Kentucky Department of Travel - Archived Headlines

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  • Kentucky Kingdom Set to Reopen May 24
    Friday, May 16, 2014
    With final stages of a $44 million renovation nearly complete, Kentucky Kingdom in Louisville is set to reopen May 24, the start of Memorial Day weekend.
  • Summer Theater Productions Gear Up Throughout Kentucky
    Wednesday, April 30, 2014
    Top-notch summer productions are gearing up at many outdoor theaters across Kentucky, some of which have been providing family entertainment for more than a half-century.
  • 'Daniel Boone' Returns to Kentucky
    Monday, April 28, 2014
    "Daniel Boone" is returning to Kentucky. America’s pioneer hero is coming through Cumberland Gap on Saturday, June 14, as part of dedication ceremonies for the Boone Trace Project, an effort by six southeastern Kentucky counties to help visitors understand the pioneer’s legacy.
  • Celebrate Spring with Kentucky's Colorful Blossoms
    Monday, March 31, 2014
    Spring in Kentucky brings a profusion of flowery color, particularly with the blooming of the Commonwealth’s famous dogwood and redbud trees. Several locations offer the best prospects for viewing large concentrations of redbuds’ striking pink blossoms and snowy white dogwood blooms.
  • In Spring, Kentucky Is World's Equestrian Epicenter
    Monday, February 24, 2014
    With spring’s arrival, Kentucky emerges as the equestrian epicenter, as horse lovers from around the world converge on the Bluegrass State for thoroughbred racing and sales, the Rolex Three-Day Event and – yes – partying.
  • Observe Black History Month by Visiting Kentucky's Camp Nelson
    Monday, February 03, 2014
    Celebrated as Black History Month, February is a good time to explore Kentucky’s Camp Nelson Civil War Heritage Park. The 525-acre park 20 miles south of Lexington marks the site where more than 10,000 formerly enslaved African-American men trained as soldiers for the Union Army and thereby obtained freedom for themselves and thousands of family members.
  • Louisville Museums Offer Great Winter Escape
    Wednesday, January 08, 2014
    Louisville recently turned up in the pages of National Geographic Traveler magazine as one of several "Best of the World" destinations. Downtown boasts unique attractions ideal for a memorable winter escape, including West Main Street's "Museum Row."
  • Welcome 2014 with a New Year's Eve Event
    Friday, December 13, 2013
    As 2013 draws to a close, you may be searching for something special to do to welcome the New Year in a safe and fun way. The Kentucky State Parks are gearing up for 2014 with plans for several New Year’s Eve parties and events at resort parks around the state. Many hotels and restaurants in Lexington, Louisville and other cities will host New Year’s Eve celebrations.
  • Unique Kentucky Attractions Provide Holiday Spirit
    Wednesday, November 20, 2013
    From an underwater appearance by Santa Claus at the Newport Aquarium to massive lighted figures handcrafted in China at Louisville’s Galt House Hotel, attractions unique to Kentucky will enliven the holiday season.
  • In Kentucky, the Holidays Mean Music
    Wednesday, November 13, 2013
    Musical sounds of the holiday season will soon be reverberating across Kentucky with concerts and performances aimed at getting listeners in a festive mood.
  • New Website Lists Halloween Attractions in Kentucky
    Wednesday, October 09, 2013
    From ghost walks and graveyard tours to a “scream park” and haunted steamboat, Kentucky will be a very scary place this Halloween season.
  • Ky. Tourist Attractions Are Still Open Despite Federal Closure
    Thursday, October 03, 2013
    While the federal government shutdown has temporarily closed several national parks in Kentucky, all Kentucky state parks and private attractions remain open for travelers’ and vacationers’ enjoyment.
  • Kentucky's ColorFall 2013 Helps Public Track Leaf Changes
    Wednesday, September 18, 2013
    Fall has arrived, and with it the 2013 edition of the ColorFall program promoting travel to peak foliage viewing areas and exciting autumn events around Kentucky. ColorFall is designed to aid public enjoyment and media coverage of autumn in the Bluegrass State.
  • Authentic Experiences Enliven Kentucky's Fall Festivals
    Tuesday, August 20, 2013
    One of the best things about visiting Kentucky in the fall is the number of opportunities to enjoy authentic Kentucky experiences through fall festivals. Most every community, large or small, hosts a festival complete with local traditions, food, music and fun.
  • Bermuda Grass in the Bluegrass -- Kentucky Is Great for Golf Getaways
    Monday, July 29, 2013
    Bermuda and bentgrass fairways are becoming as widely known in Kentucky as its famous bluegrass pastures. If you’re a golfer looking for a unique getaway, look no further than Kentucky.
  • Head to Kentucky for a Water Vacation This Summer
    Friday, June 07, 2013
    If you’re looking for a water-oriented getaway this summer, look no further than Kentucky, where pristine lakes, rivers and streams offer unmatched opportunities for escape and rejuvenation.
  • With Water Level Rising, Kentucky's Lake Cumberland Is a Great Summer Vacation Spot
    Wednesday, May 22, 2013
    More boaters, anglers and vacationers are expected to head to Lake Cumberland this summer as the pristine southeastern Kentucky lake’s water level rises about 20 feet following repairs to the dam.
  • Get in the Derby Spirit and Throw a Kentucky-Themed Party
    Wednesday, April 03, 2013
    Got Kentucky Derby fever but can’t make it to Louisville for the 139th Run for the Roses on May 4? Then throw a Derby party of your own complete with mint juleps, Hot Browns, bourbon balls and Kern’s Derby-Pie®.
  • Venues Reflect Diversity of Kentucky's Musical Culture
    Friday, March 01, 2013
    Kentuckians’ love for music has spawned an abundance of venues where it’s performed live.
  • Kentucky Crafts Workshops Offer Training for Aspiring Artisans
    Thursday, February 14, 2013
    From Paducah to Berea, Kentucky offers an array of crafts workshops for aspiring artisans who want to learn how to mold clay, sew quilts, marble paper, print fabrics, create a journal and a host of other skills.
  • Eight Attractions Added to 'There's Only One' Campaign
    Wednesday, October 24, 2012
    Eight unique attractions throughout Kentucky have been added to the list of “There’s Only One” places and events that form the basis of the state’s successful tourism marketing campaign.
  • ColorFall 2012 Debuts with New Website
    Friday, September 21, 2012
    Fall has arrived, and with it the 2012 edition of the ColorFall program promoting travel to peak foliage viewing areas and autumn events around Kentucky.
  • New Distilleries Crop up around Kentucky
    Wednesday, September 12, 2012
    While Kentucky is known for its long history of producing fine bourbon, that tradition continues to grow with new or planned distilleries cropping up in several areas of the state.
  • It's Not Too Late for a Kentucky Getaway
    Monday, August 13, 2012
    Summer may be drawing to a close, but it’s not too late for a fun-filled getaway in Kentucky that can bring families, friends and couples closer together. Labor Day weekend and September’s pleasant weather are still to come.
  • It's Summertime in Ky., and the Living Is Easy on a Houseboat
    Friday, July 20, 2012
    Summer is upon us, and there’s no better way to enjoy its lazy days than on a houseboat. Kentucky is often referred to as the “Houseboating Capital of the U.S.,” and there’s ample justification for this term.
  • State to Promote Preservation of Boone's Trail Through E. Ky.
    Friday, July 13, 2012
    Agencies of Kentucky’s Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet are applauding an effort by the national Boone Society to develop and promote the historic Boone Trace through eastern Kentucky.
  • Jug Band Music Popular Again; Jubilee Is Sept. 15
    Wednesday, June 27, 2012
    While bluegrass and country music are more commonly associated with Kentucky, another genre with deep roots in the state is jug band music. The music has come full circle, with the seventh annual National Jug Band Jubilee in Louisville set to celebrate the genre’s origins on Sept. 15, 2012.
  • Visit Pike County, Scene of Feud in New Movie and Miniseries
    Tuesday, May 29, 2012
    If you’re fascinated by the bloody Hatfield-McCoy feud, the late 19th-century conflict between rival Kentucky and West Virginia families that’s now featured on movie and TV screens, a visit to Pike County, Ky. will help satisfy your curiosity.
  • Kentucky, Derby and Thoroughbreds -- Facts Behind the Image
    Wednesday, April 11, 2012
    There’s only one Kentucky Derby. The world’s image of Kentucky is often of thoroughbreds grazing in white-fenced bluegrass pastures under the watchful eyes of owners, trainers and staff -- with Derby aspirations on their minds. But what are some of the facts behind this image?
  • Make Travel Plans with 'Unbridled Spring' Program
    Monday, March 26, 2012
    To help you find places to enjoy the bountiful spring blooms and other flowering foliage in the Bluegrass State, the Kentucky Departments of Travel and Parks are again sponsoring the “Unbridled Spring” program.
  • Get Out on the Links in the Bluegrass State
    Thursday, March 15, 2012
    With the arrival of spring, Kentucky is a great place for golfers who like to travel and play different courses with varying challenges.
  • Kentucky Crafts Festivals Celebrate Commonwealth's Culture
    Wednesday, February 15, 2012
    Kentucky’s crafts festival season is fast approaching. The Bluegrass state is known as one of the top states for hand-crafted arts, and it’s also home to many outstanding crafts fairs and festivals.
  • "There's Only One Kentucky" Marketing Campaign Kicks Off
    Friday, January 20, 2012
    The 2012 marketing campaign aimed at attracting visitors and tourism dollars to Kentucky ceremonially started today when 2003 Kentucky Derby winner Funny Cide “Hoof-o-graphed” the newest version of the Official Kentucky Visitors Guide.
  • MEDIA ADVISORY - Funny Cide and Tourism Officials to Promote Marketing Campaign
    Wednesday, January 11, 2012
    Funny Cide and tourism officials will promote "There's Only One Kentucky" marketing campaign on Jan. 20.
  • Kentucky Museusm Boast Unique Collections
    Friday, January 06, 2012
    Six museums have made the initial list of 31 unique attractions featured in the Kentucky Department of Travel and Tourism’s “There’s Only One” marketing campaign.
  • Unique Ky. Attractions Are Basis of New Marketing Campaign
    Monday, December 05, 2011
    Kentucky’s wealth of unique attractions forms the basis of the state’s 2012 travel and tourism marketing campaign. The new campaign, called “There’s Only One,” will differentiate Kentucky from other destinations by emphasizing places and things travelers to and within the Commonwealth can experience that cannot be replicated anywhere else.
  • Ky. Civil War Heritage Trails Sites Announced
    Monday, October 03, 2011
    As the nation observes the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, a new state program to link Civil War sites throughout Kentucky will help visitors and residents understand how the conflict shaped a state torn by the war.
  • ColorFall 2011 Launches Website, Runs Through Oct. 31
    Friday, September 23, 2011
    Impressive changes in foliage colors announce the arrival of autumn in Kentucky, and the 2011 edition of the ColorFall program coordinated by the Kentucky Department of Travel and Tourism and the Kentucky Department of Parks features a website that provides a variety of information about the state’s beauty at this time of year.
  • 'Kentucky Experience' to Be on View at State Fair Aug. 18-28
    Thursday, July 28, 2011
    The Kentucky Experience, an exposition of attractions throughout the Bluegrass State, will be on display when the Kentucky State Fair opens in Louisville Aug. 18, 2011.
  • Senior PGA to Boost Louisville Area Economy
    Wednesday, May 18, 2011
    Officials estimate that more than 60,000 spectators attending the Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid will pump about $25 million into the Louisville area economy.
  • Kentucky Online Tourism Ad Wins Web Marketing Award
    Monday, April 11, 2011
    The Kentucky Department of Travel and Tourism and industry partner Madden Media have been recognized by the Web Marketing Association for an online advertising campaign promoting tourism in Kentucky.
