Kentucky Tourism

North Central Region


Tour the Birthplace of our 16th President, Abraham Lincoln, located in Hodgenville.   Climb the 56 steps (one for each year of his life) of this National Historical Park to the monument erected in his honor housing a replica log cabin similar to the one in which he was born. Wear your own stove pipe hat and sing "Happy Birthday" each February as the park commemorates his birth. 

Drink Kentucky's only native soft drink - the Ale-8-One. Ale-8-One soft drink has been bottled in Winchester since 1926 and is the only soft drink invented in Kentucky still in existence. Tour the factory to learn more about this refreshing drink! 

Visit the Ark Encounter, a full scale replica of Noah's Ark based on the dimensions provided in the Bible. This massive ship is the largest timber-frame building in the world

Visit Ashland-the Henry Clay Estate, a magnificent 18-room mansion located in the heart of one of Lexington's most beautiful residential districts. This home is a reminder of the rich heritage left by Henry Clay and his decendants. This National Historic Landmark houses the Henry Clay Memorial Foundation and historic house museum, boasting a rare collection comprised almost exclusively of original Clay family items. Several historic outbuildings, a formal garden and 17 acres of wooded parkland complete Ashland's graceful setting.

Travel the Kentucky Beer Cheese Trail which consists of 8 stops.  Learn why no beer cheese in the world is more authentic than the kind made in Clark County. 

Explore the history of the Northern Kentucky region at the Behringer-Crawford Museum. Featuring 450 million years of Northern Kentucky history and culture as viewed through the lens of transportation- Rivers, Roads, Rails & Runways.  Visitors enjoy hands-on, interactive exhibits and activities in the newly expanded and renovated facility. Exhibits include an authentic trolley from the 1920s, a converted convertible turned drive-in movie theater, a Faragher Train set in the 1940s, and not to mention the ever exciting and fascinating rotating exhibits!

Take a river cruise on the Belle of Louisville. The historic steamer was built in 1914 making it the oldest Mississippi River-style steamboat in the World.

Take a 50 minute walking tour of Berea College that provides a historic overview to learn about the first interracial, co-educational higher education institution in the South. Dine at the famous Boone Tavern Dining Room, where students have served guests award winning food for over 100 years. 

Learn a craft at a Berea Learnshop in Kentucky's Arts and Crafts Capital. Skilled artisans and craftspeople teach workshops on everything from basket weaving and pottery to stain glass art and oil painting. They are family-friendly, so learn together!

Explore paleontology, native American history and have a little fun at Big Bone Lick State Park. 

A bicycle and pedestrian bridge, spans the Ohio River and connects Louisville to Jeffersonville, Indiana. The two-mile round trip journey offers breathtaking views of the river, city and Waterfront Park.

In addition to a boat ride on beautiful Taylorsville Lake, also take in excellent views for birding including spotting our state bird, the northern Cardinal.

Located north of the Lower Blue Licks Crossing in present day Robertson County, Blue Licks Battlefield State Resort Park marks the site of the Battle of Blue Licks and enshrines the memory of the men who died in one of the worst military defeats of the American Revolution. On August 19, 1782, nearly seventy Kentuckians died in what some historians have called the “Last Battle of the American Revolution.” While that claim is debatable, the struggle at Blue Licks embodies the conflict between the American Indian, Kentucky settlers, and the British Crown.

See bourbon barrels being made at Kentucky Cooperage. Independent Stave Company is a family-owned, dynamic, global company reaching customers in over 40 countries and cooperages around the world.

The Bray family has been growing fruit and vegetables in Trimble County since the early 1900's and  grow over twenty varieties of apples each year as well as many other fruits and vegetables including strawberries and tomatoes. They also make homemade ice cream from their fresh produce. Stop by this Kentucky farm to see the market house with cozy dining room, complete with a fireplace.

Tour the oldest continuously operating distillery in America. Buffalo Trace Distillery was permitted to remain operational during Prohibition to make whiskey for "medicinal purposes." Take a ghost tour of the historic grounds and learn more about this National Historic Landmark. 

Visit the historic Turpin-Butler house at General Butler State Resort Park, a place of remembrance for one of Kentucky’s foremost military families. Learn the history from Colonial times through the American Revolution, the War of 1812, the Mexican War and the great Civil War.

Visit Camp Nelson, the third largest recruiting and training depot for African Americans during the Civil War. A Union Army Civil War supply depot and training camp where 10,000 African American men gained their freedom.

