Weekend Family Getaway
Experience Bullitt County – “Where fun comes naturally.” Trek forest trails to get your body moving or opt for an outdoor classroom in the beauty and serenity of Bernheim Forest. Learning through interactive play and exploration. Take a walk-through time in the Bullitt County History Museum or get your blood pumping, cruising the roller rink at Skate-O-Rama. For those seeking a different kind of adrenaline, hit the go cart track at Kart Kountry, where you will also find bumper boats, batting cages, mini-golf, and a vast arcade! Prefer a more tranquil setting? Stop by the central branch of the Bullitt County Central Library and take advantage of all the free resources at the new state-of-the-art facility.
Arrive at Bernheim Arboretum & Research Forest and enjoy lunch at Isaac’s Café. Dine in the Visitor Center and explore the gift shop. Make a day of wild and adventurous play in nature at Bernheim’s Playcosystem, a 10-acre natural playground. Visit with the Forest Giants’ Mama Loumari and her children, Little Nis, and Little Elina. Climb up in the Spirit Nest or walk among the tree branches on Bernheim’s Canopy Tree Walk (which is handicap accessible and senior friendly). For a bird’s eye view, adventure-on with one of Bernheim’s volunteer naturalists and climb the 961 ft Historic Fire Tower. Hike or bike the wonderous trails featured on the Bernheim Forest website. Cast your reels in the water and fish in Lake Nevin. Take a drive around the park too, and enjoy the scenery as there is so much to take in. Do not miss the unique art displays throughout the park. Check out www.bernheim.org for special activities and events! 502-955-8512
Dinner: Little Ricks Neighborhood Bar & Grill (Lebanon Junction), Cluckers (Shepherdsville), New China Buffet (Mt. Washington), Beef ‘O Brady’s (Hillview), or Tumbleweed Tex-Mex (Brooks).
Note: Communities throughout Bullitt County have great events throughout the year featuring live music, delicious food, arts and crafts, fireworks, rides, rodeos, car shows, and more. Check out Bullitt County Tourism’s events calendar and social media channels to find out what’s happening. 502-543-1901 www.travelbullitt.org
Wake up to a refreshing Continental Breakfast at your hotel, or if you would like something a little hardier, check out the local fare at one of our Bullitt County restaurants.
Arrive at Skate O Rama, where you and the family can skate, groove & roll on this newly remodeled skating rink. Grab a pizza or a snack from the skate-in-cafe. Join in the skating games and dances created for all ages. 502-957-5897 www.facebook.com/skateorama
Dinner: El Maguey Mexican Restaurant (Brooks), Hillview Family Dinner (Hillview), Cattleman’s Roadhouse (Shepherdsville), Milano Italian Restaurant (Mt Washington), or Daddio’s Pizza (Lebanon Junction).
Continuing the adventure… Shepherdsville Country Music Show has excellent family entertainment, at just $12.00 per adult (12 & under are free), every Saturday night. Head on down to enjoy classic country music, some rock and roll oldies, southern gospel, comedy, and more. Shepherdsville Country Music show has the honor of being the longest running live country music show in all of Bullitt County! Shows start at 7pm, doors open at 5pm. If this is your kind of thing, this is the place to be! 502-807-9604 www.44scms.com
Head back to your cozy Bullitt County hotel to unwind from your busy day. Buckle up for tomorrow’s adventure!
Stop at the local Cracker Barrel or Denny’s to start the day right with a delicious and hearty breakfast!
Get your motor running at Kart Kountry (closed in the winter months). Chronological age makes no difference on the nation’s longest go cart track! Have a bumping, blasting good time with Kart Kountry’s Bumper Boats. Then enjoy a game of putt-putt or hone your batting skills in the batting cages. Lest we forget to mention the indoor arcade with over 100 games. Play until your heart’s content. You’ll have the makings of an evening you and your family won’t soon forget! 502-543-9588 www.gokartkountry.com
Note: If Kart Kountry is closed for the season, check out Bullitt County Public Library. The brand new state-of-the-art Central Library, which is in Shepherdsville KY, is open Sundays from 1pm-5pm. There is ton of fun your family can enjoy at any Bullitt County library location for free! From board games to puzzles or books galore, to family story time, to playing in the kid’s area with building blocks and other toys, there is something for each child to enjoy. It’s also a good place for quiet time on the tablet, learning while playing. All libraries welcome visitors to stop in for a short read or participate in any of the many events scheduled throughout the week. Be sure to check out www.bcplib.org to see the events and schedules or call 502-543-7675 to see what the library nearest you may provide.
Stop in the Bullitt County History Museum where the displays focus on the life of those who came before us, Native Americans of the area, the worst train wreck in KY of 1917, the Old Stone Jail-where you will hear tales of the prisoners and their attempted escapes, the history of education in Bullitt County, the first Stone Bank, many intriguing artifacts from times past, and the ghost story of “The Lady in Lace” who haunts the County Courthouse. 502-921-0161 bullittcountyhistory.org
Dinner: The Fish House Bar & Grill (Shepherdsville), The Kitchen Table at James B Beam Distilling Co. (Clermont), or Gallant Fox Brewing (Mt. Washington).
Relax and retire to the peace and serenity of your Bullitt County hotel.