  • Frankfort to Host NAIA Women's Basketball Championships
    Monday, March 28, 2011
    The City of Frankfort has been selected as the site of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Division I Women’s Basketball National Championships for the next three years, the NAIA announced on Monday.
  • Take an Exciting, Affordable Spring Break in Kentucky
    Wednesday, March 09, 2011
    Spring is just around the corner, and that means it’s time for a spring break trip to shake winter’s doldrums. In Kentucky, spring breakers will find plentiful opportunities to experience world-class golf, fishing, hiking, camping, horseback riding, off-roading, and many other fun things to do.
  • 2011 Kentucky Visitor's Guide Is a Great Resource for Travelers
    Monday, January 10, 2011
    If you are looking for something to do this weekend or already planning your summer vacation, check out the 2011 Kentucky Official Visitor’s Guide for a wealth of ideas for getaways in the Bluegrass State.
  • Kentucky Micro-distilleries Add Diversity to Signature Industry
    Wednesday, December 22, 2010
    There’s more to distilleries in Kentucky than the famous Bourbon Trail around Bardstown and Frankfort. Besides providing a fresh take on spirits production in Kentucky, visiting smaller distilleries in places like Pembroke, Bowling Green, Lexington and Owensboro can bring you in touch with different faces of the Bluegrass state.
  • Beech Bend Park Is Completing Expansion
    Friday, December 03, 2010
    Despite delays caused by flooding last May, Beech Bend Park is completing a multi-million dollar expansion that will be open for the 2011 season starting in May.
  • Kentucky's Holiday Attractions Include New Features
    Monday, November 08, 2010
    With the holidays just around the corner, activities throughout Kentucky are set to mark the season. Several attractions include new twists to visit as you travel around the state and welcome visitors to the Bluegrass.
  • Kentucky Underground Mine Tours Prove Popular with Visitors
    Monday, October 25, 2010
    More than 4,000 visitors of all ages from as far away as Australia and Scandinavia have experienced tours at the Portal 31 underground mine so far during the southeastern Kentucky attraction’s first full season of operation.
  • ColorFall 2010 Debuts Sept. 27
    Wednesday, September 22, 2010
    Impressive changes in foliage colors announce the arrival of fall in Kentucky, and the 2010 edition of the Kentucky Department of Travel & Tourism and Department of Parks ColorFall program features a website that provides a variety of information about the state’s beauty at this time of year.
  • Media Advisory - Preview Tours of Ky. Experience Sept. 16
    Monday, September 13, 2010
    The Kentucky Department of Travel & Tourism will conduct media tours of the nearly completed pavilions of the Kentucky Experience Presented by Fifth Third Bank at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington on Thursday Sept. 16.
  • Agritourism Month Spotlights Growing Sector
    Wednesday, September 08, 2010
    Agritourism is an increasingly important segment of the state’s farm sector, with more than half of the agritourism businesses responding to a recent state-wide survey saying they plan to add some new employees in 2010 or 2011.
  • Enjoy a Couples' Getaway in Kentucky This Summer
    Wednesday, June 16, 2010
    Look to Kentucky for affordable and accessible long-weekend escapes this summer. Kentucky is full of romantic spots and exciting places for couples of all ages to explore. Now is the perfect time to take a long weekend and get away from it all in the Bluegrass state.
  • Adventures Are Plentiful in Kentucky this Summer
    Thursday, June 10, 2010
    If it’s adrenaline-pumping adventure you seek, Kentucky is the place to be this summer. Soaking spring rains have combined with warm, sunny June skies to make Kentucky especially green and lush and ripe to explore.
  • Equestrian Games Bus Blitz Coming to Western Kentucky
    Tuesday, June 08, 2010
    Representatives of the Kentucky Department of Travel & Tourism, Alltech and the FEI World Equestrian Games will be touring 19 cities in western and central Kentucky during the week of June 21 - 25 to raise awareness of this world-class sporting event to be held at the Kentucky Horse Park Sept. 25 - Oct. 10, 2010.
  • Kentucky Is the Perfect Place for Summer Family Vacations
    Tuesday, May 11, 2010
    Summer is just around the corner, and families don’t have to look far afield for a fun-filled vacation in friendly surroundings.
  • Equestrian Games Bus Blitz Coming to E. Ky.
    Friday, April 30, 2010
    Representatives of the Kentucky Department of Travel & Tourism, Alltech and the FEI World Equestrian Games will be touring 15 cities in eastern Kentucky during the week of May 10 - 14 to raise awareness of this world-class sporting event to be held at the Kentucky Horse Park Sept. 25 - Oct. 10, 2010.
  • 2010 Kentucky Visitor’s Guide Gives Travelers Food for Thought
    Wednesday, February 24, 2010
    FRANKFORT, Ky. – Whether you are looking for a way to keep busy this weekend or looking ahead to your summer vacation, checking out this year’s Official Kentucky Visitor’s Guide should be your first step. The 2010 Guide is chock full of photos, information and stories that will inspire and assist in your getaway plans.
  • Kids Warm up to Cold Weather Fun in Kentucky
    Friday, January 15, 2010
    Waiting for warmer weather to plan weekend getaways with family and kids? Just because winter’s here doesn’t mean you and yours can’t strike out on a weekend getaway or snow day vacation and ward off cabin fever.
  • Adventure Out to Kentucky's Winter Wonderland
    Tuesday, December 15, 2009
    Cold weather need not put a damper on adventures during winter months. Head for the great outdoors and work up some heat and excitement while ATV-ing, caving, hiking, elk viewing, hunting and horseback riding. Kentucky scenery provides a beautiful backdrop for exploring its natural beauty.
  • Girlfriends Getaways Are Gaining Attention in Kentucky
    Monday, December 07, 2009
    Holiday hustle and bustle can pile on the stress from burning that insidious candle at both ends--particularly for the women in your life. Treat her to some R&R and quality time with friends before seasonal happenings shift to high gear or for a post New Year’s break.
  • Distilleries Dress Up and Toast the Holiday Season
    Monday, November 23, 2009
    Kentucky’s distilleries are ramping up their activities for the holidays, adding winter pleasures to their offerings with holiday cheer.
  • Celebrate the Holidays All Around Kentucky
    Monday, November 16, 2009
    The upcoming holidays are sure to mean that family and friends are coming to visit from far flung places. There’s no better time to go sightseeing or take in one of many attractions that occur all over Kentucky as the year draws to a close rather than turn into couch potatoes. Grab your coat and grab your guests and experience the twinkle and magic of the season happening everywhere in the commonwealth.
  • Big Things Are on Display in Small Places
    Monday, October 26, 2009
    Kentucky boasts a bounty of unique museums in smaller communities throughout the state. If you’re looking for a reason to get out and see some new places, check out some of these museums that can provide hours of entertainment and enlightenment.
  • See What Boone Saw and Would Have Loved in Kentucky
    Tuesday, October 13, 2009
    Even though Kentucky can’t claim Daniel Boone as a native son (he was born in Pennsylvania), claim him we do. This year marks the 275th anniversary of the frontiersman’s birth, which is a great time to take stock of all the places in Kentucky associated with his trail blazing feats that made way for white settlers to move west.
  • Ghostly Good Travels in Kentucky
    Wednesday, October 07, 2009
    Fall, the best time of year for stories of ghosts and other haunting, is upon us. From now through early November, take a trip to where your spine gets tingled by tales of paranormal activity throughout Kentucky.
  • Unbridled Kentucky Fall Color is Reason to Travel
    Monday, October 05, 2009
    Fall color in Kentucky is reason to travel. No matter where your go, what you see, hear and do will add to season. From the mountains in east to lake regions in the southwest, changes in foliage creep from border-to-border beg running through early November.
  • Travel Commissioner Cooper Named to Travel South USA Board
    Wednesday, August 26, 2009
    Commissioner Mike Cooper of the Kentucky Department of Travel was recently named to the Travel South USA board of directors.
  • Hear Chords of Kentucky Bluegrass Across Kentucky
    Monday, August 17, 2009
    The arrival of early fall in Kentucky brings a profusion of bluegrass music festivals throughout the state where the hugely popular musical style was born. Get out and enjoy the hard-driving instrumentals and high-pitched vocals of Kentucky’s native music amid the pleasurable outdoor surroundings of this time of year in the Bluegrass state.
  • Travel Dept. Official to Speak About Ky. Experience at Somerset Workshop Aug. 18
    Thursday, July 23, 2009
    A top Kentucky Department of Travel official will speak to Tour SEKY in Somerset on Tuesday Aug. 18, about opportunities to promote destinations and attractions during the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games coming to Kentucky in 2010.
  • Ky. Wineries Are Fine in the Summer Time
    Monday, July 20, 2009
    Wineries get into full swing as summer progresses and they host concerts, theater productions, arts fairs and other entertainment in the stunning natural surroundings of carefully tended vineyards.
  • All Aboard Ky. Railroads Past and Present
    Monday, July 20, 2009
    There’s nothing quite like the experience of train travel through picturesque scenery. Viewing Kentucky’s vistas by rail offers opportunities to see and hear the power of locomotives as they snake along tracks and recollect a time when they were the primary mode of travel in the Bluegrass State.
  • Much More Than Bluegrass: Kentucky Celebrates Many Cultures
    Monday, July 20, 2009
    Throughout the seasons, Kentucky loves to celebrate horses, bluegrass music and our esteemed beverage—bourbon. But our cultural roots and branches include many other cultures that also call the Bluegrass state home.
  • Kentucky Restaurants Offer a Variety of Deliciousness
    Friday, June 19, 2009
    As an established part of southern culture but with regional flare and famous hospitality, Kentucky has more than its share of renowned eateries and accomplished chefs. For starters, several long-established restaurants have a history for great Kentucky dishes that have visitors and natives alike scrambling for more.
  • Kentucky Boasts Memorable Places to While Away and Stay
    Wednesday, June 03, 2009
    Some of the most memorable trips and vacations can be made even more memorable because of where we stay. This is especially true of travel in Kentucky, where out-of-the-ordinary lodging choices beckon.
  • Kentucky Experience Pavilion to Showcase Kentucky at WEG
    Friday, May 29, 2009
    Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear today previewed an interactive attraction to be assembled on the grounds of the Kentucky Horse Park during the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.
  • June Means Summer Music Festivals for All Tastes
    Thursday, May 28, 2009
    In Kentucky, June is the month to get outside and enjoy a festival of your favorite music under sunny summer skies. From the sweet strums of a dulcimer to rousing brass band concerts and Kentucky’s signature Bluegrass harmonies, you’re sure to find some great music to stir your soul in the incredible variety of festivals on tap in June.
  • International Sports Make Kentucky Home
    Wednesday, May 20, 2009
    Typically horses are responsible for landing Kentucky in the international sports spotlight. This summer, however, the Bluegrass State will serve as the perfect host for several very distinct top athletic competitions with zero connections to anything equine and that attract crowds of spectators.
  • Add Value to Summer Travel in Your Kentucky Backyard
    Wednesday, May 13, 2009
    Before you scuttle summer vacation and getaway thoughts and dreams because of tight travel budgets, Kentucky has plenty of places to visit and things to see so you can get away from it all with friends and family.
  • Agritourism Attractions Offer Bountiful Experiences
    Monday, May 11, 2009
    A wide array of agritourism attractions are rolling out the turf to welcome visitors to a lively, affordable summer season where memories are created.
  • Kentucky’s Scottish Events Would Please “Rabbie” Burns
    Thursday, April 30, 2009
    If Robert (“Rabbie”) Burns, Scotland’s famed national poet, were with us today, he’d no doubt head for two Scottish celebrations in Kentucky where bagpipes hum and kilt wearing is encouraged. The connection between the Bluegrass State and our feisty Celtic cousins is evident at festivals that feature Highland games, pipe bands, traditional music, clans and border collies on separate weekends in May.
