Department of Parks
New Year’s Eve Events at Kentucky State Parks
FRANKFORT, Ky. – The Kentucky State Parks are gearing up for 2012 with several New Year’s Eve parties and events planned at resort parks across the state.
A dinner buffet, entertainment, dancing and theater are among the options on Dec. 31 at the parks. Many are offering lodging packages that include entertainment and meals.
Here is a listing of parks hosting New Year’s Eve events on Saturday, Dec. 31. For more details and park information, visit www.parks.ky.gov
Barren River Lake State Resort Park, Lucas
New Year’s Eve Dance
Celebrate New Year’s Eve with Barren River Lake State Resort Park on Dec. 31. Dance the night away before ringing in 2012 with a variety of your favorite music provided by a DJ. Make a reservation for our special room package for only $149.95, which includes one night’s lodging, dinner, breakfast and dance for two. If you would like a cottage instead, ask for the cottage package starting at $229.95 per couple per night. Other packages available are dinner and dance for $75 per couple or dance only for $35 per couple. The dance will be held from 8 p.m.–1 a.m. CST. Limited seating is available, so call Barren River Lake State Resort Park at 1-800-325-0057 and make reservations today.
Blue Licks Battlefield State Resort Park, Mount Olivet
New Year’s Eve Comedy
Join Blue Licks as we laugh in the New Year with a grand buffet in the Hidden Waters Restaurant, with Lee Cruse. An all-you-can eat buffet will be available from 5-8 p.m. featuring carved beef roast, cedar planked salmon and other traditional favorites. Then laugh in the New Year with Lee Cruse from 7:30-8:30 p.m. in the Arlington room. Afterwards, join in the euchre tournament. Space is limited, so please call ahead: 800-443-7008. The price is $55 plus tax per couple (includes dinner and show) or $134.99 plus tax for a couple’s overnight stay (includes dinner, show, breakfast and a room for two). Call 800-443-7008 to save your seats now.
Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park, Buckhorn
New Year’s Eve Special
Awake to the New Year amid mountain tranquility at Buckhorn Lake. The park is offering a special lodge room rate of $50 plus tax per night. A special plated dinner from 5-8 p.m. will feature choice of sliced prime rib platter ($21) or a seafood platter ($14) with sides and delicious hot fudge cake. (Price does not include beverage, tax, or gratuity). Offer good only Dec. 31, 2011. For more information, call Buckhorn Lake at 800-325-0058.
Carter Caves State Resort Park, Olive Hill
Pickin’ In the New Year
Sit back by the fire and enjoy a mix of bluegrass and country tunes during the final clock ticks of 2011. Local musicians along with their friends will be jamming in the lobby of Lewis Caveland Lodge from 9 p.m. until midnight. If you play, bring along an instrument. Or just come and stomp your feet and help us welcome in the New Year! Tierney’s Cavern will have dining specials from 5-8 p.m. Ask about the $39.95 (plus tax) lodge room special New Year’s Eve rate. Call 1-800-325-0059.
Cumberland Falls State Resort Park, Corbin
New Year’s Weekend Getaway
Bring your special someone for a weekend of entertainment and relaxation. Your weekend begins with a ‘50s and ‘60s themed dance on Friday, 8 p.m.-midnight. Enjoy appetizers and an old-fashioned soda fountain. On Saturday evening, enjoy our annual New Year’s Eve Bash from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. A variety of dance music will be provided by our local favorite DJ, Jeff Petrey of Radio Active Sounds. Packages for two for two nights are available for $199.95 plus tax for a lodge room or $235 plus tax for a cottage. Single night packages and dance-only tickets are also available. Call 800-325-0063 for reservations.
Dale Hollow Lake State Resort Park, Burkesville
New Year’s Eve Party
Join Dale Hollow Lake State Resort Park as we greet the New Year. The band Klassyc Tymes is back by popular demand and will play 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Doors open at 8 p.m. A special dinner buffet will be served beforehand, and appetizers will be available during the dance. A package for $179.95 plus tax per couple includes dinner, the dance, breakfast and one night’s lodging. The dinner and dance only is $84.95 plus tax per couple. Call 1-800-325-2282 for reservations.
General Butler State Resort Park, Carrollton
New Year’s Eve Dinner and New Year’s Day PJ Breakfast
Enjoy the last day of the year with a special buffet dinner at Two Rivers Restaurant for $16.95 plus tax per person. The park will host a PJ breakfast special from 7-10:30 a.m. on New Year’s Day – wear your pajamas and enjoy some games. The breakfast buffet is $6.99 plus drink and tax for adults and $4.99 plus drink and tax for children ages 6-12. Under 6 is free. Guests wearing PJs can pay one adult price and get one free. Call 1-866-462-8853.
