Attractions

Attractions

Attractions located within an hour of the Elizabethtown - Fort Knox - Radcliff area.

 

BARDSTOWN

My Old Kentucky Home

The house that inspired Stephen Foster to write “My Old Kentucky Home” is one of the most cherished historical sites in the commonwealth. For a reasonable fee, one can tour the Federal Hill mansion and enjoy a sampling of the antebellum South in detail.

CLERMONT

Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest

Experience and enjoy nature in 14,000+ acres of forest, meadows, lakes, and ponds. Hiking trails of varying lengths and difficulties, educational programs for children and adults, and an arboretum filled with a variety of trees and plant life. Entrance is free Monday through Friday; there is a $5 fee per car on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays.

ELIZABETHTOWN

Elizabethtown Nature Park

The park is 104 acres of gently rolling former pastureland with trails that connects by tunnel underneath Ring Road to the Freeman Lake Park trail system, The park is also home to the Hardin County Veterans Tribute.

Elizabethtown Sports Park

This 150-acre facility has been named a “Facility of the Year” by the Kentucky Recreation and Parks Society. It boasts 12 soccer/lacrosse natural turf fields; 3 quads for baseball/softball (12 total lit diamonds); 3 large pavilions for ceremonies or events; stadium lawn seating; convenient parking and playgrounds, family restrooms, Wi-fi; and more

Freeman Lake Park

170 acre lake with 93 acres of picnic areas, 7 miles of walking trails around lake, 2.5 acre dog park, tennis complex, and more make this a favorite area recreational site. The park also hosts a Fourth of July Celebration and “Christmas in the Park” – a light display running Thanksgiving through New Years.

Funtopia Community Playground

Funtopia is a 12,500 square foot playground with areas of play for children 2 – 5 years of age, and 5 – 12 years of age. Funtopia is accessible for special needs children, and has wheelchair friendly ground cover.

Greenblet Walking Tours and Parks

The Elizabethtown Greenbelt is a series of walking trails around Freeman Lake, Buffalo Lake, Fisherman’s Lake, and along the streams that flow to and from them with over 18 miles of trails open to the public.

Hardin County Museum

A museum dedicated to collecting and preserving artifacts, documents, and other memorabilia that tells the story of Hardin County. Museum tours by appointment.

Hardin County Schools PAC – Performing Arts Center

“Because All the World’s a Stage” the mission statement of the PAC providing learning and participation in performing arts experiences for students and the community. Check out their site as there is something either happening or about to happen.

Historic State Theater

The State theater opened in 1942 and showed it last film in 1982. It sat as an empty eyesore for 20 years before being restored to it’s 1942 appearance, but with modern amenities.

Swope’s Cars of Yesteryear Museum

Museum features cars from early 1900s to the 1960s and is owned by the Swope Family of Dealerships. There is no admission charge and cameras are welcome.

FORT KNOX

General George Patton Museum and Center of Leadership

Explore the life and leadership of one of America’s most colorful and controversial Army generals.  Please note that although the brochure and website indicate access from Hwy US 31W, that access is not currently available.  All visitors must access through one of Fort Knox’s official controlled access points.

Fort Knox

Open for Business and Open to the Public.  Many regular things to do are open to civilians such as golfing at Lindsey Golf Course, bowling, miniature golf, and dining. Special events such as concerts, Gold Rush, Holiday Bazaar are also open to the public. Access at the gate does require identification of all who enter – military and civilian alike.  You can find more information here.

HODGENVILLE

Abraham Lincoln Birthplace

This memorial houses a log cabin that resembles Lincoln’s birthplace

Lincoln Museum

The museum features dioramas depicting scenes from the life of Lincoln. Also at the museum are rare newspaper clippings, campaign posters, and Lincoln memorabilia.

LOUISVILLE

Belle of Louisville Tours

Take a cruise about a National Historic Landmark on the Belle of Louisville. Sightseeing tours, as well as sightseeing dinner tours, and sightseeing lunch tours available.

Derby Museum – Churchill Downs

Located at Churchill Downs, the Derby Museum seeks to preserve the history of the Kentucky Derby through static displays as well as hands-on exhibits. Tours of Churchill Downs facilities are also available at additional charge.  All events are geared to make it one of the most memorable experiences of your time in Louisville.

Frazier History Museum

Located diagonally across the street from the Slugger Museum and Factory, the Frazier History Museum is another museum to have on your “see and do” list in Louisville.  The museum boasts one of the country’s largest toy soldier displays, as well as daily interpretive performances. The Frazier Museum is a member of the Smithsonian Affiliate Membership Program and the American Association of Museums (AAM) and participates in a reciprocal membership network through the North American Reciprocal Museum Program (NARM).

Kentucky Kingdom and Hurricane Bay

A top-notch theme park with multiple coasters, pendulum ride, drop ride, and swing ride 130 ft above the park.  Season passes are available, as well as day passes.  New rides for 2015, so even if you’ve been before, you’ll want to make a return visit.

The Kentucky Science Center

The Kentucky Science Center has a variety of programs for adults, children, and educators. Children have many interactive experiences available to them in a kid-friendly setting. 

Louisville Bats Baseball

From April to early September, the Louisville Bats play regularly at Slugger Field. The Bats are a minor league farm team of the Cincinnati Reds.

Louisville Zoo

The Louisville Zoo is one of the most family friendly locations around. The Zoo sits on 134 acres and exhibits more than 1,500 animals. There are multiple playgrounds, gift shops, Zoo trains, and petting zoo. There are also many holiday events throughout the year, with the biggest being the annual “World’s Largest Halloween Party!”

Slugger Museum and Factory

Located 50 minutes from Radcliff, this museum showcases the “Louisville Slugger” baseball bats made by Hillerich & Bradsby. There is an admission fee to tour the museum; however admission does include a free souvenir miniature baseball bat at the end. This museum should be on your bucket list of “see and do” in Louisville.

MAMMOTH CAVE

Mammoth Cave National Park

Located an hour from Elizabethtown (1 hr 15 min from Radcliff/Fort Knox), Mammoth Cave is the world’s longest known cave, with more than 400 miles of the cave system explored. At the national park, you can tour caves, hike the surface area, canoe on the Green River, picnic, camp, and more. There are fees for cave tours, so plan accordingly.

RADCLIFF

The Kentucky September 11th Memorial

The memorial is located at the Kentucky Veteran’s Cemetery Central, Radcliff, Kentucky.

Saunders Springs Nature Preserve

Located off North Wilson Road between 31W and Fort Knox, Saunders Springs Nature Preserve has miles of hiking trails, cascading streams, two pavilion areas, a Scout camping area, and a Kentucky Native Plants Garden.

WEST POINT

Fort Duffield

Fort Duffield was the "Union Stronghold At The Mouth of Salt River". It is on the National Register of Historic Places and the Civil War Trust's Civil War Discovery Trail. The fort can be reached using the 1/4 mile hiking trail at the end of the parking lot. Walking tour brochures and rest rooms are available at the fort.

Contact Information

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