Department of Travel and Tourism
Take an Exciting, Affordable Spring Break in Kentucky

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, March 09, 2011  
Contact Information:  Bob Adams
502-564-4930 ext. 152
 


FRANKFORT, Ky. -- 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.

In Kentucky, you don’t have to venture far to have an exciting vacation that will create great memories for kids, college students, family and friends for years to come. These activities are easily accessible to visitors from throughout the Midwest and other surrounding states, allowing an escape that doesn’t require a long drive or expensive airline flight.

Starting March 15, you can plan your spring trip to Kentucky by visiting “Kentucky’s Unbridled Spring” on the Department of Travel and Tourism website, www.kytourism.com. There you’ll find lists of springtime events at attractions around the Bluegrass State. Look for reports on which wildflowers are blooming and where to find the best birding opportunities at parks across the state. Upload your own photos of spring scenes to share with the site’s many visitors.

Attractions throughout the state are gearing up for spring visitors with refurbished facilities and new offerings. For example, the Louisville Zoo’s $25 million Glacier Run attraction will debut its new polar bear and grizzly bear exhibit on April 26. Meanwhile, Newport Aquarium will open a high-energy penguin exhibit in late March. Also, join in the celebration of Sweet Pea the Shark Ray's birthday April 23 - May 1 with special dive shows.

Kentucky State Parks’ 17 resorts are open seven days a week and are the perfect place for a spring getaway. Special discounts on lodge rooms -- $99 for any two consecutive nights – apply until the end of March. Stay Monday nights in March for just $29.

The park system’s 30+ campgrounds open April 1 with a 20 percent discount offer through April 28. During Camper Appreciation Weekend, April 29-May 1, camp two nights for the price of one and take advantage of many special events for campers.

Golfers will find attractive packages at state parks. Eighteen state park golf courses in every region of the state offer championship play amid pastoral beauty. Economical packages start at $79 per person for one night lodge accommodations and 18 holes of golf with a cart. More information is available at www.parks.ky.gov.

 “Spring is a great time to get outside in Kentucky and enjoy our beautiful scenery and wildlife,” said Travel and Tourism Commissioner Mike Cooper. “You can also have fun indoors with living history programs, art and crafts shows, theatrical productions and museums. It doesn’t matter what you do, just as long as you get out and enjoy Kentucky.”

A comprehensive source of information on attractions in Kentucky is the 2011 Official Visitor’s Guide. Get a copy at eight Welcome Centers located on interstate highways, or order one at www.kytourism.com or by calling 800-225-8747.

Talk to a travel adviser at 800-225-8747 and get your spring break rolling in Kentucky.

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The Kentucky Department of Travel and Tourism is an agency within the Tourism, Arts & Heritage Cabinet, which promotes the Commonwealth as a travel destination. Tourism in Kentucky has an economic impact of nearly $11 billion, employs more than 176,000 people and generates $1 billion in taxes.