Greenbo Lake State Resort Park, Greenup
New Year’s Eve Party and Buffet
Friends of Greenbo will be holding a New Year’s Eve party from 8 p.m.-1 a.m. The $79.95 package includes one night’s lodging and two tickets to the party. The park will also offer a special dinner buffet for $12.95 a person. For reservations, call 1-800-325-0083.
Jenny Wiley State Resort Park, Prestonsburg
New Year’s Eve Celebration
Jenny Wiley State Resort Park invites you to dinner and a concert for New Year’s Eve. The concert will feature country-bluegrass artist Ken Mellons and country artist Tim Michaels starting at 7 p.m. The park is offering a package for $125 per couple that includes a lodge room for one night, dinner and tickets to the concert. The cost for the concert and dinner only are $80 per couple and the concert only is $40 per couple. For information and reservations call 1-800-325-0142.
Kenlake State Resort Park, Aurora
Motown New Year’s Eve
Enjoy a Motown New Year’s Eve at Kenlake. Step back in time with us and groove to the sounds of Motown. The dance starts approximately 9 p.m. and carries through the New Year up to 1 a.m. Refreshments provided and fun guaranteed! The park is offering a package for $149.95 plus tax that includes a lodge room for two, dinner, dance and continental breakfast. A package for a one-bedroom cottage is $179.95 plus tax. For more information, call 1-800-325-0143.
Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park, Gilbertsville
New Year’s Eve for Couples
Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park is offering a special package for New Year’s Eve. The package includes a lodge room for one night, dinner for two at Harbor Lights Restaurant and breakfast for two – all for $109.95 plus tax. The dinner buffet will include grilled marinated flank steak, baked catfish with shrimp and roasted pork loin, as well as a soup and salad bar and a variety of desserts. Call 1-800-325-0146 for information.
Lake Barkley State Resort Park, Cadiz
Ring in the New Year and dance the night away with family and friends along the shores of beautiful Lake Barkley. All-inclusive packages include overnight lodging in a lake view room, dinner buffet for two, Barkley Bash dance tickets, drinks during dance, and breakfast buffet for two. This year Pink Cadillac, a high-energy band from Nashville, will keep you on your feet during the annual Barkley Bash dance. The all-inclusive packages are $245 per couple and include a lodge room, dinner, dance and breakfast. Dinner and dance tickets are $165 per couple, and dance-only tickets are $135 a couple. Please note that this event is for ages 21 and older, and no outside alcohol will be permitted. For more information and reservations call 270-924-1131 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lake Cumberland State Resort Park, Jamestown
‘Proud to be an American’ New Year’s Dance
This year Lake Cumberland will be rockin’ and ringing in the New Year with The Phoenix Band, wearing our red, white, and blue. There will be live music, dance contest, and fun for everyone. The cost is $84.95 per couple, which includes dance tickets and overnight stay at the lodge. Dance-only tickets are $30 per couple or $20 per individual. Call 1-800-325-1709.
Natural Bridge State Resort Park, Slade
New Year’s Eve Package
Natural Bridge State Resort Park is offering a New Year’s Eve package. The rate of $99.95 plus tax includes a lodge room for one night, dinner and breakfast for two. Call 1-800-325-1710.
Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park, Dawson Springs
It’s a New Year’s Eve Celebration!
Help celebrate the New Year at Pennyrile Forest with a dinner and dance. A package for $140 per couple plus tax will include dinner (5-8 p.m.) and dance with a DJ (8 p.m.-midnight) as well as a continental breakfast on Sunday, 7-10 a.m. Get a second night’s lodging for half price with the package. Call 1-800-325-1711 for information and reservations.
Pine Mountain State Resort Park, Pineville
Classic New Year’s Eve Dance
Revel to classic dance party favorites from the ‘70s, ‘80s, ‘90s and ‘00s and ring in the New Year beneath our balloon drop at the stroke of midnight. We'll provide an assortment of snacks. Live DJ, sound and light show provided by Dance Traxx. A special all-inclusive package for two featuring dance admission, one night’s lodging, evening buffet meal and New Year’s Day brunch is available for $129 plus tax. A dinner and dance package for two is also available for $64 plus tax. For reservations, call 800-325-1712.
Rough River Dam State Resort Park, Falls of Rough
New Year’s Eve Celebration
Rough River will host a New Year’s Eve Celebration with a prime rib dinner and dance. Music will be provided by Starr Mountain Band. A package is available for $165 plus tax for two people, one night’s lodge room, the buffet and breakfast. (Cottages are also available with two couples per cottage). Tickets for the dinner and dance only are available for $85 plus tax per couple. Call 1-800-325-1713 for reservations.
The Kentucky State Park System is composed of 51 state parks plus an interstate park shared with Virginia. The Department of Parks, an agency of the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, operates 17 resort parks with lodges -- more than any other state. For more information on Kentucky parks, visit our website at http://www.parks.ky.gov