  • International Bar-B-Q Festival in Owensboro Serves Up Array of Flavors
    Monday, April 27, 2009
    The thousands who visit Owensboro each May to taste an array of barbeque styles smoked over flavored woods must be on to something. The International Bar-B-Q Festival on May 8 and 9 downtown along the riverside can trace its flavorful roots to humble beginnings in 19th century Daviess County.
  • Springtime Horsin’ Around in Kentucky
    Wednesday, April 15, 2009
    Yearning for a close encounter with Kentucky’s beautiful and stately horses? Every spring the Bluegrass State buzzes with equine happenings. From the thrill of Thoroughbred racing to elegant eventing competitions and adorable foals, there’s no better place than Kentucky for horses.
  • "Unbridled Spring" -- Make Travel Plans for Kentucky's Colorful Awakening
    Tuesday, April 07, 2009
    Spring is when some of the most beautiful scenery in the nation sprouts in Kentucky as a preview of hot weather to come. To help plan your path to the posies and where you can kick your shoes off for the night, the Kentucky Department of Travel has the perfect e-guide.
  • There’s No Place Like Home – When You Live in Kentucky
    Monday, March 30, 2009
    Don't let the economy send your family travel or getaway plans over the rainbow--the Kentucky Department of Travel has lots of travel and relaxation ideas right in your Kentucky backyard.
  • 'Barrel Tasting' Spotlights Central Kentucky Wineries
    Tuesday, March 24, 2009
    Becoming a right of spring in the bluegrass, 11 Central Kentucky wineries are banding together this weekend to host an annual tasting event that benefits the site where Lexington was founded.
  • Top Bluegrass Artists to Perform at Owensboro Festival April 2-4
    Monday, February 16, 2009
    Some of the hottest groups in bluegrass music will perform live at the 8th Annual “Bluegrass Returns to Its Roots Festival” at RiverPark Center in Owensboro Thursday through Saturday April 2-4, 2009.
  • Western Kentucky Sites and Events Mark Black History Month in Kentucky
    Friday, February 13, 2009
    Sites and events celebrate Black History Month in Kentucky
  • See Kentucky Locations and Celebrate Black History Month and
    Friday, January 30, 2009
    February is Black History Month and 2009 also marks the 200th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s birth on Feb. 12. Observe these commemorations by visiting any of the following Kentucky sites. For more information, go to the Web sites listed.
  • Combat Cabin Fever With New Listings on Travel Dept.'s Web Site
    Thursday, January 22, 2009
    Kentucky’s wintry weather can produce cabin fever and unplanned school snow days. Seize the day by consulting the Kentucky Department of Travel’s Web site and get out of the house for a change of pace. For a list of things to do throughout the commonwealth, check out the Web site Posted there are suggested day trips in every area of Kentucky.
  • Eight Ky. Events Win Recognition from Atlanta-Based Southeast Tourism Society
    Monday, January 12, 2009
    Eight Kentucky events are among the top tourist attractions in the southeastern U.S. for the first half of 2009.
  • Three Kentucky Venues Win Accolades in Southern Living Reader Survey
    Friday, December 19, 2008
    Southern Living Magazine has honored three Kentucky sites in its annual Readers’ Choice Awards.
  • Plenty of Kentucky Sites to Visit Around Liberty Bowl Travel
    Friday, December 12, 2008
    Before you embark on the trip to or from the game, consider this tempting sampling of restaurants, lodging and attractions located along or near the Kentucky highways north of the Kentucky/Tennessee line.
  • Magical Holiday Activities Abound in Your Own Kentucky Backyard
    Wednesday, November 19, 2008
    There’s a lot to discover in your own backyard to make your holidays sparkle. From one end of Kentucky to the other, you can find entertaining and fun travel ideas for this holiday season that the whole family can enjoy.
  • Great Golf Abounds Around Kentucky
    Friday, October 24, 2008
    Last month, the 2008 Ryder Cup Championship at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville drew national and international attention to the Bluegrass State’s love affair with professional golf. Touring the great state of Kentucky, you will find many outstanding public and state park-run courses that are ready and waiting to provide challenges to players of all skill levels.
  • Cumberland Gap Named No. 1 Fall Trip by Southern Living Magazine
    Thursday, October 16, 2008
    The Cumberland Gap area of southeastern Kentucky was named the top fall destination in the southern U.S. by Southern Living magazine in its October 2008 edition.
  • Ky. Multicultural Tourism Guide Goes On-Line
    Wednesday, October 01, 2008
    The Kentucky Department of Travel has posted an electronic version of its Multicultural Tourism Guide on the department’s web site,
  • Follow Footsteps of Lincoln Family Along Ky. Lincoln Heritage Trail
    Monday, September 29, 2008
    On Oct. 12, 2008, you can explore Abraham Lincoln’s roots, talk with state and national park staff, and visit the Lincoln Museum in Hodgenville for an in-depth exploration of the Lincoln family’s early years in Kentucky’s Washington and LaRue Counties.
  • ColorFall 2008 Debuts Sept. 24
    Friday, September 19, 2008
    The 2008 edition of the popular Kentucky ColorFall program features a web site that provides a wealth of information about autumn in the bluegrass state.
  • Ky. Breeders to Celebrate Alpaca Farm Days During Apple Harvest at Shaker Village
    Wednesday, September 17, 2008
    Over 20 alpaca breeders and more than 50 alpacas from farms across Kentucky will gather at Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill on Saturday Sept. 27, 2008 to celebrate National Alpaca Farm Days.
  • Celebrate Kentucky’s Signature Spirit in September
    Wednesday, September 17, 2008
    Bourbon has become one of Kentucky’s most celebrated products and famous exports. In the month of September, the spotlight on Kentucky’s signature drink shines even brighter and Governor Steve Beshear has proclaimed it as Bourbon Heritage Month.
  • Discover Your Own Backyard: Plenty of Fall Adventure and Fun In Kentucky
    Thursday, September 11, 2008
    Fall is upon us and as a season it is unparalleled as a time to discover your own Kentucky backyard by planning a weekend getaway or fall break.
  • Bluegrass Music Stars Will Shine at Jerusalem Ridge Celebration Oct. 2-5
    Friday, September 05, 2008
    Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys will be among the headliners of more than 40 leading bluegrass music acts appearing at the 2008 Jerusalem Ridge Bluegrass Celebration in Rosine, Ky. Oct. 2-5.
  • Blazin' Bluegrass Fest Going Strong in Fourth Year
    Thursday, September 04, 2008
    For the fourth consecutive year, the hills and hollows of scenic McCreary County will be filled with the sounds and feel of bluegrass music this month. The Blazin’ Bluegrass Festival is set for Thursday Sept. 18 through Saturday Sept. 20, and will again be held at the Sandhill Conservation Camp near Whitley City, Ky.
  • Hopkinsville to Host Trail of Tears Pow Wow Sept. 6-7
    Wednesday, September 03, 2008
    This weekend the Trail of Tears Commission is hosting the 21st Annual Pow Wow at the historic Trail of Tears Commemorative Park on US HWY 41 in Hopkinsville, Ky., site of the actual trail and encampment used during the forced removal of the Cherokee people from 1838-39.
  • Kentucky Backyards Full of Arts
    Thursday, August 28, 2008
    Kentucky is resplendent with the arts of all disciplines and several areas of the state have taken particular advantage of this fact by establishing centers and trails that highlight the commonwealth’s riches in talent.
  • Discover Your Own Backyard: September Means Fall Festivals in Kentucky
    Tuesday, August 19, 2008
    In Kentucky, September is the season of fall festivals and it’s a time to Discover Your Own Backyard. Attend a festival that will fit your interests or spark a new one.
  • Summer Sweepstakes Wraps Up with Grand Prize Winner
    Monday, August 18, 2008
    The Kentucky Department of Travel wrapped up the summer phase of its “Discover Your Own Backyard” e-promotion with the selection of the sweepstakes grand prize winner.
  • WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour Marks 500th Broadcast
    Friday, August 01, 2008
    On September 15, 2008, the WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour will celebrate its 500th broadcast, a landmark event for both WoodSongs and the amazing community that helped make the all-volunteer run show possible.
  • Sweepstakes Draws Visitors to Discover Your Own Backyard Web Site
    Friday, July 18, 2008
    There is plenty of summertime left to log on to the Kentucky Department of Travel web site and register for daily prizes in the Backyard Sweepstakes.
  • August Events Across Kentucky's Backyards
    Friday, July 18, 2008
    Kentucky has plenty of summer weather left for discovering the many and varied events, sites and activities that are available in your own backyard as we progress to the end of the season.
  • Owensboro Museum of Fine Art has Celebration of Public Art
    Thursday, July 17, 2008
    The Owensboro Museum of Fine Art will open two sculpture parks and unveil two monumental works of art at A CELEBRATION OF PUBLIC ART on Saturday, July 26 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Discover Antiques in Your Own Backyard
    Friday, July 11, 2008
    It doesn’t matter what part of Kentucky you visit, there is always that hidden treasure available if you check out the local antique stores. Some areas are more well-known for their antiques and we are going to give you a sampling of where to begin your search for the perfect fishing lure (let’s get the men involved), antique toy or maybe a piece of silver or china.
  • Amphibious "Ducks" Provide Unique Glimpses of Northern Kentucky Region
    Friday, July 11, 2008
    Northern Kentucky tourism promoters see a positive boost coming with the arrival of a new river attraction, Ride the Ducks Newport.
  • Discover Your Own Backyard: Wineries Spring Up Across Kentucky
    Monday, June 23, 2008
    Just six years after becoming a state in 1792, the first vineyard in Kentucky was planted and a new industry took off. By the late 1800s, Kentucky was a leading wine producer in this country.
  • Stephen Foster Offers "Pay What You Want Night" June 26
    Tuesday, June 17, 2008
    Stephen Foster - The Musical is offering Kentucky residents a “Pay What You Want Night” to celebrate the anniversary of the musical’s first opening night 50 years ago.
  • Discover Your Own Backyard: Kentucky's Many Regional Summer Theaters
    Tuesday, June 10, 2008
    From Prestonsburg to Bardstown to Gilbertsville, Kentucky is home to an exciting variety of summer theaters.
  • Owensboro Alive with Music and Mystery in June
    Wednesday, May 28, 2008
    Music and mystery will be alive in Owensboro as the summer heats up in June.
  • Discover Your Own Back Yard: Some Great Outdoor Events Across Ky. in June
    Thursday, May 22, 2008
    In 2004, by Presidential designation, June became Great Outdoors Month. Outdoor adventure is not new to Kentuckians. With summer unofficially here, what better time to head outdoors for some fun and a little exercise?
  • Blackacre Preserve Comes Alive With Summer Programs
    Wednesday, May 21, 2008
    The next two weeks are going to be an especially busy time at the Blackacre Conservancy, a nature preserve and historic homestead located 20 minutes east of downtown Louisville.
  • Brass Band Festival to Serenade Danville in June
    Tuesday, May 20, 2008
    An estimated 40,000 visitors are expected to converge on the 2008 Great American Brass Band Festival, set for June 12-15 on the campus of Centre College and in the streets and parks of Danville, Ky.
  • Discover the Music in Your Own Backyard
    Thursday, May 08, 2008
    Kentucky is alive with music, particularly as the summer months heat up. From bluegrass and gospel to orchestral and rock ‘n roll, there is something for every taste offered within the commonwealth’s borders. To check out the variety of events log on to and decide how you’d like to tune in.
  • Discover Your Own Backyard and Win!
    Friday, May 02, 2008
    If rising gas prices aren’t enough to keep Kentuckians closer to home throughout the vacation season, perhaps winning a contest will sweeten the attraction.
