Tour Kentucky Made

Central Kentucky offers great tours of locally made products! Check out some of these great Kentucky Proud products and enjoy seeing how they’re made!

Ale – 8 – 1 (Winchester)

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Popular soft drink Ale-8-1 is made in nearby Winchester. The plant offers free tours for children of all ages and is stroller-friendly. My boys loved going to see the bottles moving quickly down the line, seeing pallets full of Ale-8-1 ready for shipping and especially tasting a fresh, cold Ale-8-1 at the end. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 859-744-3484 or contacting [email protected].
More info here.

Toyota Motor Manufacturing (Georgetown)

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The Toyota plant in Georgetown opened in May 1988 and is the largest Toyota plant in North America. The plant offers free one-hour and a half-hour team member-led plant tours. Tours of the 7.5-million-square-foot facility are given aboard electric trams and are limited to children in first grade or above.

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I have taken the tour with my kids three times and it’s so cool to get a first hand look at how Toyotas move down the assembly line!  They recently updated the visitor’s center to celebrate 30 years in KY and added some great interactive things to do.  Enjoy making your own gifony, try virtual reality with their distracted driving simulator, and see the very first Camry and Lexus made at the plant.

Check out our Gifony!

For a great review of the trip and more info about what you’ll see check out my Kentucky Family Fun review!
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Reservations are strongly encouraged and can be made by calling the Toyota Tour Line at 502-868-3027 or 800-866-4485.
More info here.

Old Kentucky Chocolates (Southland Drive, Lexington)

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My boys grabbed some friends and all met up for a delicious tour!  For a yummy stop on your Bluegrass adventure visit Old Kentucky Chocolates in Lexington. Tour groups and bus loads of eight to 50 people are invited to tour the candy kitchen on Southland Drive by appointment only. Contact them to schedule your visit at 859-278-4444.
More info here.

Boone Creek Creamery (Palumbo Drive, Lexington)

Tours are held Mon- Fri 9 -5 and Saturday 10-2. There is no limit on the number of people we host, please contact them if you are bringing a group over 6.  The tour includes a cheese tasting and some Ky Proud products to sample. You can even have your picture made inside their original cheese pot!!

Ruth Hunt Candies (Mt. Sterling)

Another sweet stop along the way is Ruth Hunt Candies in Mt. Sterling. Famous for Blue Monday candy bars and local Woodford Reserve Bourbon Balls, you can see how they create their delicious treats. Tours are free, about an hour, and offered Monday through Wednesday. You can make reservations by calling 800-927-0302.
More info here.

Mom Blakeman’s Candy (Lancaster)

Lancaster is home to Mom Blakeman’s candy.  Famous for their creamed pull candy they offer free tours and candy sales from their store.  Creamed pull candy is old fashioned and said to have been a favorite of Abraham Lincoln.  It’s is cooked and poured on cold marble, put on a puller (it’s a taffy), cut into pieces, placed in a warm room and packaged.  Call ahead to schedule a tour during time when they are making candy.  To schedule a tour call 1-800-542-4607 or CLICK HERE for more info.

Farm fun

Old Friends (Georgetown)

Old Friends is a unique equine facility located in Georgetown. At Old Friends, retired racehorses find a loving home and enjoy the beauty of the Bluegrass. Tours are daily at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.  Reservations are required and can be made by calling 502-863-1775. Tours are free, but donations are accepted.
More info here.

Local horse farms

Local tour companies and various horse farms also offer tours. This is a great way for “city” kids to experience a working horse farm up close. The Visit Lex site has listings for local companies that offer tours (fees apply) as well as contact information for specific farms if you’d like to schedule your own visit.
More info here.

