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    Burbon Tours

    by Agraichen Written Apr 5, 2014

    Any visit to Kentucky requires at least a visit to one distillery if not many. There are organized tours of the various distilleries but most hotels and roadside tourist information centers will have brochures describing the various venues that can be visited.

    I only had time to visit one, Woodford Reserve, and it was well worth the trip.

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  • Kentucky Derby Museum

    by mezaleski Written Sep 28, 2013

    I'm not a horseracing fan, but my wife wanted to go here. I knew horse ownership was expensive, but I sure learned how expensive it could be on the "Back side bus tour." We had Angie for our guide and she did a great job of letting us see daily life at the track. The movie they show is enough to get even this non-racing person's heart a-pumping! What a great way to spend a day.

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  • Louisville Slugger Museum

    by mezaleski Written Sep 28, 2013

    Not being much of a baseball fan I really never thought much about baseball bats. But my wife and my mother-in-law are fans so we included this tour on our vacation in KY. It was a great tour! I am very glad we did the tour.

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  • Newport Aquarium

    by mezaleski Updated Sep 28, 2013

    A very interesting aquarium experience just across the river from Cincinnati, OH. There's a lot to do on the Newport KY Riverwalk besides the aquarium so if you have time to spare, plan a whole day here. The aquarium has a number of displays especially for kids.

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    Big Bone Lick State Park

    by Jim_Eliason Updated Apr 5, 2013

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    This is an area of natural salt springs. In prehistoric times this drew many of creatures to this area which was a large bog at the time. Many of the larger creatures would sink into the bog until their remain were discovered in modern times. The park also has a bison herd and a small lake.

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    Perryville Battlefield historic site.

    by Jim_Eliason Updated Apr 5, 2013

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    Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site is home to one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War. A Confederate campaign to "free" Kentucky was launched in 1862. The opposing armies met in battle on October 8. There were nearly 40-thousand men directly involved in the fighting; casualties exceeded 7,500. One Union general described the action as "the bloodiest battle of modern times." The Battle of Perryville was the most important Civil War engagement fought in Kentucky.

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    Oldenberg Brewing Company

    by lmkluque Updated Sep 16, 2012

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    From the Drawbridge Estates it is just a short walk to the Oldenberg Brewery and Entertainment Complex.

    This is the perfect place to stay when you only have twenty-fours to stay. Plenty to see and do in a short time and not far from the airport, nor is it far from downtown.

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    The State Capitol Building

    by traveldave Updated Aug 7, 2012

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    The Kentucky State Capitol Building that exists today is actually the fourth building that has served as the capitol of Kentucky. The first two burned and the third, the Old State Capitol (which stills exists as a historic attraction in Frankfort), was abandoned for the present building when it became too small to house the state's government.

    The State Capitol Building was designed by prominent local architect Frank Mills Andrews in the Beaux-Arts style of architecture. The building also has Classical elements. The interior has many French influences, including a staircase that was inspired by that of the Paris Opéra. The rotunda contains statues of famous Kentuckians, as well as other objects and exhibits relating to Kentucky's history and culture. Construction on the building started in 1905 and ended in 1910.

    The State Capitol Building houses the three branches of state government: the executive, legislative, and judicial. It has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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    The Louisville Science Center

    by traveldave Updated Aug 7, 2012

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    The mission of the Louisville Science Center is to encourage the public's understanding of science, mathematics, and technology through hands-on exhibits. It is the largest hands-on science center in Kentucky, featuring 150 interactive exhibits and activity stations.

    Formerly the Louisville Museum of Natural History and Science, the Louisville Science Center originated in 1871 as a "cabinet of curiosities" that consisted of an Egyptian mummy and a collection of 16,000 rocks and minerals.

    One of the main features of the Louisville Science Center is its IMAX Theater, a four-story screen surrounded by speakers which hosts films about science and nature.