  • Derby Museum and Walking Tours Offer Insider's View of Churchill Downs
    Thursday, May 01, 2008
    With Kentucky Derby interest reaching fever pitch, the focus of millions of horse racing fans around the world is turning to Louisville’s storied Churchill Downs. What you may not know is that there is much more to Churchill Downs than Derby Day, and many more opportunities to experience the world of the famous race track than the first Saturday in May.
  • Derby Breakfast Offers Traditional Southern Cuisine
    Monday, April 28, 2008
    The menu for the annual Governor’s Derby Breakfast will have a decidedly southern flair when thousands of visitors flock to the state capitol grounds the morning of May 3 for some pre-Kentucky Derby fun.
  • Discover Your Own Backyard... Ky. Water Adventures
    Monday, April 14, 2008
    As the spring temperatures warm up across the state, many Kentuckians begin looking at the calendar to make plans for a trip or adventure that involves water.
  • The Trains Are Coming to Estill County
    Monday, April 14, 2008
    As Estill County prepares to celebrate its bicentennial, brightly painted statues of railroad locomotives are cropping up around the eastern Kentucky communities of Irvine and Ravenna, which are about 20 minutes east of Richmond on KY 52.
  • Discover Your Own Backyard: Kentucky's Spring Food Festivals
    Thursday, April 03, 2008
    From Bar-B-Q to burgoo, Kentucky is known for tasty food traditions that please the palates of residents and visitors alike. Add to the mix pleasant settings and the warmth of Kentucky’s late spring, and you have the makings of one of the commonwealth’s most popular pastimes – the outdoor food festival.
  • MEDIA ADVISORY - Explore Country Music
    Wednesday, April 02, 2008
    On Friday April 4 and Saturday April 5, the U.S. 23 Country Music Highway Museum will stage educational programs on country music in conjunction with an ongoing exposition of the Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibit, “New Harmonies.”
  • Wildflower Watch Provides Updates as Spring Blooms in Ky.
    Monday, March 31, 2008
    Spring is here, and the Kentucky Departments of Tourism and Parks are teaming up once again to provide travelers with tips for trips to state parks and nature preserves where the region’s wildflowers and trees are bursting forth in bloom.
  • New Trail Guide Map and Web Site Promote Travel in Appalachians
    Thursday, March 20, 2008
    Kentucky has plenty of scenic beauty along its roads and highways and now some of the most beautiful areas are featured in a new trail guide map and website that promotes travel and tourism in the Appalachian region.
  • Many Kinds of Horse Events and Activities Start in April Around Kentucky
    Monday, March 17, 2008
    Spring officially begins March 20, and Kentucky awakes to green fields, redbuds, dogwoods and horses! Horse lovers young and old will find activities coming in April that will entertain and educate right in your own back yard.
  • International Mystery Writers Festival Seeks Local Talent to Fill Roles
    Monday, February 18, 2008
    The International Mystery Writers’ Festival will produce multiple performances of six new full-length plays and at least six new screenplays. There are approximately 50 roles to fill locally for the festival in June 2008 in Owensboro.
  • Ashland Events Mark Black History Month and Lincoln Bicentennial
    Friday, February 08, 2008
    The Ashland area is marking Black History Month and the Abraham Lincoln Birth Bicentennial this month with several events scheduled to take place at the Highlands Museum and Discovery Center and the historic Paramount Arts Center.
  • Ky. Chautauqua Presents Anna Mac Clarke for Black History Month at Greenbo State Park
    Friday, February 01, 2008
    GREENUP, Ky. -- Anna Mac Clarke (1919-1944) didn’t put up with second-class treatment from anybody, including the U.S. Army. By insisting on fair treatment and becoming the first black Woman’s Army Corps officer to command a white unit, the young Kentucky native struck a powerful blow for racial equality in the military.
  • Elizabethtown to Host Lincoln Events in February
    Friday, February 01, 2008
    Hardin County will be hosting a variety of cultural events in February in connection with the kickoff of the Abraham Lincoln bicentennial birthday celebration.
  • Breathitt Co. Museum Is Seeking to Expand
    Tuesday, January 22, 2008
    The Breathitt County Museum is seeking to raise several hundred thousand dollars to complete renovation of the old county jail to provide more museum space and serve as a welcome center.
  • "Little Colonel" Weekend Will Bring Oldham Co. Characters to Life
    Monday, January 14, 2008
    One of Kentucky’s most popular writers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries will be the focus of a weekend of activities next month in the Oldham County town that served as the setting for most of her fiction.
  • Poetry and Tapas at Holly Hill Inn Jan. 29
    Wednesday, January 09, 2008
    Four Kentucky poets will read from their work at the first Tapas Tuesday of 2008 at Holly Hill Inn in Midway.
  • Henderson's Cultural Calendar Is Brimming in January
    Wednesday, January 02, 2008
    From children’s art to oral histories of African-American residents, Henderson County will be brimming with cultural exhibits and activities during January.
  • "Scuba Santa" Pays Return Visit to Newport Aquarium
    Monday, December 17, 2007
    The popular “Scuba Santa” is paying a visit to the Newport Aquarium for the fifth year. Diving daily with the sharks through Jan. 1, Scuba Santa will take off only one day to rest, Tuesday Dec. 25.
  • Beech Bend Park Becomes Holiday Wonderland
    Monday, December 03, 2007
    For the first time, the home of the Kentucky Rumbler rollercoaster and a nationally known race track has transformed its grounds into a twinkling holiday experience for the whole family.
  • Harlan County to Celebrate Mountain Heritage
    Thursday, November 15, 2007
    For the 23rd year, arts and crafts lovers will be heading to the Kentucky hills the day after Thanksgiving for Harlan’s Festival of the Mountain Masters, a two-day celebration of Appalachian heritage on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 23–24.
  • Frazier Museum to Feature Dramas, Lectures on Lincoln
    Thursday, November 08, 2007
    The Frazier International History Museum has scheduled a full slate of lectures and presentations related to Abraham Lincoln as the bicentennial celebration of Lincoln’s birth nears its debut next February 11-12 in Louisville and Hodgenville, Ky.
  • 'Starparty' to Lure Stargazers to Gravel Switch Nov. 3
    Tuesday, October 30, 2007
    The beauty of the starry Kentucky night sky will be the focus of a “Starparty” set for Saturday Nov. 3 at historic Penn’s Store near Gravel Switch in Marion County.
  • What Is Your Favorite Ky. Adventure Travel Site?
    Thursday, October 25, 2007
    FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Is it climbing Natural Bridge, hiking between Land Between the Lakes, spelunking through Mammoth Cave or trekking down the trails on an ATV? Is your favorite adventure spot a less-traveled destination? We want to hear from you!
  • 'Quilt Trail' Emerging on Barns in Eastern Kentucky
    Wednesday, October 24, 2007
    Kentucky has long been known as a center for the sewing of colorful quilts in many patterns and designs. But over the past several years, painted quilt patterns on the sides of barns in Kentucky have emerged as a new form of self-expression and cultural pride for rural residents.
  • Ky. Adventure Travel Venues to Be Cataloged
    Wednesday, October 17, 2007
    Kentucky Tourism Commissioner Randy Fiveash has announced an effort to collect and list all adventure travel venues in Kentucky.
  • Lincoln Presenters Are in Demand as Bicentennial Approaches
    Tuesday, October 16, 2007
    In the land of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial, the lanky, bearded man is king. Or at least very much in demand, as the bicentennial of the 16th president’s birth approaches.
  • Poets to Read at Holly Hill Inn Lunch
    Friday, October 12, 2007
    Kentucky poet laureate Jane Gentry Vance and other Kentucky poets will read from their work Wednesday, Oct. 24, as part of the At Home with Holly Hill Inn Fall Lunch Series.
  • Springfield Area's Farming Heritage to Be on Display
    Friday, October 05, 2007
    The proud farming heritage of Washington County and its surrounding central Kentucky region will be the focus of the first annual Kentucky Crossroads Harvest Festival in Springfield, Friday and Saturday Oct. 12-13.
  • Jug Bands to Perform in Louisville Area Oct. 12-14
    Monday, October 01, 2007
    Bands from six states will perform at the National Jug Band Jubilee in Louisville and in Crestwood, Ky. October 12-14.
  • Pie Fest in Maysville Oct. 5-6
    Thursday, September 27, 2007
    Pie eating, tasting and baking contests will be among the most popular events at the Second Annual Transparent Pie and Folklife Days in Mason County Friday and Saturday Oct. 5-6.
  • Bluegrass Museum to Offer Music Lessons
    Wednesday, September 19, 2007
    The International Bluegrass Music Museum is entering year #3 of its Saturday Lessons Program, providing group music lessons to anyone in this region interested in learning to play bluegrass. Lessons are provided for beginner and intermediate levels on fiddle, banjo, mandolin, and guitar.
  • ColorFall to Feature TV and Web Updates
    Tuesday, September 18, 2007
    The 2007 series of the ColorFall program will add video segments from around the state to be broadcast on local television stations along with a web site that alerts visitors of foliage color changes.
  • Lincoln Days Set for Oct. 6-7 in Hodgenville
    Tuesday, September 18, 2007
    The 34th annual fall Lincoln Days celebration is expected to attract about 15,000 participants and spectators to Hodgenville Saturday and Sunday Oct. 6-7.
  • London's World Chicken Festival Is a Culinary Feast
    Wednesday, September 12, 2007
    If you’re partial to fried chicken, you’d better not miss the Annual World Chicken Festival Sept. 27-30, 2007 in London, Ky.
  • Bluegrass Indie Film Festival Celebrates Third Successful Year
    Tuesday, September 11, 2007
    The third annual Bluegrass Independent Film Festival featured nearly 80 films and an awards ceremony honoring the winners in 13 different categories of film.
  • Kentucky Tourism Aggressively Seeks International Travelers
    Monday, September 10, 2007
    The Kentucky Department of Tourism has beefed up its recruitment of the international traveler with the addition of one overseas office and the expansion of another.
  • Balloon Glow Promises to Light Up Bourbon Festival
    Friday, September 07, 2007
    It’s going to be bigger and brighter than ever before, and the Kentucky Bourbon Festival Inc. invites you to attend opening festivities of the 16th annual Kentucky Bourbon Festival at the Balloon Glow on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2007 at the Nelson County Fairgrounds, US 31E in Bardstown, Ky.
  • Grape and Cane Harvests Provide Agritourism Experiences in September
    Wednesday, September 05, 2007
    Two very different Kentucky agritourism enterprises will celebrate their annual harvests in September: the Mennonite Community in Allen County and the Chateau du Vieux Corbeau Winery at Danville in Boyle County.
  • Monroe Mandolin Camp Faculty Concert Set for Sept. 8
    Friday, August 31, 2007
    The International Bluegrass Music Museum will present its annual Monroe-Style Mandolin Camp Faculty Concert on Saturday, Sept. 8 at 8:00 PM in The Owensboro Symphony Academy.
  • Underground Railroad Conference at Georgetown Sept. 10-15
    Friday, August 31, 2007
    The Underground Railroad, the network of anti-slavery activists and sites that helped enslaved African Americans escape the South and the Caribbean prior to emancipation, will be the focus of a conference at Georgetown College Sept. 10-15, 2007.
  • September Designated National Bourbon Heritage Month
    Wednesday, August 29, 2007
    September is shaping up as a busy month for Kentucky’s bourbon whiskey industry, as the U.S. Senate has declared it National Bourbon Heritage Month and the celebration of the Kentucky Bourbon Festival in Bardstown will mark its 16th year.
  • International Climbing Event Coming to Red River Gorge
    Wednesday, August 15, 2007
    More than 800 rock-climbing enthusiasts are expected to participate in the Petzl Roc Trip at Rocktoberfest Oct. 12-14, 2007, as local climbers join with international athletes to draw attention to preservation of climbing areas in the Red River Gorge area of eastern Kentucky.
