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Kentucky Attractions

April 26, 2009
The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill

3501 Lexington Road, Harrodsburg; 877-448-7469

The village is a National Historic Landmark and features a living history museum, riverboat tours, fine dining, a Shaker craft store and more. On May 30-31, the members of the Chamber Music Society of the Lincoln Center will perform in an open-air, restored tobacco barn overlooking the rolling countryside.

Explorium - Lexington Children's Museum

440 W. Short St., Lexington

Kids of all ages will enjoy water play, kids' clinic, horse exhibits, crafts, the Bubble Zone, a fitness area, physics fun and the Might Mouth, a giant, climbable sculpture of a human mouth.

University of Kentucky


Take a one- to two-hour walking tour of Kentucky's largest public university, founded in 1865.

Mammoth Cave National Park

Near Cave City, about two hours southwest of Lexington

The longest cave system in the world, Mammoth Cave has more than 350 miles of passageways mapped and surveyed A visit can include cave tours, surface hikes, canoeing on the Green River, picnicking, horseback riding, bicycling, camping and more.

Historic Georgetown

In Scott County, just north of the Kentucky Horse Park

Georgetown/Scott County Tourism Commission, 888-863-8600, www.georgetownky. com

Historic downtown walking tour, Georgetown College (home of the Cincinnati Bengals training camp), antique shopping, Arts in the Park and Summer Concert Series at Royal Spring Park and much more.

Fava's Restaurant

159 E. Main St., Georgetown

This historic small-town diner serving Kentucky favorites like frickles (fried dill pickle slices), homemade Cole slaw, fried catfish and Kentucky hot brown*, started as a confectionery in 1910. On a given day, four generations of the Gruchow family are on duty. Our waitress, 17-year-old Kourtney, said her great-Grandma Bettie waits tables one day a week, her grandparents own and manage the restaurant (Grandma also makes all the pies and soups), her aunt cooks, and she and her cousins wait and bus tables.

* Don't miss an opportunity to try hot brown: Texas toast topped with turkey, ham, bacon, tomato; smothered in cheese gravy and sprinkled with shredded cheese.

Ashland, the Henry Clay Estate

120 Sycamore Road, Lexington; 859-266-8581;

Tour the 18-room mansion of 19th-century statesman Henry Clay, a National Historic Landmark located a short distance from downtown Lexington on a 20-acre wooded estate with an English parterre garden.

For a free Lexington Visitors' Guide, visit

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