There are 50 states all-in-all and if you are a traveler, then you need to make it a must to visit at least over half of America. Since there are so many states to choose from and so little time to visit them all, we’re helping you with your journey by giving you a glimpse of what to expect in each state. This time around, we are talking about the Commonwealth of Kentucky, also known as the Bluegrass State. Originally a part of Virginia before, Kentucky is now a bustling state on its own and it’s known for a few things including horse racing, moonshine, coal, bluegrass music and of course, Kentucky Fried Chicken.
Kentucky may not be as popular as Nevada or California when it comes to tourism but trust us when we say that this state has a ton of attractions to get you by. Before we get to those attractions, let’s talk about some of the important things you should know.
- 1 How To Get To Kentucky
- 2 Getting Around Kentucky
- 3 Budget For Kentucky
- 4 Best Time To Visit Kentucky
- 5 Weird Things to See and Odd Things to Do in Kentucky
- 5.1 See earth’s history as God has revealed it
- 5.2 Witness a festival for aliens
- 5.3 Visit the Futuro House
- 5.4 See woolly mammoths
- 5.5 See the world’s biggest baseball bat
- 5.6 Stay at the Wigwam Village Inn
- 5.7 Go to Vent Haven Museum to learn more about ventriloquism
- 5.8 See the largest collection of millstones in the US
- 5.9 Explore the Louisville Mega Cavern
- 5.10 Travel back in time
- 5.11 See different quilts
- 5.12 Reminisce about your childhood
- 5.13 Hunt for ghosts
How To Get To Kentucky
There is a multitude of airports and airlines that accommodate travelers going to and from Kentucky but there are only two that provide the best access to the Bluegrass State. The first is major airport is the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport which is located in the city of Florence. The airport offers local and international flights through airlines such as American Airlines, Air Canada, Air France, Comair Airlines, Continental Airlines, Delta Airlines, United Airlines, USA 3000 and US Airways.
Another major airport that you should book your flight into is the Louisville International Airport, located in Louisville. It has domestic and international flights and it also serves cargo carriers as well. The airlines servicing the area include Southwest Airlines, Frontier Airlines, Delta Airlines, Continental Airlines, American Airlines, United Airlines, U.S. Airways, and Vision Airlines.
These airports are strategically located nearby Kentucky’s major cities. Moreover, there is a selection of public transportation vehicles available nearby. Although there are many other airports in Kentucky, they only serve domestic flights so if you are coming from far off places, then these might not be the best options for you.
Getting Around Kentucky
As a state, Kentucky is 37th largest when it comes to land mass. Although relatively small, there is still a lot of mileage in the state. As usual, we suggest just renting-a-car if you are planning on exploring the entire state or even just its major cities including Louisville and Florence. Luckily, there are several rent-a-car services situated around Kentucky and their cars are easily accessible via the major airports.
Some of the companies you can rent a car from includes Enterprise, Dollar, Thrifty and Avis. While there are some companies that allow you to take the car out for a spin on the entire state, some companies set their own traveling limits. Before you book a car, make sure to check out the company’s guidelines when it comes to traveling. Also, take note that you need to schedule these cars in advance.
If you are not up for driving, then you can take a few public modes of transportation instead. In larger cities like Louisville, Lexington, and Bowling Green, there are taxis abound every street. These taxis are metered so you might spend a lot more on riding them instead of just renting a car.
A cheaper alternative to taxis would be Kentucky’s buses and trains. The Amtrak train runs through various cities including Louisville, Maysville, Fulton, Ashland, and South Shore. As for buses, you may want to ride ones from Greyhound Bus as these are cheaper than usual rates. Plus, the buses also come installed with toilet facilities on board for those extra long trips.
Budget For Kentucky
Your trip to Kentucky will be easier to manage if you a lot the budget for what you need beforehand. Let’s first start off with transportation. If you are planning on renting a car, then you will need at least $70 for weeks’ worth of driving. This includes the gas you’ll need for the trip. You can get discounts for weekly rentals with the top companies. If you are planning to take public transportation, then you may have to a lot at least $30 per head daily. If you are traveling in a group, then your best option is to rent a car.
Accommodation-wise, you will most likely spend around $40-60 for budget rooms and $80-100 for luxury rooms per day. Do take note however that room rates are more expensive on major cities such as Louisville. While the rooms are a bit cheaper in smaller cities. To save money, be sure to book rooms with free meals included.