  • Lake Cumberland Vacation Is Prize in Canadian Sweepstakes
    Tuesday, August 14, 2007
    Beach balls, tubes and towels will spell fun for the Canadian winners of a houseboat vacation at Kentucky’s Lake Cumberland in Travel South USA’s Discover the Southern Way Vacation Sweepstakes.
  • Mary Todd Lincoln House Seeks Funds to Prepare for Bicentennial
    Thursday, August 09, 2007
    Directors of the Mary Todd Lincoln House are seeking to raise funds to refurbish the structure and catalog its collection of artifacts in time for observance of the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln’s birth, which begins next February.
  • There'll Be Pickin' and Pedalin' in Henderson Aug. 11
    Wednesday, August 01, 2007
    Bicycle riders who are also fans of bluegrass music will find a lot to like at the 4th Annual Pickin’ & Pedalin’ Bike Tour to be held in Henderson Saturday Aug. 11.
  • KET to Rebroadcast Rolex Equestrian Event Aug. 12
    Tuesday, July 31, 2007
    Each year, one of the world’s most prestigious equestrian events takes place at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. Highlights from the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, which brings together some of the greatest horses and riders from around the world, are presented in Rolex Equestrian Championships, airing Sunday, Aug. 12 at 10/9 p.m. CT on KET1.
  • Pioneer Playhouse Recalls 'Raintree County' Filming
    Friday, July 20, 2007
    DANVILLE, Ky. – For two weeks starting July 24, Pioneer Playhouse will host a festival to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Hollywood film Raintree County. About half of the lavish MGM Studios production was filmed in and around Danville in 1956.
  • Springhill Plantation Marks Long History with Civil War Drama
    Wednesday, July 18, 2007
    Springhill Winery and Plantation Bed & Breakfast is celebrating the 150th birthday of its historic manor house, widely known for its Federal and Victorian architecture, with a dinner-drama called “Restless Spirits -- The Murder Mystery of 1864.”
  • Henry Clay Estate to Host Lincoln Legacy Day Aug. 4
    Monday, July 16, 2007
    The Kentucky Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission has designated Ashland, the Henry Clay Estate, as one of Kentucky’s signature sites to participate in numerous festivities over the next two years commemorating the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln’s birth.
  • Lake Cumberland Ready for Independence Day Holiday
    Tuesday, July 03, 2007
    Just as he did for the Memorial Day holiday, Governor Ernie Fletcher has directed state agencies to work together to ensure visitors traveling to Lake Cumberland during the Independence Day holiday have no problem finding open boat launching ramps and getting to the water safely.
  • State Aids Springfield's Efforts to Host Simpsons Movie Premiere
    Monday, July 02, 2007
    The Kentucky Department of Tourism is working to help the small Central Kentucky town of Springfield in its effort to host the world premiere of “The Simpsons Movie” later this month.
  • Belle of Louisville Features Summer Bluegrass Cruises
    Friday, June 29, 2007
    From the earliest flatboats to the grand floating palaces, to the waning days of steam packet boats, string band music has been the voice of the community along the Ohio River Valley. And the venerable Belle of Louisville is continuing that tradition with “Bluegrass Riverstyle” cruises this summer.
  • Berea Bluegrass Jams Attract Diverse Musicians
    Wednesday, June 27, 2007
    The Berea Welcome Center is about to mark its third year of preserving the rich musical traditions of the Bluegrass state.
  • Springfield, Ky. Is Striving to Go Hollywood
    Monday, June 25, 2007
    The small Central Kentucky town of Springfield is among 14 Springfields around the country vying to host the world premiere of “The Simpsons Movie” next month.
  • Blackacre Nature Preserve Will Echo with Bluegrass June 30
    Monday, June 25, 2007
    A secluded historic homestead and nature preserve in eastern Jefferson County will be the site of a rousing bluegrass concert and festival on Saturday June 30.
  • Bluegrass Museum Is Mecca for Lovers of Kentucky's Music
    Friday, June 22, 2007
    ROMP (River of Music Party) is only the tip of the iceberg at the International Bluegrass Music Museum. ROMP, being held June 21-23 at the museum, Yellow Creek Park and the RiverPark Center in Owensboro, is a giant bluegrass festival celebrated yearly during the last weekend in June. While ROMP, now in its fourth year, is one of the museum’s most visible endeavors, the institution’s exhibits are a treasure trove that will fascinate anyone interested in Kentucky’s indigenous music.
  • "Mythbuster" Named to Assist on Lake Cumberland Efforts
    Friday, June 22, 2007
    Bill Jasper, operator of the State Dock at Lake Cumberland, says part of his daily job involves correcting misconceptions about the water level at Lake Cumberland. “When people come here they are amazed at all the water still here," Jasper says. “In fact, newcomers tell me they don’t know what all the fuss is about, this lake is awesome.”
  • Bluegrass Music Week Celebrated in Kentucky
    Thursday, June 21, 2007
    Governor Ernie Fletcher has proclaimed the week of June 21 – 28 as “Bluegrass Music Week in Kentucky,” and a series of events are planned to celebrate the importance of “Bluegrass in the Bluegrass.”
  • Kentucky Theatre to Stage Three Lincoln Plays
    Thursday, June 14, 2007
    The Kentucky Repertory Theatre in Horse Cave will bring to life a one-man show, an original multi-media production and a large historical drama, all striving to shed light and perspective on the complex man who was Abraham Lincoln while entertaining expected record audiences.
  • ATV Riders Headed to Harlan This Weekend
    Tuesday, June 12, 2007
    A herd of all-terrain vehicle riders is expected to descend on the Black Mountain Recreational Park in Harlan County this weekend for the Harlan County Ridge Runners ATV Club “Summer Stampede.”
  • Louisville Native Is Finalist in Mystery Festival
    Monday, June 11, 2007
    OWENSBORO, Ky. -- Kentucky born author Lance Rucker is one of five finalists at the International Mystery Writers' Festival in Owensboro.
  • Ky. Unbridled Spirit Promotion Hits Wal-Mart Stores
    Tuesday, June 05, 2007
    The Kentucky Department of Tourism and Pepsi are rolling out a new joint merchandise promotion in Wal-Mart stores throughout the commonwealth.
  • Catlettsburg Floodwall Mural Is Being Extended
    Tuesday, June 05, 2007
    Three area muralists are beginning painting a new phase of the Catlettsburg floodwall that will include an extension of the Big Sandy Lock and Dam mural that was painted in 2006.
  • State Parks Observe National Tourism Week
    Thursday, May 17, 2007
    Several state parks are holding events or presenting displays at welcome centers this week as part of National Tourism Week to recognize tourism’s tremendous economic, social, and cultural impact in Kentucky.
  • Welcome Centers Celebrate National Tourism Week
    Tuesday, May 15, 2007
    Kentucky’s eight highway welcome centers are marking National Tourism Week, May 12-20, with a variety of special activities to provide entertainment and information for visitors.
  • Nat'l Tourism Week to Kick Off with Community Improvement Conference
    Friday, May 11, 2007
    On Monday May 14, TOUR Southern and Eastern Kentucky and the Kentucky Tourism Council will sponsor a day-long “Celebration of Regionalization” in honor of National Tourism Week, May 12-20.
  • Broom-Making Family Carves Tradition in Southwestern Kentucky
    Tuesday, May 08, 2007
    Richard Henson hopes he can pass along his broom-making business to his son, which would make four generations of Hensons hand crafting brooms in southwestern Kentucky.
  • Louisville Preserves Ties to Lincoln with New Sculpture
    Monday, May 07, 2007
    Louisville sculptor Ed Hamilton has been commissioned to create a large bronze figure of Abraham Lincoln that will be the focus of a new section of Louisville’s Waterfront Park. The Louisville Waterfront Development Corp., which secured $2 million in state funds for the project, wants the work completed by Feb. 12, 2009, the 200th anniversary of Lincoln’s birth.
  • Two Top Directors Join Owensboro Mystery Festival Team
    Tuesday, April 17, 2007
    One of Disney Theatrical Productions' top Broadway directors is joining in the fun of the first International Mystery Writers' Festival as director of the two main stage productions in “Discovering New Mysteries,” and one of Chicago’s top award-winning professionals will direct two of the other leading plays.
  • Mike Linnig's Restaurant to Host MusicFest April 28-May 13
    Thursday, April 12, 2007
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Mike Linnig’s Restaurant, currently open for its 83rd season, will celebrate a Louisville Derby tradition with a 3 week festival and entertainment tent located on its 25-acre property along the Ohio River. MusicFest will be held April 28 – May 13.
  • Lincoln Museum Adding Expanded Library to Its Attractions
    Thursday, April 05, 2007
    Editor's Note: This is the second in a series of monthly releases leading up to the Lincoln Bicentennial. Kentucky’s Official Lincoln Museum, housed in two renovated historic buildings in Hodgenville’s downtown district, is looking to refurbish and expand its library of books and other documents in time for the kickoff of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial in February 2008.
  • Home Scholars Get Discount at Dinosaur World in April
    Wednesday, April 04, 2007
    Dinosaur World in Cave City is celebrating home school students by designating the entire month of April as “Home School Month”. During April, all home school students and their families receive the park’s group rate discount price of $6 per person.
  • "Wildflower Watch" Spotlights Colorful Flora at Kentucky Parks
    Monday, April 02, 2007
    With the arrival of spring, the Kentucky Departments of Tourism and Parks are teaming up for the eighth year to provide travelers with tips for trips to state parks and nature preserves where wildflowers and trees are splashing the countryside with color.
  • Fun and Enlightening Events on Tap at Lincoln Nat'l Historic Park in April
    Monday, March 26, 2007
    In April, the Abraham Lincoln National Historic Park will host a volunteer “Park Day” clean-up, a birding hike and a “Junior Ranger Day” experience of frontier life in the Kentucky of Abraham Lincoln’s early boyhood.
  • Lexington St. Patrick's Parade to Feature Pipe Band
    Wednesday, March 14, 2007
    On Saturday, March 17, downtown Lexington will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day like never before. The day starts with the inaugural Shamrock Shuffle 3K Run/Walk followed by the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Irish Festival. This year’s parade includes an Irish Army Pipe Band from Dublin, Ireland.
  • Grand Rivers Marathon Attracts Japanese "Ecomarathoner"
    Wednesday, March 07, 2007
    An internationally known Japanese “eco-marathoner” is among more than 340 runners who have registered to compete in the fourth annual Land Between the Lakes/Grand Rivers Marathon, set for Saturday, March 10, starting at 6 a.m.
  • Owensboro Mystery Festival Announces Finalists in Writers' Competition
    Thursday, March 01, 2007
    The first International Mystery Writers’ Festival announced the six plays that have been selected as finalists and will be fully performed on stage this June in Owensboro, Ky.
  • First International Mystery Writers' Festival Set for June in Owensboro
    Thursday, March 01, 2007
    OWENSBORO, Ky. -- Julie Andrews, Blake Edwards, Sue Grafton, James W. Hall, John Jakes, Stuart Kaminsky, Angela Lansbury, super agent Samuel “Biff” Liff, and Ira Levin are faces you might see at the Tonys, Emmys, Oscars or Edgar Allen Poe awards. This coming June they plan to be in Owensboro, Ky., for the newest festival presenting live theater world premieres of 12 original mystery works.
  • New Guide Highlights Kentucky's Multicultural Heritage Attractions
    Tuesday, February 27, 2007
    The Kentucky Department of Tourism has released a new travel guide highlighting the state’s multicultural history, heritage and travel attractions, and is inviting people to share their multicultural experiences with others.
  • Corvette Museum to Host NASCAR Star
    Thursday, February 22, 2007
    NASCAR fans will have an opportunity to spend an evening with Rick Hendrick of Hendrick Motorsports at the National Corvette Museum.
