It’s summer! That means kids are out of school and there is a little more time to explore and enjoy some of the great things around us. Some families are heading off to the beach, the mountains or out on family vacations. But for many others, work schedules and budgets don’t allow for long or extravagant time away.
Here are five options that don’t cost a penny for admission. Who says you have to head out of state to enjoy a summer adventure?
- Mcconnell Springs, Lexington: This is a free historical site hidden minutes from downtown Lexington behind several industries and businesses. It is clearly marked, easy to find and worth the time. There is a nature education center with books, puppets, turtles, posters and chairs where you can view the local birds and wildlife. A very easy paved walkway takes you through the woods past the Blue Hole and Boils Springs. Along the path are some beautiful stone fences and picturesque photo ops. http://www.reallifedeals.com/?p=18692
- World’s First Kentucky Fried Chicken, Corbin: If you love Kentucky Fried Chicken, and you are traveling on U.S. 75 between Lexington and Knoxville, you need to stop for your next meal at the original, very first KFC. You can sit beside a life size Colonel Sanders, take a look at the first kitchen and view several display cases with Colonel Sanders memorabilia. I loved the atmosphere. You actually eat in the original dining room. Note: The prices are the same as any KFC, but it’s the atmosphere and decor that make it worth the stop! There is no charge to view the displays and memorabilia http://www.reallifedeals.com/?p=18888. You can drive 10 minutes from KFC and hike over to the Cumberland Falls. http://www.reallifedeals.com/?p=18871
- Salato Wildlife Center, Frankfort: This is a great place to see Kentucky live wildlife up close (bear, deer, elk, buffalo, wildcat, eagle, fish…….) plus an inside museum with lots of interactive exhibits. We’ve visited Salato many times over the past 7 years and had a great time. Each time we visit, they have added or enhanced the exhibits. If you have not visited Salato, you need to add this to your summer list. http://www.reallifedeals.com/?p=24838
- Natural Bridge, Slade (45 minute east of Lexington): This is a Kentucky State Park with a natural rock arch and an amazing hike.
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