Kentucky December 23, 2016
13 Places To Visit In Kentucky That Will Cure Your Cabin Fever This Winter
Sometimes it’s nice to get snowed in. You have an excuse to not leave your house, and you can spend all day wrapped in blankets instead of venturing out into the cold. However, that can get old after a while, and cabin fever kicks in. Instead of buzzing all over your house as an antsy, irritable mess, try visiting one of these places in Kentucky to cure your cabin fever.
1. A city park
One of the best things you can do to cure cabin fever is to bundle up and go for a nature walk. No matter where you are in the state, you'll have some place close to you for a peaceful nature retreat. Even if you live in an urban area, visit a city park, like Cherokee Park in Louisville.
2. Red River Gorge
Dive even deeper into nature by visiting the Red River Gorge in Daniel Boone National Forest. Climb to the top of Natural Bridge and take in the views of the bare trees in the surrounding valley.
3. Pine Mountain
If you're looking to get your heart pumping even more, visit the mountains of eastern Kentucky and wear yourself out with a challenging hike.
4. The Ohio River
The Ohio River borders the northern part of our state before connecting with the Mississippi River. Taking a hike along this impressive body of water is sure to make you feel refreshed.
5. Cumberland Falls
Be blown away by the sheer size and beauty of Cumberland Falls. It is a gorgeous sight just after a snow fall, but it looks especially brilliant if it's cold enough for bits of it to freeze.
6. Kentucky Lake or Lake Barkley
Remind yourself of summer by visiting these two huge lakes in western Kentucky. Warm up by going on a hike in the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area, or admire the vastness of the frosty lakes.
7. A Christmas Lights Display
There are still a ton of magical Christmas lights displays all over the state, like this one in Ashland's Winter Wonderland of Lights. Most of the displays stay up until New Year's Eve, and in some cases, into the first couple weeks of January. To see a list of more light displays in Kentucky,
check out our article
highlighting some of the best ones in the state.
8. The Big Four Bridge
Along with exercise, socializing can help get rid of your cabin fever. If you're near Louisville, grab a friend and walk across the Big Four Bridge to Jeffersonville, Indiana. Enjoy the views of the Ohio River and the Louisville skyline, and then stop for a burger at the Red Yeti on the Indiana side.
9. A bourbon distillery
What better way to warm yourself up than with bourbon? Escape the cold and your house by traveling to one of the distilleries along Kentucky's Bourbon Trail, such as Buffalo Trace, which is pictured above.
10. A museum
Kentucky boasts a lot of museums that cover a wide range of interests. Stay warm and wear yourself out by spending the day touring your favorite one. The Corvette Museum in Bowling Green is home to several rare and one-of-kind cars.
11. Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill
Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill is one of the most peaceful and beautiful places in Kentucky when covered in a blanket of snow. With hiking trails, tours, and educational demonstrations and activities, this place is sure to scratch your itch to get exercise, socialize, and use your brain.
12. A barbecue joint
Is there any other food you can think of that reminds you of summer more than barbecue? Experience a brief refuge from Old Man Winter at any of the delicious barbecue restaurants in Kentucky, like Moonlite Barbecue in Owensboro.
13. Simply go on a drive
If none of these places sound appealing, but you still want to get out of the house, why not just go on a drive on a gorgeous country road or one of Kentucky's scenic byways. You get to enjoy the winter scenery while staying warm and listening to music, and still getting out and about.
If you’re feeling a little antsy or trapped, head to one of these places. What other places do you visit to cure your cabin fever?