“Kentucky is a destination for world-class experiences and unparalleled hospitality thanks to the spirit of our people,” by Ky. Governor Andy Beshear
Enjoy Kentucky’s Artistic Talents
Whether it’s a handcrafted quilt, handblown glass, live music, bourbon barrel art, or delicious southern cuisine, each represents the voice of an artist who has drawn inspiration from living in Kentucky. Kentucky welcomes you to come visit and create your own experience, add your voice to the mix and forge beautiful memories.
When visiting Louisville, visit the colorful artistic mural of two horses on the Nulu Marketplace building in the downtown area. Titled “The Unified Race,” the mural was created by internationally recognized artist, and Louisville native, Kacy Jackson. A photo of the mural was chosen to grace the cover of the state’s new 2023 tour guide. A new “Kentucky Creator” video series is featured in the guide with QR codes placed throughout the publication to allow readers to view Kentucky artists in action. Use your smartphone to scan codes and access the videos.
Scenic Road Trips
OWENSBORO – Perched along a horseshoe-shaped bend in the Ohio River, is Kentucky’s fourth-largest city by population and serves as a cultural and culinary hub in western Kentucky. Downtown, the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and Museum celebrates and preserves the history of bluegrass music with interactive exhibits, concerts, jam sessions, lessons, the annual ROMP Festival and more, all just a few miles from the home place of “Father of Bluegrass” Bill Monroe. A few blocks away is the Owensboro Museum of Science and History, a learning and entertainment center with fun for the whole family and the RiverPark Center, a performing arts and civic center host to hundreds of activities. See >More on OWENSBORO
HENDERSON – The historic, riverfront town of Henderson in western Kentucky offers fun for the whole family. Visit the John James Audubon State Park to stroll the Audubon Wetlands boardwalk, hike the trails, golf, fish and explore the Audubon Museum and Nature Center. Housed in the same building, the museum tells about the life and work of naturalist, ornithologist and painter John James Audubon, while the nature center offers a wildlife observation room, theater and educational programming. For outdoor enthusiasts, there’s also the nearby Sloughs Wildlife Management Area and downtown the Atkinson Park Riverwalk offers great views of the Ohio River. Continue your exploration with a historic downtown walking tour and the museums in the old Depot that now house the Community Room and the connected Historical & Genealogical Society. Keep an eye out around town to spy unique life-sized public art sculptures honoring the work of John James Audubon and other art venues. Stroll around local shops then sip a local brew at Henderson Brewing Company. See More on Henderson.
BOWLING GREEN – Kentucky’s third-largest city, Bowling Green is a hub for fun, mixing history and education with adventure. Stroll through sensory-friendly National Corvette Museum with displays of mint condition and one-of-a-kind Corvettes along with a unique Skydome Sinkhole Experience, cataloging the 2014 sinkhole and its effects. Less than two miles away is NCM Motorsports Park, offering you the chance to make a lap in your car, ride in a Corvette, participate in a high-performance driving school or enjoy one of the events. In the summer, families and people of all ages will enjoy a visit to Beech Bend Amusement Park & Splash Lagoon, offering more than 40 rides, mini golf, go-carts, 16 water slides, a lazy river, wave pool and more. For year-round adventure, explore Lost River Cave, offering Kentucky’s only underground boat tour. The naturally occurring cave has been many things over the years, including a saw mill, Civil War camp, nightclub and finally a travel destination. Explore the rich history of the area at the Historic RailPark & Train Museum, Aviation Heritage Park and the African American Museum. Learn about Duncan Hines, the man behind the famous cake mix, who was born in Bowling Green – there’s an exhibit at the Kentucky Museum, an annual festival and a scenic byway through Warren and Edmonson Counties.