It’s no secret that Kentucky has some great country backroads that will soothe your adventurous soul and get your exploring spirit ignited. No need for fancy beaches or coastline, get a thrill right in the heart of the Bluegrass. Here’s a collection of some of the best day trips you’ll find scattered across the state.
1. Newport Aquarium
Go visit some tropical fish, adorable penguins or fiercely scary alligators, this aquarium is worth checking out in Newport, KY.
2. Maker's Mark Distillery
What better way to grasp a sense of Kentucky pride than grabbing a drink at the start-place? Go quench your thirst in Loretto, KY!
3. Kentucky Kingdom
If you're an adrenaline-junkie, this one's for you. Experience frightful drops and fast speeds at this themepark. Or if heights is your thing, the ferris wheel is a doozy of one. Located in Louisville, KY.
4. Waterfront Park
This 85-acre public park is located on the Ohio River in downtown Louisville. It overs stunning views of the city as well as many free and unique events throughout the year.
5. Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory
Get your one-of-a-kind bat engraved at the Slugger Museum. Not to mention you can take a selfie with the world's largest bat outside the entrance. I knew that'd seal the deal for you.
6. Frankfort, Kentucky
Go see the capital of the state and it's historical offerings. There's a free trolley that will take you around several historical buildings and even the cemetery where Daniel Boone is buried.
7. Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Park
Located in rural Central Kentucky, this site honors the 16th president. Visit the country's first memorial to Lincoln in a symbolic birthplace cabin in the park.
8. Kentucky Railway Museum
Train-lovers this one's for you. This museum got it's start from enthusiasts who began a local chapter of the Nation Railway Historical Society in 1948. Located in New Haven, KY.
9. Kentucky Derby Museum
Right at the historic Churchill Downs, go be one with the most famous horse race in the world. Located in Louisville, KY.
10. Muhammad Ali Center
Get inspired by this champion, the center pays tribute to the Great Ali. Located in Louisville, KY.
11. Louisville Zoo
Get in touch with your animal side by visiting the Louisville Zoo and get interactive with their cool creature offerings.
12. Louisville Mega Cavern
Get a true one-of-a-kind underground adventure and get schooled in history, geology, mining, and recycling.
13. Witness Beauty At Cumberland Falls State Resort Park
In Corbin, KY this gem of a park offers gorgeous lakes, falls and all kinds of naturesque views.
14. Lexington, Kentucky
Visit the horse capital. Some fun things like Kentucky Horse Park, The Thoroughbred Center or a Kentucky Horse Farm Tour come to mind to get your fill of horse history.
15. Creation Museum
Just south of the 513, this 70,000 square foot museum brings the Bible to life. Witness stories come to life in this unique place. Located in Petersburg, KY.
Grab the keys, hit the road and explore to your heart’s desire. These day-trips are certainly ones you won’t want to miss out on. What will you be hitting first?