People in Kentucky get tired of the same ole’, same ole’ just like anyone else. Finding new places to go when living in a small community can be an extreme challenge though. Larger cities tend to have more new businesses popping up on the average than small towns, so short travels can lead to interesting activities.
1) Tilted Kilt Pub and Eatery
This is a new themed style restaurant/pub on 4911 Houston Road in Florence. One of the unique aspects of the place is the dress style of the employees. They wear a kilted uniform, with a Hooters style twist. As far as food, this highly UK influenced place serves classics like fresh Irish stew and fish and chips.
Tilted Kilt's Irish Stew
2) Wrought Apricity
This new gallery opened at 108 E. Main Street in Horse Cave recently, and for those who love art and hand crafted items, it's a must visit. The business focuses on featuring primarily local artists of all mediums, including amazing dimensional paintings, mixed mediums on canvas, beautiful hand crocheted hats, and more. Visitors can come in, relax, and enjoy a welcoming atmosphere while browsing the artistic works.
Some of Wrought Apricity's handcrafted Hats and Paintings
3) Thomas Dairy Farm Zombie Paint Ball
If you're looking for something unique, you'll want to check out 4625 Leitchfield Road in Cecilia. They offer a whole barrage of activities including a cornfield maze, a petting zoo, face painting, and the “new” craze, zombie paint ball. Basically you get to ride around armed with a paintball gun and take out the faux (we assume) zombies that attack you. It's fun for most ages and you can contact them for more information at 270-735-6076 or 270-401-5461.
Would you survive a zombie attack?
4) The Sage Rabbit
This unique restaurant at 438 S. Ashland Avenue in Lexington serves up an incredible variety of vegetarian and non-vegetarian cuisine, including creamy soups, unusual sandwich combinations, baked dishes, and salads. They also serve delicious fruit or vegetable and herb drinks and smoothies. Added bonus, they grow their own vegetables and herbs.
SG's Chocolate Pot de Creme
5) The Kentucky Science Center
The Kentucky Science Center at 727 E. Main Street in Louisville recently opened their Science in Play section for families. It offers an abundance of activities for children of different ages while providing a learning experience. Parents can be confident their children will walk away with wonder and meanwhile, parents can check out other exhibits.
One of the Science in Play Play rooms
If you're looking to put some spice in your life, you'll want to check out The Roux at 1325 Bardstown Road in Louisville. This new restaurant offers Cajun and Creole cooking just like you’d get from the bayou, such as authentic shaved fried catfish, Monkfish, Boudin Balls, and a whole barrage of Creole delights like Gumbo, Jambalaya, and more.
A few delicious Creole dishes
7) KY Barbecue Festival in Danville
The 5th annual Barbecue Festival in Danville will be happening September 11th through 13th. This is relatively new for a festival and it's filled with great food from a variety of venders, handmade crafts, fantastic music, and more. It makes for some weekend fun every September.
A few slabs of tender ribs from the festival
8) Crank and Boom Craft Ice Cream Lounge
Visitors to 1210 Manchester Street in Lexington are in for a big surprise when they check out the menu. This amazing creamery of sorts is a mild mannered ice cream parlor by day, and an adult parlor at night. It has a chocolate bar with what could be considered drinkable truffles, adult hot cocoa, mouth watering sundays, and a unique variety of hand crafted ice cream flavors.
Some homemade ice cream with a unique sauce and dark chocolate drizzle
9) Bouquet Restaurant and Wine Bar
519 Main Street in Covington is the perfect spot for an adult evening out. It’s a quiet little spot to have a few glasses of wine and enjoy some American cuisine. It offers a serene, yet sophisticated atmosphere, perfect for date night.
Some of Bouquet's delightful food
10) Art on the Levee
This unique small gallery at 1 Levee Way in Newport offers a look at many local, unknown artists that do amazing work. It has handcrafted jewelry, needle threaders, pens, paintings, and more available for visitors to browse. If it's handcrafted and somewhat useful, you might just find it here. The original opening date on this gallery is unclear, but it's listed as a new attraction.
Some of Bouquet's handmade Goat Soaps in different scents
Staying home all the time can become mundane, but so can visiting the same place repeatedly. If you’re looking for something to do, check out one of these new places. If you’ve already popped in, or plan too, please share your experience. Comments about a new place to have some single or family fun are also appreciated.