Whatever your interest or passion, we invite you to use this guide to help you plan your stay in Kentucky.
Explore the many multicultural tourism opportunities in Kentucky, learning about the state’s diverse cultural, heritage and travel attractions in this guide.
Learn about Kentucky's natural diversity and beauty. Come explore the wonder of the Commonwealth's four major regions.

Family Vacation Spots and Itineraries

Choose a region on the map to view the corresponding itinerary and family vacation spots in that region. Or browse all itineraries below to find ideas for fun vacations for families in Kentucky.

Enjoy these pre-planned itineraries for memorable family vacations in Kentucky!

Explorium of Lexington
Lexington, Danville, Harrodsburg, Frankfort, and Georgetown, KY

Looking for quintessential vacations in Kentucky? There is “Only One” region that truly spotlights the cultural icons that most travelers associate with the Bluegrass state: Thoroughbred horses, University of Kentucky basketball, picturesque horse farms with white plank fences, bourbon distilleries and classic southern cuisine.
Owensboro Museum of Science and History
Owensboro, Henderson, Dixon, Dawson Springs, and Princeton, KY

This is the birthplace of Bluegrass music, the spot where you’ll taste some of the most exceptional barbecue on the planet and where music festivals, from Bluegrass to blues and country to rock, are held. Kentucky has always been associated with the color blue - - the Bluegrass State, Birthplace of Bluegrass music, Blue Mondays candy bars but, most importantly a “blue-zillion” family fun attractions and adventures in "Only One Kentucky."
Louisville Zoo
Louisville, Hodgenville, New Haven, and Bardstown, KY

Beyond the twin spires of Churchill Downs, visitors will discover live theatre, world-famous bourbon, fine dining, festivals, relaxing lakes, challenging golf and American history, including the birthplace of President Abraham Lincoln.
National Corvette Museum
Bowling Green, Cave City, Horse Cave, and Mammoth Cave, KY

They are only young once so make your travel plans now to visit the “Only One Kentucky”! Your travel itinerary includes speed, spelunking, stegosaurus, sky-racing, swimming, splashing and a splendid outback adventure. All of your destinations are easily accessible via Interstate 65 so your family has more time for fun.
Cumberland Gap National Park
Middlesboro, Pineville, Williamsburg, Corbin, Slade, Campton, London, Cumberland, Lynch, and Evarts, KY

A nature lover’s paradise! Five exceptional parks await you in Daniel Boone Country. This is a spot to live out your extreme adventure or surround yourself in the beauty of Kentucky. This region is named after the great Daniel Boone, an American pioneer, whose frontier exploits made him one of the first folk heroes of the United States.
Highlands Museum and Discovery Center
Mt. Sterling, Frenchburg, Olive Hill, Ashland, Van Lear, Prestonsburg, Pikeville, and Elkhorn City, KY

The Kentucky Appalachian region is a treasure of Appalachian arts, history, crafts and music in a hometown atmosphere. Here you’ll find the famous U.S. 23 – Country Music Highway which pays tribute to the numerous country music stars with their origins in Eastern Kentucky and their musical talent which reflects the Appalachian history, art and traditions that creates this authentic place.
Lake Cumberland
Jamestown, Somerset, Nancy, Sterns, and Whitley City, KY

One of the state’s most popular sporting destinations and best family vacation spots with over 1,200 miles of shoreline, it’s hard to pass up Lake Cumberland. Home to Kentucky’s Only One Houseboating Capital, a houseboat rental makes for the most memorable family fun adventure on the water.
Newport Aquarium
Newport, Covington, Petersburg, Hebron, Falmouth, and Maysville, KY

Northern Kentucky is often referred to the “South Side of Cincinnati” and that is a good geographic definition; but, the “Family Fun Side of Cincinnati” may be a much more accurate description when you are making your family travel plans. Penguins, sharks, jellyfish, buffalo, ducks and dinosaurs - Oh My! - and that’s just the beginning.
Western Waterlands
Gilbertsville, Grand Rivers, and Paducah, KY

Are the great outdoors and water recreation your passion? Then Kentucky’s Western Waterlands have everything you dream of – plus an exciting mix of authentic Kentucky arts, culture, national recognized historic sites and plenty of family–friendly entertainment.

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