Visit the Cane Run Meeting House, built in 1791, and believed to be the largest one-room log structure standing in North America. It was the scene of the August 1801 Great Revival, largest on the Kentucky frontier. 

View the John Carloftis gardens at Castle & Key. Well-known Kentucky gardener Jon Carloftis is using his green thumb to resurrect the historic landscape that will surround the distillery and new visitor’s center. Located at the foot of the towering castle, it features a koi pond with benches surrounded by greenery, southern magnolia and hydrangea. Carloftis also designed a quarter-mile botanical garden path from which Master Distiller, Marianne Barnes will source botanicals for her gins.

See the world's largest hand blown stained glass window in St. Mary's Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption

Visit Constitution Square in Danville. Constitution Square Historic Site was the birthplace of Kentucky's statehood. In 1776, Kentucky was still a frontier and a county of Virginia. The Wilderness Road, blazed by Daniel Boone, led pioneers through the Cumberland Gap and into Central Kentucky. Danville's prominent location on the Wilderness Road caused it to become a crossroad for early settlers, and a center of political activity. By 1785, Danville was chosen as Kentucky's first seat of government, and a meetinghouse, courthouse and jail were built to administer the growing territory. On June 1, 1792, Kentucky became the fifteenth state in the union, and Isaac Shelby, a Revolutionary War hero, was named the first Governor of the Commonwealth.

Survive the Walking Dead by traveling to see this charming small central Kentucky town's mural.  Cynthiana is home to the creators of  the wildly popular comic book and television series, The Walking Dead.  In 2016, an artist was commissioned to paint a huge mural of the series leading characters on a downtown building.  

Learn what rural life was like in the 19th and early 20th centuries with a visit to the Dinsmore Homestead. Nature enthusiasts enjoy the hiking trails.

Spend the day at the Elk Creek Hunt Club. Elk Creek Hunt Club is one of the top spots for sportsmen in the commonwealth. With guided and un-guided hunting trips available, as well as the many shooting and trap ranges at Elk Creek, there is something for every sportsman. Elk Creek is not only an outdoorsman's paradise, but is also Kentucky's Largest Winery. There are plenty of rooms on the property for overnight guests, and massage services help guests relax and leave refreshed. 

Visit Rough River State Park and take a jaunt down to the old Falls of Rough Mill, dam, and Green Farm that has been around for about 200 years and was once owned by Benjamin Sebastian an active participant in the Spanish Conspiracy.

Tour Farmington Historic Plantation. Completed in 1816, Farmington was the center of a 550 acre hemp plantation owned by the Speed family and sustained by nearly 60 enslaved African Americans. Abraham Lincoln, a close friend of Joshua Speed, spent about three weeks at Farmington in 1841. The site explores the history of the family, the enslaved population, and the strong friendship with Abraham Lincoln. Tour the new Lincoln exhibits, the many outbuildings, and recently restored historic home.

Learn about Kentucky's rich vineyard history  with a visit to First Vineyard, the first commercial vineyard and winery in the U.S. First Vineyard. In addition to our winery, you can take part in a variety can offer a variety of events including a craft fair, mystery theatre, jewelry making, music and food. 

If you find yourself in Pendleton County be sure to check out Kincaid Lake State Park. Like many state parks it has a nice lake full of fish waiting to be caught. There is a marina at for fishing, pontoon, paddle, and row boats are available for rental. Kincaid Lake State Park has 84 campsites surrounded by woodland to offer a secluded and peaceful overnight stay. The park has two trails for visitors to enjoy while exploring some of the park's more remote regions. Part of the State Park Golf Trail, there is also a 9-hole golf course.

In 1963, Fort Boonesborough State Park opened on 153 acres on the banks of the Kentucky River to commemorate the site of the settlement of Daniel Boone. On August 30, 1974 a reconstruction of the historic fort was dedicated. The reconstruction is located on higher ground than the original structure and it is made up of 10,000 southern yellow pine logs. There is a museum of Daniel Boone’s life along with cabins displaying pioneer crafts.

Eat goetta in Northern Kentucky (sweet with syrup or savory with cheese!) . The largest commercial producer of goetta in the world is Glier’s Goetta located in Covington. Glier’s produces more than one million pounds of goetta annually and hosts the annual Glier’s Goettafest in August at Newport’s Riverfront Levee.

