A Day in Frankfort, Kentucky

Start your day off with a sweet treat from B’s Bakery, voted one of the “Cutest Foods” in the country by Food Network. Or if you prefer savory, grab a delicious local grown breakfast at Rick’s White Light Diner, featured on Diner’s Drive ins and Dives. 

Breakfast platter from Rick’s

Schedule a 9am guided tour of the Kentucky State Capitol (No charge). See the house and senate chambers, as well as the beautiful interior of this 100-year-old building. Take the time to stroll the grounds of the Capitol. You will see the floral clock and the rose gardens which are both very popular photo backgrounds.

Hear about the history of bourbon candy at Rebecca Ruth Candy Tours and Museum during the morning tours ($6/p). See some of the original equipment still used today.  You will enjoy the free sample but we are sure you will leave with much more than that! (116 East Second St., 502-223-7475) (25 – 45 minutes)

If you love historic downtowns as much as we do, you will want to peruse the local shops  that Frankfort has to offer.   Boutiques, Antiques, handmade local cigars, a bookstore and local makers markets (and so much more) await you!  

Shops along Broadway St.

You will notice the sculptures and murals scattered about our historic town. Frankfort is more than the state capital of Kentucky. It’s the Public Art Capital of Kentucky, a community with a rich artistic history and diverse cultural heritage.  Curated by the Josephine Sculpture Park, the Frankfort Public Art Tour invites you to take a deeper look at the Capital City to discover its historic architecture, stained-glass windows, murals, statues, and ultimately its people.  Whether you plan to map out a path to view your favorites, prefer to amble about, we invite you to enjoy the stellar art our city has to offer.

Should you like a little history with a BIG view, stop at the gravesite of Daniel and Rebecca Boone, located at the Frankfort Cemetery.  Daniel and Rebecca were originally buried in Missouri, but in 1845, the owners of the Frankfort Cemetery convinced the Boones’ descendants to allow Daniel and Rebecca’s remains to be brought back to Kentucky.  The cemetery was new at that time and what a grand marketing campaign!  An elaborate reinterment ceremony was held, featuring the governor of Kentucky and other dignitaries.  The view of the overlook  from Daniel Boone’s gravesite is always camera ready, no matter the season. But please be respectful. This is still a fully operational cemetery. 

Daniel Boone gravesite, in the fog

No trip to Frankfort is complete without a guided tour of the historic Buffalo Trace Distillery! They offer multiple experiences from a general distillery tour to hard hat tours and even ghost tours– all complementary and all include a tasting. Whether for the fascinating history, the impressive architecture and beautiful grounds, or the Bourbon itself, there is something for everyone at Buffalo Trace. Visit their website ahead of time to reserve the tour (or tours) that you are most interested in. (110 Great Buffalo Trace, Frankfort, 502-696-5926) (1 hour).  

Have you ever wondered through a garden of wildflowers, surrounded by beautiful art sculptures? Josephine Sculpture Park is Kentucky’s only outdoor sculpture park. Here, you can Interact with nearly 70 works of art as you explore 30 acres of walking paths through native meadows.  This is the perfect way to spend an evening in Frankfort. For a bonus, plan your visit when they are holding a Night Sky Tour!

All this exploring is sure to work up an appetite.  Fortunately, Frankfort offers an array of dining options.  We suggest checking out the Uniquely Frankfort restaurants for a taste of our local cuisine for both lunch and dinner!  Finish off the evening with a beverage from The Cooperage Bar .

The Cooperage Bar

Travel safe. Stay informed about coronavirus precautions and updates in Frankfort.

 Hours of operation and offerings change rapidly these days, so confirm details and options before you arrive. During the coronavirus pandemic, when visiting public places please wear a mask, keep your hands clean, and stand far enough away from other people that you’ll need to raise your bourbon glass in a toast rather than clink glasses.