Blackfish Bison Ranch (Winchester)
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Blackfish Bison Ranch in Winchester provides guided tours of their buffalo herd.  They transport you by pickup or wagon to our buffalo where you can feed them by hand.  Tours last approximately 1 hour.  Bus tours are welcome and have easy access.  Reservations are required.  Extended tours available upon request.  On your tour you will have the chance to throw a tomahawk, in addition, kids will also enjoy the activity of tossing a lasso at the hay bale steer head.  You will also have the chance to sample pure buffalo meat.  We focus on the historical and spiritual relationship which existed between buffalo and Native Americans.  A Lakota Sioux “smudge” feather ceremony is a part of each tour.  Blackfish Bison Ranch is located on 242 acres of rolling hills with historical views such as Lower Howard’s Creek.  Much of the surrounding farmland was hunting grounds among the Shawnee Tribe and others.  The name of our ranch is in honor of Chief Blackfish, which was the leader of the Shawnee Indians, as well as historical Buffalo trace of the past.  Come and listen and share your historical facts at the ranch.

River Hill Ranch Alpaca Farm

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We love sharing our animals with others! These cute, quirky, curious critters are fun for kids and adults alike. You can also shop our store filled with products from these amazing animals.Be sure to read to bottom of the page for things you should know for your visit.Tours are by appointment only and start at $6/person and last 1 1/2 hours. Children 2 & under are free. Small group tours & field trips are welcome.

 

Step back in time

Ashland (Lexington)

Ashland Estate was built in the mid 1800s and was the home of Henry Clay, The Great Compromiser. The grounds around the estate are beautiful and are free to walk through. The home offers docent-led tours that begin on the hour and last about one hour. Tickets may be purchased in the Museum Store in the mansion. They are offered from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Tuesday–Saturday and 1– 4 p.m. Sunday. The last tour of the day begins at 4 p.m. They are closed in January and in February are open for groups of 15 or more by appointment only. They are also closed Mondays and major holidays. Admission is $10 adults, $5 children (ages 6–18), and children 5 and under free.
More information here.

Mary Todd Lincoln House (Lexington)
The Mary Todd Lincoln House was the childhood home of Mary Todd, wife of our 16th president, Abraham Lincoln. The home, built in the early 1800s, is located on Main Street in Lexington, just down from Rupp Arena. Tours are offered March 15-Nov. 30, Monday-Saturday (closed Sun.) 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (closes 4 p.m.). Fees are $10 for adults, $5 children 6-12, and free for children under 6.
More information here.

Old Fort Harrod (Harrodsburg)
Old Fort Harrod State Park is located in downtown Harrodsburg. This replica of the original fort built by James Herrod in 1774 offers visitors a chance to see how life was over 200 years ago. It was actually the first permanent settlement in Kentcky. Old Fort Harrod is open Wednesday–Sunday.
More information here.

Fort Boonesborough State Park (Winchester)

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Fort Boonesborough is located just a short drive off I-75 near Winchester and Richmond. Experience life as it was in pioneer times with demonstrations by local artisans and occasional reenactments. The fort has varied opening days/hours depending on the season so check their website for more information. Admission is $8 adults, $5 children (6 to 12) with admission to Kentucky River Museum included on weekends. Children under 6 are free.
More information here.

 

Not Just For Kids

Tours aren’t just for kids!  Check out some other great places geared toward adults.

Buffalo Trace Distillery

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Buffalo Trace offers many different tours of not just the distillery but one featuring the historical landmarks on their property and a ghost tour!

 

 

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3 Responses

  1. Keri
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    THANK YOU for posting these things on your website!!! I just moved here from North Carolina and if it weren’t for your website page; i would not have learned about these great field trips for my 5 sons. We have gone to the Chocolate factory and the Ale 8 (just today actually!!). We scheduled our Toyota tour for next Tuesday and are super excited!!!
    Thank you for working at posting activities, movies (which we have seen 4 already this summer), and many other great tips to learn the area. I have been extremely blessed by your information on what to do in the area. Being an out of towner is hard, but finding affordable places to go to with our family of 7 is difficult. You have helped make the transition easier!!! THANK YOU!!!!

  2. Jim Cunningham
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    I am a long time resident of the area and I also greatly appreciate your website. I believe, and studies have shown that the more things we expose children to, the better they will do in school and other areas of their lives. Things like your website can help us do that. Thank you.

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