Enjoy a farm to table meal at Graze in Winchester (their burgers are worth the trip!) Local Farm to Fork "slow" food. In order to make the most of the in-season ingredients, they allow their kitchen full creative license. There is no set menu at Graze – four or five options change from day to day, depending upon the mood of their chef.

Explore the miniatures at the Great American Dollhouse Museum. The Great American Dollhouse Museum showcases over 200 dollhouses, miniature buildings, and room boxes, furnished in remarkable detail and populated with tiny people at work and play.

Tour the Headley-Whitney Museum. The Museum's permanent collection includes jewelry and bibelots designed by George W. Headley, in addition to his decorative arts library and curios and Marylou Whitney's amazing dollhouses.

Take a Horse Country tour at a local farm get a behind the scenes look at how a horse farm works. Everyone knows we have the greatest two minutes of horse racing each year on the first Saturday in May during the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, but there are lots of great ways to see horses at work and play in the Bluegrass, where there are over a million acres of farm land dedicated to our equine friends.   With tours of horse farms, training centers, breakfast at the track and even horse camping there are all kinds of fun and interesting ways to discover exactly why Kentucky is the Horse Capital of the World!  

The Hummel Planetarium is one of the largest and most sophisticated Planetariums in the United States, especially on a university campus. The Planetarium has seating for 164 people in very comfortable and generously sized seats.

Tour the Hunt-Morgan House in the midst of Lexington's historic antebellum Gratz Park. The Hunt-Morgan family of Central Kentucky ranks as one of the region's most historic, producing the first millionaire west of the Alleghenies, a civil war brigadier general and Kentucky’s first Nobel Prize Winner.

Spend the night in jail at the Jailhouse Inn, Bardstown. Come "spend time" in jail and unlock an adventure in history. Whether you sleep in the elegant Victorian room, soak in a jacuzzi in the 1819 room or enjoy the peaceful setting of the Garden room, it will be a captivating experience.

Spend at day with the ponies at Keeneland. Located in the heart of Central Kentucky, Keeneland is a rare combination of high-stakes commerce, genteel sporting tradition and remarkable innovations.

Take home a piece of Kentucky. Choose a hand crafted item at the Kentucky Artisan Center in Berea. The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea features a wide range of Kentucky’s outstanding artisan works in its galleries, exhibition and shopping areas. Whether on display in a themed gallery exhibition or in a shop setting, you’ll find unique items with information about the artisans themselves, and the materials and processes they use.

Take the legendary Kentucky Bourbon Trail® road trip and stop in on ten of the state’s distilleries including Maker’s Mark, Jim Beam, Bulleit, Four Roses, Town Branch, Angel's Envy, Wild Turkey, Evan Williams, Heaven Hill and Woodford Reserve (don’t forget to pick up a Kentucky Bourbon Trail® Passport). The Kentucky Bourbon Trail® is a journey that lets you experience the bourbon making process, learn about the recipes, view the facilities, amazingly beautiful surrounding landscapes, and stick around for after-tour tastings of the best Kentucky Bourbon.

The Kentucky Gateway Museum Center is housed in a 1881 building and allows visitors to experience pioneer life to the present through dioramas, artifacts, historical/genealogical library and timelines. Located on the Civil War Discovery Trail of the Civil War Trust, the museum also has an extensive genealogical collection. 

Follow the Kentucky Holy Lands Tour to see where Catholics began coming into Kentucky in 1775, settling primarily on the farmland frontier in the heart of the Bluegrass, in the counties of Nelson, Marion and Washington. Sites include the Basilica of St. Joseph Proto-cathedral, the first Catholic church west of the Alleghenies; the Abbey of Gethsemani, one of America’s oldest Trappist monasteries where the Welcome Center includes a theater with films detailing the monk’s daily life, as well as a gift shop where Gethsemani’s famous bourbon fudge is available for purchase.

Have a Hot Brown at the Brown Hotel. Taste this Kentucky "flavorite" where it was invented. According to the Brown Hotel, this Louisville tradition with worldwide appeal is an open-faced turkey sandwich on toasted bread covered with a rich and creamy cheese sauce, which is then broiled to bubbly golden brown perfection, topped with crispy bacon and garnished with parmesan, paprika, chopped parsley and sliced tomatoes.

Visit the birthplace and grave of Judge Joseph Holt, 1807-1896. Holt was named  Judge Advocate General of the Union army in 1862 by President Abraham Lincoln. Holt prosecuted conspirators in the assassination of Lincoln in 1865. 

