What to Do This Summer in Kentucky
Summer is the time to head outdoors, enjoy nature, and soak in the rays before winter arrives. If you’re looking for great events or places to check out, this list is full of must-see things to do. Each one is ideal for summer visits.
National Corvette Museum
Take a nice road trip with the windows down and head to this huge indoor museum in Bowling Green, which features models of this Chevy classic that span the decades. Even kids with little interest in cars are sure to enjoy this place, thanks to the fun interactive exhibits and options for camping and party planning. If you have a teenager, and this is the summer before the first year of driving to school, the museum also has a driver’s safety academy. Consider bringing your teen to the museum to learn a few safety tips.
Churchill Downs and Kentucky Derby Museum
Kentucky is known for horses, so head to this historic track in Louisville for the thrill of a race. If you’re not into betting or races, the track still offers great events, like Family Adventure Day. The track is also very close to the Kentucky Derby Museum, where guests can see the interesting subculture of Derbies, the world’s largest horseshoe, and the museum’s cute resident miniature horse, among many other things. Both locations combine indoor and outdoor fun, ideal for the summer weeks where rain can appear at any moment.
Mammoth Cave National Park
Another pleasant outdoor attraction that offers a refuge from potential showers, Mammoth Cave, in Central Kentucky, has a huge, photo-worthy entrance and well-maintained concrete walkways with railings. Anyone with an interest in caves or geology will adore exploring this cave, full of varying structures and fascinating crystals. The park itself has some nice hiking trails, campgrounds, and two rivers that sometimes flow into caverns. This is the most amazing cave system in Kentucky, and maybe the best park as well, so visitors and locals alike have to see it.
Louisville Slugger Field and Waterfront Park
The Louisville downtown district offers two experiences that positively scream summer: a day watching a minor-league local baseball game, and a day splashing around in a park on the waterfront of the Ohio River. The smaller size of Louisville Slugger Field, home of the Louisville Bats, won’t overwhelm first-time stadium visitors. As for the park, kids can cool off at the dancing fountains and play areas, while intriguing outdoor artwork, the Lincoln Memorial, and the Big Four Bridge offer great photo opportunities. Finish your evening with dinner at one of the restaurants in this trendy area.
Kentucky Shakespeare Festival
Set in Louisville’s Central Park, this amazingly vivid festival, which celebrates one of the most well-known English writers, takes place in the beginning of August. Fans of plays can see performances of works by Shakespeare and other playwrights, plus food trucks, fun games, and wild costumes. Best of all, admission is free!
Kentucky is the place to be if you like races, nature, history, and classic summer fun. So remember to savor your summer days before they’re gone!