    Permanent exhibits include The World We Create, which explores the principles of chemistry, physics, engineering, telecommunications, and manufactuing, and their impact on everyday life. The World Within Us teaches about good health, and features a journey through the body's systems. The World Around Us deals with natural and earth sciences. The Discovery Gallery contains many of the science center's older exhibits, including the mummy and a stuffed polar bear. The KidZone is a hands-on exhibit for children under seven years of age that features a miniature airplane, ambulance, mass-transit bus, lunar module, and construction area. Splash! is a water-play area in which children can experiment with pipes and tubing to learn about water flow.

    The Louisville Science Center is also an important resource for educational activities that benefit the community. Its Science Education Wing has four science workshop laboratories for student workshops and teacher training.

    The science center is housed in a building built in 1878 that was originally used as a warehouse for the storage of dry goods. Like many of the historic buildings in the West Main District, the building still has its original cast-iron façade.

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    Talon Winery and Vineyard

    by sabogg01 Updated May 2, 2011

    Perfect place to go for a wine tasting. They do not offer food here that I am aware of. My biggest complaint is that while doing the tasting you had to stand. No chairs or stools were offered. You can tour the grounds at your leisure and they have a walking tour guide pamphlet that you can use along the way. Great selection of wine to choose from. The tasting for myself and my boyfriend was under 25.00 and we kept the glasses + 6 tastings each and they were nearly 1/2 glasses, and got a bottle of wine! The best prices of any winery. To my understanding in the summer they host concerts and events as well. Scenic drive, great prices, friendly people, wonderful service. Highly recommended. I will be going back again and again!

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    Maker's Mark

    by Pawtuxet Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    If you are up for some really good bourbon, you might enjoy a tour of the Maker's Mark Distillery. It's located at Star Hill Farm in Loretto... not far from Fort Knox. The recipe originated in the 1800's, although they have revised it a few times since then. Did you know that 90% of all bourbon is made in Kentucky? Doesn't have to be..... just IS.
    We enjoyed the tour and bringing some of this very special elixer home as gifts and special occasions. Their signature red wax Maker's Mark distinguishes it from other bottles on the shelf. Enjoy the tour!

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    Land Between the Lakes

    by JREllison Updated Apr 4, 2011

    Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area is a United States National Recreation Area located in Kentucky and Tennessee between Lake Barkley and Kentucky Lake. The area was designated a national recreation area by President John F. Kennedy in 1963.

    Some of the clearest water I have ever seen. Great fishing with several tournments throughout the summer and fall. Hiking and biking trails through the interior and historical sites well worth the visit.

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    Civil War Battlefield reenactment at Perryville

    by JREllison Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Battle of Perryville fought October 8, 1862 was the largest Civil War battle in the Commonwealth of Kentucky There were more than 7500 Union and Confederate troops wounded or killed in this battle. Each year on the weekend closest to October 6 there is a reenactment held on the orginal battlefield.

    Cannons roar, sabers flash, horses charge, the camp follers sell their goods and everyone has a great time.

    The 2007 admissions cost is one-day ticket $15, and the two-day pass is $20 at the gate.

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    Visit Lincoln Country

    by JREllison Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Lincoln Contry begins in Springfield, Kentucky. Here Abraham Hanks homesteaded and raised his family, including Nancy Hanks, President Lincoln's mother A few miles South and West of Springfield at Hodgenville young Abraham was born, Midway betwen grandfathers home and his birthplace Abraham Lincoln grew up on the Knob Creek Farm.

    There is a Lincoln Muesum in Hodgenville which is open daily year round, and school and group tours are always welcome. Museum hours are Monday through Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 12:30 to 5 p.m. Eastern time.

    The birthplace and muesum are in the same city and easily visited the same day. Knob Creek Farm is bwtween Hodgenville and Springfield. there is a decent golf course at the Lincoln Homestead in Springfield.

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    Black Mountain

    by Jim_Eliason Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This is Kentucky's highest peak at 4,145 feet. The summit is owned by a coal company and in order to access the summit you must sign a waiver, available at http://americasroof.com/ky-release.html. In order to access the summit it is a 1.5 mile hike from Hwy160 just between the Virginia and Kentucky border signs. Access is via a paved road so you could drive up however the road is washed out in many places and only a high clearance vehicle would be able to make it up.

    The summit is marked by an FAA Radar dome and many communications towers. There really isn't much of a view from the top.

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