Tour the stately home of Kentucky's Senator John Brown, who petitioned Congress tirelessly and finally gained Kentucky its statehood. Built in 1796, only twenty-one years after the American Revolution, the house evokes the spirit of the New Nation through its beautiful early Kentucky decorative arts and the personal belongings of the Brown family.

Visit the Lincoln Legacy Museum at the Washington County courthouse where Abraham Lincoln's parents marriage certificate is filed. The Lincoln Legacy Museum is located in the historic 1816 Washington County Courthouse. The museum tells the complete story of Lincoln’s life, beginning with his many local connections.

Visit Locust Grove, the last home of Gen. George Rogers Clark. Locust Grove tells the story of George Rogers Clark, early Kentucky history, western expansion and everyday life on the frontier.

See where bats come from - visit Louisville Slugger museum & factory. Experience history-in-the-making as you stroll through the factory where world famous Louisville Slugger baseball bats, used by MLB star players, are made. The Louisville Slugger Museum is home of the World's Biggest Baseball Bat and offers interactive and interesting exhibits along with a bat factory tour and batting cages.

Dip your own bottle at the Makers Mark distillery and see the new limestone cave where bourbon is aging. Come visit this National Historic Landmark where bourbon has been made and hand dipped in the signature red seal since T. W. Samuels, Sr. founded the company in 1953. Purchase a souvenir bottle in the gift gallery and dip it in the signature red wax yourself.

Shop Kentucky Proud at Marksbury Farm Market to fine the best local meats at this  small scale, locally owned, Butcher Shop,  Eat at Pasture restaurant to try some of the fresh products or take some home. 

Visit the first house museum dedicated to a First-Lady, Mary Todd Lincoln. The Mary Todd Lincoln House is the girlhood home of the wife of Abraham Lincoln. She brought her husband and children to visit the Todd family here in 1847. The first historic site restored to honor a first lady, the fourteen room house contains period furniture, family portraits, and furnishings from the Todds as well as the Lincolns.

Experience the world's only underground zipline and challenge course at Mega Caverns, a huge man made cave under the city of Louisville.

Visit the Muhammad Ali Peace center dedicated to the "Greatest" and visit his humble boyhood home to hear stories of the champ growing up in Louisville. The Muhammad Ali Center is a cultural attraction and international education center that is inspired by the ideals of its visionary founder Muhammad Ali. Featuring two-and-a-half levels of award-winning interactive exhibits and captivating multimedia presentations, the Ali Center carries on Muhammad's legacy and inspires the exploration of the greatness within ourselves.

Tour My Old Kentucky Home and attend the outdoor musical "The Stephen Foster Story". The farm that inspired the imagery in Stephen Collins Foster's famous song, “My Old Kentucky Home, Good-Night!” is Kentucky's most famous and beloved historic site.

Visit the National Underground Railway Museum in Maysville where The Bierbower House is a documented Safe House. Servants Quarters remain with Hidden Slave Chambers. Exhibits of Slavery artifacts, documents and memorabilia documenting Maysville's role in the abolitionist movement and the role of slavery in America.

Bernheim consists of 14,500 acres including a 600-acre arboretum (Kentucky's Official Arboretum) with over 6000 trees and shrubs labeled, a fishing lake, biking, picnic facilities, over 35 miles of hiking trails. Learn about plant and animal species native to Kentucky including the Viceroy butterfly, the Kentucky Tulip Poplar and the goldenrod. 

"Sea", touch and explore at the Newport Aquarium. The world-class facility has been ranked among the top aquariums in the country. Newport Aquarium showcases thousands of animals from around the world in a million gallons of water, including Sweet Pea and Scooter, the Newport Aquarium's ultra-rare shark rays.

Explore the streets where the mob made their millions, gamblers lost their lives, and ladies of the night earned their reputations. Join our gangster guides for a raucous, high energy presentation inside an old casino to explain the historic significance of Newport, and discover how this little town gave birth to the modern day gaming industry.

See history come alive at Old Fort Harrod State Park. A full-scale replica of the fort built by James Harrod in 1774 is the centerpiece of Old Fort Harrod State Park in Harrodsburg. Cabins and blockhouses are furnished with handmade utensils, furniture, crude tools and implements used by the pioneers. The park complex also features the historic Mansion Museum, George Rogers Clark Federal Monument, Lincoln Marriage Temple, and oldest cemetery west of the Alleghenies.

