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20 Things to do in Frankfort, Kentucky Quick Guide to Discover Frankfort

1. Spend an afternoon searching for treasures at any of our local shops!

Various pottery items from Completely Kentucky
Completely Kentucky is full of local artisan items. They pride themselves on bringing in items that you can’t find anywhere but Kentucky!

2. Get lost in a book at Poor Richard’s

Poor Richard’s Books is a cozy spot with thousands of books. Make sure you check out the attic (pictured here)!

3. Spruce up your home by getting *another* house plant at Wilson Nurseries. Make sure to check out The Butterfly Greenhouse while you’re there.

Wilson’s Nurseries flagship location in Frankfort. The Frankfort location includes The Butterfly Greenhouse and The Sage Garden Cafe,

4. Explore your creative side while taking a pottery or weaving class. To check out the schedule and book a class, visit their websites!

Broadway Clay offers a variety of pottery classes!

5. Taste the spirit of Kentucky while you tour the distilleries.

Tasting at Buffalo Trace Distillery. Along with Buffalo Trace Distillery, Frankfort is home to Three Boys Farm Distillery, Castle & Key Distillery, and Glenns Creek Distillery!

6. Get some fresh air while hiking or biking at Cove Spring Park! See more places for outdoor adventures here.

Cove Spring Park

7. You scream, I scream, we all scream for Hoggy’s!

Hoggy’s Ice Cream is locally owned and operated!

8. Found the perfect book while shopping at Poor Richard’s? Go ahead and crack it open while enjoying a cup of joe at Kentucky Coffeetree Café.

Kentucky Coffetree Café is connected from the inside to Poor Richard’s Books and Completely Kentucky! They serve espresso, light fare, and cocktails.

9. Visit Josephine Sculpture Park and see over 80 ever changing sculptures on 30 acres of Kentucky’s rolling hills.

Along with over 80 sculptures, Josephine Sculpture Park also has tours and events, so make sure you check our their website!

10. Treat yourself to something sweet (or salty) at Andy’s Artisan Bread, B’s Bakery, or Poppy’s Bakery!

Andy’s handcrafted artisan bread!

11. Watch the world pass by while floating down Elkhorn Creek or the Kentucky River.

Along with kayaking, Frankfort has canoeing, paddle boarding and several boat tours!

12. Fill up your basket with plenty of local produce, meat, and pantry items from Local’s Food Hub and Pizza Pub! If you have time to spare, sit down for a yummy meal made from local ingredients.

Local pantry items sold at Locals Food Hub and Pizza Pub.

13. Beat the heat at Juniper Hill Aquatic Center!

The water park features a zero depth splash pool with bridge, 25 Meter competition and lap pool, three water slides, 400 feet of lazy river, a rock climbing wall, and more.

14. Learn something new on a Bourbon and History Walking Tour! You can book on our events page.

Historian Russ Kennedy, who guides the tour, portrays Col. Taylor, the father of the modern bourbon industry.

15. Stroll downtown and have lunch at one of our local establishments.

Bourbon On Main is a family-friendly bourbon experience restaurant based in a 2-story historic building with a large tiered outdoor deck overlooking the Kentucky River and the State Capitol building.

16. Check out the views at Daniel Boone’s Monument

Standing at Daniel Boone’s Monument, to the left you can see the State Capitol Building and to the right you will see downtown!

17. Sit back, relax, and have a cold one at one of our breweries

Sig Luscher was originally found in Frankfort, Kentucky in 1866 by Swiss immigrant, Sigmund Luscher. The brewery has been brought back to life by Sig’s great, great, great grandson Timothy Luscher.

18. Strike a pose next to The Bourbon Pole or any of our beautiful downtown murals!

Wanderlust by Cecilia Lueza can be found at 220 West Main Street.

19. Boogie on down to downtown for some live music.

Downtown Frankfort annual Summer Concert Series. Frankfort has live music opportunities all throughout the year. Check out our events page and our social media channels to see if you’ll be able to catch a show during your visit!

20. Pack a picnic and go to Frankfort Fantasy Forest – feel free to pick a fresh cucumber or tomato for your lunch!

Fantasy Forest is one of only a few urban micro-forests in Kentucky and contains over 150 species, including rare species, medicinal plants, and many butterfly host and nectar plants.