  • Fat Tuesday Feast on Tap at Holly Hill in Midway
    Thursday, February 15, 2007
    The Holly Hill Inn’s third annual Fat Tuesday Feast is set for 7 p.m. Feb. 20 at the Midway restaurant. Lisa Laufer, Holly Hill Inn’s daytime head sous chef, lends a hand in creating this dinner, a tribute to the foods of New Orleans and Louisiana.
  • Bluegrass Museum Partners with WSM-AM-650 and Grand Ole Opry
    Wednesday, January 31, 2007
    The International Bluegrass Music Museum in Owensboro, Nashville’s 650 WSM-AM (Home of The Grand Ole Opry), and the Owensboro-Daviess County Tourist Commission have entered into a partnership to promote Bluegrass music, the Bluegrass Museum, and regional tourism.
  • Equus Run to Host Shakespeare Play in June
    Friday, January 19, 2007
    The melodious words of the great playwright William Shakespeare will fill the air at Equus Run Winery’s amphitheater in Woodford County as Actors Guild of Lexington stages six performances of Love’s Labors Lost in June.
  • Comedy-Drama on Tap For Valentine's at Springhill B&B
    Wednesday, January 17, 2007
    The Springhill Plantation Bed and Breakfast is planning to add dramatic entertainment to its list of activities during Valentine’s season.
  • Highway Welcome Centers Cater to Holiday Travelers
    Tuesday, December 19, 2006
    With the peak holiday travel season underway, Kentucky’s eight interstate highway Welcome Centers are dealing with an onslaught of visitors with questions that cover the gamut of travelers’ needs.
  • State Merchandise Site Sees "Unbridled Christmas Spirit"
    Friday, December 15, 2006
    As the holidays approach, sales at the "Kentucky Unbridled Spirit" online gift store continue to be brisk.
  • New Visitor's Guide Brings Changes
    Wednesday, December 13, 2006
    Hot off the presses and free for the asking is the state Department of Tourism’s Kentucky Unbridled Spirit 2007 Official Visitor’s Guide.
  • Katrina Collaboration at Newport on the Levee
    Monday, December 04, 2006
    Newport on the Levee will host the first Great Gift Giveaway Holiday Party benefiting The Katrina Collaboration, a local response intended to aid Hurricane Katrina victims.
  • Hindman to Celebrate Old Fashioned Christmas Dec. 1
    Wednesday, November 29, 2006
    The Kentucky Appalachian Artisan Center is proud to be participating in an Old Fashioned Christmas on Friday, December 1 in downtown Hindman.
  • Ali Center Chosen Best New Attraction
    Tuesday, November 14, 2006
    A leading travel writers' organization has named Louisville's Muhammad Ali Center the year's best new attraction.
  • Record Crowds Visit Corn Maze
    Tuesday, November 14, 2006
    The Lambert Corn Maze enjoyed record crowds during its recent season.
  • Florida Resident Wins Photo Award
    Tuesday, November 07, 2006
    Winner of Summer Photo Contest Announced
  • Fall Feast Slated at Holly Hill Inn
    Thursday, November 02, 2006
  • New Attractions Come to Dinosaur World
    Thursday, November 02, 2006
  • Alpacas and Llamas Will Be Focus of Festival in Springfield Saturday
    Thursday, October 12, 2006
    Maple Hill Manor Bed & Breakfast and Alpaca & Llama Farm in Springfield will host a free festival centered on these exotic animals on Saturday Oct. 14.
  • Fall Fun Abounds at Hodgenville Orchard
    Thursday, September 21, 2006
    Kentucky offers an abundance of opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors by visiting one of many farms that are open to the public in the fall months for purchases of Kentucky grown products or for enjoying some of the many activities offered by Kentucky farmers.
  • ColorFall Program Tracks Foliage Changes and Events Across State
    Tuesday, September 19, 2006
    Kentucky’s 21st year of celebrating nature’s autumn beauty with the ColorFall program is here. This year promises a season of dazzling foliage and many entertaining events and activities inviting residents and visitors to get outside and enjoy the beauty of fall in the Bluegrass State.
  • Speed Boats to Raise Waves at Lake Cumberland
    Friday, September 08, 2006
    More than 125 speed boats are expected to thunder through Lake Cumberland Sept. 8-10 as the Poker Run returns to the south-central Kentucky lake’s State Dock for the third year.
  • International Bluegrass Music Museum Goes Multilingual
    Tuesday, August 29, 2006
    Tens of millions of people worldwide now call themselves bluegrass fans, and 75 nations report having professional bluegrass bands indigenous to their countries. As worldwide interest in bluegrass music rapidly escalates, the International Bluegrass Music Museum is implementing multilingual signage in seven major languages.
  • Federal-State Cooperation to Be Focus of Tourism Summit
    Thursday, August 24, 2006
    Thoughtful cooperation and the long-term health of travel destinations are the central topics of an event that will involve about 250 private sector tourism leaders and federal agency personnel just outside the nation's capital Sept. 6-8.
  • Tourism Summit to Focus on State-Federal Cooperation
    Wednesday, August 23, 2006
    Thoughtful cooperation and the long-term health of travel destinations are the central topics of an event that will involve about 250 private sector tourism leaders and federal agency personnel just outside the nation's capital Sept. 6-8.
  • Three Workshops for Aspiring Innkeepers Set for September
    Wednesday, August 16, 2006
    The Bed and Breakfast Association of Kentucky will host a series of three workshops designed for people considering opening a bed & breakfast or a Kentucky Farm Stay.
  • First Lady Announces Winner of Spring Photo Contest
    Thursday, August 10, 2006
    Kentucky First Lady Glenna Fletcher has named Rita Atkins of Frenchburg the winner of the state’s Unbridled Spirit of Spring photo contest.
  • Bourbon Festival Announces Exciting Events
    Thursday, August 10, 2006
    The Kentucky Bourbon Festival and the Kentucky Distillers Association have announced the lineup of special events for the 2006 festival, which gets underway on Wednesday Sept. 13 in Bardstown.
  • Fleming County to Host Covered Bridge Festival
    Monday, August 07, 2006
    The Fleming County Tourism Committee plans to hold its 9th Annual Covered Bridge Festival on Saturday, Aug. 26, 2006 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Fleming Mason Energy Grounds on KY. 32 west of Flemingsburg.
  • Lexington Winery Wins Award on Eve of Bistro Opening
    Friday, August 04, 2006
    For the first time in its 12-year history, the Indy International Wine Competition has awarded its coveted Double Gold award to a Kentucky wine, Jean Farris Winery’s Tempest.
  • New Tourism Web Site Aimed At Boosting Ky. Hospitality Industry
    Tuesday, August 01, 2006
    Governor Ernie Fletcher today announced the launch of an updated Web site for the Kentucky Department of Tourism, complete with an important new feature aimed at increasing the bottom line for the state’s hospitality industry.
  • Second Italian Feast at Holly Hill
    Friday, July 21, 2006
    The Italian Feast at Holly Hill Inn in Midway Tuesday night July 25 is sold out. Holly Hill’s proprietors have added a second feast on Wednesday, July 26 to accommodate reservation requests.
  • Cub Run Cave Adds to South Central Kentucky Attractions
    Wednesday, July 19, 2006
    A new show cave has recently opened in Hart County in south central Kentucky, providing another attraction to a region that is rich in majestic underground caverns that draw thousands of visitors every year.
  • KET Presents Three-Day Rolex Event Highlights
    Thursday, July 13, 2006
    Each year, one of the world’s most prestigious equestrian sports events takes place at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. Highlights from the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, which brings together some of the greatest horses and riders from around the world, are presented in Rolex Equestrian Championships 2006, airing Sunday, July 29 at 10/9 p.m. CT on KET1.
  • Italian Feast Set for July 25 in Midway
    Thursday, July 13, 2006
    Chef Jared Richardson of Wallace Station is visiting Holly Hill Inn in Midway to prepare his family’s Sicilian recipes for an Italian Heritage Feast at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 25.
  • Sports Authority Helps Boost Economic Impact
    Thursday, July 13, 2006
    The Kentucky Sports Authority, a division of the Kentucky Department of Tourism, helped bring more than $3.4 million in economic impact to Kentucky during June.
  • Lost River Cave & Valley to Host Civil War Reenactment
    Wednesday, July 05, 2006
    Court marshals, executions, battle wound surgeries, artillery drills and a Civil War skirmish will fascinate Civil War enthusiasts and those just looking to have fun during the free Civil War Living History Event at Lost River Cave & Valley July 14-16, Friday through Sunday.
  • Civil War Drama Comes to Life at Historic Springhill Winery
    Friday, June 23, 2006
    A Kentucky Civil War tale with mystery, intrigue, and a love story that pulls at your heartstrings is being retold as a dinner drama called “Restless Spirits: the Murder Mystery of 1864.”
  • Third National Reenactment of Battle of Perryville Expected to Draw 25,000 Spectators
    Tuesday, June 20, 2006
    The explosion of a cannon sends birds soaring skyward, their fear-laced shrieks competing with the death moans of mortally wounded soldiers, many of them barely past adolescence. The two columns advance toward each other across the rural landscape - their tattered gray and blood-soaked blue uniforms sad symbols of their animosity.
  • Former Derby Jockey Will Compete in Bass Fishing Tournament
    Wednesday, June 14, 2006
    Early Times Kentucky Whisky in conjunction with JDC Marketing are sponsoring professional angler Kevin Wirth, a former Kentucky Derby jockey, in the “Bluegrass Brawl” tournament at Kentucky Lake June 15-18.
  • Benton Angler Will Be One of the Oldest Competitors in Bass Tournament
    Wednesday, June 14, 2006
    A Benton, Ky. resident who is one of the Bassmaster Tour’s oldest anglers will compete in the “Bluegrass Brawl” fishing tournament at Kentucky Lake June 15-18.
  • Paducah Angler Who Overcame Illness Will Compete in Ky. Lake Tournament
    Monday, June 12, 2006
    A Paducah, Ky. angler who recently won a lengthy battle with meningitis will compete in the “Bluegrass Brawl” Bassmaster fishing tournament at Kentucky Lake June 15-18.
  • Bassmaster Tournament Coming to Kentucky Lake
    Friday, June 09, 2006
    The hits just keep on coming as the CITGO Bassmaster Elite Series moves on to another big-time bass fishery at a prime time of year — Kentucky Lake in Gilbertsville, Ky., on June 15-18 — for the Bluegrass Brawl.
  • Bicycle Fest to Welcome Joe Bowen Back to Kentucky
    Thursday, June 08, 2006
    After a 14,000 mile, 16-month bicycle trek across the United States, Joe Bowen is returning to his native Eastern Kentucky, and the communities of Stanton and Beattyville are throwing a big bash and staging several exciting bike competitions to welcome him home.
  • Fletcher Administration Registers Strong Tourism Gains During First Two Years
    Friday, May 19, 2006
    Tourism in Kentucky increased 16.1 percent and created nearly 6,000 new jobs in Kentucky during 2004-2005, the first two years of the Fletcher administration, according to statistics released today by the Kentucky Commerce Cabinet.
  • Bar-B-Q Aromas and Music Will Fill the Air at Owensboro Festival
    Wednesday, May 03, 2006
    Lovers of bar-b-q and music ranging from country to bluegrass and blues will find something to quench their appetites at Owensboro’s 28th Annual International Bar-B-Q festival May 11-13.
  • Pegasus Parade to Rekindle Fond Memories of Favorite Toys
    Monday, May 01, 2006
    The theme for the 2006 Republic Bank Derby Festival Pegasus Parade is “Once Upon a Toy” – a tribute to some of the world’s best-known toy figures from several generations. The Pegasus Parade, the Derby Festival’s oldest event, will feature approximately 100 units on Thursday, May 4 starting at 5 p.m.