The Old Talbot Tavern, built in 1779, it is the oldest Western Stagecoach stop in America. Stay where Abraham Lincoln, General Patton, Jessie James and countless other historical figures have slept.

Read Annie Fellows Johnston’s “The Little Colonel,” a book based off of Pewee Valley and visit the exhibit at the Oldham County History Center.

Relax and unwind in Louisville's Olmstead parks. The acknowledged father of landscape design, Frederick Law Olmsted, had a revolutionary concept: “a system of parks connected to tree-lined parkways” instead of the common practice of a freestanding park. In total, he created 18 parks and six parkways for the city of Louisville.  

Visit the Gen. George Patton Museum of Leadership at Ft. Knox. Opened in 1949, the General George Patton Museum of Leadership provides visitors with insights into leadership in the U.S. Army from 1775 to the present, including stories on how leaders arrived at key decisions that ultimately reset the course of history. Military artifacts of historical significance, the latest technology, and intricately themed exhibits are used to tell these lessons in leadership in a way that appeals to the military history enthusiast and casual visitor alike.

Visit the oldest country store in America - Historic Penn's Store. A store site since 1845 and in the Penn family since 1850, Penn's Store is the oldest country store in America in continuous ownership and operation by the same family.

Attend the Civil War battle reenactment at Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site. This Kentucky battlefield is one of the most unaltered Civil War sites in the nation with vistas visible today are virtually the same as the soldiers saw on that fateful day in 1862. A self-guided walking tour on the battlefield interprets battle events.

Tour Rebecca Ruth Candy company and learn the history of the Bourbon Ball. This candy business began nearly a century ago in 1919 by two women, Rebecca and Ruth. Today Ruth Booe's family is involved in every aspect of making candy using time proven methods. A tour highlight is "Edna's Table," an 11 foot marble slab (circa 1854) named after an employee of 67 years.

Walk across the first bridge over the Ohio River, the Roebling Bridge which the Brooklyn Bridge was modeled after.  The John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge spans the Ohio River between Cincinnati, Ohio and Covington, Kentucky. When the first pedestrians crossed on December 1, 1866, it was the longest suspension bridge in the world at 1,057 feet main span.

Tour the Rosemary Clooney House to see memorabilia from her life and career including the world's largest collection of items from the iconic movie White Christmas. 

Root for your hometown team at the KHSAA Sweet Sixteen at Rupp Arena. Recognized as an epicenter of sports excellence, Rupp Arena is renowned for its storied history, marquee matchups, and year-round top-quality events and entertainment. Home court to the University of Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball team, this venue has a seating capacity of 23,000, making it one of the largest arenas in the country. 

Shelby County is the “American Saddlebred Capital of the World" where you can visit historic Saddlebred farms by appointment. Tours feature hands-on tour of the grounds and a chance to see a training session.

Explore Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill,  America’s largest restored Shaker village. Learn about the Shaker lessons of sustainability, ingenuity and community. The village preserves 34 original buildings on 3,000 acres; view the interiors of more than a dozen restored structures along with heritage craft demonstrations and changing history exhibitions.

Tour the Smith-Berry Winery and Vineyard, and enjoy the tasting room where you can have wine by the glass as well as select the perfect bottle to take home. Vinter Chuck Smith grows his grapes and then blends them using the latest winery science.  Stay for concerts held in the restored tobacco barn.

With modern architecture, expanded programming, interactive exhibits and inviting outdoor spaces, the Speed offers countless opportunities for everyone to create their own connections and experience art at their own speed.

Take a steamboat ride on the Ohio River on BB Riverboats. You'll feast your eyes on spectacular views as you're treated to a delicious buffet with excellent entertainment.

Family owned and operated since 1972, step back in time in this old fashioned general store for pulled pork and handmade sandwiches, potato salad, craft beer and cigars! According to the store's website "Stulls Country Store is more than just an old, out of the way place. It's a destination.  If we don't have  it, you don't need it!"

Find out exactly what's in Kentucky Burgoo at the Burgoo Festival in Anderson County. Kentucky’s own unique stew, known as “burgoo,” is a Kentucky tradition well over a hundred years old. As with any great long-standing culinary icon, it’s open to interpretation. No two cooks make burgoo the same way, and recipes are often fiercely-guarded secrets. 

Run in the Bourbon Chase. The Bourbon Chase is a unique, overnight relay adventure in which teams of runners cover 200 miles of scenic byways along the famous Kentucky Bourbon Trail.