Food is never a worry if you are traveling in major US cities as there are a selection of restaurants always available to accommodate you. For an entire week’s budget, you may have to spend at least $50 per head. Try to avoid luxury restaurants especially if you are on a budget. Make sure to look for food stands as these offer great, cheap but filling grub.
Best Time To Visit Kentucky
If the temperature isn’t too much of a bother for you, then feel free to visit during mid-summer. While the temperature may be hot, the rooms are relatively cheaper. A room for two could cost you $190 which is $20 less than the average. As for the temperature, be ready to sweat a bit as it could reach the mid-80s. What’s great about this season is that other travelers are hard to come by so the attractions are more spacious as well.
The most crowded and tourist heavy time to visit Kentucky is during Spring Break and early summer. Aside from the crowded attractions, you’ll also have to cope with room rates that are higher the usual. However, you’ll get to enjoy a few exciting events during this period. One of which is the acclaimed Kentucky Derby Week which happens during the first week of May.
Weird Things to See and Odd Things to Do in Kentucky
Bourbon, fried chicken, tobacco, these are just a few things that remind us about Kentucky. But this state has a lot to offer more than you can imagine and it can be quite overwhelming. If you’re looking for some recommendations, you’ve come to the right place. But don’t expect to see some luxurious or relaxing places to do or visit on this list. Instead, we listed some of the weird places to see and odd things to do in Kentucky for a different but fun travel experience so you can get to take home some unique memories. Without further ado, here are our recommendations.
1See earth’s history as God has revealed it
When thinking about museums, arts, science, and history often come to our minds as these are the common types of museums. But have you seen a museum that shows how the earth started based on the Bible?
In Kentucky, there is what they call The Creation Museum and exploring it is one of the best odd things to do in Kentucky. This is because it has almost 150 exhibits that show the earth’s history based on the Bible and you will surely enjoy seeing the displays. They the Bible’s heroes of faith displayed and they can talk. Don’t worry if you have a different religion or belief as The Creation Museum also has an effects theater, a petting zoo, nature trails, planetarium, and more for you to enjoy.
2Witness a festival for aliens
Yes, Kentucky has a festival for aliens and, needless to say, witnessing this kind of event is one of the odd things to do in Kentucky. This annual event, called the Little Green Men Festival, started in 2011 to commemorate an event that happened years ago when alien-like. Back in 1955, in Kelly, Kentucky, there was a famous sighting of “little green men.” Their appearance looks odd for a normal human that the event has become a part of the UFO lore in town. Regardless, you need to be a part of this event as apart from the odd reason for the celebration, you can also get to enjoy good food and get to listen to live music. On top of that, there are several featured contests that you need to see.
3Visit the Futuro House
Speaking of extraterrestrial, there is also an attraction that seems like out of this world and, of course, seeing it is one of the best things to do when you’re in Kentucky. Called as the Futuro House, this place boasts of its unique architectural design. To give you a better idea, it kind of resembles a UFO. It has an odd shape with oblong windows and seems as if it is made of metal from afar.
What makes it even more special aside from its design is that you won’t get to see a lot of it in the US. This is because there are only less than a hundred of this built around the world. Only a few exist and, luckily, one of it is located in Kentucky. So take a chance and don’t forget to see this one-of-a-kind structure.
4See woolly mammoths
Kentucky also has Big Bone Lick State Park that is worth talking about. Here, you can get to see woolly mammoths and other extinct animals. You won’t be able to see them alive and kicking, though, as they are only displays. Even so, it’s still a sight that’s not to be missed. There are bison up for viewing as well. In addition to that, the Big Bone Lick State Park has a camping ground that is spacious enough for you to enjoy. Don’t worry about the facilities. It already has grills, utility hookups, restrooms, showers, and laundry facilities. There’s also a swimming pool and playground.
5See the world’s biggest baseball bat
Kentucky is also home to the world’s biggest baseball bat. And no, it’s not just a large baseball bat that’s double or triple the size of the regular one. Rather, a baseball bat that’s bigger than a 5-story building that’s located in Louisville Slugger Museum. But that’s not all. You can also explore it on the inside and there are activities waiting for you there. There are displays that hold a piece of baseball history as well. Kids and adults who love baseball will surely love it.
6Stay at the Wigwam Village Inn
You might wonder why a short-term accommodation is included in this list but hear us out first. Located in Cave City, Kentucky, the Wigwam Village Inn offers a unique lodging experience.
