh.
You can find a schedule of campus events (and prices and location information) on the school's website. Events are typically cheap.
Richmond's new Cinemark theater is a definite improvement over the last one at the old mall. The seating is comfortable, the sound is clear, and service is friendly. The theater hosts midnight release viewings frequently.
Bluegrass Dance center offers a variety of services for all ages. The professional staff offers everything from tap, to ballet, to ballroom dance.
Monday: 9:00-Noon, 1:00- 8:30PM
Tuesday: 9:00-Noon, 2:00- 9:30PM
Sunday: By appointment only
This is a more generic Kentucky Tourist acitivity, but it is enjoyable enough. You can ride around the park in a horse and carriage drawn by huge draft horses, you can walk through the barns visiting the different horses, they put on a daily show called the Parade of Breeds including those cute tiny miniature horses. The horse museum is there and they host different special events throughout the year such as the Egyptian Event which is a week long Egyptian Arabian horse show.
There's a gift shop and a cafeteria-like place for food.
Another interesting fact: One of the 9 equine actors that played Seabiscuit in the movie has made the horse park it's permanant home.
Please refer to their website for their current admission fee's and schedules.
Beautiful Kentucky rolling hills and acres of green lush fields and vinyard! A relatively new vineyard opened by a local family by the name of Land. Delicious wines... My favorite being the Maggie Adams blush named after a lady that had lived on the farm at one time I believe. Their Vignole & Blackberry wines are also worth trying. The Concord is sweet and just like spiked GRAPE juice if that's what you're looking for. But so far, I haven't tried anything bad.
They DID have a nice restaurant and gift shop but there was a recent fire (2009) and there are plans to rebuild. Acres of Land is a straight shot off of I-75 out in the country of Madison County. It's a curvy road (about 3 miles off the beaten path). They offer scheduled tours and live music events. Check their schedule online!
The Kentucky River meanders through and along the borders of Madison County. A beautiful sight to behold, it provides the water for Richmond residents as well as a place to play, get away or just sit and listen while watching nature in all it?s splendor. I enjoy the drive out (and it is quite a drive) as much as the river itself. Following this scenic route reminds me that the journey is half the fun.
An elegant and tasty treat, Bennett House celebrates seven years of tea. Fare changes from one tea to the next, but it is always delicious, inviting and fun. Staples are the tarts (small, tasty quiches) and a wonderful assortment of teas prepared for each person by the tea master.
Tea is the first Saturday of each month at 11am, 1pm and 3pm(excepting January and July). Reservations are required, as is a major credit card.
Children are welcome, but remember that it is a formal tea. Rita loves babies** and they are more than willing to accomodate, provided the little ones are on their best behavior.
**As a side note, Our little Liddy is now "officially" the youngest attendee of a Bennett House tea :)
With over 100 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places and three National Register Historic Districts, downtown Richmond is considered one of the state's finest restored 19th century commercial districts. Visit retail and antique stores, restaurants and historic buildings in the downtown area. Walking tour available. Richmond is a National Main Street Community and a graduate of the Kentucky Main Street program.
Some of the better restaurants include Woody's (fine dining), Madison Gardens (more of an Italian pub if that makes sense), the Buddha (bar & sandwiches), Taylor's Pool Hall (burgers and fries), Silver Diner (home cooked food and excellent burgers) and Parke Pastries Bistro. So there's a little something for everyone.
There are also a couple of good shops. Try Jett and Hall for men's suits, Tassel and Toad for eclectic gifts, and the Chestnut Tree Gallery for art.
Adventure Falls Miniature Golf and Batting Cage Complex is part of Gibson Bay and Lake Reba. The complex houses an 8 cage batting facility, an 18 hole miniature golf course and a picnic area/concession stand. The picnic area is available for rent for large parties, but is otherwise free to the public. The golf cours is wheelchair equiped if needed.
Open Daily April-September
Hours of Operation - Until Memorial Day
Kentucky's oldest continuous business dating back to 1785. Serves Madison, Jessamine and Fayette counties. Monday - Friday 6:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m., Saturday 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. and Sunday 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Free. Please call ahead to confirm operation as is closed frequetnly due to high water.
Saddle Up & Wind Down!" Conveniently located in one of the area's most scenic countryside's, the heart of Daniel Boone country. Horseback trail rides, pony rides, hay rides, bonfires, picnics, and rustic camping. Riding lessons, overnight/long-term boarding. Closed Mondays except holidays.
Formerly The Buddha Belly Bar & Deli, the Buddah has a variety of deli sandwiches fresh soups and salads daily. Full service bar. Open Mon-Sat 11am-12am. Happy Hour 4pm-7pm. Under age 21 not permitted after 4pm.Live music and an older crowd make this a likable place.
You can't really miss Elmwood. Of course, you can't really SEE it either, which is a bit of a problem within itself. But if you drive down Lancaster Avenue from Main Street, it is the large, Queen Anne style house on the right across from the university that virtually sets in its own park. It's a gorgeous house, indeed one of the most (if not THE most) beautiful in town. Des Jardins was the architect and it was built in 1875. Unfortunately, you can only view it if you can make the annual Arts Gala or if you hop over the fence. (But be careful because there is a groundskeeper.) Also known as the Miss Emma Watts estate, local legend says that when she died she either a) left the house and property to her cats or b) left it to her faithful groundkeeper. Either way, EKU has been trying to get its hands on it for years. If asked, the answer is because they want to make an alumni house out of it, as well as a park. But popular opinion is that they want to tear it down and build a parking lot.
Yes! Richmond finally has its own winery. It was just a matter of time. AND it’s located on one of my favorite roads-Poosey Ridge. (Yeah, the address says “Barnes Mill” but it’s Poosey.) They've recently opened a restauraunt on site and it is wonderful, if a bit pricey for the area. They serve lunch until 5:00 pm everyday but Sunday. The winery is located on eight acres of beautiful land and is open daily from noon to 7:00 pm. They offer tours of the winery and free tasting. Opinions vary as to the quality of the wine but they’re still young yet and trying to find their feet. Some people really like the merlot but I find it a bit strong. I am more of a sparkling wine person myself and although theirs isn't quite as fruity as I like, it has potential. My favorite is deiniftely the vignoles. I just love trying out local wines wherever I am. You can take a picnic there if you wish. Some of the wines that they carry are: Chardonnay
Note: photo taken by me