Plan a day at the Churchill Downs, the "World's Most Legendary Racetrack" . Churchill Downs is one of the most hallowed shrines in American Sports, and since its founding in 1874, has hosted the nation's top Thoroughbreds in competition for some of the sport's largest purses. On the first Saturday in May, the sports world's spotlight shines on Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Derby, known as the "Greatest Two Minutes in Sports."

Make a stop on the The Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour®il to see distilleries such as The Old Pogue. This property includes the historic home of the Pogue family that's listed on the National Register of Historic Places and an artisan distillery, complete with tasting room, grain holding, and barrel storage. The venue sits on the southern bluff of the Ohio River Valley with eastward views of the Simon Kenton Bridge and Ohio River.

The Kentucky Derby Museum is one of the premiere attractions in the Louisville region, celebrating the tradition, history, hospitality and pride of the world-renown event that is the Kentucky Derby. Visit the Museum to experience two levels of family-friendly interactive permanent and temporary exhibits, “The Greatest Race,” a 360-degree immersive sound and visual experience that’ll get your heart racing and emotions soaring, daily Historic Walking Tours of Churchill Downs Racetrack, a chance to meet the resident Thoroughbred and miniature horse, access to the Finish Line Gift Shop, Kentucky fare in the Derby Cafè and much more!

Visit the Man O War Statue at the Kentucky Horse Park and celebrate the 100th birthday of this champion race horse. Set on more than 1,200 acres in the heart of Kentucky’s famous Bluegrass Region, the park features dozens of different breeds of horses at work and at play. The International Museum of the Horse, is dedicated to all breeds of horses and covers more than 50 million years of equine history.

Attend a race at the Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, known as one of the most challenging NASCAR tracks in the country.

Visit the State Capitol building in Frankfort. Completed in 1910 in the Beaux Arts design, it is one of the most beautiful capitol buildings in the country. Tour inside to see the the First Lady Doll Collection and a statue of Abraham Lincoln in the rotunda.

Find out what it means to say "I am a Kentuckian" in this 167,000 square-foot museum and research facility. Dig in with live performances, interactive exhibits and dynamic collections. Find your Kentucky story in the research library, which contains unique genealogical records. Free admission to library. Museum ticket price includes the Center for Kentucky History, the Old State Capitol and Kentucky Military History Museum.

A free motorized tram provides daily tours of the Toyota Factory and Environmental Education Center - one of the largest automotive manufacturers in the state.

Tour the Fleming County Covered Bridge Museum and get a map for a self guided trail of the 3 remaining wooden covered bridges located in the county.

White Hall State Historic Site was the home of Cassius Marcellus Clay, 19th century emancipationist, politician, newspaper publisher, Ambassador to Russia, and friend to Abraham Lincoln.

Discover the reason behind counter-clockwise horse racing in the U.S. at the William Whitley House State Historic Site. Also known as Sportsman's Hill, the site stands today as a monument to pioneer ingenuity and resourcefulness. It was the first brick home and circular racetrack built west of the Allegheny Mountains, completed in 1794 by William Whitley and his wife Esther. Dubbed the "Guardian of Wilderness Road," the house was a gathering spot for early Kentuckians, including George Rogers Clark and Daniel Boone.

Hear the World Peace Bell - the world's largest free swinging bell. It weighs 66,000 lbs., is 12 feet in diameter and 12 feet high. Its clapper alone weighs an amazing 6,878 pounds. The yoke in which it swings weighs an additional 16,512 pounds. This magnificent bell rings with a powerful, awe-inspiring, deep resonant tone that is truly a majestic symbol of freedom and peace. Bell swings and rings each day at noon.

Visit Yew Dell Gardens in Crestwood, a nationally-recognized center of gardening, sustainable horticulture and preservation that offers extensive display gardens, a diverse slate of educational programs, family-oriented community events, ongoing research into new and better garden plants, and a wide range of private event facilities.

Visit the Japanese style stroll garden, Yuko-En on the Elkhorn. This nearly six acre garden is a Bluegrass Landscape in a Japanese style stroll garden. Enjoy paths, waterfalls, Koi ponds, arched bridges, Elkhorn Creek, a Japanese style raked Stone Garden and more. The Kiln House, a rustic structure, houses two raku kilns and offers demonstrations monthly and our Tea House offers tea ceremonies at times throughout the year.