With its scenic overlooks and small town charm, Frankfort Kentucky is not your typical capital city. On your way into this Central Kentucky town, stop on Louisville Road/Highway 60 to take in a panoramic view of Frankfort and the State Capitol building. Frankfort is filled with historic spots and places to remember. But just as the Kentucky River winds its way through town, nature and outdoor recreation are also an important part of this city.
Most Frankfort tours begin with a visit to the Kentucky State Capitol. You can also tour the Executive Mansion, modeled after Marie Antoinette's summer home, as well as the old state capitol building. Don't miss the 34 foot floral clock located on capitol grounds.
Tour the downtown area on foot, by carriage or car for stops at the Kentucky History Center, Kentucky Military History Museum and Capital City Museum. Another "don't miss" is Frank Lloyd Wright's 1910 prairie style Zeigler House, the only Wright-designed house in the state. Stop by Frankfort Cemetery to view the gravesite of Kentucky's favorite son, Daniel Boone.
Industry tours are flavorful in the state capital. The Rebecca-Ruth Candy Tour takes visitors through the factory where Ruth Hanly Booe earned the name "Mother of Bourbon Balls". Next visit Buffalo Trace Distillery for a tour of bourbon making. The historic 1900 home of a distillery executive, Berry Hill Mansion, is open for touring also.
Explore the outdoors and Civil War history at Leslie Morris Park on Fort Hill, a 125 acre forest preserve overlooking the downtown. See two Civil War earthwork forts and follow the preserve's hiking trails. Salato Wildlife Education Center and Game Farm features exhibits of area flora and fauna plus two fishing lakes and a picnic area. Cove Spring Park/Nature Preserve includes 100 acres of wetlands, streams, waterfalls and forested ravines. There are two miles of interpretive trails; activities include walking, biking and nature observation.
East Frankfort Park includes tennis courts, nature trails and volleyball courts. Enjoy picnicking along the Kentucky River at Riverview Park which also features a fishing pier, walking trail, 16 historic sites and a refurbished 1800's bridge. Canoe Kentucky offers a network of water adventures plus kayak and canoe classes. Kentucky Skydiving Center offers instruction in a safe environment.
Dining options in Frankfort range from an oyster po boy at Rick's City Cafe to fine dining at Serafini's. Nightlife options include music at local pubs, Kentucky State University events and sporting events at the convention center.
Frankfort is located about 55 miles east of Louisville in Central Kentucky. Take I-64E to US 127 N, exit 53B.