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Day Trip to Frankfort KY

If you haven’t taken a Day Trip to Frankfort KY, then you are truly missing out. Frankfort is the state capitol to Kentucky and there is so much old charm and beauty to see. I recently spent the day in Frankfort and enjoyed it so much.

Day Trip to Frankfort KY:

Kentucky State Capitol – Admission is free. You do need to go during business hours, and you will walk through a metal detector. Completed in 1910 this is a gorgeous building that feels like you are stepping back in time. The exterior of the Capitol is faced in Indiana limestone and Vermont granite.

Kentucky’s legislative bodies meet in the House and Senate chambers.  Both chambers continue the classical motifs of the building, incorporating scagliola (faux marble) for their decorative architectural features.

Kentucky’s Governor’s Mansion – The Governor’s Mansion is both a private home and a public building. It serves as the center of the first family’s ceremonial, social and political activities. The Governor’s Mansion is the proud possession of every Kentuckian. In 1972 it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is one of only a handful of executive residences in the United States to be open to the public for tours. Thousands of visitors from across the Commonwealth and around the world visit the Governor’s Mansion every year. Contact the Capitol tour desk to schedule a visit soon.

Rebecca Ruth Chocolate Tour and Museum – This is a fun tour. They are a 100+ year old company with a small family-owned atmosphere. Tours include a free chocolate sample and last approximately 30 minutes. Production is NOT scheduled for tours on Friday or Saturday. This is a must stop if you are in Frankfort. The cost is $6.00 per person.

Buffalo Trace Distillery – For over 200 years, Buffalo Trace Distillery has been defined by a dedication to one craft: making fine bourbon whiskey. By honoring tradition and embracing change, Buffalo Trace Distillery has earned its place of leadership among the legendary spirit makers of the world. With a variety of tours, gift shop and more this is a must stop and visit while you are in Frankfort, KY.

Daniel Boone Burial Site – Located in the Frankfort Cemetery. The Frankfort Cemetery is proud to be the final resting place of many notable figures in both Frankfort and Kentucky’s history. Perhaps most notable are Daniel and Rebecca Boone. This is a special and historical place to visit.

Cove Spring – A beautiful location where you will find several waterfalls and hiking areas. Very easy to visit and not far from the parking lot. Located at 100 Cove Spring Rd, Frankfort, KY 40601-9403. A great spot for a picnic.

Salato Wildlife Education Center – The Salato Center is run by the Kentucky Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Resources and seeks to show off the diversity of animal life found in the Bluegrass. The Salato Wildlife Education Center is open with regular operating hours of 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Eastern). It is a beautiful place to enjoy nature, animals and have a picnic.

Wilson Nurseries – An absolute must to stop at while you are in town. We spent several hours at the nursey and purchased tickets to visit the butterfly house. Afterwards we enjoyed a delicious lunch at Sage Garden Café. They even have gluten free accommodations, and you can dine indoors or outside. It was really delightful.

We hope you enjoy your day trip to visit Frankfort KY as much as we did!

Kentucky Travel Ideas:

Lake Barkley Vacation Home

Visit Natural Bridge

Road Trip to Rabbit Hash

Flat Lick Falls

The Kentucky Castle

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