Kentucky June 16, 2021
11 Things To Do In The Summer In Kentucky From Swimming Holes To Festivals
Summer has arrived here in The Bluegrass State, and what a glorious season it is! The heat, the humidity, the festivities… we love it all. There’s no shortage of fun to be had during the summer in Kentucky, so we compiled a list of our top 11 “must do” items for your bucket list. Take a look, and get ready to have an amazing season of sun and fun here in beautiful Kentucky!
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life. While we continue to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, please take proper precautions or add them to your bucket list to see at a later date. If you know of a local business that could use some extra support during these times, please nominate them here:
1. Plan a small-town getaway
If you’re looking for a
in Kentucky, consider one of the state's winsome small towns! The Bluegrass State is full of the best little towns, each of which brings something unique to the table. Whether you’re looking for a beach retreat, a weekend of historical adventure, a mountain escape, or a laid-back weekend of food and fun, plan to take a few small-town getaways this summer in Kentucky!
2. Plan some unique day trips
3. Hit the beach
4. Shop 'til you drop at a Kentucky flea market!
There's nothing quite like the experience of shopping at a flea market; and in Kentucky, there's one
market you'll definitely want to check out. One of the largest in the state,
Awesome Flea Market
is a year-round, indoor and outdoor market in Shepherdsville that's open every Saturday and Sunday. Once you've conquered this massive market, it's time to move on to the real superlative superstar: the
127 Yard Sale
! The world's largest flea market, this four-day shopping extravaganza spans 690 miles from Michigan to Alabama, rolling right through Kentucky, and features over 2,200 vendors along the way. Mark your calendars: this year's 127 Yard Sale is Aug. 5-8.
5. Savor in the views from a scenic overlook.
One of the best ways to take in The Bluegrass State's beauty is from above. For example, the Cumberland River is a long, resplendent river that winds and forks its way through Kentucky and Tennessee, and the deeply carved gorge canyons provide some truly magnificent overlooks along the way. There are several
where you can behold its grandeur, many of which require little more than a short trek! For more scenic overlooks in Kentucky, be sure to
read this article
6. Take a hike!
There are so many perfect hikes you can take in Kentucky; and, during the summer, you'll be dazzled by the lush forest landscapes, wildflowers, and rushing rivers found along these trails. Kentucky's
natural bridges and arches
are especially wonderful to explore during the summer, offering a shaded and cool refuge from the heat!
7. Make a splash at a Kentucky waterpark!
With so many beautiful bodies of water in Kentucky, we often forget about our state's
Kentucky Splash Waterpark & Campground
is one of our favorites, because it combines beautiful Kentucky nature with an epic waterpark. The park boasts myriad slides, a lazy river, and swimming areas, and is a total blast! Bonus: you can camp here, too!
8. Float, tube, canoe, or kayak down a Kentucky river.
really is unparalleled, and you can plan a day on the water doing so many different, fun activities! Whether you choose to float, tube, canoe, kayak, or simply rent a boat, you can do it all here in Kentucky.
9. Hit up a local swimming hole.
The experience of a Kentucky swimming hole really is one of life's greatest simple pleasures, and Kentucky has lots of
beautiful swimming spots
perfect for taking a cool dip on a hot day!
10. Enjoy some down-home Kentucky cookin'.
It goes without saying, but Kentucky's food scene is top-notch. From
amazing fried chicken
, and everything in between, definitely enjoy some authentic Bluegrass fare this summer!
11. Go to a festival.
No summer in Kentucky is complete without a festival, and while the 2021 lineup may not have
your favorites, there are still plenty of fun festivals to look forward to. One must-visit fest is the
in Jefferson, a beloved tradition that features all your festival favorites, plus hot air balloons! This year's event is Sept. 17, so you can keep those summer vibes going even after Labor Day!
Of course, this list merely scratches the surface of the fun you can have during the summer in Kentucky. What are your “summer musts” that you’d add to the list? Share them with your fellow Kentuckians in the comments below!