  • Derby Balloons to Soar in Festival Events
    Tuesday, April 25, 2006
    The 2006 U.S. Bank Derby Festival Great Balloon Race will feature contests both Friday and Saturday mornings, along with a new event this year – a preview lift-off from Shawnee Park in West Louisville Thursday evening.
  • Spring Photo Contest Now Underway
    Monday, April 24, 2006
    It’s that time of year again with spring in the air at a fever pitch. The itch to get outside and view the great beauty of nature is powerful, and Kentuckians aren’t immune. They’re ready to pounce on the season with cameras in hand, awaiting the perfect time to capture their favorite spring photos.
  • "Bluegrass Returns to Its Roots" Festival April 27-30 in Owensboro
    Monday, April 24, 2006
    The Executive Inn Rivermont in Owensboro will play host to the fifth annual “Bluegrass Returns to Its Roots” festival April 27-30, 2006.
  • Winter Photo Contest Winners Honored
    Wednesday, April 12, 2006
    Kentucky First Lady Glenna Fletcher has named Ford Phares of Georgetown the winner of the state’s Unbridled Spirit of Winter photo contest. All 11 finalists' images are viewable at
  • Harlan County Will Be Hoppin' in May-June
    Wednesday, April 05, 2006
    The months of May and June will be an exciting time in the heart of Southeastern Kentucky’s coal country, Harlan County. A series of festivals will feature everything from off-road vehicle competitions to cooking competitions centered on the native vegetable called poke sallet.
  • It's Wildflower Watch Time Again
    Thursday, March 30, 2006
    Spring is here, and the Kentucky Departments of Tourism and Parks are teaming up once again to provide travelers with tips for trips to state parks and nature preserves where wildflowers and trees will be bursting forth in bloom.
  • Hollywood Boosts Kentucky Economy
    Wednesday, March 29, 2006
    As the Hollywood film Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story hit the home DVD/video market last week, state and local tourism officials in Kentucky said the movie is having a positive impact on travel to the areas where the uplifting horse-racing story was set and partially filmed.
  • Buffalo Crossing to Host Super Retriever Competition April 6-9
    Thursday, March 23, 2006
    Buffalo Crossing Fun Ranch near Shelbyville will provide the venue for a three-event competition in the Super Retriever Series April 6-9. The tournament, which will be televised on the Outdoor Life Network, has already attracted dog/handler teams from as far away as California and Minnesota.
  • Date of Carrollton Fishing Tournament Changed
    Wednesday, March 22, 2006
    The date of the Bassmaster fishing tournament on the Ohio River at Carrollton has been changed to June 25, 2006. A previous news release on the Bassmaster series of tournaments throughout Kentucky listed the date of the Carrollton event as April 9, 2006.
  • Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory Marks Tenth Year with New Name and Logo
    Wednesday, March 15, 2006
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – With spring in the air, thoughts turn to the national pastime of baseball. And the Louisville Slugger Museum is marking its tenth anniversary with the introduction of a new logo and name: Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory.
  • Bowling Green Receives National Preservation Award
    Friday, March 10, 2006
    The City of Bowling Green has been designated as one of 2006’s Dozen Distinctive Destinations by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Bowling Green is the first city in Kentucky to be chosen.
  • James Monroe's Music Hall Set to Open in April
    Friday, March 10, 2006
    Eight veteran stars of the Grand Ole Opry, one member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, and over 25 other top names from bluegrass and country music are among the artists scheduled to appear during the first season at James Monroe’s Music Hall and Campground in Franklin, Ky.
  • Dinosaur World Offers Education Outreach
    Thursday, March 09, 2006
    CAVE CITY, Ky. – Dinosaur World, an outdoor dinosaur museum with over 100 life-size figures, has begun offering unique educational opportunities, including outreach programs and programs to meet the needs of home school students.
  • Adventure Races Returning to Carter Caves State Park
    Thursday, February 23, 2006
    Outdoor adventure racing is making a resurgence in Kentucky with plans for staging two contests at Carter Caves State Resort Park during the weekend of April 1-2, 2006.
  • State to Host Eight More BASS Fishing Tournaments
    Monday, February 13, 2006
    Working with local communities, the Kentucky Sports Authority has secured eight additional fishing tournaments which are part of the 2006 ESPN Outdoors Bassmaster Series, Sports Authority Executive Director Terry Johnson announced today. This brings the total number of tournaments to 10. The tournaments are expected to generate hundreds of thousands of dollars in economic impact for Kentucky hotels, restaurants, gas stations, attractions and other local businesses.
  • Winter Scenes Are Focus of Second Phase of Photography Contest
    Wednesday, February 01, 2006
    The “Kentucky Unbridled Spirit Photo Contest” will focus on the beauty of winter scenes around the state.
  • First Lady Honors Photo Contest Winner
    Monday, January 23, 2006
    Kentucky First Lady Glenna Fletcher has presented the winner of the first “Unbridled Spirit of Autumn” photo contest with the first-place prize.
  • Local Girl to Compete in Tumbling Championship in Maysville
    Wednesday, January 04, 2006
    Maysville will host a sanctioned regional championship tumbling and trampoline competition on Jan. 7, 2006 expected to bring about 500 people to the Northern Kentucky town. The event is open to the public with competition beginning at 8 a.m. and ending at 6 p.m.
  • Bluegrass Museum Kicks Off Fundraising with CD Sale
    Wednesday, December 28, 2005
    Organizers of the International Bluegrass Music Museum hope to attract 10,000 fans at its third annual River of Music Party (ROMP) June 22-25, 2006.
  • First Lady Selects Best Autumn Photo
    Wednesday, December 21, 2005
    Kentucky First Lady Glenna Fletcher has named Rosemary Storie of Burkesville, Ky. the winner of the state’s first Unbridled Spirit of Autumn photo contest.
  • 2006 Kentucky Visitor's Guide Makes Vacation Planning More User Friendly
    Tuesday, December 20, 2005
    It’s now known as the Kentucky Unbridled Spirit Official Visitor’s Guide, and at 178 pages, it’s 16 pages longer than the 2005 version, which was called the Kentucky Great Getaway Guide.
  • Cyclist Bowen Takes Holiday Break Back in Kentucky
    Thursday, December 01, 2005
    Joe Bowen is taking a short break and is home for the holidays. The Eastern Kentucky native has been two-wheeling it across the country on his bicycle, helping spread the word about Kentucky’s unbridled spirit and providing elementary school students with lessons in geography and American culture.
  • Pedicabs Newest Attraction of Newport on the Levee
    Monday, November 21, 2005
    Patrons of Newport on the Levee can park at the Levee, play and dine -- and then take a pedicab to Reds and Bengals games, visit a concert or play, return to their hotel, or just look at all the sites in Covington, Newport and downtown Cincinnati.
  • Momfeather Erickson is champion of native American ways in Kentucky
    Monday, November 21, 2005
    Kentucky's Native American Heritage has a Champion in Momfeather Erickson - poet, activist and teacher of the "old ways." Erickson, one-quarter Cherokee, has devoted the last three years of her life to educating those around her on the tribe's role in Kentucky history.
  • City of Newport's New Holiday Tradition - Winter Wonderland
    Monday, November 21, 2005
    The City of Newport, Ky. has announced that it has added an exciting event to its list of outstanding riverfront festivals at the Festival Park on Riverboat Row, just below Newport on the Levee and across the bridge from downtown Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • Columbus's Nina has proven windfall for Maysville
    Tuesday, November 15, 2005
    MAYSVILLE, Ky. - An exact replica of The Nina Ship (Columbus's favorite ship), docked in Maysville since Wed. Nov. 9, has played host to approximately 3,500 school students.
  • Santa’s Water Wonderland at the Newport Aquarium
    Tuesday, November 15, 2005
    The third annual Santa's Water Wonderland at the Newport Aquarium promises to be a unique and unforgettable experience for guests with Santa interacting with a variety of sea creatures.
  • Bicyclist Joe Bowen Will Pay Thanksgiving Visit to Kentucky
    Thursday, November 03, 2005
    In 1968, a Kentuckian traveled 14,000 miles across the country on a bicycle, making big news for reporters. In 2005, after an estimated 5,000 people have made similar journeys, the story may not be as newsworthy – unless you’re Kentuckian Joe Bowen, currently pedaling through Arkansas on a roundabout trip back home to Kentucky for Thanksgiving.
  • Corvette Museum Offers Special $1 Admission to Military, Firefighters and Police
    Monday, October 31, 2005
    The National Corvette Museum will offer a $1.00 special admission to all military personnel, firefighters, police officers and their immediate families for the month of November,
  • Kentucky Sports Authority Launches Web Site
    Monday, October 31, 2005
    The Kentucky Sports Authority is launching a web site to provide easy access to a calendar of sports events throughout the state, as well as information on sports venues and event bidding processes.
  • Yes, Virginia, There Really Is an Elizabethtown
    Thursday, October 27, 2005
    "Yes, Virginia, there really is an Elizabethtown,” and it’s in central Kentucky, between Louisville and Nashville, at the southern end of the scenic Blue Grass Parkway. But “Elizabethtown” is also writer-director Cameron Crowe’s paean to “smallish-town” America which hit theaters nationwide on October 14th.
  • Louisville CVB offers "Build Your Own" Vacation Packages
    Wednesday, October 26, 2005
    To enhance its one-stop shopping feature, the Greater Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau has launched a “Build Your Own” vacation package.
  • Pirates Invade Aquarium in Third Year of Halloween Event
    Thursday, October 20, 2005
    The Newport Aquarium will be overrun with pirates and trick-or-treaters during its third annual family-friendly Halloween event, Ghosts of Pirate Cove.
  • Enjoy Halloween Fun with a Historical Twist at the “Ghosts of Frankfort” Tour
    Thursday, October 20, 2005
    Liberty Hall Historic Site and the City of Frankfort’s Department of Parks and Recreation are hosting this “Ghosts of Frankfort” program Oct. 28-29.
  • "Elizabethtown" Generates Positive Buzz for Kentucky
    Monday, October 17, 2005
    Elizabethtown, the Paramount Pictures feature film set and filmed mostly in Kentucky and released last Friday, generated positive comments for its Kentucky setting.
  • Florence's Wildwood Inn Offers Free Gas Cards
    Friday, October 14, 2005
    Wildwood Inn and Suites, a themed-suite hotel catering to travelers from Kentucky and Ohio, has eliminated the travel blues caused by rising gasoline prices.
  • Shark Ray Feeds from Divers' Hands at Newport Aquarium
    Tuesday, October 11, 2005
    Sweet Pea, the only shark ray on display in the Western Hemisphere, is making history once again by being hand-fed during Newport Aquarium dive shows. Aquarium divers now feed Sweet Pea from inside the 385,000-gallon Surrounded by Sharks exhibit.
  • Katrina Evacuee to Work with Tourism Department
    Monday, October 10, 2005
    The Kentucky Department of Tourism and several other Kentucky organizations are making use of the talents of an experienced travel writer displaced from her home in New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina.
  • Bed & Breakfast Asssociation to Host Seminar for Aspiring Innkeepers
    Thursday, October 06, 2005
    The Bed & Breakfast Association of Kentucky (BBAK) will host its 15th Annual Convention at the Griffin Gate Marriott Resort in Lexington, Ky., on Nov. 6-8, 2005. The convention will offer an Aspiring Innkeepers Training Workshop, a trade show, educational workshops, annual meeting, and banquet.
  • Bluegrass Museum to Offer Free Lessons to Budding Musicians
    Thursday, October 06, 2005
    More than 400 beginning music students are scheduled to attend the first day of the International Bluegrass Music Museum’s “Free Saturdays at the Museum” program, which starts Oct. 8, 2005.
  • Keeneland to Honor Retiring Jockey Pat Day on Oct. 13
    Monday, September 26, 2005
    Keeneland will honor retiring jockey Pat Day, the track’s all-time winning leader, with a day of festivities on Oct. 13, his 52nd birthday.
