Department of Travel and Tourism
Take back-to-school trips without gaming systems or smartphones
August is back-to-school time, and a good opportunity to think about places to take children to appreciate Kentucky history and culture.
Museums, historic sites and attractions such as Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, in Harrodsburg, offer young people many possible insights into Kentucky’s fascinating history and diverse culture without the need for gaming systems or smartphones.
At Kentucky museums, youngsters encounter collections dedicated to everything from horses to Corvettes, baseball bats and the world’s most famous boxer. Whatever your kids’ interest, find a Kentucky museum that caters to it. Enjoying the priceless artifacts contained in Kentucky museums requires only that youngsters bring their sense of curiosity and desire to learn something new.
From the National Quilt Museum in Paducah to the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, Kentucky boasts one-of-a-kind collections found nowhere else in the world. The Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville features the boxing champion’s extensive memorabilia, along with exhibits aimed to inspire visitors to achieve their own fullest potential.
Kentucky is also replete with state and national historic sites commemorating important places and people from pioneer days through the Civil War and up to more recent times. Prominent historic sites in the Bluegrass State’s timeline include birthplaces of Abraham Lincoln (Hodgenville) and Jefferson Davis (Fairview), Cumberland Gap National Historic Park (Middlesboro), Constitution Square Historic Site (Danville) and the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail (several western Kentucky locations).
Meanwhile, Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill’s 3,000 acres offer a place of exploration that stretches kids’ imaginations. The pioneering Shakers who built the village more than 200 years ago evolved distinctive technology, architecture, clothing, land use and beliefs. Today, the nonprofit National Historic Landmark’s educational programs provide interdisciplinary, experiential learning for many age groups. Year-round student programs are customized to meet specific group needs and include fall-on-the-farm activities, Shaker innovation and technology tours, make-and-take workshops, grassland hikes, riverboat rides, and special seasonal activities.
For more ideas of places to visit with your children this back-to-school season, go to www.kentuckytourism.com.
Editor’s note: Downloadable high-resolution photos of historic sites and attractions are available upon request.
The Kentucky Department of Travel and Tourism is an agency within the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, which promotes the Commonwealth as a travel destination. Tourism in Kentucky has an economic impact of more than $12.5 billion, supports about 175,000 jobs and generates more than $1.3 billion in taxes.