Downtown Frankfort by Trolley

Available Seasonally April- October

9:15am

Begin your morning with breakfast at B’s Bakery for breakfast croissant or one of her signature donuts. Most of downtown parking is metered so either park in the free lot of the old Train Depot on Ann Street or be sure to drop enough coins for a full day of exploring!

10:00am

Board the Trolley on Clinton street, at the designated bus stop.

Enjoy a tour of downtown.  Your driver will tell you all about the historic homes and buildings you see on the drive.  This area of Frankfort boasts beautiful  architecture, dating  back to the 1700’s.  Sit back and enjoy the story of our rich history and spirited past. 

 

10:25am

Trolley cruising down Capital Ave

First stop – The Capitol Building for a complimentary tour.  You may take either a guided tour or explore the beautiful and historic richness of this grand structure on your own. The Floral Clock, located behind the Capitol, is the perfect place for a photo opp!

11:10am

The trolley will be passing by the Capitol now so we suggest boarding for a ride to Rebecca Ruth Candy Tours and Museum. Just $6 will get you in for a behind-the-scenes look at how these delicious chocolate candies are made, and the kids will leave with not only a sweet treat, but also a better understanding of a very brave and determined woman by the name of Ruth Hanly Booe.

11:59am

You may now hop back on the trolley for a quick trip over the river.  Departing at the corner of Broadway and St Clair will allow for you to walk to several local restaurants, shops, museums, and Poor Richard’s Bookstore.  We suggest grabbing a bite to eat at one of our downtown local eateries, and then either take a self guided walking tour of the Public Art walk, featuring beautiful murals and sculptures.  Or, if you are with us on a Tuesday or Thursday, check out the guided Bourbon and History Walking Tour , led by “Colonel E H Taylor”, that begins at the Visit Frankfort Welcome Center.

 

2:47pm

The trolley will be passing by the welcome center again, so why not take it out to Buffalo Trace Distillery  to enjoy a tour and tasting?  Buffalo Trace is the oldest continuously operating distillery in America.  It is also the most award winning distillery.  Tours and tastings are complimentary but reservations are required. 

Trolley parked outside a Buffalo Trace Warehouse

Options

Alternate options for this tour would be a visit to or a ride to Riverview Park to board the Kentucky State University Thorobred or Kentucky River Tours bourbon boat (reservations required).  Please check in with the Visit Frankfort Welcome Center for the updated Frankfort Trolley map, complete route information, as well as days/times of operations.    

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.