Here, as the name suggests, you can get to sleep in a wigwam, a type of dwelling that Native American and First Nations tribes used as a home and for other ceremonial purposes. Checking in to this one-of-a-kind inn may be one of the odd things to do in Kentucky but it sure is fun and it’s a good lodging experience that you should definitely try. The Wigwam Village Inn also has a gift shop where you can also buy a wide variety of unique Native America-themed items and other memorabilia.
7Go to Vent Haven Museum to learn more about ventriloquism
If you’re in Kentucky, exploring the Vent Haven is also one of the activities that you need to add in your list of things to do in Kentucky. Located in Fort Mitchell, the Vent Haven Museum of Ventriloquism is the only museum in the world that is solely dedicated to the art of ventriloquism. Hence, you will not get another chance to see it and learn more about it elsewhere other than in Kentucky.
Here, you can get to see a massive collection of nearly 1,000 dummies and puppets that ventriloquists from the 19th to 21st century used. There are scripts, photos, posters, recordings, and other memorabilia as well.
8See the largest collection of millstones in the US
Seeing millstones is indeed one of the odd things to do in Kentucky. I mean, what’s so impressive about circular stones, right? But if you’re going to McHargue’s Mill, located in Levi Jackson Wilderness Road State Park, you might be impressed with its massive collection of millstones. In fact, McHargue’s Mill’s collection of old millstones is considered as the largest collection in the whole United States. What’s even more fascinating is that these millstones are already centuries old. Have we mentioned that you can buy fresh ground cornmeal too? Another reason to go there, right?
9Explore the Louisville Mega Cavern
Louisville Mega Cavern can also offer some odd things to do in Kentucky and you should also add it to your itinerary. Here, you can get to have a closer look at the inner workings of the Louisville Mega Cavern’s when it started out as a limestone quarry in the 1930s and mined in the 1970s. You can go on a tram tour. To explore what’s inside the cavern. But what makes it a one-of-a-kind attraction is that you can go zip lining inside the cavern. Plus, there is an underground dirt bike course. If you still want more adventure, you can try out Louisville Mega Cavern’s aerial rope course.
10Travel back in time
Yes, you can travel back in time and see a glimpse of America’s past. However, you can also see it by how the Great American Dollhouse Museum depicts it with its exhibits.
As the name suggests, the Great American Dollhouse Museum has dollhouses displayed showing what it was like in the past. There are also miniatures that depict how different locations in America were like in 1910. There is also a whimsical exhibit that shows a magical land where elves, witches, and fairies live that kids will love all the more.
11See different quilts
A quilting museum might not be a common attraction to many parts of the world thus visiting The National Quilt Museum counts as one of the odd things to do in Kentucky. Here, you can get to see lots of quilted works. And even if you’re not much of a fan of quilting, you’ll still love it here as it has exhibits that are filled to the brim with colorful and aesthetically pleasing works. In addition to that, kids can also learn how to quilt by signing up to workshops and other educational activities that the National Quilt Museum offers. There’s a lot of beautiful works to see here so be sure not to pass on it.
12Reminisce about your childhood
Probably the oddest of all the odd things to do in Kentucky is to reminisce about the toys you used to have. And you can do that if you will head to Apple Valley Hillbilly Garden and Toyland. Here, you can get to see a huge collection of toys that will remind you of your childhood. You might be even surprised as you will also see some toys that you never knew existed. The owners are welcoming and very helpful in explaining the things that are displayed if you choose to go on a formal tour which, by the way, will take you an hour and a half to complete. You’ll definitely won’t see most of the things here elsewhere. You can also tour the place on your own. But we highly suggest that you go on a formal tour so you can get to explore every corner of this unique roadside attraction. Don’t worry much, though, as the attraction is free. But it would be much appreciated if you will bring some extra cash to give as a tip to thank the owners for sharing their fascinating collection with us.
13Hunt for ghosts
Hunting for ghosts is also one of the odd things to do in Kentucky that you should add in your itinerary. And the best place to do that is in Waverly Hill Sanatorium.
Initially bought as a family home in 1883, this sanatorium served as a hospital to accommodate tuberculosis patients in the early 1900s. After a few years when it closed, it opened as an attraction for Halloween. Today, it is now owned by private investors. But they opened it to the curious guests and tourists who want to see ghosts and get to know the history of the sanatorium.