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Things to do in Kentucky

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in Kentucky. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite Kentucky attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in Kentucky to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in Kentucky.

  • Buffalo Trace Distillery

    Buffalo Trace Distillery is the place for Sazerac and Van Winkle rye varieties. More
  • Equus & Jack's Lounge

    Leather-and-mahogany old-school bar More
  • Heaven Hill Distilleries

    To taste rye at the source, visit Heaven Hill Distilleries which makes Rittenhouse. More
  • Louisville Slugger

    The Tour: A trek through the heart of factory operations where baseball's most famous bats are fashioned. To aid visitors, monitors show close-up s... More
  • Maker's Mark Bourbon House & Lounge

    Bourbon authorities More
  • Mammoth Cave

    What Lies Beneath: The world’s longest cave. Over the years, “mummies” of prehistoric cave explorers have been discovered. The first recorded find ... More

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