  • "Wild Mountain Mania" Set for Cumberland Gap Nat'l Park Oct. 7-9
    Wednesday, September 21, 2005
    Wild Mountain Mania, a nature festival at Cumberland Gap National Historical Park set for Oct. 7-9, 2005, will feature live entertainment, music, kid’s activities, hands-on displays and a multitude of presentations concerning wildlife including birds of prey, reptiles, bears and other animals who inhabit the park that straddles the Kentucky, Virginia and Tennessee borders.
  • Volunteers to Pitch in at Cumberland Gap Nat'l Park on Sept. 24
    Wednesday, September 21, 2005
    On National Public Lands Day, Sept. 24, 2005, volunteers will be assisting park staff at Cumberland Gap National Historical Park in a variety of ways.
  • Marion County to Host Country Ham Days Sept. 23-25
    Wednesday, September 21, 2005
    Marion County will host Country Ham Days Sept. 23-25, 2005. One of the largest community festivals in Kentucky, Country Ham Days was first celebrated in 1970 with six hams and a handful of visitors. More than 600 hams are now needed to serve the approximately 50,000 visitors who descend on Lebanon during the last week in September for the celebration.
  • Writer-Director Crowe Set to Return to Elizabethtown
    Thursday, September 15, 2005
    The Kentucky Department of Tourism is helping finalize plans to assist writer-director Cameron Crowe when he returns to Kentucky for the premiere of his new Paramount Pictures film, "Elizabethtown."
  • Diving Dogs Are Coming to Compete in Shelby County
    Friday, September 09, 2005
    "Big air dog diving" is coming to Shelby County's Buffalo Crossing Fun Ranch Sept. 16-18, 2005 as part of a weekend devoted to hunting and fishing enthusiasts and crafts aficionados.
  • Bed & Breakfast Association to Launch "Farm Stays" Trail with Free Open House and Press Tour
    Wednesday, September 07, 2005
    The Bed & Breakfast Association of Kentucky (BBAK) is launching a new statewide Agritourism Trail called “Kentucky Farm Stays.” To celebrate its debut, a free Press Tour & Open House for aspiring “Farm Stay” innkeepers is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 2, 2005 from 2-5 p.m. at participating charter members of the Kentucky Farm Stays Tourist Trail.
  • Country Music Highway Driving Tour CDs to Feature Ricky Skaggs' Narration
    Tuesday, September 06, 2005
    Eastern Kentucky’s U.S. Hwy. 23, the “Country Music Highway,” is the subject of a new heritage driving tour produced by the Kentucky Folklife Program, a program of the Kentucky Historical Society and the Kentucky Arts Council.
  • Liberty Hall to Host Fundraising Ball with Historic Theme
    Tuesday, August 30, 2005
    Liberty Hall Historic Site, a National Historic Landmark in downtown Frankfort, will hold its annual fundraiser, a recreation of a 19th century ball, on Saturday Sept. 24.
  • Air Force Band to Perform Free Concerts in Louisville
    Monday, August 22, 2005
    The U.S. Air Force Academy Band will perform two free public concerts in Louisville Oct. 16 and 17.
  • Bernheim Offers Nature Reading Program for Kids
    Friday, August 19, 2005
    Bernheim is sponsoring a free reading program for kids on Saturday Aug. 27.
  • Movie-Making Creates a Buzz in Kentucky This Fall
    Friday, August 19, 2005
    Kentucky's growing stake in the motion picture industry will be in the spotlight this fall, with a new independent film festival on the calendar and two Hollywood studio features and a major independent production shot in Kentucky scheduled for release.
  • State Fair Caps Summer Fair Season
    Wednesday, August 17, 2005
    Capping the summer fair season is the 101st annual Kentucky State Fair Aug. 18-28 at the Kentucky Fair & Exposition Center in Louisville.
  • UFO Believers Gather at Hopkinsville Festival
    Wednesday, August 17, 2005
    The city of Hopkinsville is inviting all UFO believers (and skeptics) to come to Christian County Aug. 18-21 for a 50th anniversary commemoration of the "invasion" of the Little Green Men.
  • First Bluegrass Independent Film Festival Receives More than 200 Entries
    Wednesday, August 03, 2005
    CRESTWOOD, Ky. – Kentucky’s newest film festival, the Bluegrass Independent Film Festival, is opening with a bang according to organizer and director Jay Broder.
    Wednesday, August 03, 2005
    BOWLING GREEN, Ky. --- Beech Bend Park & Splash Lagoon announced the construction of a new wooden coaster set to open for the 2006 season.
  • "Kentucky Unbridled Spirit" Colt Kicks Off Shelbyville Horse Show
    Tuesday, August 02, 2005
    The Saddlebred yearling named Kentucky Unbridled Spirit made his public debut at the kickoff breakfast for the 16th annual Shelbyville Horse Show, which runs August 3-6.
  • Mammoth Cave Chosen One of Top 20 Vacation Spots
    Tuesday, August 02, 2005
    U.S. News & World Report magazine recently selected Mammoth Cave National Park as one of America's 20 best vacation destinations.
  • Swiss TV Crew Wraps Taping of Program Featuring Kentucky
    Tuesday, June 14, 2005
    Swiss-produced television program will feature Kentucky - segment to air in September.
  • Kentucky Positioning Itself As An Outdoor Recreation Mecca
    Monday, May 16, 2005
    Ecotourism gaining momentum in adventure and educational travel in Kentucky.
  • Research Redefined (New Initiatives in Department of Tourism Research Break the Mold in Past Efforts)
    Monday, May 09, 2005
    Department of Tourism undertakes groundbreaking research program to increase tourism's economic impact to our economy. 
  • Kentucky Commerical To Run on National Derby Broadcast
    Monday, May 09, 2005
    Commerical focusing on Kentucky's unique experiences to run during Kentucky Derby broadcast.
  • Franklin Welcome Center Celebrates 30 Years With Unbridled Spirit
    Thursday, April 28, 2005
    Franklin Welcome Center celebrates providing visitors with information about Kentucky for 30 years.
  • Kentucky Makes Showing Among Southeast Communities Working to Improve Economic Assets
    Wednesday, April 20, 2005
    Kentucky representatives attend Building Creative Communities: Asset Based Economic Development Conference to develop tourism-related economic strategies. 
  • One-Tank Trips
    Friday, April 15, 2005
    Highlighting attractions in Kentucky's North Central region for one-tank trips.
  • Wildflower Watch in "Unbridled" Bloom
    Thursday, April 07, 2005
    Wildflower Watch promotes beauty and events in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
  • The Department of Tourism to highlight Kentucky as a Travel Destination at World's Fair Expo in Japan
    Thursday, April 07, 2005
    "Kentucky Week" scheduled May 16-22 at 2005 World Expo in Aichi, Japan.
  • Kentucky Participates in Multi-State Task Force Meeting to Plan Lincoln Bicentennial
    Thursday, March 24, 2005
    Task Force meets to plan observance of 200th anniversary of Lincoln's birth in 2009.
  • Eastern Kentucky Sites Featured on Map of Appalachia by National Geographic Society and Appalachian Regional Commission
    Thursday, March 24, 2005
    Appalachian Regional Commission and National Geographic Society promote Appalachia and its "undiscovered treasures."
  • Two March Events Honored by the Southeast Tourism Society’s Top 20
    Tuesday, March 01, 2005
    Two Kentucky events honored by Southeast Tourism Society.
  • Commissioner of Tourism Sets Out on Second Listening Tour Around The State
    Monday, February 14, 2005
    Tourism Commissioner visits nine regions to share opportunities and ideas.
  • Origin of Black History Month Has Ties to Kentucky
    Monday, January 31, 2005
    Founder educated at Berea College. Kentucky values its African-American heritage
  • Tourism Agency Hits the Road to Promote Kentucky
    Wednesday, January 19, 2005
    Tourism Department promoting travel at the major travel and trade shows.
  • Candy Factory Celebrates Nearly a Century of Success
    Thursday, December 16, 2004
    Family-owned Rebecca Ruth Candy Factory, invertor of the Bourbon Ball, celebrates 85 years of business.
  • Tourism Agency Works for Kentucky
    Tuesday, December 07, 2004
    Tourism Agency is increasing economic development in the Tourism Industry.
  • Tourism Commissioner Announces Director of Sales
    Thursday, December 02, 2004
    Cheryl Ealy appointed Director of Sales for Department of Tourism.
  • Commerce Cabinet Agency Exceeds Goals in Charitable Campaign
    Thursday, December 02, 2004
    Department of Tourism has one hundred percent participation in Kentucky Employees Charitable Campaign.
  • Branding Kentucky Makes Sense to Students
    Monday, November 22, 2004
    Students already know the positive action of branding.
  • Deputy Secretary Derrick Ramsey Puts in a Day at a Kentucky Welcome Center
    Friday, November 19, 2004
    Whitehaven Welcome Center in Paducah welcomed Commerce Cabinet Deputy Secretary Derrick Ramsey to work a day at the center.
  • December Event Makes Top 20 Events List
    Friday, November 19, 2004
    Kentucky once again makes the Southeast Tourism Society's Top 20 Events List. 
  • One State - One Vision - One Brand  Tourism Industry Meets in Northern Kentucky Later This Month
    Monday, October 18, 2004
    Governor to speak at Kentucky Tourism Industry's Annual Conference
  • Bourbon Capital Has More to Offer
    Friday, October 08, 2004
    Arts, Crafts & Antique Fair; new Bourbon Heritage Center; Trolley Tour and established attractions make Bardstown an ideal vacation location.
  • Old Governor's Mansion to Re-Open for Public Tours
    Monday, October 04, 2004
    Tours resume October 4, 2004 for Renovated Old Governor's Mansion
  • Changes in 2005 Great Getaway Guide Result in $258K Savings to the State
    Monday, October 04, 2004
    Changes make Guide more user-friendly while Keeping Kentucky's Money in Kentucky
  • Kentucky Offers Shelter From the Storm (As an Influx of Northbound Travelers Entered Kentucky, Fleeing Ivan, Welcome Centers Were There)
    Tuesday, September 28, 2004
    Kentucky Welcome Centers assist travelers fleeing Hurricane Ivan.
  • A Taste of Kentucky:  Finger Licken' Good
    Wednesday, September 22, 2004
    Celebrate Kentucky cooking with major festivals this weekend.
  • September is Agri-tourism Month - Celebrate Kentucky!
    Wednesday, September 01, 2004
    Governor Fletcher proclaims September Agri-tourism month.
  • Frankfort and Franklin County Stratetic Planning Task Force:  Local and State Leaders Working Toward a Brighter Future for The Capital City
    Monday, August 30, 2004
    Local and state leaders working on brighter future for the Capital City.
  • Film & TV Industry's Rising Star (Spurring the Economy and Enhancing the State's Image)
    Tuesday, July 27, 2004
    Film and TV Industry spurs the state's economy and image.
  • Travel To Tourism More Than Just A Name Change
    Tuesday, July 20, 2004
    Name change to Department of Tourism a better fit for the mission of the agency.
  • Nonstop Jet Service Equals Tourism Opportunities for Kentucky
    Tuesday, July 20, 2004
    New nonstop flights from Lexington's Blue Grass Airport to Washington DC open new tourism opportunities.
  • Press Trip by British Magazine Editor Promotes Kentucky
    Wednesday, June 23, 2004
    Press trip by British Magazine Editor promotes Kentucky.
  • Commissioner Fiveash Announces Director of Communications & Travel Industry Relations
    Tuesday, June 15, 2004
    Shearer appointed Director of Communications & Travel Industry Relations for Dept. of Travel
  • Terry Johnson appointed Deputy Commission of Travel
    Thursday, June 03, 2004
    Terry Johnson appointed Deputy Commissioner of Department of Travel